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Louisiana casinos plan layoffs for another 1,375 workers as industry struggles

Louisiana’s casinos, riverboats and racetracks are planning to layoff another 1,375 workers, bringing the total to nearly 3,000 employees who have lost their jobs as the state's gambling industry continues to take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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10/23/2020

article Lake Charles pins hopes on casino returns
(Louisiana) -- Lake Charles’ vital tourism industry has started to reopen, raising hopes for thousands of storm-weary residents still putting their lives back...

10/22/2020

article ‘Everything must go:’ Diamond Jacks Casino & Hotel liquidation sale underway
(Louisiana) -- Diamond Jacks in Bossier City is having a liquidation sale starting Thursday and everything must go, according to the company contracted to sell off...

10/21/2020

article Seven amendments, sports betting proposal go before voters Nov. 3
(Louisiana) -- Aside from a litany of federal, state and local elections on the Nov. 3 ballot, residents here and throughout Louisiana will decide on seven amendments...

10/19/2020

article A look at Louisiana's casino market: Baton Rouge riverboats see state's best performance in September
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos collectively posted a 4.6% increase in winnings in September when compared to the year before, the best...
article New Orleans casinos post 31.2% drop in revenue during September
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans casino market saw its revenue drop by 31.2% in September from year-ago levels as the coronavirus pandemic and hurricanes took a toll on...

10/18/2020

article New Orleans area casinos weather coronavirus pandemic, with varying results; Harrah's takes big hit
(Louisiana) -- Sinclair Cullen stepped out of Harrah’s Casino on Wednesday evening to the same strange sight that greeted him when he arrived the night before:...

10/17/2020

article Ballot breakdown: Amendments and Sports Betting Proposition
(Louisiana) -- Voters consider seven constitutional amendments and a sports betting proposition in the Nov. 3 election. Amendment #1 There is no specific mention of...

10/13/2020

article Our Views: Amendments and a gambling proposition on Nov. 3 ballots
(Louisiana) -- The views of this newspaper’s editorial board on the constitutional amendments and statewide propositions are presented yesterday and today. We encourage...

10/12/2020

article Louisiana voters to consider 7 constitutional amendments and gambling referendum
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters this fall can add up to seven new amendments to the state constitution. They also will consider allowing sports betting in their parishes...

10/11/2020

article Sports betting in La. is on the ballot, again. Will it pass this time?
(Louisiana) -- For the second time in two years, voters in all 64 parishes will decide individually whether to authorize a new form of sports betting. In 2018, voters in...

10/10/2020

article Allowing a form of sports betting in Louisiana is on the ballot, again. Will it pass this time?
(Louisiana) -- For the second time in two years, voters in all 64 parishes will decide individually whether to authorize a new form of sports betting. In 2018, voters in...

10/9/2020

article Louisiana casinos’ resiliency to be tested by yet another hurricane
(Louisiana) -- Casinos in Louisiana are finding out how strong they in the face of adversity. As if having to deal with a global pandemic that shut down operations for...

10/2/2020

article La. voters to decide on legalizing sports betting in individual parishes Nov. 3
(Louisiana) -- Voters will get to decide whether sports betting should be allowed in their parishes during the presidential election, though it would not happen where it...

9/30/2020

article This New Orleans native is returning to run Harrah's at a critical time for the casino
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's New Orleans has tapped Samir Mowad to be its new general manager as it starts talks with City Hall and other stakeholders on a $325 million...

9/22/2020

article Louisiana Sports Betting Gets Operator-Backed Campaign For School Funding
(Louisiana) -- A second campaign pushing sports betting as a way to fund education and more launched recently, this time in Louisiana.

9/20/2020

article Crapped out? Louisiana casino revenue tanks
(Louisiana) -- August revenues for Louisiana’s riverboat casinos and one land-based casino were down 31% compared to August 2019. Every casino took in less money...

9/18/2020

article Baton Rouge casino revenue down 11.7% in August
(Louisiana) -- Revenues at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos were down by 11.7% in August when compared to the same time period a year ago, the best...
article Louisiana casinos post steep decline in August
(Louisiana) -- Every casino in Louisiana took in less money in August than during August 2019, according to the latest revenue report made public Thursday. Every casino...
article New Orleans posts 36.3% drop in casino revenues in August, worst in the state
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans casino market saw revenues drop 36.3% in August from the year before, the biggest drop in revenue in any of the state's gambling...

9/11/2020

article Louisiana moves to Phase 3, but some casino and bar owners are still disappointed; Here's why
(Louisiana) -- Businesses said they were disappointed with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to continue to keep most bars closed and cut off alcohol sales at 10 p.m...

9/9/2020

article Lake Charles casinos, shut down by Hurricane Laura, set to re-open soon
(Louisiana) -- Hurricane Laura has kept the Lake Charles gambling market shut down since August 25. But the head of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board said three...

9/2/2020

article La. casino revenue dips about 10 percent
(Louisiana) -- Casino revenue in Louisiana was down about 10 percent last month compared to last July, though the Baton Rouge market was up almost 5 percent, according...
article How bad was the COVID-19 shutdown on Shreveport-Bossier economy? Numbers tell the story
(Louisiana) -- When Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a stay-at-home order in mid-March to fight the spread of the coronavirus, everyone knew the order would have an effect...

8/28/2020

article Louisiana: Hurricane Laura lashed three casinos
(Louisiana) -- Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, leaving widespread destruction across the state.

