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June 24, 2010 -- Two homeless people swim and fish north of the President Casino Thursday afternoon.

Bruce Leigh, left, and his unnamed friend weren't surprised that the casino was closing since the Lumiere was getting most of the business.

Jforbes@June 24, 2010 -- Bruce Leigh, a homeless man living near the Mississippi River, retrieves an old sandbag that had snagged his fishing hook Thursday afternoon north of the President Casino.

Leigh wasn't surprised that the casino was closing since the Lumiere was getting most of the business.

Jforbes@June 24, 2010 -- Two homeless people swim and fish north of the President Casino Thursday afternoon.

Jforbes@June 24, 2010 -- Bruce Leigh, a homeless man living near the Mississippi River, retrieves an old sandbag that had snagged his fishing hook Thursday afternoon north of the President Casino. The President — forced to close prematurely by rising water on the Mississippi — won't be able to reopen before next week, when the state is set to take its gaming license.

Leigh wasn't surprised that the casino was closing since the Lumiere was getting most of the business. With the river 4 feet above flood stage and still rising, Pinnacle Entertainment said Thursday that gambling on the President is done.

They had hoped for one last weekend before a Monday night sendoff, but the mighty river had other plans.

The President had been closed for almost a week when the final word came Thursday, and outside, the casino was quiet, just some tinny pop music playing in the gangway.

A tourist snapped pictures of the muddy, swollen river, which lapped across Leonor K.

Sullivan Boulevard and streamed through the casino's porte-cochere.

A thicket of tree limbs sat clumped around the bow, and a flag was tangled on its pole.