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40 workers got fired from Magic Casino

28 October 2001

Forty workers got fired from Casino Magic in Biloxi. 1200 people are employs in the casino. It happened on Friday, two days after the Beau Rivage casino cut 340 jobs, citing lost business since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “The casino always reduces its work force at the beginning of the slower fall season,” said John Ferrucci, vice president and general manager of Casino Magic''s. Ferrucci said "This is nothing unusual for us. Business is flat, and when you have relatively the same number of people coming in the door, your business isn''t growing. The shareholders demand better than that." It is also the result of a re-organization to cut costs, merging several jobs, he said. Ferrucci said the 40 jobs reduced were in most of the casino''s departments. "It''s a sad state of affairs," he said. "But we have to remain strong, we have to remain solvent and we have to move forward. Our best guess is that this is all we''ll have to do." Glendale, Calif.-based Pinnacle Entertainment is the owner of Magic Casino. Resembling to the majority casino companies, Pinnacle notified investors that this quarterly earnings would be less than expected since of the impact of terrorist attacks on tourism all over the country. Pinnacle expects to earn 2 cents to 6 cents a share, much lower than the 10 cents estimated earlier by industry analysts. On Nov. 8 the company will announce its quarterly earnings. Pinnacle owns seven casinos in Mississippi, Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana and Argentina.

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