Land-based gaming arrives in Lousiana with Harrah's New Orleans

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 liking.

For the moment, Harrah's is the only land-based casino in the state.

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.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino opened in October.
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 facility.

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) 533-6000.

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 Shreveport-Bossier area.

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 exercise.

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 to 31.

With standard suites, deluxe king suites, multiroom king suites, and two 1,515-square-foot presidential suites, the hotel spans 14 floors.

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 levels.

For additional information on the Hollywood Casino Shreveport, call (318) 220-0711.

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