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  • A role of the dice

    February 10, 2015 7:49 PM

    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN- The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin has an offer it hopes Governor Scott Walker can't refuse. It'll pony up $200 million to build Milwaukee's new basketball stadium, taking taxpayers off the hook, if walker approves its casino. The tribe says its a good deal, Menominee bucks for Milwaukee... more »
  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on... more »
  • Woman leaves toddler and baby in hotel room to go to casino

    December 14, 2014 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman is being charged with child desertion after police say she left two children, ages 1 and 3 years old, in a hotel room to go to a casino. According to an arrest affidavit, 30-year-old Brenda Coleman admitted she left the kids unattended at the... more »
  • Casino worker accused of taking photos in restroom

    December 2, 2014 5:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An employee of Harrah's New Orleans is accused of taking a cellphone picture of a patron's private parts inside the men's restroom at the casino. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that 35-year-old Jeremiah Johnson, of Harvey, was booked with video voyeurism. It carries a penalty of one to five... more »
  • Government defends elaborate FBI repairman ruse

    November 10, 2014 6:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department says it was perfectly legal for government agents to shut off the Internet to three high-roller suites in Las Vegas and have government agents impersonate computer repairmen as part of an investigation into a group of Asian gamblers accused of running an illegal sports betting... more »
  • Deputies outsmart accused, sly casino thief

    September 29, 2014 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who is accused of trying to get away with stealing someone's cash slip from an area casino. Jamey Lobell was booked into jail earlier in September. He is charged with felony theft and misdemeanors of disturbing the peace by intoxication and resisting... more »
  • NW La casino take up 6 percent

    September 19, 2014 5:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Shreveport-Bossier casino market was Louisiana's biggest winner in August: the $71.2 million take at its riverboats and racetrack slots casino was up 6.4 percent from a year earlier. Figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police show statewide gambling revenues rose 1.2 percent to $217.8 million. The... more »
  • $2 million collected from gamblers for child support program

    August 26, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state confiscated over $2 million in gambling winnings Tuesday as part of a state law that allows the government to collect casino winnings from parents behind on child support. It is the most money collected yet since the program's $1 million milestone in August 2013.... more »
  • Louisiana casino take about even with July 2013

    August 21, 2014 2:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A 12.4 percent jump in July winnings at Louisiana's land casino kept the 21-casino total about even with July 2013. Casinos took in about $213 million statewide, just $384,300 more than a year earlier. But the land casino's winnings rose from $25.4 million to $28.5 million. Riverboat... more »
  • La. casino winnings edge up from June 2013

    July 24, 2014 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier. State gambling revenues totaled $202.4 million in June 2013. Revenues rose at six of the 14 riverboat casinos, most notably at Margaritaville. Its $9.8 million take... more »
  • Biloxi's Margaritaville casino closing in September

    July 21, 2014 2:30 PM

    JACKSON, Miss.- Biloxi's Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant will close on or before Sept. 19. Margaritaville said Monday it will pay its 371 employees up to Sept. 19, but could close before then. Managers of the casino say it couldn't overcome an out-of-the-way location and lack of a hotel. Owners of... more »
  • Debt recovery office able to seize casino winnings

    June 25, 2014 3:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state debt collection office created by lawmakers last year now has the authority to seize casino and lottery winnings to pay off delinquent debts people owe to state agencies. But first the state Office of Debt Recovery and the casinos have to devise a computer database... more »
  • Man admits to having bad luck, losing store's money at casino

    June 6, 2014 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police arrested a man who, they say, admitted to trying to use his gas station's cash as seed money at an area casino. Branchard McClendon told investigators, he was transporting cash from the convenience store he managed to the bank for the nightly deposit but a friend... more »
  • New Year's Celebrations abound check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 31, 2013 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As 2014 approaches, several establishments are preparing to ring in the new year in style. L'auberge Casino is prepping more than 3,000 desserts for their event this evening, including a special cake made with gold dust. "I wanted to go back to the 1950's kind of... more »
  • Casino patrons arrested for battery of guard

