New Casino Law passed in Louisiana that allows 15 riverboat casinos of the state to expand. As Gov. John Bel Edwards inked the new law on May 23, 2018, casino executives stood by him. Casinos on riverboats in Louisiana were legalized in 1991. However, these riverboat casinos found it more profitable staying connected to the land.

The Scope To Expand

As per the new law, riverboat casinos can expand up to 1,200 feet onto land from their designated water space. According to The Advocate, in 2017, riverboat gambling raised $419.2million in taxes and fees for the state. Whereas, oil and gas severance taxes fetched $371 million.

Wave Of Hopes

Harrah’s in New Orleans is the hub of major poker events. But, holding major poker tournaments in the state becomes a challenge for riverboats floating over water.

The Horseshoe in Bossier City hosted the RunGood Poker Series- the first major tour to stop at the casino since the WSOP-Circuit in 2013. Despite having space crunch at the RunGood Series, 1,020 entries made their way to three of the events. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Horseshoe has plans to greatly expand its poker offerings. They intend to make use of the casinos’ Riverdome concert facility.

Poker Room Manager Chad Disante said, “We are excited about new opportunities that come with this newly passed legislation. Our poker room is now able to host large-scale, land-based tournaments and is no longer confined to a restricted gaming space. Our guests will see more legendary events at Horseshoe Bossier City with the World Series of Poker and RunGood Poker Series.”

Commenting on the new casino law, Gerry Del Prete, Vice President, gaming operations said, “We are thankful for the legislation being passed and that lawmakers agreed this was an opportunity for the state of Louisiana. We are optimistic this will improve the guest experience for all of our poker players. We look forward to offering our poker players a large poker tournament similar to those held at the other Golden Nugget casino locations. It levels the playing field with casinos in Mississippi and Oklahoma that have been able to offer their poker players an expanded tournament experience.”

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