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Louisiana Gaming

7/4/2019

article Harrah’s New Orleans forced to pay hotel comp taxes
(Louisiana) -- Harrah’s New Orleans, a Caesars Entertainment property in Louisiana, didn’t believe it should have to pay taxes on hotel rooms that were...

7/2/2019

article It'll be Harrah's vs. Louisiana: Judge sides with state in tax dispute over casino's hotel taxes
(Louisiana) -- A Baton Rouge judge has sided Tuesday with the Louisiana Department of Revenue in a key question in the state’s dispute with Harrah’s over...

6/24/2019

article DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel open for business
(Louisiana) -- DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel is back open for business. The casino floor was temporarily closed after inclement weather caused minor damage to the...
article DiamondJacks Casino Is Back Open
(Louisiana) -- Mother nature interrupted a night of gambling for some folks. Guests and employees were evacuated from the DiamondJacks property in Bossier city after...

6/23/2019

article States' push to legalize sports betting differs by region
(Louisiana) -- In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting , a regional divide has opened as states decide...
article Damage due to high winds closes Bossier casino
(Louisiana) -- All employees and customers at the DiamondJacks Casino have been evacuated because of damage to the riverboat. According to Louisiana State Police, high...
article High Winds Batter Bossier City; DiamondJacks Casino Evacuated
(Louisiana) -- Bossier has once again been pounded by strong winds from severe thunderstorms. Sunday evening, the downtown Bossier City area, including a local casino,...

6/20/2019

article New Orleans gambling revenue up slightly in May
(Louisiana) -- Gambling revenue in New Orleans was up 0.2% in May, making it one of only two casino markets in the state to post year-to-year growth. The state's 15...
article Baton Rouge casinos' winnings continue to drop; down 14% in May from a year ago
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos continued year-to-year declines in May, bringing in 14% less than the year before. The state's...
article Losses continue in May for Baton Rouge riverboat casinos
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos continue to see revenues drop, as the market logged its 21st consecutive month for year-over-year losses in...

6/13/2019

article Louisiana’s Sports Gaming Efforts In 2019 Were A Dumpster Fire
(Louisiana) -- This year was a brutal one for the communities of sports bettors and fantasy sports players in the state of Louisiana. The legislature failed to approve...

6/11/2019

article Gambling makes ‘fools’ of Louisiana lawmakers again
(Louisiana) -- More than 25 years after contorting themselves to legalize casinos and video poker under a state Constitution that commanded “Gambling shall be...

6/8/2019

article Louisiana Gov. Edwards to sign infrastructure, casino bills
(Louisiana) -- Recently passed legislation aimed at increasing funding for badly needed repairs to New Orleans streets, drainage and drinking water systems was signed...

6/6/2019

article Louisiana's fantasy sports, sports betting bills fail in legislative session's final chaotic minutes
(Louisiana) -- People will not be allowed to begin playing fantasy sports in Louisiana. Nor will they be allowed to vote on whether to legalize betting on college and...

6/5/2019

article Legislature approves tax on fantasy sports betting, still debating real sports betting
(Louisiana) -- The Senate on Tuesday approved a 15.5 percent tax on online fantasy sports betting along with an amendment that represented a last-ditch effort to keep...

6/4/2019

article Louisiana sports betting looks dead after latest rejection
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana looks set to miss out on sports betting this year after the state’s House of Representatives rejected amendments to a fantasy sports bill...

6/2/2019

article Gill: Louisiana lawmakers made wise decisions on gambling laws during Legislative session
(Louisiana) -- The Legislature was wise last week to extend the lease on Harrah's New Orleans casino, because conditions attached to it will ensure more gambling...
article Mark Ballard: Latest phase of Louisiana's Legislative session? Trying to revive dead bills
(Louisiana) -- This session of the Louisiana Legislature will be remembered more for the carcasses left than the policies addressed. True, the 2019 Legislature passed a...
article Victim named in deadly officer involved shooting at Sam's Town following stabbing on N. Market
(Louisiana) -- A stabbing Saturday on North Market turns into a deadly officer-involved shooting at the Sam's Town parking garage. The Caddo Parish Coroner's...

5/29/2019

article Louisiana lawmakers agree to 30-year extension for Harrah’s
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana will extend its no-bid contract with Harrah's to operate Louisiana's land-based casino in New Orleans for 30 years, under legislation...
article Lawmakers Reject Legalizing Sports Betting in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- An effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana came to an end in the Legislature Tuesday, after the bill was heavily amended and ultimately defeated in...
article Sports Betting Looks to Be Dead for this Year
(Louisiana) -- Things are not looking good for sports gambling in Louisiana. The measure is likely dead for this session or possibly on life support.
article Why Did The Sports Betting Bill Fail Yesterday?
(Louisiana) -- Since the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee killed SB 153, the bill by Sen. Danny Martiny which would have legalized sports wagering in the state,...