8/27/2020

article Isle of Capri Casino in Lake Charles blown away by Laura, wedged under I-10 bridge
(Louisiana) -- The Isle of Capri riverboat casino in Lake Charles broke from its mooring overnight and floated away, wedging itself under the I-10 bridge, according to a...

8/25/2020

article Louisiana casino revenue dips about 10 percent
(Louisiana) -- Casino revenue in Louisiana was down about 10 percent last month compared to last July, though the Baton Rouge market was up almost 5 percent, according...
article Louisiana's Coushatta Casino Resort Partners With Rush Street Interactive To Launch Social Gaming
(Louisiana) -- Rush Street Interactive (RSI), the developer and supplier of a leading social gaming product, CASINO4FUN®, today announced the launch of a Social...

8/24/2020

article Louisiana casino revenue dips about 10%
(Louisiana) -- Casino revenue in Louisiana was down about 10% last month compared to last July, though the Baton Rouge market was up almost 5%, according to state...
article New Orleans gambling revenues down 20.1% in July
(Louisiana) -- In the first full month all of the local gaming venues were open since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, gambling revenues in the New Orleans market...
article Woman identified in deadly shooting at Margaritaville, boyfriend jailed on murder charges
(Louisiana) -- A woman who was allegedly shot and killed by her boyfriend at a casino hotel in Bossier City has been identified.

8/23/2020

article Hollywood Casino moving onto land, expanding with Shaq's 'Big Chicken' restaurant
(Louisiana) -- The riverfront will soon change as one of its riverboat casinos plans to move to a land-based venue by 2021. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board confirmed...

8/22/2020

article Baton Rouge casino moving onto land in 2022
(Louisiana) -- A riverboat casino operation in Baton Rouge will move onto land in 2022, taking advantage of a 2018 state law. The Advocate reports that Hollywood Casino...

8/21/2020

article Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge moving onto land, adding Shaquille O'Neal restaurant, sports bar
(Louisiana) -- Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge plans to move gambling operations off its downtown riverboat into an expanded land-based facility in February 2022. The...
article Lt. governor, economist to speak at regional tourism, hospitality conference on Aug. 27
(Louisiana) -- The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau will host the North Louisiana Travel Outlook Conference (NLTOC) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday...

8/20/2020

article Casino in Louisiana reopens with new post-pandemic health and safety measures
(Louisiana) -- If you’re feeling lucky, the last of Shreveport-Bossier’s major casinos is back in business. After the coronavirus dealt a bad hand to our...

8/3/2020

article Bar Owners Outraged Over Photos of Crowded Baton Rouge Casino
(Louisiana) -- There has been an ongoing debate between Louisiana bar owners and the governor's executive order for all bars in Louisiana to be shut down at this...

7/30/2020

article Court rules for state over Harrah's casino in tax case that could be worth $50 million
(Louisiana) -- The state of Louisiana is one step closer to collecting up to $50 million from owners of Harrah’s New Orleans after a Baton Rouge appeals court...

7/29/2020

article Golden Nugget is on the State Fire Marshal’s two-strikes list
(Louisiana) -- Golden Nugget Lake Charles has received two strikes from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office,...

7/18/2020

article Coronavirus come-down for Louisiana casino market
(Louisiana) -- The 15 casinos and four racinos in the southern American state of Louisiana reportedly recorded aggregated gross gaming revenues for June that were 19.5%...

7/16/2020

article Baton Rouge riverboat casinos bring in nearly $18.3 million as they rebound during first full month of operations
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos brought in nearly $18.3 million in revenue during June, just 4.5% less than a year ago, despite operating at...
article New Orleans casino revenue $25.6 million in June, off 43% from a year ago
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans casino market generated $25.6 million in June, the first month since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in which all of the region...

7/15/2020

article DFS coming to Louisiana, possibly within a month
(Louisiana) -- It’s been two years since Louisiana voters, for the most part, agreed to allow legalized daily fantasy sports (DFS) into their parishes. Since then...

7/10/2020

article Casino layoffs add to burden on economy
(Louisiana) -- The layoffs announced recently by St. Mary Parish’s two largest casinos affect nearly 400 employees, according to warning notices filed with the...

7/8/2020

article Amid COVID-19 and layoffs, casino industry calls tax break a ‘tool’ to lure traffic
(Louisiana) -- Amid fears of more layoffs at Louisiana casinos, gaming industry leaders are stressing the need for a proposed tax incentive currently sitting at Gov....

7/7/2020

article Casinos lay off hundreds in wake of pandemic
(Louisiana) -- For nearly two months, casinos in Louisiana were closed by emergency orders from Louisiana Governor John Bel. Edwards to help combat the spread of the...
article Cypress Bayou Casino lays off 229, citing losses from COVID-19 shutdown
(Louisiana) -- Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton let go of 229 employees on July 1 after experiencing significant losses due to the COVID-19 shutdown. The casino, which...
article Louisiana casinos plan layoffs for another 1,375 workers as industry struggles
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s casinos, riverboats and racetracks are planning to layoff another 1,375 workers, bringing the total to nearly 3,000 employees who have...

7/6/2020

article Acadiana casinos are laying off hundreds permanently
(Louisiana) -- As we reported last week, Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel and L'Auberge are the latest Acadiana casinos to announce layoffs. Today we've learned the...
article L'Auberge to Lay Off 602 Workers
(Louisiana) -- L'Auberge in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles will be letting go of 602 employees in early August. L'Auberge Casino Resort has officially notified...