    November 21, 2013 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A rowdy group of patrons at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel, accused of beating up a security guard, have been arrested. State Police say on November 5, Louis Joseph Robertson, Jack Simon Robertson and Keith Henderson were asked to leave the casino, when Jack... more »
  • Casino guard attacked by gamblers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 1, 2013 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Early Friday morning, a guard from the Belle of Baton Rouge casino was attacked by a group of six men being escorted from the property according to casino officials. A Belle of Baton Rouge spokesperson said the men were acting rowdy on the casino floor, which is... more »
  • Archaeology dig open to visitors check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 4, 2013 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of excavation, the archaeologist at the Chatsworth Plantation dig site near L'Auberge Casino are digging into the living quarters of the decades-old sugar mill. "We're excavating the northern portion of the quarters now, and what we find are the foundations of the buildings for... more »
  • Accused casino cheat busted

    September 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An out-of-state man faces charges connected to an elaborate scheme where State Police accuse him of trying to cheat casinos. Bruce Koloshi was arrested Sunday in Connecticut, accused of using similar tactics with invisible ink and special contact lenses to win a card game. Gaming experts believe... more »
  • Developer expected groundbreaking by year's end

    September 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Financing for the River Park mixed-use project next to Hollywood Casino is nearly lined up and groundbreaking should happen before the end of 2013, the developer says. Developer Pete Clements told the Downtown Development District Commission that the 50-acre development will include restaurants, live music venues, residences... more »
  • Casino winnings bring in $1M in child support

    August 29, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state law that allows state government to grab casino winnings from parents behind on their child support has surpassed the $1 million mark. The state Department of Children and Family Services announced Thursday that it has collected $1.2 million from 969 noncustodial parents at casinos across Louisiana.... more »
  • La. casino winnings up $15M from a year ago

    August 15, 2013 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's statewide casino winnings are up from a year ago, even though the take fell at 10 of 19 riverboat casinos and three of four racetrack slot machine casinos. State figures released Thursday show that two riverboats that opened within the past year made most of the... more »
  • Pinnacle's plan to buy Ameristar OK by La.

    July 18, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has approved Pinnacle Entertainment's plan to buy Ameristar Casinos Inc., which owns Louisiana's last casino license and is building a $500 million development in Lake Charles. Pinnacle owns the neighboring L'Auberge Casino Resort. It plans to sell the Ameristar site. Spokesman Kerry... more »
  • Revenue rises at most La. casinos

    June 20, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sixteen of 18 state-regulated casinos won more money in May than in April. But five riverboats and a racetrack, all in west Louisiana, won less than in the previous May. Figures released Thursday show that overall, gamblers lost $214.2 million - $17.8 million more than in... more »
  • Casinos win $35.8M less in April than in March

    May 20, 2013 6:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's state-regulated casinos all won less money in April than in March. The drop totals $35.8 million. State police figures show most also won less than they did a year ago. The big exceptions were 8.7 percent one-year increases at both L'Auberge Lake Charles and the slots... more »
  • Archaeology dig near casino to get public showing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An archaeological dig just yards away from L'Auberge Casino is unearthing a 19th century "sugar house" on the historic Chatsworth Plantation. The project, commissioned by Pinnacle Entertainment and foster by the LSU Rural Life Museum, has already found thousands of artifacts at the site, which was abandoned... more »
  • Casino revenue up from January, down from 2012

    March 21, 2013 2:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos won nearly $226.9 million from gamblers last month - $25.4 million above their January winnings but down $6.6 million from a year earlier. Figures posted Thursday by regulators show that Harrah's land-based casino in New Orleans took in $31.7 million in February - about... more »
  • Sheriff: Pineville woman confesses to casino theft