5/28/2019

article Louisiana House lawmakers refuse to legalize sports betting
(Louisiana) -- The odds of legalizing sports betting in Louisiana grew even longer Tuesday, growing very near to impossible. The House Appropriations Committee voted 14-...
article Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Receives Mortal Hit From Poison Pill Amendments
(Louisiana) -- If you had Louisiana to legalize sports betting this year, hold your tickets. The House Appropriations committee loaded up S 153 with poison pills during...
article Louisiana sports betting legalization dealt fatal blows; here's what could happen next
(Louisiana) -- The effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana ran into a series of rejections Tuesday that has pretty much killed the effort for this legislative...
article Harrah's wins 30-year casino license extension; Senate President Alario was key player
(Louisiana) -- Twenty-six years ago, the speaker of the Louisiana House engineered the most controversial vote in the state Legislature in decades when he shut down the...

5/21/2019

article Baton Rouge casino winnings down, with big drop at Belle in April
(Louisiana) -- Despite an uptick in business at two of the city’s three riverboat casinos, Baton Rouge continued to report year-to-year declines in overall...
article New Orleans casinos, state gambling halls see winnings plunge in April
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by gambling operations in New Orleans were down 5.2% in April from $51.1 million to $48.4 million, as all of the state’s casino markets...

5/20/2019

article House panel oks tax for yet to be legalized sports betting
(Louisiana) -- After much discussion about the appropriateness of legalizing sports betting, a Louisiana House panel Monday narrowly approved legislation that would tax...

5/18/2019

article Millions of dollars at stake as Harrah's challenges state tax bill in midst of New Orleans extension talks
(Louisiana) -- While asking state lawmakers to grant an early extension of their monopoly license to operate a land casino in New Orleans, the owners of Harrah’s...

5/7/2019

article Could casino cash help fund Bossier teacher raises?
(Louisiana) -- Ever since the arrival of casino riverboats in Shreveport-Bossier, they have often been billed as a panacea, or cure-all, for previously intractable...

5/3/2019

article Harrah’s contract renewal awaits Senate action after winning House approval
(Louisiana) -- Now the state Senate gets its turn to decide if Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans is awarded a 30-year contract renewal. FOX 8 asked Senate President...

5/2/2019

article State House approves bill to extend Harrah's casino license; bill now goes to Senate
(Louisiana) -- For the second year in a row, the state House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would give owners of Harrah's a no-bid, 30-year...

5/1/2019

article Louisiana Senate backs sports betting legalization bill
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana senators have agreed to legalize sports betting within the footprint of the state's casinos and racetracks. The measure by Republican Sen....

4/30/2019

article Louisiana Senate approves bill to legalize sports betting
(Louisiana) -- The state Senate on Tuesday approved a proposal to let Louisiana voters consider legalizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks in their parishes....
article Louisiana Senate approves sports betting
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate voted 24-15 to permit sports betting Tuesday (April 30), potentially opening the door to the largest expansion of gambling the state...
article Louisiana Senate OKs sports betting; see where the bill heads next
(Louisiana) -- Betting on college and professional sporting events at the state’s gambling halls moved a step closer to becoming reality when the state Senate...

4/29/2019

article New Orleans 'Fair Share,' sports betting, equal rights up for critical votes at state legislature Monday
(Louisiana) -- As lawmakers move into the middle of the 2019 legislative session, several bills are facing critical votes in Baton Rouge. Multiple sports betting bills...

4/26/2019

article OP/ED: Sports gambling is not the way to build Louisiana’s budget
(Louisiana) -- A main argument for sports betting legislation in Louisiana is that we’re being left behind by Mississippi. Our neighbor to the east approved wagers...

4/24/2019

article Extension for Harrah's casino license passes first step easily; here are next steps
(Louisiana) -- For the second year in a row, a bill that would extend Harrah’s license to operate the only land casino in New Orleans breezed through a Louisiana...
article Harrah’s Casino New Orleans steps closer to 30-year license renewal
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Legislature committee agreed to extend the Harrah’s Casino state gambling license for another 30 years, moving the proposal Wednesday (...
article Possible extension for Harrah's casino license passes first step easily; here are next steps
(Louisiana) -- Just as it did one year ago, legislation that would extend Harrah’s license to operate the only casino in New Orleans on Wednesday breezed through a...
article James Gill: For a state that scorns gambling, Louisiana sure is addicted to expanding its reach
(Louisiana) -- For every dollar the state receives in taxes from the gambling industry we spend at least $3 to deal with the antisocial consequences of addiction. Every...
article Legal Sports Betting Gets First Hearing In Louisiana Legislature
(Louisiana) -- A bill to legalize betting on professional and college sports in Louisiana casinos started advancing in the Senate Tuesday. “It’s not a big...

4/23/2019

article La. senator: Gambling addiction 'shameful, embarrassing'
(Louisiana) -- Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who revealed a gambling addiction in March, said the disease is "shameful and embarrassing" during debate on a...
article Sports betting clears first hurdle in LA Senate committee
(Louisiana) -- A New Orleans lawmaker opened up about her gambling addiction at a hearing Tuesday (April 23) on sports betting in Louisiana. Sen. Karen Carter-Peterson...
article Sports betting legalization bill clears first hurdle
(Louisiana) -- A Senate judiciary committee approved a bill Tuesday, April 23 that would allow voters to decide whether sports betting will be legalized in their...
article La. senator: Gambling addiction 'shameful, embarrassing'
(Louisiana) -- Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who revealed a gambling addiction in March, said the disease is "shameful and embarrassing" during debate on a...

