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Why Did The Sports Betting Bill Fail Yesterday?

Since the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee killed SB 153, the bill by Sen. Danny Martiny which would have legalized sports wagering in the state, by a 14-6 vote yesterday there has been a good deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth by dissatisfied citizens. “This is why we can’t have nice things,” has gone the lament.

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6/2/2020

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...

8/7/2019

article Can Shreveport/Bossier City become the 'Mecca' of Poker in the South?
(Louisiana) -- Major tournament poker is no stranger to Bossier City, but it's been a while. And don’t expect any rain delays at the Horseshoe Casino this time...

8/5/2019

article St. Landry Parish woman left 2-year-old alone in car, while she and friends gambled at truck stop/casino
(Louisiana) -- A St. Landry Parish woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old alone in a car at a local truck stop/casino while she was off gambling. The mother, Pashuia...

7/30/2019

article Analysis: Louisiana casino industry decline raises concerns
(Louisiana) -- Legal gambling has not been a growth industry in Louisiana for more than a decade. But the steady decline over the past year or so, including double-digit...

7/29/2019

article Dog dies in car while owner gambles at Louisiana casino, police say
(Louisiana) -- A man has been arrested after police say he left his dog in a car while he was gambling at Evangeline Downs Casino. The Opelousas Police Department...

7/26/2019

article Analysis: Louisiana casino industry decline raises concerns
(Louisiana) -- Legal gambling has not been a growth industry in Louisiana for more than a decade. But the steady decline over the past year or so, including double-digit...
article Former Kenner mayoral candidate Dona Reynaud pleads no contest to noise violation in casino fracas
(Louisiana) -- Former Kenner mayoral candidate Dona Reynaud pleaded no contest last month to a reduced charge in connection with a late-night brawl at a local casino...

7/22/2019

article Are Job Losses Coming Soon to Local Casinos?
(Louisiana) -- "Louisiana casinos have seen substantial declines in revenue in the last year, leading casino advocates to sound the alarm that the state’s...

7/20/2019

article LA casino revenue down 10 percent year to year
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana casinos have seen substantial declines in revenue in the last year, leading casino advocates to sound the alarm that the state’s gaming...

7/19/2019

article Business at Baton Rouge riverboat casinos down
(Louisiana) -- Casino revenues in Baton Rouge are well below what they were one year ago, according to the most recent report released by the Louisiana Gaming Control...
article Snake Eyes: Casino revenue down across Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- Louisiana casino revenues are down with June numbers coming in well below what they were a year ago. According to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board all...

7/18/2019

article All but one Louisiana casino posts year-over-year decline in June
(Louisiana) -- Every Louisiana casino except one took in less revenue this past June compared to the same month last year, according to numbers reported by the Louisiana...
article Baton Rouge riverboats see 13.1% drop casino winnings in June
(Louisiana) -- Casino winnings in the Baton Rouge market plunged by 13.1% in June from a year ago, continuing an extended losing streak for the city’s three riverboats.

7/4/2019

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

7/2/2019

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

6/24/2019

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

6/23/2019

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

6/20/2019

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

6/13/2019

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

6/11/2019

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

6/8/2019

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

6/6/2019

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

6/5/2019

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

6/4/2019

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

6/2/2019

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

5/29/2019

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

5/28/2019

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

5/21/2019

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

5/20/2019

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

5/18/2019

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

5/7/2019

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

5/3/2019

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

5/2/2019

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

5/1/2019

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

4/30/2019

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

4/29/2019

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

4/26/2019

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

4/24/2019

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

4/23/2019

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

4/21/2019

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

4/20/2019

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

4/18/2019

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

4/17/2019

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

4/16/2019

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

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