Shreveport casino holds grand opening

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SHREVEPORT, La. -- Hollywood Casino Shreveport, the fifth and largest casino on the Shreveport-Bossier riverfront, held its grand opening celebration.

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.

Opening night at the Hollywood Casino Shreveport.With 30,000 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 largest chandelier.

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 marble entrance.

The pavilion's restaurants include Hollywood Casino's signature Fairbanks steak house, the Hollywood Epic Buffet and the Hollywood Diner.

Other facilities include a premium players club, a show lounge seating 250, a 6,019-square-foot spa and fitness center and a 6,131-square-foot ballroom.

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.

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