4/21/2019

article Lawmakers again look to gambling to boost revenue
(Louisiana) -- Our media partners at The Advocate have posted a story examining the economic history of gambling in Louisiana through the context of several bills...
article Survey says: What Louisianians think about sports gambling, guns and pot
(Louisiana) -- A majority of Louisianians surveyed recently are in favor of legal gambling on sports and recreational pot, researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab...

4/20/2019

article Louisiana lawmakers once again turn to gambling to boost tax revenue, but is it worth it?
(Louisiana) -- It was almost 30 years ago that Louisiana lawmakers first turned to gambling in an effort to replenish state revenues devastated by the late 1980s oil...

4/18/2019

article Louisianans support legal sports betting, using marijuana recreationally but oppose stricter gun laws
(Louisiana) -- Majorities of Louisiana residents support legalizing gambling on professional sports and possession of a small amount of marijuana for recreational use...
article LSU poll: Majority want sports betting, recreational weed
(Louisiana) -- A new LSU poll shows most Louisianans support legalizing sports betting and small amounts of recreational marijuana, two issues lawmakers will debate...
article It’s Always 5 O’Clock at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- It seems that, right now, Louisiana is the place to be. The state is currently experiencing a record wave of tourism, with more than 41 million domestic...

4/17/2019

article Casino employee attempts to run over robber after being held at gunpoint
(Louisiana) -- Shreveport police are investigating following an armed robbery at a downtown casino. It happened overnight at the ElDorado Hotel and Casino's parking...

4/16/2019

article Harrah’s tries again to extend contract
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's is making another effort at the current legislative session to extend its current, exclusive casino contract in New Orleans until 2054, an...
article The odds improve for Harrah’s to build a new hotel in New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and City Councilman Jay H. Banks say they are supporting a deal to extend Harrah’s contract in New Orleans that...
article House committee agrees on bill that would give gambling proceeds to early childhood education
(Louisiana) -- Legislation to legalize betting on college and professional sports hasn’t been heard yet but a House committee Tuesday agreed on how to collect the...
article State lawmakers begin debating taxes, fees for fantasy sports betting
(Louisiana) -- A state lawmaker wants to make sure that once fantasy sports betting begins in parts of Louisiana, early childhood education benefits from the online...

4/15/2019

article Baton Rouge casinos' gambling winnings drop in March in continued year-over-year decline
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos continued to report year-to-year declines in revenue, bringing in 13.8% less in March than the year before....
article New Orleans casinos' winnings rise 5.6% in March
(Louisiana) -- While casino winnings across Louisiana were down in March compared with a year ago, the New Orleans gambling market was up 5.6%. The state's 15...
article Report offers ‘sound and reasonable recommendations’ for changes to Louisiana gaming
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s casino industry has long been subjected to outside influences and internal circumstances. Severe Gulf Coast weather patterns, gaming...

4/10/2019

article Study: 2 Bossier City riverboat casinos should move
(Louisiana) -- A study prepared for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development recommends that two riverboat casinos in Bossier City move. Spectrum Gaming Group of...
article James Gill: How Harrah's casino deal made Taylor Barras look like a chump, John Alario look like a sage
(Louisiana) -- You know a deal is real taxpayer ripoff if 21 lobbyists are required to get it past Louisiana's sleepy House of Representatives. That's what...

4/9/2019

article Louisiana needs sports betting, casino relocations to compete with Mississippi, consultants say
(Louisiana) -- A consultant Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration hired says Louisiana needs to relocate two casinos, lower taxes on gambling and legalize sports...

4/8/2019

article Lawmakers Return To State Capitol During Election Year
(Louisiana) -- Legislators can file up to five non-fiscal bills in this session and Pinsonat says legalizing sports betting and a proposal to extend Harrah’s New...

4/6/2019

article Harrah's new attempt at license renewal bill includes more money, Sen. Alario's support; see details
(Louisiana) -- Harrah’s aggressive push last year to extend its license to operate the only land casino in New Orleans for another 30 years collapsed on the final...
article Louisiana's casino self-ban program gets attention after lawmaker's disclosure but details are scant
(Louisiana) -- A state lawmaker's recent disclosure that she is a gambling addict and was removed from a casino after adding herself to the state’s self-...

4/5/2019

article Sports betting in Louisiana, fantasy sports rules on Legislature’s docket
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana residents could soon have two new options for legal wagering: sports betting and online fantasy sports. The state Legislature, which convenes...

4/2/2019

article Louisiana Lawmakers Propose Bill for Onsite and Mobile Sports Betting
(Louisiana) -- SB 153 is a bill that would legalize sports betting in Louisiana, but there are some hurdles to jump before the measure becomes law.

3/30/2019

article Sports betting debate returns this year
(Louisiana) -- State lawmakers will once again debate sports betting in Louisiana during the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Metairie) prefiled the...
article Have a gambling problem? This state police program can help you quit
(Louisiana) -- Over 10 million people in the United States have a gambling addiction problem. The Self-Exclusion from Casino Gaming program is available to any...

3/29/2019

article Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Pre-Filed Ahead Of Session Kickoff In April
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana has officially thrown its hat into the 2019 sports betting ring. On Wednesday, the 2019 Louisiana Sports Wagering Control Act was pre-filed by...
article Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Could Ask Voters To Legalize Wagering
(Louisiana) -- The recently passed daily fantasy sports bill will serve as the model for a new Louisiana sports betting effort. Alaska aside, the appetite for legal...