7/5/2020

article Boomtown Casino expects to cut 197 jobs by mid-August amid widespread layoffs at Louisiana casinos
(Louisiana) -- The company that runs Boomtown Casino in Harvey is warning of 197 looming job cuts slated for Aug. 15, according to a filing with the Louisiana Workforce...
article Coronavirus hammers Louisiana gambling industry with 4,000 layoffs: See list of casinos affected
(Louisiana) -- More than 4,000 casino employees across Louisiana have either lost, or are expected to lose, their jobs as the industry continues to reel from the effect...
article L'Auberge Casino to lay off more than 160 in Baton Rouge amid coronavirus, company says
(Louisiana) -- Hundreds of employees at two of L'Auberge Casino Resort's locations in Louisiana are expected to be laid off according to an article from KPLC-TV...

7/1/2020

article Louisiana lawmakers pass tax breaks as virus recovery effort
(Louisiana) -- In their special session that ended Tuesday, Louisiana lawmakers agreed to expand and extend business tax credits, exemptions and incentive programs,...

6/24/2020

article Louisiana Legislature Passes Tax Break for Gambling Industry
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana gambling industry is poised to get a tax break, thanks to a measure the Legislature is sending to the governor’s desk. The legislation...

6/18/2020

article Bills on gambling taxes move forward
(Louisiana) -- Two bills involving taxes on the gaming industry advanced in the Legislature Wednesday. One of the bills would levy a tax on fantasy sports contests. The...

6/17/2020

article Bills involving taxes on gaming industry advance in Legislature
(Louisiana) -- Two bills involving taxes on the gaming industry advanced in the Legislature Wednesday. One of the bills would levy a tax on fantasy sports contests. The...

6/16/2020

article Louisiana Senate panels advances tax break for casinos
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committee approved legislation to give the gaming industry an $83 million tax break over five years after...
article Casinos see modest business during partial May reopening
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s riverboat casinos had a modest reopening from the coronavirus pandemic in mid May, bringing in 36% of the revenue during the nearly...
article How did New Orleans casinos do during partial reopening in May amid coronavirus?
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans-area riverboat casinos had a modest reopening from the coronavirus pandemic in mid-May, bringing in just 27.9% of the revenue they took in...

6/13/2020

article Pandemic: Casino chain eyes up to 1,500 Louisiana layoffs
(Louisiana) -- Coronavirus pandemic closings have cost Louisiana casinos hundreds of millions of dollars, and one chain has told the state it may lay off as many as 1,...
article Video poker, casino, malls prepare for phase two reopening
(Louisiana) -- With closed doors and empty streets greeting visitors are every block, quarantine is still very evident downtown. “Normally, you got people all over...

6/12/2020

article Video poker, casino, malls prepare for phase two reopening
(Louisiana) -- With closed doors and empty streets greeting visitors are every block, quarantine is still very evident downtown. “Normally, you got people all over...
article Lake Charles man arrested for theft from casino
(Louisiana) -- A Lake Charles man is accused of stealing two trash bags containing money from a Lake Charles area casino on Wednesday. Horace J. LaFleur, 35, was seen...

6/11/2020

article Casinos, racetracks plan 1,500 layoffs statewide
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s casinos have lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue due to COVID-19, and one company is expecting to lay off more than 1,500 total...
article Casinos, racetracks plan 1,500 layoffs statewide
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s casinos have lost tens of millions of dollars in revenue due to COVID-19, and one company is expecting to lay off more than 1,500 total...

6/10/2020

article Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino to lay off 246 due to losses from coronavirus shutdown
(Louisiana) -- The Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas will lay off 246 employees at the first of next month as the result of losses suffered from the...

6/9/2020

article Harrah's set to reopen Saturday after COVID-19 shutdown
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's New Oreans Casino and Hotel will reopen Saturday along with other businesses as the city begins phase of economic reopening after several...

6/4/2020

article Edwards names new chairman of Louisiana gambling board
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards quickly tapped a new leader for Louisiana’s gambling regulatory board Wednesday, only two days after the Senate surprised the...
article Louisiana’s gambling revenue dropped to $2.46 billion in 2019
(Louisiana) -- Helped by the continuing spread of legal sports betting, commercial casinos in the U.S. won $43.6 billion from gamblers last year, an increase of 3.7%...

6/3/2020

article John Bel Edwards chooses State Police official to chair Louisiana gambling board
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards moved swiftly on Wednesday to fill a key government vacancy by naming a senior Louisiana State Police official as the new chairman...
article Karen Carter Peterson quietly engineers power play to oust gambling board chairman
(Louisiana) -- In March 2019, state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson was forced to acknowledge publicly that she was a gambling addict after she violated a state gambling...

6/2/2020

article Louisiana Senate approves daily fantasy sports legislation
(Louisiana) -- On Friday, the Louisiana Senate approved a measure that will allow residents of the state to take part in real money online fantasy sports.
article Head of La. Gaming Control Board ousted
(Louisiana) -- The head of Louisiana's gambling regulatory board has been ousted by state senators who refused to confirm his reappointment on the final day of the...

