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Louisiana Illustrates The Potential Mess That Can Come Out Of Online Gaming Legislation

Louisiana DFS legislation is one step closer to becoming law in the Bayou State. H 484, a bill that would formally legalize and license daily fantasy sports, was approved by the state Senate recently. The Louisiana DFS bill would exempt paid-entry contests from being defined as “gambling,” and would instead categorize real money DFS products as “gaming” — while replacing existing laws that deem fantasy sports to be illegal.

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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...
article Sports betting not all it's cracked up to be | Opinion
(Louisiana) -- Like junkies chasing the next high, pretty much every state government in the union was jonesing this past week for a chance to get into the sports...

5/19/2018

article Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes Legislature-approved budget ahead of special session
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed the Legislature's spending plan for the coming year, calling the version of House Bill 1 that passed both the House...
article Harrah's casino deal collapses
(Louisiana) -- A deal to extend Harrah's lease for its New Orleans land-based casino collapsed during the waning hours of the Legislature's Regular Session late...

5/18/2018

article Harrah's Casino extension dies as Louisiana Legislature adjourns
(Louisiana) -- Before it adjourned for the regular session, the Louisiana Legislature could not reach a compromise Friday (May 18) on an extension of Harrah's New...
article Harrah's New Orleans casino extension dies after House and Senate negotiators fail to settle on final deal
(Louisiana) -- An aggressive effort by Caesars Entertainment to extend the state operating license for the Harrah’s New Orleans casino died Friday night, minutes...

5/17/2018

article Negotiators will attempt to resolve Louisiana House, Senate standoff over Harrah's casino bill by Friday
(Louisiana) -- The House and Senate appear headed toward a showdown on the Harrah’s casino bill on Friday in what could be the final day of the regular legislative...

5/16/2018

article Louisiana Illustrates The Potential Mess That Can Come Out Of Online Gaming Legislation
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana DFS legislation is one step closer to becoming law in the Bayou State. H 484, a bill that would formally legalize and license daily fantasy...
article Louisiana riverboat casino changes head to governor's desk
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards will decide whether riverboat casinos can increase the amount of gambling at their facilities and move ashore.
article Governor on Harrah's: 'I just need to know that it is a good deal'
(Louisiana) -- Gov. John Bel Edwards said the proposed deal to extend the state gambling license for Harrah's Casino in New Orleans has improved over the last couple...
article Harrah's Casino deal gets Louisiana Senate approval
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate voted 21-16 Wednesday (May 16) to require Harrah's New Orleans' parent company, Caesars Entertainment Corp., to invest $350...
article Louisiana Senate passes Harrah's casino bill; measure still needs House approval
(Louisiana) -- Owners of the Harrah’s casino would get another 30 years to operate in Louisiana and would have to pay an additional $20 million per year to the...

5/15/2018

article Harrah's Casino license extension advances from Senate committee
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Senate committee voted 4-3 Monday (May 14) to extend Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s license to run the Harrah's Casino in New Orleans...

5/14/2018

article Harrah's casino bill OK'd by committee; panel's chair mandates big extra payments
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Senate committee Monday narrowly approved a no-bid, 30-year extension in Harrah’s New Orleans’ operating license but only after...
article Jackpot: Harrah's bill clears committee
(Louisiana) -- It took a barrage of lobbyists, a deal sweetener for the state and House Speaker Taylor Barras' influence, but Harrah's bid for a lease extension...
article Key state senator to oppose Harrah's casino bill at legislative hearing Monday
(Louisiana) -- A key New Orleans state senator announced his opposition to the Harrah’s New Orleans casino bill on Sunday, a day before a crucial legislative...
article New Orleans casino market posts biggest drop in winnings statewide
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s overall gambling revenues were down in April from the year before, with New Orleans recording the worst performance of any of the state...

5/13/2018

article Key state senator to oppose Harrah's casino bill at legislative hearing Monday
(Louisiana) -- A key New Orleans state senator announced his opposition to the Harrah’s New Orleans casino bill on Sunday, a day before a crucial legislative...