3/26/2019

article DA Won't Prosecute Democratic Leader
(Louisiana) -- The leader of Louisiana's Democratic Party is not likely to be prosecuted by the District Attorney in Baton Rouge for illegally entering a casino last...

3/25/2019

article What is gambling addiction and how is it treated?
(Louisiana) -- Years ago, a woman we'll call 'Sue' lost her husband and was living on a fixed income with two young children. She thought gambling could...

3/24/2019

article New Orleans casinos’ gambling winnings down 4.7 percent in February
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were down 4.7 percent in February from a year ago, as most of the state’s gambling markets posted...

3/22/2019

article Baton Rouge casino winnings drop 18.7 percent in February from year ago in year-and-a-half decline
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the Baton Rouge gambling market once again took another steep plunge in February, falling by 18.7 percent from the year before and...

3/21/2019

article State riverboat gaming revenue continues to fall
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s riverboat casinos took in about $7.6 million less in February than they did during the same month last year, a decline of almost 5...
article Study suggests what Harrah’s should pay the state for license renewal
(Louisiana) -- When Harrah’s New Orleans Casino sought a 30-year renewal of its state license to operate last year, the state House asked for too little money,...

2/26/2019

article Legal sports betting? La. lawmaker considers using revenue to fund early education
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers looking to legalize sports betting are poised to take another gamble this spring, with childhood education on their minds. Sen. Danny...
article ‘Small fire’ in laundry room at L’auberge
(Louisiana) -- The Lake Charles Fire Department put out a small fire in the laundry room at L’auberge Casino Resort Tuesday morning, officials said. Assistant...

2/21/2019

article Baton Rouge casino winnings drop again; statewide gambling market posts modest increase
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the Baton Rouge market plunged by 15.1 percent in January from a year ago, continuing an extended losing streak for properties in the...
article New Orleans casino revenue up 7.7 percent in January to $47.5 million
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 7.7 percent in January from a year ago, the second best performance of any of the state’s...

2/18/2019

article Can early education push help pass sports betting?
(Louisiana) -- They may not seem like a natural fit, but sports betting and early childhood education soon may become inseparably linked at the Louisiana Capitol. Early...

2/13/2019

article Could the Belle of Baton Rouge move to land?
(Colorado) -- Analysts from Eldorado Resorts, the Belle of Baton Rouge’s new parent company, will visit their Baton Rouge property this month to consider new...

2/12/2019

article Belle of Baton Rouge owners looking into possible investments, gaming facility upgrades
(Louisiana) -- The owners of the Belle of Baton Rouge are considering investment options and gaming facility upgrades. Jim Rigot, the casino’s new manager, said...
article Belle of Baton Rouge owners seriously considering moving casino onto land
(Louisiana) -- Less than three months after the new owners of the Belle of Baton Rouge said it was “highly unlikely” the downtown riverboat would move onto...

2/8/2019

article Developer moving Long Beach casino plans forward
(Mississippi) -- The Harbor Market in Long Beach is now open for business, featuring Reenie’s Southern Kitchen and Parrish’s Lounge. Owners Jim Parrish and...

1/26/2019

article Lawmakers to decide how to spend new La. gambling revenue
(Louisiana) -- The sponsor of sports betting legislation said he is open to dedicating revenue from the enterprise for early childhood education, which is suddenly...

1/22/2019

article Louisiana casino revenue continues to fall
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat casino revenue fell in three of Louisiana’s four markets in December as compared to the same month last year, causing an overall drop of...

1/17/2019

article New Orleans casino license awaits lawmakers’ decision
(Louisiana) -- An aggressive and ultimately controversial effort by Harrah’s New Orleans Casino to extend its operating license by 30 years died on the final day...

1/16/2019

article What's best deal for Louisiana in Harrah's license renewal? Study to determine value authorized
(Louisiana) -- An aggressive and ultimately controversial effort by Harrah’s New Orleans Casino to extend its operating license by 30 years died on the final day...

1/13/2019

article Gill: How sports betting money could be used to boost literacy in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards believes that the state has been too eager to dedicate tax revenues, but suggests we do it again. Although it is generally a bad...

1/12/2019

article Support builds around legalizing sports betting in Louisiana, but it's not a slam dunk
(Louisiana) -- Bipartisan support is building around a plan to allow sports wagering in Louisiana casinos, but a host of issues have yet to be hashed out and it will...
article THEIRS: Keeping up with sports betting
(Louisiana) -- Another effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana is expected to take place at this year's legislative session, but don't look for supporters...

1/9/2019

article Louisiana gov gets behind sports gambling
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana could soon legalized sports gambling if the state’s governor has his way. Governor John Bel Edwards has publicly given his support for the...

1/8/2019

article Sports betting will surface at session
(Louisiana) -- Another effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana is expected to take place at this year's legislative session, but don't look for supporters...
article Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel Celebrates 25th Anniversary
(Louisiana) -- Like many Louisiana organizations, the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana looked to raise money and started small, opening the Chitimacha Bayouland Bingo. In...
article OP/ED: Sports betting will surface at session
(Louisiana) -- Another effort to legalize sports betting in Louisiana is expected to take place at this year's legislative session, but don't look for supporters...