    March 11, 2013 3:51 PM

    PINEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Pineville woman after they said she admitted to stealing thousands from the truck stop casino she used to work for. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested Tabitha McKee, 33, on suspicion of stealing around $68,000 from the casino. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said... more »
  • Historic dig in progress near casino check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Just outside of L'Auberge Casino sits a historic discovery covered by vegetation and sediments for decades. The Chatsworth Plantation's Sugar House is being excavated by LSU anthropologist and archaeologist as part of research commissioned by the casino. Nearby, a historic study is also underway for Longwood... more »
  • Gambling revenue down for casinos statewide

    February 22, 2013 8:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State-licensed casinos won $185.2 million from gamblers last month, down considerably from the December holiday figure of $211.4 million. The number is also lower than the January 2012 figure of nearly $185.7 million. Harrah's New Orleans Casino saw a slight January-to-January increase, going to just over... more »
  • Tribe quits deal for Louisiana casino

    February 4, 2013 7:21 PM

    An Indian tribe from Oklahoma walked away from a deal to buy the bankrupt DiamondJacks casino in Bossier City and a similar operation in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The deal was for $125 million. Global Gaming Solutions, part of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, claims in court papers the DiamondJacks operation had... more »
  • Casino program nets $806K in back child support

    January 30, 2013 7:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Children and Family Services has intercepted more than $806,000 in casino winnings from 599 parents to cover back child support payments. Secretary Suzy Sonnier said Tuesday that the casino intercept initiative has been a very successful tool in collecting overdue support. The department... more »
  • Miss. casino regulations could be game changer

    January 23, 2013 9:13 AM

    JACKSON, Miss- Mississippi regulators want new casinos to be sturdier and gambling space larger with better restaurants and hotels. And the Mississippi Gaming Commission is ready to put the new requirements in writing. The Sun Herald reports that the Gaming Commission is accepting written comments on the regulations. Commission executive... more »
  • La. casinos take in $2.4 billion in 2012

    January 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A good December for Louisiana's state-licensed casinos capped a year in which they won roughly $2.4 billion from gamblers, up from about $2.37 billion in 2011. Figures posted by regulators Thursday show that, for December, Harrah's land-based casino in New Orleans won $34.7 million. That was up... more »
  • Zynga moves to enter US gambling market

    December 6, 2012 10:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Online game company Zynga says it has asked Nevada gambling regulators for a decision that could pave the way for it to enter the U.S. gambling market. This follows Zynga's October disclosure that it has signed a deal to offer online poker and casino games, played with... more »
  • Liens filed against Baton Rouge casino

    October 24, 2012 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four of the subcontractors that helped build L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge have filed liens against the property, claiming they haven't been paid for more than $3 million worth of work. The liens were filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court. The... more »
  • Rival: New Baton Rouge casino cuts others' revenue

    October 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new Baton Rouge casino is taking revenue away from casinos not only in Baton Rouge but in New Orleans and Mississippi, says the manager of a rival gambling hall. The L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, which opened Sept. 1, reaped $13.3 million in revenue, The... more »
  • Other casinos down $1M after L'Auberge's open check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 18, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - L'auberge Casino raked in more than $13 million in its first month of business, more than Hollywood and The Belle of Baton Rouge casinos made in the same month combined. Thursday morning, Louisiana State Police reported their monthly profit findings to the Gaming and Control Board.... more »
  • La. casino revenue dips to $188M in August

    September 21, 2012 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos took in $188 million from gamblers last month, winnings that were on par with a year earlier but a 5 percent drop from July. The figures, compiled by the state police, were presented Thursday to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. The winnings don't... more »
  • Minn. casino cooks up record 1-ton cheeseburger

    September 4, 2012 12:34 PM

    CARLTON, Minn. - A Minnesota casino has cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighs more than a ton. The behemoth burger was served up Sunday at the Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton. It tipped the scales at 2,014 pounds. Guinness Records representative Philip... more »
  • L'Auberge grand opening this Saturday