5/12/2018

article 'Buying every ounce of influence,' Harrah's has 21 lobbyists trying to pass New Orleans casino bill
(Louisiana) -- The beneficiaries jokingly call it the “Lobbyist Full Employment Act.” Every year, at least one issue before the state Legislature is worth so...
article Jeff Sadow: Harrah's bill once seemed a no-brainer, but upon closer inspection ...
(Louisiana) -- At one point, passage of House Bill 553 by Republican Speaker Taylor Barras seemed inevitable. But the Louisiana Legislature should slam the brakes on...
article Baton Rouge casinos looking to land a winning hand
(Louisiana) -- State lawmakers have been plowing through dozens of gaming bills filed this legislative session, yet one of the few still standing is a proposal the Baton...

5/10/2018

article Prospects for Harrah's casino bill are "iffy" before key vote Monday
(Louisiana) -- The fate of the Harrah’s New Orleans bill remained uncertain Thursday, a day after Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Gov. John Bel Edwards and City Council...

5/9/2018

article Harrah's bill in trouble after Mayor Cantrell says governor, City Council members express 'serious reservations'
(Louisiana) -- An aggressive effort by owners of the Harrah’s New Orleans casino to extend their state operating license this year was facing trouble Wednesday...
article Louisiana Senate doesn't pass racino changes
(Louisiana) -- The state Senate failed to approve legislation that would change the designs of racetrack casinos. Coming up a vote short of the tally necessary for...
article Baton Rouge casinos looking to land a winning hand
(Louisiana) -- State lawmakers have been plowing through dozens of gaming bills filed this legislative session, yet one of the few still standing is a proposal the Baton...

5/8/2018

article Does New Orleans need more casinos?
(Louisiana) -- Bob Mitchell talks to WWL listeners about whether or not New Orleans needs more land-based casinos, and where they ought to go?
article Harrah's bill calls for less legislative scrutiny for future casino license renewals
(Louisiana) -- The full state Legislature would lose its authority to renew Harrah’s operating license in the future under a little-noticed provision in a...

5/7/2018

article Key question for Harrah's legislation: Would casino go "black" if Legislature doesn't renew operating license?
(Louisiana) -- The answer to a key question that has received little public attention could determine which side has the upper hand in negotiations over how much the...

5/5/2018

article Our Views: Are we getting the best deal on Harrah's contract?
(Louisiana) -- OP/ED; From the beginning of the legislative fight over the long-term extension of the Harrah’s casino deal, we’ve not questioned the merits...

5/4/2018

article AUDIO: Louisiana needs to due its due diligence on the Harrah's deal
(Louisiana) -- We're continuing our conversation on the Harris extension. The they're operating lease as a relates to they'll light there's casino...
article KENNEDY: It's time to cut the cards with Harrahs
(Louisiana) -- U.S. Senator John Kennedy has issued a warning that the Harrahs' deal may only be good for Harrahs.

5/3/2018

article Harrah's offers $21M sweetener to smooth passage of casino legislation; critic calls it 'peanuts'
(Louisiana) -- Representatives of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino are now offering an upfront payment of $21 million to the city and state to try to smooth passage of...
article House panel: Regulating riverboats by ‘positions’ expands bottom line, but not gaming
(Louisiana) -- Some say allowing Louisiana’s 15 riverboat casinos to move 400 yards ashore and to be regulated by gaming “positions” rather than by...

5/2/2018

article Louisiana one step closer to legalizing fantasy sports gambling
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana is one step closer to legalizing fantasy sports gambling. A measure is heading to the Senate. Under it, each parish would vote on whether or...
article Capitol Views: Is House poised to pass riverboat casino bill?
(Louisiana) -- In a crowded field of controversial and uncertain gaming bills, the proposal to dry out Louisiana’s motionless riverboat casinos showed its hand...
article Floating casinos could add more slot machines, table games under bill passed by House panel
(Louisiana) -- The state’s floating casino could move onto land and could have thousands of new slot machines and table games under legislation passed by a House...
article Harrah’s New Orleans 30-year contract extension delayed
(Louisiana) -- A Senate committee has delayed the discussion over 30-year contract extension with Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. to run Harrah’s New Orleans...
article Louisiana could allow more gamblers on riverboat casinos
(Louisiana) -- Legislation to allow riverboat casinos to move onto land would also allow them to have more machines and gamblers than they currently hold. Louisiana'...