1/7/2019

article John Bel Edwards backs sports betting in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes Louisiana implements legal sports betting and would consider putting any revenue it generates toward expanding early childhood...

1/2/2019

article Familiar riverboat headed back to New Orleans; take peek inside ship sold off after Katrina
(Louisiana) -- Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle...

12/21/2018

article Baton Rouge market slump leads decline for state’s riverboat casinos
(Louisiana) -- The Baton Rouge casino market continues to struggle, November’s totals show. The three Baton Rouge casinos took in about $18.7 million in November,...

12/20/2018

article Louisiana's four Las Vegas-style casinos will soon be eligible to add more gambling devices
(Louisiana) -- The four casinos that account for about half of Louisiana’s take can soon add more gambling machines under rules approved by a state board Thursday.
article N.O. casino revenue up in November, state figures unchanged
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 6.3 percent in November from a year ago, while overall state winnings were virtually unchanged.

12/19/2018

article GILL: How can Louisiana enforce card counting law? Go after liquor licenses at casinos
(Louisiana) -- Citizens denied their legal rights know they can always rely on the press. When the downtrodden have nowhere else to turn, the crusading journalist will...

12/18/2018

article By the numbers: Cypress Bayou Casino's 25 years of business
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton is celebrating 25 years of business. Here are a few things we learned about the tribal operation during a Dec. 18...

12/12/2018

article Suspects stole thousands in liquor from Golden Nugget Casino
(Louisiana) -- Detectives with the Lake Charles Police Department Property Crimes Division are asking for help from the public in identifying three theft suspects.

12/5/2018

article Lumiere Place Casino patron alleges it failed to pay winnings from craps game
(Louisiana) -- A casino patron alleges he had a winning roll in a craps game and the casino failed to pay him his winnings. Joseph Rudy filed a complaint on Nov. 25 in...
article L’Auberge to add outdoor smoking area with 100 slot machines
(Louisiana) -- L’Auberge Casino and Hotel is currently constructing a $3.6 million outdoor smoking area that will feature 100 slot machines, according to the Baton...

12/4/2018

article Rayville man works to even odds at casinos
(Louisiana) -- A Rayville man hopes to help pass legislation which will change the way casinos do business in Louisiana for the better. “Not only does this bill...

11/26/2018

article Belle of Baton Rouge owner, online gaming company strike deal for internet gambling
(Louisiana) -- The parent company of the Belle of Baton Rouge has reached an agreement with an international online gambling company that opens the door for internet...
article Belle of Baton Rouge parent company enters deal to offer online sports betting
(Louisiana) -- Casino and online gambling company The Stars Group announced this morning that it has reached a $25 million agreement with Belle of Baton Rouge parent...

11/23/2018

article Eldorado: Lake Charles riverboat may move ashore
(Louisiana) -- The owner of two Louisiana riverboat casinos says it may move one near Texas onto land, but probably will leave its Baton Rouge boat afloat. Eldorado...

11/22/2018

article New La. law aims to protect ‘skilled’ card players
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana legislators earlier this year quietly approved a new law meant to establish protections for “skilled” gamblers, including those who...

11/21/2018

article Belle owners: 'highly unlikely' casino will move inland, but Lake Charles property may get relocated
(Louisiana) -- The new owners of the Belle of Baton Rouge said it’s “highly unlikely” they will take steps to move the downtown riverboat casino onto...

11/20/2018

article New law aimed to protect 'skilled' card players, but who's enforcing it?
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana legislators earlier this year quietly approved a new law meant to establish protections for "skilled" gamblers, including those who...
article Belle of Baton Rouge’s new owner has no plans for upgrades, moving casino onshore
(Louisiana) -- Executives with Eldorado Resorts, the new parent company of the Belle of Baton Rouge, aren’t interested in following up on the previous owner’...

11/19/2018

article Louisiana casino win down 5.1 pct
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) revealed that casinos in the state recorded a decrease in winnings of 5.1% year-on-year during October. The...

11/15/2018

article New Orleans casinos post another year-over-year decline as Louisiana reports 5.1 percent less in October winnings
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana casinos brought in 5.1 percent less in winnings from gamblers in October compared to a year earlier, with the New Orleans gambling market...

11/14/2018

article Expanded Arkansas casino gambling is bad for Shreveport-Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- Does a cat have climbing gear? How could it not? On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Arkansas voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow full-scale casino...

11/12/2018

article Mississippi sports betting starting to eat into Louisiana's gaming business?
(Louisiana) -- After only three months and change, it's too soon to say how much legalized sports betting in Mississippi will affect Louisiana casinos. But...

11/9/2018

article Passage of fantasy sports betting illustrates shift across Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Louisianans voted Tuesday to legalize Daily Fantasy Sports contests in 47 out of 64 parishes, suggesting a significant increase in support for gaming...

11/4/2018

article OP/ED: Sports betting will be up next
(Louisiana) -- If Louisiana voters decide Tuesday to allow fantasy sports contests in their parishes, they can expect to see the Legislature next spring open the door to...

10/29/2018

article Breaking Overnight: 'Shots Fired' in Neighborhood; Casino Incident
(Louisiana) -- Bossier City Police were busy overnight, responding to one ‘shots fired’ report and another emergency call at a local casino. One incident...