    August 31, 2012 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pinnacle Entertainment announced their L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge would hold its grand opening this weekend. The casino will open with a ceremonial throw of the dice Saturday at 1:45 p.m., according to spokesperson Molly Malloy. The new casino and hotel in the... more »
  • Boomtown Casino near New Orleans reopens

    August 31, 2012 3:13 PM

    HARVEY - Boomtown Casino, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, reopened Friday after getting the all-clear from state regulators. The Pinnacle Entertainment facility had been closed since Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaac. The company also had to postpone the grand opening of its new L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton... more »
  • Grand opening for new Baton Rouge casino postponed

    August 27, 2012 9:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The opening of Baton Rouge's new $368 million casino has been delayed because of Tropical Storm Isaac. L'Auberge Baton Rouge was scheduled to open Wednesday, but Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. announced Monday that it was postponing the grand opening. No rescheduled date was immediately announced. Pinnacle... more »
  • Pinnacle plans to open new BR casino Aug. 29

    July 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. plans to open its new $368 million Baton Rouge casino, called L'Auberge Baton Rouge, on Aug. 29. The company will need to get approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board for the opening date, but that is considered a formality since Pinnacle officials have... more »
  • New BR casino gets construction extension

    July 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana gambling regulators have given Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. another month to wrap up construction of its $368 million Baton Rouge casino and hotel. Anthony Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Pinnacle, said that L'Auberge Baton Rouge will open by Labor Day, Sept. 3. The Gaming Control... more »
  • Houston's daughter gambling investigation

    May 22, 2012 10:02 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Casino regulators are investigating whether the 19-year-old daughter of late pop singer Whitney Houston gambled at a Las Vegas Strip resort. State Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli said investigators are checking if Bobbi Kristina Brown played slot machines at the MGM Grand, and whether casino employees... more »
  • Buffett's "Margaritaville" set to open

    May 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    JACKSON - Jimmy Buffett says creating jobs on the Gulf Coast is a rewarding part of his new Margaritaville Casino and Resort in Mississippi. Buffet was in Jackson Thursday when the Mississippi Gaming Commission signed off the certification for the casino, set to open Tuesday in Biloxi. The meeting was... more »
  • New casino hosts more job fairs

    May 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new L'Auberge casino in Baton Rouge announced two new job fairs this week for people interested in working at the attraction. Tomorrow, May 16, L'Auberge will hear for food and beverage positions. This Friday, May 18, they'll hold another event for hotel and hospitality positions.... more »
  • March casino winnings up 5.8 percent

    April 19, 2012 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state-licensed casinos in March continued a recent trend of winning more money from players. State police said Thursday that the 12 riverboat casinos, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and the four race track casinos took in $227.9 million. That's a 5.8 percent gain from $215.4 million won... more »
  • Kinder casino seeking employees

    April 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    KINDER - A job fair is set for Tuesday for the Coushatta Casino Resort, which says it needs employees for its new casino-hotel development in Kinder and other corporate positions. The event will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Northwest Community Center in Eunice. It's co-sponsored by the... more »
  • February winnings jump for La. casinos

    March 15, 2012 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- February winnings for Louisiana's state-licensed casinos jumped 8.7 percent from a year ago. State police say the 12 riverboat casinos, Harrah's New Orleans land casino and the three casinos at race tracks won $217.7 million, compared with $199.5 million for February 2011. Last month included an extra day... more »
  • Ameristar buying casino project in Lake Charles

    March 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Ameristar Casinos Inc. has agreed to acquire a riverboat casino project under development in Lake Charles for $32.5 million. Ameristar, which has eight casino-hotels, is buying the uncompleted project from Creative Casinos of Louisiana LLC, which is headed by former Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. chief executive Daniel Lee. Las... more »
  • Man arrested after fight, stabbing at BR casino