5/1/2018

article Roll of the Dice
(Louisiana) -- Twenty years ago, the idea that an industry could start up in Louisiana and within a relatively short time become a significant source of state tax...

4/30/2018

article Decision on Harrah's New Orleans contract delayed
(Louisiana) -- A Senate committee has put off discussing a 30-year contract extension with Caesar's Entertainment Corp. to run Harrah's New Orleans for another...
article Harrah’s Casino and Hotel New Orleans license extension in danger
(Louisiana) -- A New Orleans real estate lawyer is reportedly urging members of the Louisiana State Senate not to ratify proposed legislation that would extend the...
article Harrah’s Casino and Hotel New Orleans license extension in danger
(Louisiana) -- A New Orleans real estate lawyer is reportedly urging members of the Louisiana State Senate not to ratify proposed legislation that would extend the...
article Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
(Louisiana) -- A Las Vegas-based real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s New Orleans Casino — a potential transaction that was unknown to key...
article Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
(Louisiana) -- A Las Vegas-based real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s New Orleans Casino — a potential transaction that was unknown to key...

4/29/2018

article Louisiana riverboat casinos one step closer to moving up to 1,200 feet ashore
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate has agreed to allow the state’s 15 riverboat casinos to move within 1,200 feet of their shoreline berths and to redefine...
article Rules of the game / Casino riverboat laws may soon change
(Louisiana) -- A bill making its way through the Legislature would revamp state riverboat laws by addressing space limitations on casino floors and letting riverboats...

4/28/2018

article Real estate company has option to buy Harrah's New Orleans Casino
(Louisiana) -- A Las Vegas-based real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s New Orleans Casino — a potential transaction that was unknown to key state...

4/27/2018

article Big changes for Louisiana casino industry may be on the horizon
(Louisiana) -- The casino market in Louisiana could be about to undergo significant change after the Louisiana State Senate passed legislation earlier this week that...

4/25/2018

article Louisiana riverboat casinos should be onshore, Senate votes
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s riverboat casinos would be able to move onshore, under a proposal that won support Tuesday from senators who spurned a separate measure...
article North Shore riverboat casino project suffers another defeat, appears dead
(Louisiana) -- A last-ditch effort to allow a riverboat casino to move to Tangipahoa Parish failed Wednesday (April 25), making it even less likely that the North Shore...
article Proposal to move riverboat casino to Tangipahoa Parish stymied again in Baton Rouge
(Louisiana) -- A push to move a Bossier City riverboat casino to rural Tangipahoa Parish remained barely alive after a Louisiana House committee Wednesday took no action...
article Senate Votes to Expand Gambling, but Turns Down Diamond Jacks
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate votes 22-14 to let the state's 15 riverboat casinos move onto land and expand the gambling space. This measure would let the...
article State Gaming Control Boss: To Compete, ‘Changes Are Essential’
(Louisiana) -- Ronnie Jones, Chairman of the State Gaming Control Board, talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the Louisiana State...

4/24/2018

article Louisiana Senate approves bill to allow floating casinos to operate ashore; bill to move boat to Tangipahoa fails
(Louisiana) -- The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill pushed by Louisiana’s riverboat casino industry to allow its 15 floating casinos to operate land side...
article Senate: Riverboat casinos can move to land
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos could move to land in a bill passed by the Senate here late Tuesday. Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, said his...
article Senate Kills Bill to Move DiamondJacks Casino to South Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate has rejected Senate Bill 417 that would have allowed DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City to move to Tangipahoa Parish, pending local...
article Tangipahoa Parish may not get a chance at a casino after all
(Louisiana) -- Tangipahoa Parish may not get a chance to bring a casino to its community after all. The Louisiana Senate voted 18-15 Tuesday (April 24) to kill Senate...

4/23/2018

article Vote expected on proposal to allow riverboat casinos to operate on land
(Louisiana) -- A bill that would allow riverboat casinos to expand onto land is scheduled to be heard by the full Senate today, after being pulled from consideration...
article Will Louisiana expand their casino foot print onto land?
(Louisiana) -- Senator Ronnie Johns introduced an effort to debate legalizing land based gaming at riverboat casinos. The Louisiana Family Forum is opposed to the idea....