5/30/2020

article Norco senator backing sports betting bill
(Louisiana) -- A push to expand gambling in Louisiana gained momentum this month as the State Senate approved a bill that, if ultimately passed, would allow sports...
article Sports betting will be on Nov. ballot, but implementation at least a year away
(Louisiana) -- Voters will get to decide whether sports betting should be allowed in their parishes during the presidential election, though it would not happen where it...

5/28/2020

article Louisiana legislators approve letting voters consider legalizing sports betting in their areas
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters likely will have a chance to decide if sports betting will be legalized in their parishes. The Louisiana House of Representatives on...
article Path to legalized sports betting heads to Louisiana governor
(Louisiana) -- A proposal that paves the way for legalized sports betting in some Louisiana parishes is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk.The Democratic...
article What Comes Next For Louisiana Sports Betting Push After Legislative Green Light
(Louisiana) -- Voters will get to decide if they want Louisiana sports betting this November. The House voted 71-24 to pass a Louisiana sports betting referendum bill...
article Louisiana Legislature approves major gambling expansion
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's Legislature has approved a major gambling expansion that will allow voters in each parish to decide whether they want to legalize sports...

5/26/2020

article Louisiana Sports Betting Referendum One Step Closer To Reality
(Louisiana) -- Both chambers of the Louisiana legislature agree that voters should have the opportunity approve legalization of sports betting in November. However, they...

5/23/2020

article Louisiana lawmakers plan their own special session for June
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's Republican legislative leaders are planning a June special session, circulating a petition Friday to set a lengthy agenda that would allow...

5/21/2020

article Delta Downs casino reopens in Louisiana, eager patrons excited to be back
(Louisiana) -- For casino lovers, the wait is finally over in Louisiana. Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, is just a few miles from the Texas border. It's now back...

5/20/2020

article Louisiana sports betting referendum one step closer to voters
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters are one step closer to being able to decide whether betting on sports will be legalized in their parishes. A state House of...
article Gaming resumes at the Treasure Chest Casino
(Louisiana) -- Gamers have another casino they can visit again. Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner will reopen its doors to the public today. Casino officials say gaming...
article We're Open: Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino
(Louisiana) -- Familiar sounds at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas, which can once again say "We're Open." In Phase One, the facility...
article Paragon Casino Resort Reopens Following Temporary Closure Due to COVID-19
(Louisiana) -- Paragon Casino Resort has officially reopened its doors today, May 20, 2020, following a temporary closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paragon opened to...

5/19/2020

article A two-month shutdown of Louisiana casinos would bring $1 B loss in economic activity, AGA says
(Louisiana) -- AGA's “Casinos & Communities: Louisiana” report shows Louisiana’s 25 commercial and tribal casinos have a $6.1 billion economic...
article Louisiana’s casinos reopen with sanitizer, temperature checks
(Louisiana) -- The dealer sprays the dice with a bottle of disinfectant and a masked gambler leans into the craps table, his cheekbones raised in a grin. “Leave...
article Officials: Riverboat casino, video poker truck stops have "good start" with reopening
(Louisiana) -- Gambling industry officials said that Monday’s reopening of some riverboat casinos and video poker truck stops was “a really good start....
article Gamblers drive hours and wait in lines, as casinos reopen amid coronavirus
(Louisiana) -- Casinos in Louisiana and Mississippi are reopening this week, offering a glimpse of how the mostly closed industry might recover in a socially distanced...

5/18/2020

article Chitimacha Casino to re-open tomorrow
(Louisiana) -- The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana and Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is excited to announce the safe and strategic reopening of the casino hotel to the public...
article Amid coronavirus recovery, Louisiana's casinos reopen with sanitizer, temperature checks
(Louisiana) -- The dealer sprays the dice with a bottle of disinfectant and a masked gambler leans into the craps table, his cheekbones raised in a grin. "Leave...
article Casino reopenings in Shreveport-Bossier: What you need to know
(Louisiana) -- Casinos in Shreveport-Bossier City will reopen their doors to patrons beginning the week of May 18 following closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
article On first day of reopening, casinos see steady stream of players hoping to beat the odds
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three big casinos all had lines of people waiting to get inside to start gambling before they officially reopened Monday, May 18....
article Players face new precautions as casinos reopen in Lake Charles
(Louisiana) -- Players taking to the tables or hitting the slots for the first time in months were met Monday with unfamiliar restrictions as casinos in Lake Charles...
article Temperature screenings required before people enter casinos
(Louisiana) -- Monday, casinos outside of Orleans Parish reopened after closing their doors for weeks due to COVID-19 pandemic. Before anyone could get into Boomtown in...
article Eldorado Resorts opening 3 Louisiana casino properties Monday
(Louisiana) -- Regional gaming operators Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Penn National Gaming opened their Louisiana casinos Monday. A spokesman for Reno-based Eldorado said...
article Eldorado, Penn reopening Louisiana casinos under health and safety guidelines
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana casinos were allowed to reopen Monday under a series of guidelines and regulations put in place by state gaming regulators. Reno-based Eldorado...

5/17/2020

article Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers
(Louisiana) -- Come Monday, May 18, those who want to beat the odds at the slots will see some big changes. Starting Monday, any casino in Louisiana that wants to reopen...
article L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles reopening Monday after COVID-19 closure
(Louisiana) -- L’Auberge Casino and Resort in Lake Charles announced their facilities will be reopening on Monday. The casino will reopen on Monday, May 18 at 6 a....

