NEW ORLEANS -- With the October opening of Harrah's New Orleans
Casino and the expected December opening of the Hollywood Casino in
Shreveport, gaming enthusiasts should find Louisiana to their
For the moment, Harrah's is the only land-based casino in the
Its 100,000 square feet of gaming space are divided into five
areas, each with a Legends of New Orleans theme.
The Jazz Court remembers favorite son, Louis Armstrong;
Smuggler's Court, the swashbuckling pirate, Jean Lafitte; the Mardi
Gras Court, the city's most renowned event; the Court of Good
Fortune, the 19th century gambler and theater promoter, John Davis,
and the Court of the Mansion, New Orleans' Garden District.
Each room's decor follows its theme.
In the Court of the Mansion, for example, "butlers" serve drinks
from silver trays and jesters offer toasts amid a background of
white latticework, a star-filled sky panel, trees and the scent of
magnolias. This space also functions as a conference and banquet
Harrah's is situated between Canal and Poydras streets, just two
blocks from the convention center.
Almost 3,000 slot machines and 120 gaming tables offer clients
the chance to try their luck.
For details about Harrah's New Orleans Casino, call (504)
Come December, the Hollywood Casino Shreveport, a $230 million
project, will join Louisiana's upscale gaming venues.
The property comprises a 170,000-square-foot Hollywood-themed
pavilion, a 403-room all-suites hotel and a 60,000-square-foot
three-deck riverboat offering the largest gaming space in the
Clients first enter the three-level pavilion, which houses hotel
reception (a private check-in for premium players is nearby),
restaurants, shops and a spa.
The latter offers 6,000 square feet of space for pampering and
Among the eateries, the Epic Buffet surrounds diners with
three-dimensional movie sets designed and constructed at Paramount
Studios, while the Director's Lounge presents premier players with
a private escape.
Other food options include the Hollywood Diner, a 1950s-style
place right down to wait staff uniforms and movie memorabilia; the
70-seat Cinema Cafe, and various other refreshment stops.
For private parties, the ballroom can accommodate more than 500
people for a sit-down dinner.
Also in the pavilion, the Celebrity Lounge features headline
entertainment, such as the Drifters who will perform from Dec. 28
With standard suites, deluxe king suites, multiroom king suites,
and two 1,515-square-foot presidential suites, the hotel spans 14
All gaming space is aboard the riverboat, Hollywood Dreams,
where clients will find 1,409 of the most popular slot machines and
68 table games. Entry to the casino is available from all three
For additional information on the Hollywood Casino Shreveport,
call (318) 220-0711.