4/22/2018

article Harrah's promises 500 new jobs from planned expansion, but key lawmaker has doubts
(Louisiana) -- House Speaker Taylor Barras is pushing the Legislature to approve a 30-year, no-bid extension to Harrah’s exclusive contract to operate a casino in...

4/20/2018

article DFS bill moves ahead in Louisiana while sports betting falls behind
(Louisiana) -- In the Louisiana legislature on Tuesday, both fantasy sports and sports betting were up for discussion and while the House advanced the daily fantasy...
article LA Online Gambling Bill Shut Down as Sports Betting Advances
(Louisiana) -- Lawmakers in Louisiana have tabled a measure that would have expanded online casinos in the state. They said more study is needed before a final decision...
article Two Riverboat Casino Bills On Hold before Louisiana Senate Hearing
(Louisiana) -- The two bills backed by owners of riverboat casinos in Louisiana have not managed to get the necessary votes they need to pass the state Senate.

4/19/2018

article DiamondJacks Relocation Bill Stalls in Louisiana Legislature
(Louisiana) -- Two gambling initiatives are finding it hard to gain traction in the Louisiana Senate. One bill would pave the way for DiamondJacks — Bossier City...
article Pro-gambling measures remain in holding pattern before state Senate
(Louisiana) -- Sponsors of two bills sought by owners of floating casinos continue to lack the votes they need to pass the measures in the state Senate.

4/16/2018

article Louisiana casino winnings up, but Baton Rouge takes 8 percent plunge
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge's three riverboat casinos' take plunged 8.4 percent in March from the year before, against a tide of overall winnings statewide by...

4/15/2018

article First Atlantic City flight to New Orleans delayed several hours
(Atlantic City) -- Multi-colored balloons and Mardi Gras decorations graced the Atlantic City International Airport on Friday in anticipation for the first official...
article OP/ED: Getting more people to gamble is not a budget solution
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana legislators are always looking for easy money to balance the budget. This legislative session is no different. And some of them think the...

4/14/2018

article 'Below-the-radar' New Orleans hotel owner steps reluctantly into limelight to oppose Harrah's deal
(Louisiana) -- Joseph Jaeger Jr. is the most successful New Orleans businessman you’ve never heard of. It’s not because he doesn’t have a compelling...

4/13/2018

article Don't roll dice on increased Louisiana gambling for economic development, bad bet
(Louisiana) -- Several quick financial fixes are being discussed in the current session of the Legislature involving the expansion of gambling. Here’s an...

4/12/2018

article Would gambling rescue Lafayette Parish's economy?
(Louisiana) -- Take one look at parks and recreation facilities in Calcasieu Parish and you'll know they're a priority when it comes to funding. What you might...

4/11/2018

article Tangipahoa voters to decide on parish’s first casino
(Louisiana) -- Voters in Tangipahoa Parish will decide in November whether to allow construction of a $100 million casino and events center near the Tangipahoa River.

4/10/2018

article Tangipahoa council votes to let citizens have say on riverboat casino
(Louisiana) -- The Tangipahoa Parish Council voted to hold a public referendum on whether voters want a riverboat gambling in Robert, just miles from the St. Tammany...
article Bossier Casino May Move To South Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- In 2015, the Los Angeles-based company - Peninsula Pacific, acquired the gaming license of Diamond Jacks Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, La. The company...

4/7/2018

article Company describes plans for proposed Tangipahoa casino
(Louisiana) -- The Los Angeles-based company Peninsula Pacific says a new casino it hopes to build in Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana would have an indoor and outdoor...

4/6/2018

article 3rd Circuit removes casino employees from lawsuit
(Louisiana) -- Under Louisiana law, three Paragon Casino employees cannot be sued for allegedly over-serving a customer and allowing him to leave the premises in an...
article Among company's Tangipahoa Parish casino goals: Recapture gamblers headed to Mississippi
(Louisiana) -- A proposal to build a casino in Tangipahoa Parish received a mostly positive reception from business people and local officials at a luncheon here...