5/16/2020

article Lake Charles sees muted start to casino reopening
(Louisiana) -- After nearly two months of empty gaming floors and hotel rooms, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles Casino and Hotel welcomed guests back Friday afternoon in...
article Casinos plan for reopening Monday; big changes on the way for gamblers
(Louisiana) -- Come Monday, May 18, those who want to beat the odds at the slots will see some big changes. Starting Monday, any casino in Louisiana that wants to reopen...
article Shreveport-Bossier attractions, casinos reopen as Louisiana enters Phase 1
(Louisiana) -- As Louisiana enters phase one of reopening its economy, numerous attractions, casinos, restaurants and retail shops in Shreveport-Bossier are preparing to...
article Senate panel turns back casino tax breaks
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs committee Friday rejected an effort to cut taxes on “free play” promotions that the gambling...

5/15/2020

article Louisiana Senate advances bills involving sports betting, distracted driving, alcohol delivery
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana voters could decide whether to legalize sports betting in their parishes under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday. Senate Bill 130 by...
article Louisiana Senate approves 2 sports betting bills
(Louisiana) -- In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Louisiana Senate is still working on sports betting bills, pushing two through to the House over the past 24...
article Bossier City Casino Closes Permanently
(Louisiana) -- There has been another Bossier City business casualty from the COVID-19 pandemic. DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel will not reopen.In a press release, the...
article Bossier City casino, hotel closes doors permanently
(Louisiana) -- DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel announced Friday it is closing permanently -- the first Louisiana casino to fall victim to the COVID-19 financial impact....
article L'Auberge Baton Rouge casino reopening May 18; here are restrictions and health and safety protocols
(Louisiana) -- The L’Auberge Baton Rouge casino is reopening at 8 a.m. May 18 under limited-capacity restrictions laid out under the Phase 1 reopening of certain...
article Senate panel turns back casino request for tax breaks
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs committee Friday rejected an effort to cut taxes on “free play” promotions that the gambling...

5/14/2020

article Isle of Capri Casino reopens Monday
(Louisiana) -- The Isle of Capri Casino has announced that it will be reopening at noon on Monday, May 18, 2020. The Casino will be enforcing social distancing, the...
article Louisiana Downs To Open Casino At 25 Percent Capacity On May 18
(Louisiana) -- Today, Horseshoe Bossier City and Harrah's Louisiana Downs announced that the properties will resume gaming operations at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 18,...

5/13/2020

article Louisiana casinos weigh limited reopening, but WinStar and Choctaw are waiting
(Louisiana) -- Gamblers may be able to play slots or Blackjack in Louisiana starting next week, but they’ll have to wait at least a month to return to casinos in...
article Louisiana Sports Betting Referendum Bill Clears First Major Hurdle
(Louisiana) -- A bill, which put the question of legalizing Louisiana sports betting in front of state parishes, passed in the Senate on Wednesday. The Louisiana sports...

5/12/2020

article Casinos to Reopen on Monday, May 18th
(Louisiana) -- Casinos around Louisiana have been given the go-ahead to reopen for business on Monday, May 18th. This is an exception to the Governor's Phase 1 plan...
article Louisiana casino reopening delayed, device cap questioned as end of shutdown looms
(Louisiana) -- A gaming task force wants an explanation of why Gov. John Bel Edwards is capping the number of slot machines and table game positions at casinos and video...
article Louisiana casinos first in country to make a return to gambling
(Louisiana) -- Many of the casinos under the Louisiana gaming control board will reopen Monday with specific guidelines to follow. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board...
article Louisiana casinos to reopen despite coronavirus as Mississippi waits in limbo
(Louisiana) -- Casinos in Louisiana will be allowed to open this week during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday in a press conference....

5/8/2020

article RADIO: Sports Betting In Louisiana In The Near Future?
(Louisiana) -- Cameron Henry joins Tommy to talk about sports wagering in Louisiana. Could we get legalized sports gambling by 2021?

5/6/2020

article Post coronavirus, how will Louisiana's casino industry look?
(Louisiana) -- The head of a task force established to get the state’s gambling industry operating after a shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic ends said Louisiana...
article Sports betting and casino tax relief bills move forward in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Senate Bill 378 and 130 approved Tuesday by the committee would let voters decide on Nov. 3 whether to allow wagering on college and professional sports...

5/5/2020

article Crisis weakens La. gambling industry
(Louisiana) -- Lake Charles attracts visitors to its restaurants, events and outdoor adventures, but its luxury casino resorts dominate the city's hospitality and...
article Sports gambling bills are off to a good start with Louisiana legislative committee
(Louisiana) -- The steady push to expand gambling in Louisiana continued Tuesday when a state Senate committee approved two measures that would give voters the right to...
article Sports wagering bill advances in the La. legislature; union for casino workers releases guidelines
(Louisiana) -- A bill on sports wagering sailed out of a state legislative committee on Tuesday (May 5), meanwhile an international union representing casino workers...

5/4/2020

article Bossier Casino Worker Skeptical About Safety Measures
(Louisiana) -- One casino worker in Bossier City has strong concerns about the precautions that are being put in place at casinos across the country. Casinos across the...
article Louisiana casinos could reopen by Memorial Day; players can expect different experience inside
(Louisiana) -- In many parishes across the state, the number of COVID-19 cases has flattened. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board says as long as that continues, it...

