Louisiana OK’s 1st riverboat casino request to move to land

Louisiana gaming chief: Rules for moving riverboat casinos onto land will be ready for 2019

Louisiana has approved its first application to move a riverboat casino to land.

The Gaming Control Board approved the application from the owners of a Lake Charles-area riverboat on Thursday.

Eighteen months ago, the Louisiana legislature decided that state-regulated casinos outside New Orleans don’t have to stay on the water.

The Advocate reports that Eldorado Resorts plans a new $112.7 million casino between the parking lot and hotel for the Isle of Capri riverboat in Westlake.

The new casino will be nearly triple the size of the riverboat. 

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