4/5/2018

article Developers release details for proposed Tangipahoa Parish casino, need lawmakers help
(Louisiana) -- A California company is looking to move gaming from Bossier to Tangipahoa Parish. The new development could bring $22 million into the parish. But there...
article Effort to allow Louisiana's floating casinos to operate on land has stalled; here's why
(Louisiana) -- A bill that would allow Louisiana’s 15 floating casinos to operate land side has been at least temporarily derailed in the state Senate by key...

4/4/2018

article Monroe eyed for potential riverboat casino, but who's behind proposal isn't clear
(Louisiana) -- One of the state’s 15 riverboat casinos would have the opportunity to relocate to the city of Monroe, an area without gambling now, under...
article Monroe might get riverboat casino under bill filed Monday
(Louisiana) -- One of the state’s 15 riverboat casinos would have the opportunity to relocate to the city of Monroe, an area without gambling now, under...
article Monroe rolls the dice on riverboat casino
(Louisiana) -- Monroe is officially is rolling the dice to try to get a river-boat casino on the Ouachita River, but it's far from the only gambling bill Louisiana...

4/3/2018

article Louisiana Shuts Down Online Gambling Bill For Now, Advances Sports Betting
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers took a pass on an online gambling bill while they explore the matter in more detail. On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Judiciary...
article Sports betting clears one hurdle to becoming legal in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana State Senate committee today approved allowing sports betting at Louisiana gaming facilities if the US Supreme Court rules to allow it across...

4/2/2018

article Belle of Baton Rouge looking to upgrade if riverboat casino law relaxed
(Louisiana) -- Among the bills up for final passage today in the Louisiana Senate is a measure by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, that would remove the provision in...
article Howard named Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel manager
(Louisiana) -- Mike Howard has been named general manager and CEO of the Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel in the US state of Louisiana. Howard will be responsible for...

3/31/2018

article Gill: Any pro-gambling bill passed in Louisiana separates more suckers from their money
(Louisiana) -- After the gambling industry took over the state a generation ago, politicians were all eager to assure the public that its tentacles would extend no...
article Harrah’s New Orleans Closer to Securing 30-Year Casino Extension in Big Easy
(Louisiana) -- Harrah’s New Orleans received the blessing of the Louisiana House of Representatives on Thursday after the lower chamber voted 78-12 to extend...

3/30/2018

article Extension for Harrah's New Orleans casino backed by House
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana House has agreed to a 30-year contract extension for Harrah's to operate the land-based casino in New Orleans. Lawmakers voted 78-12 for...

3/29/2018

article Harrah's New Orleans expansion gets Louisiana House approval
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 78-12 Thursday (March 29) to extend the state's contract with Caesars Entertainment Corp. to run Harrah...

3/28/2018

article Louisiana Senate approves removing some video poker regulations
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Senate voted 20-17 Tuesday (March 27) to relax the regulations around video poker outlets most often found at truck stops throughout the...

3/26/2018

article Louisiana Legislature quickly moving gambling changes sought by industry
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers have yet to come across a new gambling proposal they haven't liked during the first two weeks of the 2018 legislative session. All...

3/25/2018

article Here's the question that Louisiana gambling supporters must answer to advance their bills
(Louisiana) -- Does the proposed measure expand gambling in Louisiana? That’s the question that will settle the fate of pro-gambling bills starting to move through...

3/24/2018

article Appeals court upholds ruling against Golden Nugget Casino
(Louisiana) -- The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that favors an employee in a lawsuit filed against Golden Nugget Casino. According to the...
article Gill: Huey Long would have been shocked by expansion of Louisiana gambling
(Louisiana) -- Huey Long, at a U.S. Senate hearing in 1934, was grilling the Kentucky horseman Col. E.R. Bradley. “Do you,” Long asked with apparent...

3/23/2018

article Five Louisiana Casino Bills Advance, State Gambling Industry Makeover Looms
(Louisiana) -- Multiple pieces of legislation that would overhaul how Louisiana casinos operate passed out of state committees this week. The two most consequential...
article Louisiana Aiming to Update its Antiquated Casino Laws
(Louisiana) -- Over the past few years, Louisiana’s casino market has fallen behind its rivals in neighboring states, thanks in no small part to antiquated laws...
article Louisiana lawmakers may consider nearly 40 gaming bills this session
(Louisiana) -- There are nearly 40 gambling-related bills circulating through various committees with a handful awaiting passage on the House and Senate floors as...
article Bill would prevent casinos from ejecting people just because they are big winners in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Gamblers who win big could hit another jackpot thanks to legislation proposed at the State Capitol. The Louisiana Legislature is considering a bill that...

