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  • Man accused of watching woman in restroom at Belle of BR Casino

    June 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Troopers said they arrested a man at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino after he was accused of watching women use the restroom located on the second deck of the riverboat. 26-year-old Christopher Riley was taken into custody in connection with an August 2014 incident on... more »
  • Person detained following bomb threat at State Capitol Play Video

    May 16, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person is in custody following bomb threats Monday evening at the State Capitol and Hollywood Casino in downtown Baton Rouge, State Police say. A bomb threat was called into the State Capitol just before 6:30 p.m. Minutes later, a similar threat was called into the Hollywood... more »
  • New report says tourists spending more money in Las Vegas

    April 16, 2016 9:04 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Tourists are spending more money on their trips to Sin City, according to a new report by the Las Vegas tourism board. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued its visitor profile study this month, which showed average spending in most expense categories increased in 2015,... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on smoking ban Wednesday

    April 13, 2016 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Metro Council is set to discuss a proposal that would ban smoking in all business around the capital city. The idea was pitched by Smoke Free Baton Rouge, an anti-smoking campaign. It started out as a plan to ban smoking in bars and casinos around Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Casino winnings drop in January statewide

    February 19, 2016 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's New Orleans casino brought in a combined $207.1 million, a 5.8 percent drop from January 2015's $219.9 million. The biggest percentage decrease happened in Lake Charles, where the winnings at the city's three riverboats and Delta Downs racetrack were... more »
  • Police say no foul play after body found near casino

    January 29, 2016 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they do not suspect foul play after a body was found Friday morning along the Mississippi River near the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the body was found along the river's embankment between the casino and the base of the... more »
  • Louisiana casino revenue down 7.5 percent from December 2014

    January 22, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's New Orleans brought in $217.2 million in December, a 7.5 percent drop from the December 2014 total of $234.8 million. The revenue figures were released Thursday by state police. Casino winnings in New Orleans fell by 13.5 percent in... more »
  • Victims: Amateur mugged them at casino

    December 23, 2015 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a 19-year-old on armed robbery charges after two people were mugged at the L'Auberge casino. Ari Thompson was booked Tuesday. Deputies said he confessed to one of the attacks but said an acquaintance was responsible for the second, though deputies charged him with... more »
  • Harrah's Casino blames smoking ban for 2nd drop in monthly take

    July 24, 2015 7:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Revenue dropped 30 percent in June at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It was the second consecutive monthly drop. The facility's top executive is putting most of the blame on the city's indoor smoking ban. Dan Real, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans, asked the state Gaming... more »
  • Suits and Sneakers ESPY Awards Viewing Party Play Video

    July 14, 2015 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Suits and Sneakers ESPY viewing party is coming up at the L'Auberge Hotel and Casino. The event is being held to raise money for Mary Bird Perkins- Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. This morning, Laurie Adams from Mary Bird Perkins and TV host,... more »
  • Casino support contract blocked in La. House

    May 20, 2015 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators Wednesday blocked approval of a $3.6 million casino support services contract for New Orleans amid complaints that the city's new smoking ban likely will cause the state to lose money. The prohibition against smoking in bars and gambling halls took effect last month. Louisiana... more »
  • 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 30, 2015 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are four major elements that the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge want to see in our community: mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development. Next week, the organization will be honoring individuals who embody all of that. This morning, Donna Saurage and John Smith... more »
  • Beat the Odds Casino Night and Silent Auction Play Video

    April 28, 2015 9:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- To celebrate May as Mental Health Month, the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge will hold its 5th annual Beat the Odds Casino Night and Silent Auction. The event will feature delicious food from Heirloom Cuisine, beverages, and a spectacular silent auction. It will include original... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban takes effect

    April 22, 2015 7:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new smoking in New Orleans officially starts today. Smoking in the crescent city is now prohibited inside bars, casinos, restaurants, and workplaces. The ban went into effect at midnight and has drawn a mixed reaction from the public. The New Orleans health department passed out information... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban

    April 10, 2015 7:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans City Council has denied an exemption to Harrah's Casino from a smoking ban in bars and gambling halls. The new ban is to start April 22. Lawyers for Harrah's New Orleans, a large land-based casino next to the French Quarter, have predicted a... more »
  • Casino killing

    March 31, 2015 7:48 PM

    SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA- A woman was convicted of killing a gambler she followed out of a casino after he won $10,000 and ran him over with a car. Barbara Ann Hamel originally pleaded guilty and faced 15-years to life but rolled the dice and changed her plea to not... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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