10/28/2018

article Gaspard named casino exec chef
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel CEO and General Manager Mike Howard announced that Willie Gaspard has been named as the casino’s executive chef. Gaspard...

10/26/2018

article Louisiana Sports Betting Prodded By Southern Neighbors
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana has considered sports betting legalization for several years. The sports gambling prospects of their southern neighbors may (finally) push a...
article Upcoming DFS Vote Could Be A Window Into Appetite For Louisiana Sports Betting
(Louisiana) -- If Louisiana wants to gauge residents’ temperature on sports betting, the state’s top gaming regulator says to use the November vote on daily...
article Parish govt. aims to offset prisoner costs with racino funding
(Louisiana) -- St. Landry Parish government is targeting the annual Evangeline Downs Racino funding sent to the Opelousas Police Department to help offset the costs of...

10/25/2018

article Another debate coming in Louisiana about sports betting
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers Wednesday promised a renewed push to legalize sports betting, saying gamblers are finding ways to wager elsewhere and the state is...
article La. voters to decide whether to legalize online fantasy sports gambling
(Louisiana) -- Voters across Louisiana will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize online fantasy sports betting within their parishes. But even if voters in Terrebonne or...
article Louisiana Lawmakers to Revisit Sports Betting in 201
(Louisiana) -- This week, Louisiana lawmakers showed a renewed interest in bringing legalized sports betting to the state known for being the birthplace of jazz, Cajun...
article Louisiana Seeks ‘Deeper Look’ Into Regulating Sports Betting
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers held a colorful hearing Wednesday in Baton Rouge to lay some more groundwork on the sports betting issue ahead of the next legislative...

10/24/2018

article Another debate coming in Louisiana on sports betting
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers Wednesday promised a renewed push to legalize sports betting, saying gamblers are finding ways to wager elsewhere and the state is...
article Is sports betting coming to La.? 'We're lagging behind'
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers heard from Mississippi's top gambling regulator about his state's sports betting success story as he jokingly encouraged them...
article Louisiana Legislature plans to tackle sports betting again in 2019 session; here's next steps
(Louisiana) -- State lawmakers are betting that they can successfully revive efforts to legalize sports wagering in Louisiana, as neighboring Mississippi reaps...
article Crapped out: Baton Rouge casinos seeing steady revenue losses
(Louisiana) -- Josephine Smith has been playing the slots at the Belle of Baton Rouge since the riverboat casino opened, then under a different name, in the mid-1990s....

10/21/2018

article BPD: Two men involved in shooting at Horseshoe Casino knew each other
(Louisiana) -- Bossier Police say the two men involved in a fatal shooting inside the parking garage of the Horseshoe Casino knew each other. It happened just before 10...

10/18/2018

article Baton Rouge casino revenue continues downward trend
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos collectively raked in 20.7% less revenue in September than they did during the month last year, marking the...

10/17/2018

article Constitutional amendments would require unanimous verdicts, prevent raids on highway trust fund
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters will decide Nov. 6 whether the state should require unanimous jury verdicts in all felony criminal trials. It's one of six proposed...

10/7/2018

article Belle of Baton Rouge changes hands for $18 million as part of Tropicana acquisition
(Louisiana) -- The Belle of Baton Rouge has changed hands for $18 million as part of a previously-announced $1.85 billion acquisition of its operator, Tropicana...

9/22/2018

article New Orleans casinos see spike in revenue, while Baton Rouge numbers dip
(Louisiana) -- New Orleans’ casinos brought in 8.2 percent more in August than they did a year ago, an increase that put them slightly behind the 9.2 percent...

9/20/2018

article Louisiana casinos see winnings increase; Baton Rouge still down
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s casinos brought in 9.2 percent more in August than they did a year ago, while the Baton Rouge gambling market continued to report...
article New Orleans casinos see spike in revenue, while Baton Rouge numbers dip
(Louisiana) -- New Orleans’ casinos brought in 8.2 percent more in August than they did a year ago, an increase that put them slightly behind the 9.2 percent...

9/12/2018

article La. State Senator Says He'll Bring Back Sports Betting Bill
(Louisiana) -- This year Louisiana lawmakers approved a bill that allows riverboat casinos to move on land. But Lawmakers didn’t support a bill that would’ve...

9/7/2018

article Casino visitor claims waitress 'negligently' spilled coffee on her
(Louisiana) -- A Harris County woman’s visit to a Louisiana hotel and casino two years ago was purportedly marred by a spilt beverage. Linda Harris is suing Golden...
article Council discusses rededicating casino revenues to parish projects
(Louisiana) -- Roads aren’t being graded efficiently, ditch digging is behind schedule, two rounds of vegetation spraying has not proven totally effective and...

8/30/2018

article Parents file wrongful death suit filed against Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels
(Louisiana) -- The parents of a man who died after nearly drowning in a swimming pool at a casino have filed a wrongful death suit against the casino's owners. Edward L...

8/26/2018

article In Louisiana, lawmakers promote bills that help relatives and clients
(Louisiana) -- State Sen. Norby Chabert wanted to offer a helping hand to his district’s truck stop casinos. The number of video poker machines allowed in the...

8/22/2018

article Louisiana’s casino, racetrack revenues rose 0.9% in 2017
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s total casino and racetrack revenue cashed in at roughly $2.56 billion in 2017, up 0.9% from the year previous, according to the American...