    February 16, 2012 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A man was arrested after a fight at a casino in Baton Rouge. Roy Holmes is accused of stabbing a man with a knife after an argument with another man at the casino's VIP lounge, according to The Advocate. The 67 year old was booked into... more »
  • Two casinos hold job fairs for eager employees check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2012 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two casinos in Baton Rouge are looking for eager employees at job fairs this week. The Belle of Baton Rouge will hold a job fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The casino is looking to fill management positions and front-line positions. "We are going... more »
  • Work continues on Pinnacle's Baton Rouge casino

    December 28, 2011 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First low water levels in the Mississippi River stopped Pinnacle Entertainment from installing the hulls for its L'Auberge Baton Rouge casino. Then the threat of flooding from high water caused further delays. The delays forced Pinnacle to seek the state Gaming Control Board's permission to... more »
  • Sheriff: Former LSU football player arrested in shooting

    September 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    PORT ALLEN- West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes says a former LSU football player was arrested after he shot a woman in the head at a casino truck stop in Port Allen. The shooting happened yesterday evening at the Cajun Circus truck stop plaza on Highway 190 West. ... more »
  • Gambling board agrees to delay BR casino opening

    September 15, 2011 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana's gambling regulators have agreed to delay the deadline for Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. to wrap up construction of its new $231 million Baton Rouge casino. The Gaming Control Board voted Thursday to give Pinnacle until July 31 to finish building the casino and hotel project,... more »
  • Chicago man once thought dead arrested in Vegas

    July 22, 2011 1:31 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Authorities say a former Chicago commodities broker who disappeared in 1979 and was declared legally dead has been found living under a false name and working at a casino in Las Vegas. Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles officials say 72-year-old Arthur Gerald Jones was arrested Tuesday... more »
  • Steps taken to prevent flooding in downtown BR

    May 12, 2011 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flooding concerns caused officials in Baton Rouge to shut off some traffic lights and take other measures downtown until the water recedes. Traffic signals on River Road at Hollywood Casino, the State Capitol and River Park were turned off today and will function at four-way stops.... more »
  • Riverboat casino inspections increase

    May 11, 2011 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are more inspections of the two Baton Rouge riverboat casinos due to the high river water levels. The Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino are both located in the downtown region. Inspectors say they are checking to make sure the boats are secured to the... more »
  • Casinos plan for possible closure due to river rise

    May 3, 2011 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Inspections at the two casino boats in Baton Rouge could start this week. Safety gets questionable when the river rises to the 40-foot mark. Tuesday night, the river was above 35 feet. Plans are being worked out between casino owners and state police who oversee gaming... more »
  • Voters approve Lake Charles casino project

    May 1, 2011 9:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES- Voters in Calcasieu Parish have approved a proposal to bring a fourth riverboat casino to the area. Creative Casinos LLC plans to use the 15th and final riverboat gambling license allowed by Louisiana law to build a $400 million gambling resort known as Mojito Pointe. With... more »
  • Pinnacle Casino opening pushed back to summer 2012

    April 28, 2011 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Volatile river levels have pushed back the opening of the Pinnacle Casino being built along the Mississippi in Baton Rouge. The company announced that the casino and hotel wouldn't open until the summer of 2012 because construction had to be delayed due to high water levels.... more »
  • La. to seize gambling winnings for child support

    April 21, 2011 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents who are behind on child support in Louisiana can have their casino winnings in the state confiscated starting May 20. Louisiana's top gambling panel, the Gaming Control Board, agreed Thursday without discussion and without objection to the final rules and regulations for seizing the money.... more »
  • N.O. casino owner sued over secondhand smoke

    March 10, 2011 2:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Harrah's New Orleans Casino of failing to protect its employees from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. The mother of a former Harrah's dealer who died of cancer last year filed the federal suit Wednesday against the casino's owner, Caesars Entertainment... more »
  • Opening day delayed for Pinnacle's new BR casino

    February 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Low Mississippi River levels have forced a delay in the planned opening of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.'s new $357 million Baton Rouge casino and hotel from the end of this year to the first quarter of 2012. Pinnacle said Thursday the company has been unable to... more »
  • Gambling board to decide casino license next week

