Could DiamondJacks Casino Reopen in Bossier City?

The tourism and entertainment industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and casinos certainly were not spared. One of the several Louisiana casinos to not reopen its doors following the state’s mandated closures was DiamondJacks in Bossier City

If all goes according to plan, however, that could be changing.

The Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) has recently stated there will be deliberation at the final December meeting as to whether DiamondJacks’ potential new owners will be able to reopen the Bossier City casino.

Here’s what we know so far.

New Owners, New Life?

DiamondJacks Casino, previously owned by Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, is moving forward on a deal with Mississippi-based Foundation Gaming. 

The self-described casino entertainment company has a history of purchasing and renovating casino properties, as the group has done twice with the Fitz Casino and Hotel and WaterView Casino and Hotel.

In the aforementioned December LGCB meeting, Foundation Gaming is expected to submit a $200 million renovation plan to the board.

Big Plans in Bossier City

Foundation Gaming’s plans for DiamondJacks isn’t to just swap out the seat cushions and call it a day. Foundation’s $200 million plan calls for a 100% renovation of the property. This includes the 550-plus guest rooms and restaurants, as well as starting construction on a land-based casino area. 

This, of course, means nixing the current riverboat property. There seems to be a trend to move away from the traditional riverboat gambling in Louisiana, as the Belle of Baton Rouge recently announced plans to move its operation inland.

If approved, LGCB Chairman Ronnie Jones said a tentative reopen date could be sometime in Spring 2024.

Will There Be an Additional Retail Sportsbook?

Both of the Foundation-owned Mississippi properties mentioned above currently operate retail sportsbooks

Because Mississippi doesn’t allow mobile wagering outside of casino property, however, Foundation has opted to forego partnering with the big-name sportsbooks and operate its own on-site sports betting.

With fewer than 10 mobile sportsbooks currently available in Louisiana, there are plenty of potential suitors should Foundation Gaming decide to go that route.

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Cody Kutzer

Cody is a freelance writer contributing to Louisiana Sharp sports betting content. He's a fantasy football fanatic, lover of all things Penn State, and always one bet away from winning his teasers.