8/19/2018

article Louisiana gaming revenue dips 5.5 percent in July, Baton Rouge market down almost 27 percent
(Louisiana) -- A bad calendar comparison from a year ago and a smoking ban targeting restaurants and casinos in Baton Rouge pummeled Louisiana gaming revenues during...

8/17/2018

article Judge reinstates terminated employee who was gambling at work
(Louisiana) -- A man who was terminated for gambling on the New Orleans' Sewerage and Water Board property after 21 years of employment, successfully appealed his...
article Baton Rouge riverboat casino revenue continues crapping out
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos collectively raked 26.7% less revenue in July than each did during the same month last year, marking the 12th-...
article Louisiana casino revenues down over 5 percent from calendar quirk
(Louisiana) -- A quirk in the calendar contributed to Louisiana casinos' revenues being 5.5 percent lower in July when compared to the year before. Baton Rouge...

8/12/2018

article James Gill: As riverboat casinos move onshore, a reminder how it isn't an 'expansion of gambling'
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat casino owners will need to shell out for a few extras — a hotel or conference center, say — to get permission from the state Gaming...

8/9/2018

article OP/ED: Markets rule, even in Louisiana casinos, gaming industry must remain adaptable
(Louisiana) -- A generation ago, as casinos blossomed in Mississippi under its laissez-faire policies on gaming, Louisiana's restrictive laws on granting licenses...

8/8/2018

article Lights Go Out at a Shreveport Casino
(Louisiana) -- If you ever venture into any of the local casinos, you know it's loud. You hear slot machines ringing and dinging, gamblers hollering when they hit a...

8/7/2018

article Louisiana law change is about building new resorts says Jones
(Louisiana) -- The head of Louisiana’s Gaming Control Board, Ronnie Jones, is confident that recent changes to the law allowing river boat casinos to move onto dry land...
article Will Louisiana legalize sports betting?
(Louisiana) -- Mississippi casinos in Biloxi and Tunica welcomed sports betting with great fanfare last week. “For the Southeast region, we’re it,”...

8/6/2018

article Gambling revenues 'stable,' but increased competition looms large
(Louisiana) -- Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones told reporters Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club that the gambling industry is "fairly stable."...
article Will Louisiana legalize sports betting?
(Louisiana) -- Mississippi casinos in Biloxi and Tunica welcomed sports betting with great fanfare last week. “For the Southeast region, we’re it,”...
article Louisiana gambling regulator: 3 casinos want to move onshore
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's chief gambling regulator says three of the state's 15 riverboat casinos have indicated interest in moving their properties onshore,...
article Louisiana Gaming Control head expects rules for onshore casinos will be finished this year
(Louisiana) -- The Belle of Baton Rouge is among three riverboat casinos wanting to move operations onshore and casino operators in the state are concerned about sports...
article Riverboat casino policies for moving on land will be set by 2019
(Louisiana) -- The state’s Gaming Control Board is still drafting its policy for riverboat casinos to move onto land, with the group aiming to have regulations in...

8/2/2018

article Lafayette man wins $300K on progressive slot at Cypress Bayou
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel announced today that a Lafayette man won a huge jackpot at the facility. He hit a $343,679 jackpot on a wide-area progressive...

7/22/2018

article Was failed Harrah’s extension a ‘sweetheart deal?’ Study can’t say
(Louisiana) -- A $34,000 week-long study has provided no definitive answer regarding Gov. John Bel Edwards’ query into whether a failed 2018 proposal to extend...

7/19/2018

article Baton Rouge riverboat casinos see revenues drop after smoking ban took effect in June
(Louisiana) -- While casino revenues rose statewide, Baton Rouge's three riverboat casinos saw their winnings drop 15.6 percent in June, the same month the citywide...
article New Orleans casino market outperforms state numbers in June
(Louisiana) -- Revenues at New Orleans gambling halls rose by 6.9 percent in June from the year before, an increase that outperformed the growth of Louisiana’s...
article Louisiana Gaming Control Board approves Penn National-Pinnacle deal
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Thursday approved Penn National Gaming’s $2.8 billion purchase of Pinnacle Entertainment. The board is the...

7/12/2018

article Louisiana Riverboats Won’t Be Coming Ashore This Year
(Louisiana) -- There’s a long wait for Louisiana casino riverboats to come ashore, despite a recent relaxed ruling that now allows applications for the move.

7/7/2018

article Boomtown Belle Casino guest files slip-and-fall lawsuit
(Louisiana) -- A woman is seeking damages in connection with an alleged slip-and-fall incident at Boomtown Belle Casino. Cheryl Lawrence filed a lawsuit July 3 against...

7/4/2018

article Study on Harrah's casino suggests revised legislation would have offered fair deal to taxpayers
(Louisiana) -- During the waning weeks of the regular legislative session, a bill sought by owners of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino ran into headwinds in the state...

7/2/2018

article Another Naked Guy Arrested at Bossier City Casino
(Louisiana) -- Diamondjacks is Bossier City’s casino with the lowest attendance and revenue. But that may change soon. Especially for customers looking to see...

7/1/2018

article Is sports betting in our future?
(Louisiana) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door to sports betting for all states, but it appears Louisiana won’t be rushing to join the crowd. However,...