3/22/2018

article Gov. Edwards Would Vote to Move Diamond Jacks Casino to South La.
(Louisiana) -- A bill is making it’s way through the Louisiana senate that would allow residents of Tangipahoa Parish to vote on whether the license for Diamond...
article Our Views: Louisiana can't stand pat as gambling grows, laws change around country
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana’s modern gambling industry was born a quarter-century ago, and the debate was so toxic that politicians have been understandably reluctant...
article Riverboat casino may be on the cards for Monroe
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat gambling could soon be coming to Louisiana’s eighth largest city after a state politician reportedly revealed that he intends to propose...
article Senate panel OKs bills to move gambling ashore
(Louisiana) -- A Senate committee approved bills that would loosen regulation of the state’s 15 riverboat casinos, allowing them to expand 1,200 feet onto the...
article Grace Notes: Harrah's expansion proposal would right an old wrong
(Louisiana) -- Nearly a quarter century into its existence – and after some pretty dramatic initial stops and starts — land-based casino gambling in New...
article House Leaders Seek To Renew Contract With Harrah's Casino
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's — by contract, the only land-based casino in New Orleans — is one step closer to extending its deal with the state of Louisiana....

3/21/2018

article Senate panel approves riverboat casino gambling on land
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Senate committee approved legislation Tuesday that gives riverboat casinos the opportunity move on land and more gaming space. Lake Charles...
article Big changes may be ahead for Louisiana gambling
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat casinos would move onto land and get more space for their slot machines. Racetracks would offer more slot machines and betting on sports. Harrah...
article Casino legislation affecting LC advances
(Louisiana) -- Five riverboat gambling bills gained committee approval here Tuesday and move to the full Senate for debate. Four of those measures affect the L’...
article Harrah's expansion in New Orleans gets initial approval from House committee
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana House of Representatives committee moved forward two bills Wednesday (March 21) that would extend Harrah's New Orleans gambling contract...
article House committee approves bill sought by Harrah's casino, measure moves to full House
(Louisiana) -- Concerned citizens filled the State Capitol in 1992 when the Legislature was deciding whether to legalize a single land casino in New Orleans under Gov....

3/20/2018

article Jackpot? Gambling bills flying out of committees like dice on craps table
(Louisiana) -- A flurry of bills that could expand gambling from Acadiana to downtown Monroe, from Shreveport and Bossier to central Louisiana and into New Orleans are...
article Louisiana riverboat gambling changes advance in Legislature
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Senate committee moved forward legislation Tuesday (March 20) that would make major changes to riverboat casinos and make free gambling...
article Supporters of expanding gambling in Louisiana off to strong start as two key measures advance
(Louisiana) -- The Senate Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday approved two floating casino measures: one would allow the casinos to move onto land and have more room for...
article Committee approves gambling measures despite opposition from 2 Baptist ministers
(Louisiana) -- The Senate Judiciary B Committee on Tuesday approved two floating casino measures: one would allow the casinos to move onto land and have more room for...
article Riverboat casino moves one step closer to moving to Tangipahoa Parish
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana Senate committee approved Tuesday (March 20) a bill that would open the door to Tangipahoa Parish getting its own riverboat casino, as long as...

3/19/2018

article Place your bets: Gambling bills among those on legislative agenda
(Louisiana) -- Four gambling bills that will impact operations at two riverboat casinos in Lake Charles will undergo their first legislative test Tuesday when they will...
article Riverboat casinos on land? Sports betting at racetracks? It's possible if Louisiana passes gambling bills
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat casinos would move onto land and get more space for their slot machines. Racetracks would offer more slot machines and betting on sports. Harrah...
article Baton Rouge riverboats winnings down, state gaming revenue up
(Louisiana) -- While casino winnings for Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos plunged by 10.4 percent in February from the year before, the amount of money taken...
article New Orleans casino market outpaces state performance for February
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up by 1.9 percent in February from a year ago, better than the modest 0.6 percent gain reported...
article The biggest loser: Baton Rouge riverboats' winnings down, as state sees small boost in latest figures
(Louisiana) -- While casino winnings for Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos plunged by 10.4 percent in February from the year before, the amount of money taken...

