SHREVEPORT, La. -- Hollywood Casino Shreveport, the fifth and
largest casino on the Shreveport-Bossier riverfront, held its grand
The event, which took place in late December, included a
reception for 1,000 invited guests, a film-cutting ceremony instead
of the traditional ribbon cutting and fireworks.
The long-awaited $230 million complex, with an art deco
Hollywood theme, has a 403-suite hotel and a land-based pavilion
with restaurants and entertainment facilities.
square feet of gaming space, the 282-foot-long riverboat casino has
68 gaming tables and more than 1,400 slot machines.
"We have exceeded even our own expectations by developing one of
the most elegant and luxurious resorts in any of the emerging
gaming markets," said Edward T. Pratt III, president and chief
operating officer of Dallas-based Hollywood Casino Corp.
Jack E. Pratt, Hollywood's chairman and chief executive officer,
described Shreveport as one of the nation's most attractive gaming
markets, noting that the area only has five casinos to serve east
Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth, 190 miles away.
Visitors enter Hollywood Shreveport through the pavilion, which
has a 60-foot-high atrium and, according to its owner, the world's
The facility was designed, according to Hollywood officials, to
provide a "land-based" gaming experience: The casino is permanently
moored to the pavilion, connected by an 85-foot-wide seamless
The pavilion's restaurants include Hollywood Casino's signature
Fairbanks steak house, the Hollywood Epic Buffet and the Hollywood
Other facilities include a premium players club, a show lounge
seating 250, a 6,019-square-foot spa and fitness center and a
Hollywood Casino Shreveport is planning an 18-hole championship
golf course that will be designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Hollywood Casino Corp. also owns and operates Hollywood Casinos
in Aurora, Ill., and Tunica, Miss.
For more details, contact Hollywood Casino at (877) 602-0711 or
visit the Web site at www.hollywoodcasino.com.