The Belle of Baton Rouge will join Hollywood Casino as the second Baton Rogue riverboat casino to take its operation inland, as the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) voted in favor of the move on Sept. 15. This deal includes a $35 million investment and is part of a more extensive renovation for the casino.
Here are some other details Louisiana gamblers should know about the upcoming changes.
Belle of Baton Rouge’s Upgrades
Among Louisiana’s riverboat casinos, the Belle of Baton Rouge brings in the least amount of money. Both Casino Queen Holding Company, which announced the acquisition of the casino in December 2020 from Caesars Entertainment, and state gaming legislators hope this move will bring in more visitors and revenue.
The gaming floor along the riverside atrium will span more than 16,000 square feet and feature more than 300 slot machines and 14 table games.
Sports bettors will also find a 2,500-square-foot retail sportsbook and lounge, although it’s not yet clear which sportsbook operator will be providing its services.
When it comes to dining, Belle of Baton Rouge patrons will find an oyster bar, pizza station, cafe, and wine bar.
Part of the approval to move the Belle of Baton Rouge inland is to reopen the hotel that was shut down during the peak of the pandemic. While there are 288 rooms, Casino Queen will start with renovating and opening 90 rooms on the casino hotel’s top four floors.
With all of these moving parts, the project is expected to create 200 new jobs.
Casino Queen’s Second Louisiana Purchase
In addition to the Belle of Baton Rouge, Casino Queen Holdings also purchased Hollywood Casino. The process to move Hollywood Casino inland began in August 2021 and is expected to be complete by the middle of 2023.
Another piece of news that came out of the LGCB’s Belle of Baton Rouge approval was Hollywood Casino’s sports betting license approval. Hollywood Casino had a temporary license in a partnership with DraftKings that was set to expire. Currently, you can find 20 self-service betting kiosks and a sports betting desk, all of which reside in a temporary space. Once Hollywood Casino’s inland push is complete, Louisiana bettors will find a permanent sportsbook space to place their bets.