3/18/2018

article Analysis: Edwards slow to enter debates on guns and gambling
(Louisiana) -- Beyond the budget, the two most contentious issues of Louisiana's legislative session are shaping up to be guns and gambling. On both topics, Gov....
article Video poker action tabled
(Louisiana) -- The Iberia Parish Council tabled a resolution asking state legislators to bring up video poker legalization in the parish. The decision was not so much a...

3/15/2018

article Two Bills Could Make Louisiana Riverboat Casino Legislation More Competitive
(Louisiana) -- In case that gambling bills filed over the ongoing legislative session are turned into laws, riverboat casinos in Louisiana would be allowed to move off...

3/14/2018

article Gambling bills could affect LC casinos
(Louisiana) -- Riverboat casinos like the two in Lake Charles would be able move off the water if legislation filed during the current session becomes law. Other...
article Louisiana Senate committee agrees to relax video poker regulations
(Louisiana) -- Two bills to relax restrictions around video poker operations, particularly at truck stops, easily got out of a Louisiana Senate committee Tuesday (March...
article Louisiana Set to Experience Massive Gambling Changes
(Louisiana) -- The bill was filed by House Rep. Kirk Talbot, in a bid to legalise Daily Fantasy Sports, a gambling activity on the rise and extremely popular in the US....

3/10/2018

article Louisiana gambling industry could see big changes during upcoming legislative session
(Louisiana) -- In 1991, the state Legislature ushered in the modern era of gambling in Louisiana by legalizing floating casinos that were meant to evoke romantic images...

3/5/2018

article Online Gambling In Louisiana? New Legislation Pops Up In The Bayou State
(Louisiana) -- A bill that would legalize online gambling has appeared in the state of Louisiana. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Daniel Martiny, comes on the heels...

3/2/2018

article 'Law changes needed to help northwest Louisiana casinos'
(Louisiana) -- It’s no secret that riverboat gaming is big business for northwest Louisiana. For an industry that came on the scene a little over two decades ago...

2/26/2018

article Baton Rouge riverboat casino revenue drops 21% in January
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos won less money from gamblers in January—the fifth consecutive month in which year-over-year gaming...

2/22/2018

article 49 percent of Tangipahoa Parish residents surveyed approve of proposed casino resort; 31 percent say no
(Louisiana) -- Forty-nine percent of Tangipahoa Parish voters recently surveyed approve of a proposed casino resort project south of Interstate 12 on the Tangipahoa...

2/19/2018

article SEDD wants to bring in a riverboat casino
(Louisiana) -- A riverboat casino in Monroe? It could be a reality if the South Side Economic Development District gets their way. SEDD expects the casino to be along...

2/17/2018

article Board to question riverboat casinos on failed minority procurement goals
(Louisiana) -- The Gaming Control Board announced Thursday that it would ask three riverboat casinos in Northwest Louisiana to explain their consistent failures to meet...

2/11/2018

article Owners of Lumiere Place Casino accused of negligence in slip and fall
(Missouri) -- A customer is suing Tropicana St. Louis LLC, Lynn K. Stafford and Edward D. Wyatt, casino operator and employees, citing alleged negligence. Lorenzo Hayes...

2/9/2018

article As Louisiana weighs moving riverboat casinos to land, Kenner climbs aboard
(Louisiana) -- As Louisiana considers inviting its 15 riverboat casino operators onto land, Kenner has climbed aboard the effort. Mindful of the $4.7 million that the...
article Bossier officials: DiamondJacks departure would not hurt city
(Louisiana) -- Bossier City officials and casino representatives say the DiamondJacks casino's possible move from its Red River property to Tangipahoa Parish in...
article Politicians, business leaders weigh in on proposed casino changes
(Louisiana) -- After over 20 years anchored to the banks of the Red River, could changes be coming to the riverboat casinos in Louisiana? Will there even be river boats...
article Jefferson Parish poker dealer, accomplice accused of plotting to steal 'Bad Beat' jackpot
(Louisiana) -- A Jefferson Parish casino dealer and his alleged accomplice are accused of conspiring to steal the roughly $166,400 jackpot of a "Bad Beat"...