    February 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State gambling regulators will choose next week between three companies seeking the state's last available riverboat casino license. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board will take up the issue at its Feb. 17 meeting, after hearing four hours Wednesday from the companies and the state... more »
  • Harrah's replaced full-time workers with part-time

    January 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Harrah's New Orleans Casino is required by law to employee 2,400 people, but documents reveal that the company has replaced full-time workers in recent years with part-time and on-call employees. From summer 2008 to summer 2010, the number of full-time employees fell from 84 percent to 78... more »
  • 2010 casino takes drop 3.3 percent

    January 20, 2011 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos won $2.37 billion from players in 2010 - a 3.3 percent drop over what was left behind in 2009. In 2009, casino winnings totaled $2.45 billion in Louisiana. At the same time, state figures show the casinos increased their take last month by 6.2... more »
  • Pinnacle names managers for BR casino

    January 18, 2011 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has chosen the managers for its planned $357 million riverboat casino and hotel in Baton Rouge. The vice president and general manager of the Baton Rouge project is Michael "Mickey" Parenton, who has worked at several executive positions at different gambling companies over... more »
  • Gambling board gets presentations on casino

    December 16, 2010 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's gambling board is hearing presentations today from three companies applying for the state's last available riverboat casino license. One applicant includes major operator Penn National Gaming Inc., which is proposing a second casino in Harvey. Another applicant is Creative Casinos LLC, owned by a former... more »
  • October La. casino revenue up

    November 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos pulled in a bit more money from gamblers last month than in October 2009. State police say the 13 riverboats, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and the four race track casinos won $196.7 million last month. That's up 1.8 percent from the October 2009... more »
  • Pinnacle gets zoning for BR casino

    November 16, 2010 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has received final zoning approval for its $357 million riverboat casino-hotel project in Baton Rouge. Las Vegas-based Pinnacle won approval last month from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to double the size of its hotel to 200 rooms and add an 800-space parking garage.... more »
  • Pinnacle receives approval to change plan for BR casino

    October 21, 2010 6:04 PM

    Pinnacle Entertainment received approval from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to change the design plan for its Baton Rouge casino. As News 2’s Michael Shingleton found out, crews have been working non-stop at the Pinnacle site on River Road for the past two months, making sure they meet their deadline.... more »
  • Casino worker arrested at Coushatta casino

    September 30, 2010 5:24 AM

    State police say a 45-year-old casino employee in Coushatta has been accused of stealing about $2,400 from the casino he worked at. State police say Keith Welch was arrested on the floor of the Coushatta Casino Resort after he was seen stuffing $300 in casino money into his pocket. Welch... more »
  • Pinnacle expands plans for Baton Rouge casino

    September 27, 2010 5:34 PM

    The final plans for a casino in Baton Rouge just got a lot bigger. Pinnacle Entertainment released new plans today for their casino and hotel that are nearly twice as large as the initial proposal. The company increased its budget from $250 million to $357 million, doubled the number of... more »
  • Four apply for last Louisiana casino license

    September 23, 2010 5:14 PM

    State gambling regulators say four groups have applied for Louisiana's 15th and final riverboat casino license allowed by law. Three of the companies would put the boat in Lake Charles, while the fourth proposes a second casino for the New Orleans suburb of Harvey. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board put... more »
  • Thursday deadline for last La. casino license

    September 23, 2010 6:03 AM

    Today is the last day for applications for Louisiana's 15th and final riverboat casino license allowed by law. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board put the license up for applicants after it was returned to the state in April by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. Pinnacle had planned to use the license for... more »
  • Port wants to attract casino development

    September 18, 2010 4:10 PM

    The Port of Lake Charles wants Louisiana's 15th and final riverboat casino allowed by law to locate on its property. The American Press reported that the port wants the casino to have a minimum $350 million investment and include a hotel, meeting rooms, entertainment facility, restaurants and amenities including a... more »
  • Hilton banned from Wynn resorts after Vegas Arrest