6/28/2018

article 3 things you might not know about 'Best Casino' winner Cypress Bayou Casino
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, located in Charenton, is one of the largest entertainment attractions in Acadiana. It draws in thrill seekers from all over...
article Coushatta Casino Resort is Voted Best Local Casino by 'Times of Acadiana'
(Louisiana) -- One of this year's finalists for Best Casino is Coushatta Casino Resort, located just outside of Kinder. The resort features a 100,000 square foot...

6/27/2018

article Men use $3,500 worth of counterfeit money to gamble at Harrah's: warrant
(Louisiana) -- NOPD arrested one of two men Tuesday (June 25) who cashed in $3,500 worth of counterfeit money at New Orleans' Harrah's Casino in the fall of 2017.

6/24/2018

article Voters in November will decide whether to legalize fantasy sports; here's how it would work
(Louisiana) -- In the 1980s, baseball fans started mimicking team owners by gathering with friends to pick players from any active roster to create their own teams in an...
article Harrah's New Orleans is getting a new 2,200-capacity music venue with a historic brand name
(Louisiana) -- The vast, long-vacant second story of New Orleans’ downtown casino has found a flashy new tenant: The Fillmore at Harrah’s New Orleans, a...

6/21/2018

article Nude man goes on rampage at casino
(Louisiana) -- A man with far more attitude than clothes gave new meaning to the term strip poker Tuesday night at a Bossier City casino. The totally nude man went on a...

6/18/2018

article Gambling in Louisiana will have a totally new look soon
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Legislature and Gov. John Bel Edwards approved seven new gambling laws this year. Some changes were historic, including a new ballot...

6/15/2018

article Tashara Travels: The Margaritaville Bossier City Resort & Casino Experience
(Louisiana) -- In partnership with Margaritaville Bossier City Resort & Casino, CBS19 is giving away the 'Margaritaville Experience' to one lucky viewer.

6/4/2018

article When Will Riverboat Casinos Be Allowed To Move Ashore?
(Louisiana) -- Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation allowing riverboat casinos to move up to 1,200 feet onto land from their current berth space. Executive...

6/3/2018

article New law allows riverboat casinos to move ashore, so when will it happen?
(Louisiana) -- Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation allowing riverboat casinos to move up to 1,200 feet onto land from their current berth space.
article Ex-shipyard worker found career as charismatic waiter
(Louisiana) -- Fresh baked bread anyone? Sure it may not be the main reason you initially decide to indulge on a meal at Mr. Lester’s Steakhouse at Cypress Bayou...
article Police arrest man for jumping over table to attack casino worker
(Louisiana) -- A Baton Rouge man is now in custody after police say he jumped a table to attack a casino employee, then struggled with officers, threatening to kill them...

5/29/2018

article Louisiana voters to decide on fantasy sports games in November
(Louisiana) -- Voters will decide whether fantasy sports games through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel will be legalized in Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards...

5/28/2018

article Gov. passes bill to allow riverboat casinos onshore
(Louisiana) -- If you like gambling... you won't have to step over water to play poker anymore. Louisiana's riverboat casinos are now allowed on dry land. With...
article Louisiana’s riverboat casinos now free to move ashore
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s 15 riverboat casinos can now operate on land after a single vote victory in the Senate approved SB 316 and on May 23, 2018, Democratic...
article Kenner eyes possible Treasure Chest casino expansion
(Louisiana) -- The Treasure Chest casino in Kenner has permission to come ashore. A new state law now allows Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos to move on to land, 1,...

5/26/2018

article Fantasy Sports Contests in Louisiana? Voters to decide in November
(Louisiana) -- Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that could make playing fantasy sports for money legal in the state of Louisiana. But whether it actually...
article LA voters to decide on one-day fantasy sports gaming in November
(Louisiana) -- Voters will decide whether fantasy sports games through online sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel will be legalized in Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards...
article Louisiana voters to decide in Nov. on fantasy sports gaming
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters will get to decide whether fantasy sports betting apps such as DraftKing and FanDuel should become legal in the state on the Nov. 6...
article How exactly did Harrah's deal fall apart? Questions, key concerns until it was 'too late'
(Louisiana) -- On March 29, Speaker Taylor Barras strode down from his perch overseeing the Louisiana House of Representatives to the microphone on the chamber’s...

5/24/2018

article Louisiana riverboat relocation becomes law
(Louisiana) -- The governor of the US state of Louisiana has signed a bill allowing the states existing riverboat casinos to move in land, following a unanimous approval...
article Which Riverboats Will Look at Building New Casinos in Louisiana?
(Louisiana) -- During the regular session this year, lawmakers approved a pretty big change for the riverboat casinos across the state. But the change passes by just one...

5/23/2018

article Riverboat casinos are now allowed to operate on land
(Louisiana) -- With casino executives peering over his shoulder, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Wednesday the law that allows the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to...

5/22/2018

article Fagan: State leaders stumble, bumble as Harrah's boondoggle goes down in flames
(Louisiana) -- You never really know what’s something’s worth until you put it out to bid. A fundamental law of economics that seems to escape government...

5/20/2018

article James Gill: Hoping Louisiana will outstmart Mississippi for once? That's a bad bet
(Louisiana) -- Irish bookie Paddy Power has announced plans to expand its American operations by buying the online fantasy sports betting company FanDuel, which just...

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