Northern Indiana casino cutting 50 full-time jobs

A casino in northwestern Indiana has cut 50 full-time jobs and is closing a gambling floor on one of its boats.

Majestic Star Casinos general manager Larry Buck says the changes at the two casinos on Lake Michigan in Gary were recommended by efficiency consultants hired by its creditors. Buck tells The Times of Munster that some of the employees whose jobs were eliminated this week have accepted part-time positions and others were laid off.

The Majestic Star company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009 and is looking to exit bankruptcy by the end of this year.

Casino workers union representative Tim Barnes says union officials were told about half the hotel rooms at Majestic Star would be closed. Buck says the hotel is never fully booked.

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