    September 1, 2010 1:26 PM

    A casino official says celebrity socialite Paris Hilton has been banned from two Wynn resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and her boyfriend has been dismissed as nightclub manager following their arrests. Wynn spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne said Wednesday that Hilton won't be allowed at the properties anymore. Dunne... more »
  • La. casinos post strong July in winnings

    August 19, 2010 11:48 AM

    Louisiana's state-licensed casinos bounced with a strong July, taking in almost as much from players as in July 2009. State police report the 13 riverboat casinos, Harrah's land casino in New Orleans and the four race track casinos won $219.4 million last month. That's down only slightly from... more »
  • Gulf Coast Casino embezzlement investigated

    August 7, 2010 4:57 PM

    An employee of a Gulf Coast casino has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employer. Biloxi police say 24-year-old Lisa Thi Nguyen was arrested Thursday following a complaint by the Treasure Bay casino. She had been working as lead hotel clerk. She was charged with... more »
  • Casino revenue numbers lower than last year's

    July 20, 2010 11:49 AM

    Winnings for Louisiana's state-licensed casinos fell 8.3 percent over the past year. State police say that for the fiscal year ending June 30, the 13 riverboat casinos, Harrah's land casino in New Orleans and the four race track casinos took in $2.33 billion. That's down from $2.54 billion for... more »
  • Mom arrested for abandoning son while in casino

    July 10, 2010 4:10 PM

    Police arrested a mom from Baton Rouge for abandoning her 3-year-old son in the parking lot of a casino. Officials say Erica Williams, 27, of 4709 Osborne St, admitted to leaving her son in the car. Williams told police she left the keys in the ignition with the air... more »
  • La. casino earnings slide from a year ago

    June 15, 2010 12:36 PM

    Louisiana's state-licensed casinos saw a 9.3 percent drop in revenue last month from the previous May. State police report that the 13 riverboat casinos, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and the four casinos at race tracks took in $203.6 million in May. That's down from $224.6 million in... more »
  • Banned gambler has to give up jackpot

    May 26, 2010 1:03 PM

    Some guys have all the luck -- but a Pennsylvania man isn't one of them. The man has to give up a two-grand jackpot won playing a slot machine. State police say the man had previously banned himself from casinos under a program for problem gamblers. He'll... more »
  • Saints linebacker Coleman arrested at a casino

    May 26, 2010 9:52 AM

    Rookie New Orleans Saints linebacker and former LSU standout Harry Coleman was arrested after shoving someone out of the way at a casino. Chitimacha police say Coleman was leaving a tribal casino in St. Mary Parish early Sunday when someone, possibly a football fan, approached him. Police also say Coleman... more »
  • La. casino take remains steady in April

    May 18, 2010 1:32 PM

    Winnings from gamblers at Louisiana's state-licensed casinos last month were virtually unchanged from April 2009. That's according to a state police report issued Tuesday. In April, the 13 riverboat casinos, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and three casinos at horse racing tracks won $200.5 million - down 1... more »
  • Casino company might expand size of BR project

    April 28, 2010 5:44 AM

    The head of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. says the casino company might expand its plans for a new gambling riverboat and hotel complex in Baton Rouge. CEO Anthony Sanfilippo says Pinnacle is confident it can establish a "best-in-market" gambling complex in Baton Rouge. Pinnacle plans to compete with two existing casino... more »
  • Casino winnings possibly taken for child support

    April 20, 2010 9:45 PM

    Louisiana could start taking casino winnings from people who owe child support. 144,000 people in Louisiana are more than 30 days behind in paying child support. A bill approved by a senate committee would place database equipment in casinos to provide "real time" information about people who owe money. If... more »
  • Committee approves child support bill

    April 20, 2010 11:50 AM

    Child support bill approved. Any casino winnings over $1,200 would be reported to state. Any child support owed would be taken from the winnings. more »

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