4/29/2020

article Tourism task force looking at sector-by-sector plan for reopening
(Louisiana) -- Leaders of the hospitality and tourism industry from across the state met virtually yesterday for the first of several meetings intended to help plan how...

4/28/2020

article Video shows sneeze guards on Louisiana casino's gaming tables
(Louisiana) -- Your next visit to a casino could look very different. A video of a sneeze guard attached to a blackjack table at a casino is going viral on twitter....

4/23/2020

article Coronavirus: Temporary shuttering of Louisiana's casino industry upsetting local economies
(Louisiana) -- Lake Charles attracts visitors to its restaurants, events and outdoor adventures, but its luxury casino resorts dominate the city's hospitality and...
article Louisiana casino revenue down 60% in March, Baton Rouge sees slightly smaller decrease
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were down by nearly 58% in March from a year ago, as mid-month closures of the state’s gambling halls...
article Louisiana's casino workers struggle amid closures caused by pandemic
(Louisiana) -- Lake Charles attracts visitors to its restaurants, events and outdoor adventures, but its luxury casino resorts dominate the city's hospitality and...
article L’Auberge casino employees find way to lighten mood during pandemic
(Louisiana) -- She works as a dual pit manager and her husband is a dealer at the casino. Like many of their fellow employees, they are parents and have the same worries...

4/17/2020

article Sporting events without crowds? There are countless hurdles before it can happen
(Louisiana) -- Saints fans couldn't wait to watch Drew Brees — in what could be his last season as quarterback — steer the NFL team to a second Super...
article Appeals court hits casino with reversed ruling: Pay up
(Louisiana) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed a previous ruling that dismissed a lawsuit against a Louisiana casino that had a high roller arrested before...

4/2/2020

article St. Landry may have to borrow $1.5M to make up for lost gambling revenue due to coronavirus
(Louisiana) -- The shutdown of the slot machines at Evangeline Downs and the loss of video poker gambling due to statewide coronavirus restrictions are contributing to...

3/25/2020

article Fate of racehorses, horsemen ousted from New Orleans by coronavirus in legal limbo
(New Orleans) -- A standoff between Boyd Gaming, which operates horse racing at Evangeline Downs in St. Landry Parish and Delta Downs in Calcasieu Parish, moves to court...

3/23/2020

article Louisiana Gaming Commission shuts down casinos statewide due to coronavirus
(Louisiana) -- All state-run Louisiana casinos will be shut down by midnight Monday due to the coronavirus and will remain closed for at least 14 days, according to the...

3/16/2020

article Coronavirus Impact: Casinos Statewide to Close for 2 Weeks, Gaming Board Says
(Louisiana) -- Adhering to the state’s coronavirus outbreak is impacting churches, as well as a number of local businesses — including one of the major...
article Layoffs confirmed at Beau as Coast casinos deal with blow from coronavirus outbreak
(Louisiana) -- This month was supposed to be prime time at Coast casinos, with the resort hotels, restaurants and sportsbooks packed for March Madness. Instead, concerns...
article Louisiana casinos plan to shut down for 2 weeks due to coronavirus
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's 20 casinos are shutting down at midnight Tuesday for two weeks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to the state's...
article Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana announces 14-day suspension of operations
(Louisiana) -- The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana has been following coverage of the spread of COVID-19 as reported by the World Health Organization, the Centers for...
article Louisiana Gaming Control Board closes all state casinos except those on reservations
(Louisiana) -- All Louisiana’s state-run casinos, except those on Native American reservations, will cease operations at midnight tonight (March 16). The Louisiana...
article When Louisiana's casinos close due to coronavirus, it'll cost $60 million in revenue, 25K jobs
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's 20 casinos and nearly 200 video poker truck stops will shut at midnight Tuesday morning and won’t reopen before April 13 as part of...

3/13/2020

article How does the 250 ban apply to casinos?
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday banned gatherings of 250 or more for a month in response to COVID-19. So, what does this mean for casinos? Louisiana State...

3/7/2020

article New provision inside New Orleans's 30-year Harrah's lease could cost OPSB $2M in funding
(Louisiana) -- New Orleans City Council members have agreed to a contract with Harrah’s New Orleans Casino that includes the construction of a new $325 million...

3/6/2020

article Harrah's Casino gets new lease approved; what it means for Orleans Parish schools
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans City Council has unanimously approved a new lease for Harrah's Casino. According to the lease, it gives the city the option of pulling...

3/5/2020

article Effort to allow casino boat in St. Tammany gets thumbs down from Parish Council
(Louisiana) -- St. Tammany Parish officials came out decisively against filing any bill in the upcoming legislative session that could lead to a referendum on allowing...
article In Louisiana, Casinos Bet On Political Donations Not Banned By Campaign Finance Law
(Louisiana) -- In Louisiana, casinos are prohibited from making campaign contributions to state politicians or campaigns. But casinos can donate money to federal groups...

3/4/2020

article Casino boat in St. Tammany? Group looking for lawmaker to file bill for referendum
(Louisiana) -- The possibility of a gambling boat coming to St. Tammany Parish, where voters in 1996 shot down the idea of casino gambling, was roiling the political...

2/27/2020

article VIDEO: Peacock To Introduce Bill to Legalize Sports Gambling
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana State Senator Barrow Peacock talks with our news affiliate at 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his plan to...

2/26/2020

article La. lawmakers begin latest push for legalized sports betting
(Louisiana) -- A new legislative session is fast approaching, and with it comes new efforts to legalize sports gambling in Louisiana. Senate Bill 130, prefiled by State...