2/6/2018

article Louisiana DiamondJacks Casino Developer Considers Relocation to Tangipahoa Parish
(Louisiana) -- Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana is has been a site of great interest in the recent days, as it was confirmed that gambling developer based in California is...

2/5/2018

article New Mexico tribe fails on bid to buy Louisiana casino
(Louisiana) -- A New Mexico tribe's bid to buy a Louisiana casino has failed. The Gallup Independent reports Laguna Pueblo didn't obtain approval from Louisiana...

2/1/2018

article Locals react to recommendation that riverboat casinos be allowed to operate on land
(Louisiana) -- Local state lawmakers weigh in on a recommendation that riverboat casinos in the state be allowed to operate on land, if they so choose.

1/30/2018

article Taskforce looks to modernize Louisiana gambling laws
(Louisiana) -- A Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Taskforce was recently created in Louisiana to come up with ways to modernize Riverboat Gambling since its...

1/26/2018

article Gambling Rules Could Be Changing in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Lawmakers in Louisiana will consider making changes that could expand gambling. If these measures are approved, casinos could move onto land and gambling...

1/23/2018

article Rolling dice at the Capitol
(Louisiana) -- With the regular session of the Legislature less than two months away, video poker interests, truck stops, New Orleans’ land-based casino and...

1/21/2018

article Gill: As legislation angles in its favor, riverboat gambling to evolve into land creature
(Louisiana) -- In their early form, they roamed the deep but then spent more or more time on the shoreline adapting to terra firma before eventually upping sticks to...

1/18/2018

article Sen. Johns will seek revisions to state's riverboat casino laws
(Louisiana) -- State Sen. Ronnie Johns said he will file legislation in the upcoming session to revise the state’s riverboat laws. The measures, part of...

1/17/2018

article Lawmakers rewriting old Louisiana casino law in March
(Louisiana) -- Change is finally happening in Louisiana as lawmakers are reportedly targeting to rewrite the state’s antiquated casino law in the first quarter of...

1/16/2018

article Legislation proposed to help Louisiana casino industry
(Louisiana) -- A legislative task force Tuesday recommended turning Louisiana’s 15 licensed riverboats casinos into land-based gambling houses. The Riverboat...
article Louisiana lawmakers to consider riverboat casino changes
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana lawmakers will be asked to rewrite the state's riverboat casino laws for the first time in nearly two decades. A legislative task force is...

1/12/2018

article Elimination Of Casino Free Play Tax Unlikely, Louisiana Regulator Says [sub req]
(Louisiana) -- As a Louisiana gaming task force prepares to release its proposed changes to state gaming laws on Tuesday, industry executives seeking relief from a tax...

1/5/2018

article Improving Riverboat Casinos
(Louisiana) -- They've been meeting for more than a year, but now the state's Riverboat Economic Development Task Force is preparing its recommendations for the...

12/27/2017

article PODCAST: Riverboat gambling moving on land?
(Louisiana) -- WWL's Dave Cohen and Chris Miller discuss New Year's Eve fireworks, the last Hump Day of the year, a potential change for riverboat casinos, and...

12/21/2017

article La. casino restrictions face additional scrutiny
(Louisiana) -- Members of a state-run task force are suggesting the time has come to let riverboat casinos onto land in Louisiana. Current state law mandates casinos be...

12/20/2017

article Task force examines La.’s decades-old gambling laws
(Louisiana) -- On the eve of releasing proposed bills that would bring riverboat casinos on land and expand gambling floor space, members of a task force Tuesday sought...

12/19/2017

article Task force: Louisiana gambling laws haven't budged in decades, despite evolving industry
(Louisiana) -- On the eve of releasing proposed bills that would bring riverboat casinos on land and expand gambling floor space, members of a task force Tuesday sought...

12/10/2017

article State’s gaming laws could be changing
(Louisiana) -- The gambling industry is a major taxpayer in Louisiana, but only one major change in its operations has taken place over the last 25 years. Riverboats...

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