2/24/2020

article Louisiana casinos have decent January despite industry slump
(Louisiana) -- Several Louisiana casinos are failing to reach their employment goals, though the chairman of the board that regulates gaming isn’t looking to beat...

2/22/2020

article Louisiana casinos have decent January despite industry slump
(Louisiana) -- Several Louisiana casinos are failing to reach their employment goals, though the chairman of the board that regulates gaming isn’t looking to beat them...

2/20/2020

article Baton Rouge casino revenues rise 13% in January
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were up 13.2% in January from a year ago, thanks to a big month at L’Auberge Baton Rouge. The state...
article Business picks up for Baton Rouge riverboat casinos month-to-month
(Louisiana) -- After posting losses in December, business seemingly picked up last month for Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos, which each posted month-to-...
article New Orleans casino revenue rises 6.1% in January
(Louisiana) -- Winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 6.1% in January, as all of the city's gaming halls brought in more money than they did a year...

2/19/2020

article Louisiana Supreme Court Concludes that Permanently Moored Riverboat Casinos Are Not “Vessels” Under Maritime Law
(Louisiana) -- In Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming (No. 2019-CC-1238), the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a permanently moored riverboat casino engaged in dockside...

2/13/2020

article Louisiana Supreme Court Concludes That Permanently Moored Casinos Are Not “Vessels” Under Maritime Law
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Caldwell v. St Charles Gaming (No. 2019-CC-1238), holding that that the Grand Palais Casino in...

2/8/2020

article Norovirus 'outbreak' linked to event at Lake Charles casino, state health officials confirm
(Louisiana) -- An extremely contagious stomach bug known as norovirus has health officials in Louisiana concerned. The state's department of health considers the...

2/5/2020

article Illnesses following event at L'Auberge Casino in Lake Charles
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Department of Health says it is looking into reports of illnesses following an event at L'Auberge Casino in Lake Charles.

1/30/2020

article Sports betting still not legal in La. as Super Bowl weekend approaches
(Louisiana) -- The San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2 in Super Bowl LIV. However, if you’re looking to bet on that...

1/29/2020

article Eldorado Riverboat Isle of Capri Getting Bigger When it Comes Ashore
(Louisiana) -- Eldorado Resorts’ Isle of Capri riverboat casino, which docks in Westlake, La., will become a land-based casino-hotel, a move that will allow for...

1/28/2020

article SPECIAL REPORT: The future of the Isle of Capri
(Louisiana) -- In July 1996, Southwest Louisiana opened its first riverboat casino, and for more than 20 years the Isle of Capri has welcomed residents, providing a...

1/19/2020

article Passe Partout: Coushatta Casino Resort celebrates 25 years of business
(Louisiana) -- Coushatta Casino Resort celebrates 25 years. Twenty-five years ago, doors of the casino opened to the public. Tribal leaders say 25 years is an important...

1/17/2020

article Casino company plans to spend more than half a billion in Louisiana; pledges to upgrade Baton Rouge property
(Louisiana) -- The head of what will soon be the largest casino operator in the nation said Thursday he expects the company to spend more than half a billion dollars in...
article FBI catches casino cheaters who pocketed over US$1m
(Maryland) -- Two men have been jailed in the US after taking part in a casino cheating scandal in the state of Maryland. The FBI says a card dealer and a player...

1/16/2020

article New Orleans casino revenue falls by 3.4% in December
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were down 3.4% in December from a year ago, as nearly all of the city’s gaming sites brought in...
article Regulators OK casino merger but question management of Baton Rouge facility
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana endorsed a $14 billion merger that would transfer control of Harrah’s land-based facility in New Orleans, but not before regulators on...

1/13/2020

article Eldorado Resorts agrees to sell Louisiana casino for $230 million
(Louisiana) -- Eldorado Resorts has announced another property sale, a move some consider a sign that its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corp. is growing near. The...
article Eldorado to sell Louisiana casino to Maverick Gaming for $230 million
(Louisiana) -- Eldorado Resorts said Monday it has agreed to sell its Shreveport, Louisiana namesake casino for $230 million to Las Vegas-based Maverick Gaming to help...

1/6/2020

article $11.5 million in Lottery winnings in December while scratch-off winners claim $12.6 million
(Louisiana) -- Building a new home and booking a trip to Florida were just a few of the plans Louisiana Lottery players had for some of the nearly $12.6 million in...

12/29/2019

article Louisiana riverboat casinos could run aground after new law approved
(Louisiana) -- The days of riverboat casinos in Louisiana will soon be a thing of the past after the state’s Gaming Control Board approved its first application to...

12/28/2019

article Louisiana: 25 years of casino gambling in Shreveport-Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- Everything seems so quaint now. But 25 years ago, when Harrah’s opened the first casino in Shreveport-Bossier City, there was much fanfare. Gamblers lined...

12/27/2019

article COLUMN: Why are riverboat casinos moving onto dry land? Politicians are addicted to the taxes
(Louisiana) -- Hard though it is to remember those innocent days, Louisiana less than 30 years did not boast a single casino. Not a legal one anyway. There was always a...

12/23/2019

article Lake Charles Riverboat Casino Moving Inland
(Louisiana) -- Many years ago when Louisiana's legislature was approving casino gambling in the state a lot of us wondered about the wisdom of making them all "...

12/21/2019

article 25 years of casino gambling in Shreveport-Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- Everything seems so quaint now. But 25 years ago, when Harrah's opened the first casino in Shreveport-Bossier City, there was much fanfare. Gamblers...

12/20/2019

article Baton Rouge riverboat casinos break two-year losing streak
(Louisiana) -- After more than two years of posting year-over-year losses, Baton Rouge’s riverboat casinos have collectively broken their losing streak....

12/19/2019

article Baton Rouge casinos break two-year losing streak with winnings in November
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were up by 0.7% in November from a year ago, the first time the market has seen a year-to-year gain in more...
article Louisiana regulators approve 'riverboat' casino's request to move inland
(Louisiana) -- For the first time ever, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Thursday approved a “riverboat” casino’s request to move inland. Regulators hope the owners...

12/13/2019

article Hard Rock Hotel demolition to stretch well into 2020, impact parade routes
(Louisiana) -- Demolition of the Hard Rock Hotel structure could take longer than expected. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell said the...

12/12/2019

article Coushatta Casino Wraps Up 2019 With Winter Classic Tournaments
(Louisiana) -- Coushatta Casino, a popular poker room in Kinder, LA, is wrapping up the year with back-to-back poker tournaments at the end of December for its Winter...

12/10/2019

article Baton Rouge casinos' winnings drop 1.1% in October to $18.3 million
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were down by 1.1% in October from a year ago, as a big drop in business at the Belle of Baton Rouge wiped...
article New Orleans gambling market up by 1.1% in October to $47.7 million
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 1.1% in October compared to the year before, bucking statewide statistics. The state's 15...

12/7/2019

article Louisiana Casino Security Guard Recovers From Injuries During Violent Robbery
(Louisiana) -- Two of the robbers hurt the security guard at the gaming venue during the heist. They grabbed his gun and fled the area. A third suspect — armed...

11/16/2019

article Louisiana Sports Betting Hopes Helped by Edwards Re-Election
(Louisiana) -- John Bel Edwards was re-elected as Louisiana governor Saturday, keeping a gambling proponent in office for the next four years as Louisiana considers...

10/25/2019

article Baton Rouge casino revenues down for 25th consecutive month
(Louisiana) -- Just one riverboat casino in the state—Baton Rouge’s L’Auberge—managed to post higher revenues in September than the same month a...

10/24/2019

article Baton Rouge casino revenues fall in September, but beat statewide performance
(Louisiana) -- Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were down by 3.4% in September from a year ago, but the decline was narrower than what the Louisiana casino...

10/21/2019

article Blakeview: Harrah's New Orleans Casino opened 20 years ago on Canal Street
(New Orleans) -- Twenty years ago this month, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino opened its doors, capping off a nearly decade-long effort to bring a land-based casino to...

10/11/2019

article PlayUSA’s On The Record: Top Louisiana Regulator On Sports Betting, Football And New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- What better way to dive into things like the 2019 NFL season, sports betting — the hottest vice in the US — and New Orleans culture, then...

9/29/2019

article Two-year slump hangs over 25th anniversary of riverboat gambling in Baton Rouge
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat gambling came to Baton Rouge 25 years ago when the Belle of Baton Rouge opened for business on Sept. 30, 1994, followed three months later by...

9/25/2019

article Numbers paint a bleak picture for casinos in downtown Baton Rouge
(Louisiana) -- When L’Auberge Casino & Hotel opened just down river from the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood opened back in 2012, economists warned the area...

9/20/2019

article New Orleans casino winnings up 1.8% in August
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 1.8% in August to $50.5 million from $49.6 million a year ago. The state’s 15 riverboat...

9/19/2019

article Baton Rouge riverboat casinos continue year-over-year losses
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s casinos posted their 24th consecutive month of year-over-year losses in August. While two of the city’s riverboat casinos saw...

9/6/2019

article Special election could bring off-track betting to parish
(Louisiana) -- Voters in Bossier Parish will vote next year on whether to allow off-track betting for horse racing events to help raise revenue. News outlets report the...

8/26/2019

article SADOW: Thank The Casinos For Stagnant Northwest Louisiana Economy
(Louisiana) -- A quarter-century ago, it supposedly would pull the Shreveport metropolitan area out of the doldrums. Now it prepares to claim another regional scalp....

8/19/2019

article What's the future hold for the Shreveport-Bossier gaming industry?
(Louisiana) -- It seems as though every time there's talk about the Shreveport-Bossier Gaming industry in recent years the news is far from positive. Revenue is down...

8/17/2019

article Louisiana Casinos July Revenue Battered on the Bayou by Barry
(Louisiana) -- Gross gaming revenue (GGR) at Louisiana casinos and racinos got all wet in July, slumping nine percent, as Hurricane Barry prevented tourists from...

8/16/2019

article Barry scares off gamblers, NOLA casino winnings down 10.7%
(New Orleans) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were down 10.7% in July from a year ago, a drop in activity caused by the arrival of Hurricane Barry.
article Baton Rouge casinos see winnings drop 9.1% in July in extended losing streak
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the Baton Rouge market were down by 9.1% in July from a year ago, continuing an extended losing streak for properties in the market....

8/11/2019

article Football season is here, but gamblers will have to cross state lines for sports betting
(Louisiana) -- Football season is back and for some it's more than just a game. Some fans try to win some money off sports games, but in Louisiana, sports betting is...

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