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This article is about the many obsolete Louisiana slot machine tokens used in Louisiana casinos. All Louisiana casinos switched to paper tickets a few years ago.
In 1991, Louisiana was the fourth state to approve riverboat casino gambling. The law allowed 15 riverboats, one land based casino in New Orleans and three Indian Reservation casinos on tribal lands.
Louisiana Riverboats Casino Tokens
Argosy Gaming Company opened the Belle of Baton Rouge in 1994 and changed the name to the Argosy Casino in October 1999. The Argosy Gaming Company sold to Penn National Gaming, Inc. in 2005. Penn National then changed the name back to The Belle of Baton Rouge.
The Belle of Baton Rouge is located 103 France Street near the Mississippi River in the downtown historic district of Baton Rouge, LA. This Riverboat Casino open in 1994 as the Belle of Baton Rouge, changed its name to Argosy Casino in October 1999 and back to Belle of Baton Rouge in 2005. It is still operating as of 2014.
The Casino Rouge opened December 15, 1994 by Louisiana Casino Cruises, Inc. at 1717 N. River Road in Baton Rouge. On Feburary 7, 2007 the Casino Rouge Riverboat was sold to Penn National Gaming, Inc. and renamed Hollywood Casino. No tokens are know from the Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge.
Located at 711 Horseshoe Boulevard in Bossier City, Louisiana. The Horseshoe Casino opened July 9, 1994 by Horseshoe Entertainment of Bossier City. The Riverboat was named “Queen of the Red”. Now owned by Harrah’s.
The Isle of Capri Casino opened on May 20, 1994 and was located at 711 Isle Of Capri Blvd Bossier City, LA. The Riverboat was named “Lady of the Isle”. The Isle of Capri was replaced by the Diamond Jacks Casino in 2006.
Located at 300 Riverside Drive in Bossier City, Louisiana, Casino Magic opened October 4, 1996. Renamed Boomtown Casino in 2002.
Located at 300 Riverside Drive in Bossier City, Louisiana, Boomtown Casino opened July 1, 2002.
This Riverboat Casino is located at 4132 Peters Road in Harvey, Louisiana. Boomtown Belle was opened on August 6, 1994 by Boomtown Verdi, NV and Louisiana Gaming Enterprises. Now owned by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.
The Treasure Chest Casino open November 18, 1994 and is located at 5050 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA.
The Riverboat was built as the Crown Casino and originally going to go to St. Rose, La near New Orleans. However, it opened as the Isle of Capri in Lake Charles, LA on July 29, 1995. It is still open as of 2014 at 100 Westlake Avenue Westlake, LA across the Calcasieu River from Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Operated by Players International a company founded by brothers David and Edward Fishman in 1984. Players Riverboat Casino opened April 28, 1993 at 505 N. Lakeshore Drive on beautiful Lake Charles. The operation expanded in 1995 with the addition of a second riverboat (Showboat Star), purchased from a closed casino operation on Lake Pontchartrain. In 1999 Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. offered to acquire Players International Inc. for $8.50 a share and renamed the Riverboats Harrah’s Pride and Harrah’s Star in 2001.
See Players Riverboat above.
Located on Lakeshore drive Lake Charles, LA the Riverboat Harrah’s Pride and Star opened on August 2, 2001. On September 24, 2005 Hurricane Rita just about destroyed Harrah’s complex in Lake Charles. This casino never reopened.
The Isle of Capri in Lake Charles acquired the Grand Palais Riverboat in January 1996 from River City Casino of New Orleans. It then operated the Isle of Capri Riverboat and Grand Palais Riverboat until Hurricane Rita struck the Lake Charles area in 2005. Only Isle remains as of 2014.
On July 30, 1995, Bally’s Casino Lakeshore Resort took over Showboat Star Casino’s (See Star Lake Charles) old berth since they were having a difficult time trying to find their own berth. The Riverboat was called “The Belle of New Orleans” and it’s location was 1 Stars And Stripes Blvd New Orleans, Louisiana. Bally’s Riverboat Casino was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005.
The Flamingo Casino opened December 31, 1994 on the Mississippi River at the foot of Poydras Street, taking over the location formerly occupied by the Hilton Queen of New Orleans Casino. The Flamingo closed on September 30, 1997 and moved to Shreveport, Louisiana.
This casino opened in early 1994 and was taken over by the Flamingo Casino after less than a year in operation.
River City Casino was a riverboat casino complex consisting of the Grand Palais and Crescent City Queen. River City located one block upriver from New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. The two riverboats were only open for 9 weeks from March 29, 1995 to June 13, 1995. The terminal building complex was still under construction when Louisiana casino revenue was far below expectations and the owners closed River City Casino. The riverboats and its licenses were eventually sold off and transferred to other companies. The Grand Palais went to the Isle of Capri complex in Lake Charles, La. Boomtown Casino New Orleans acquired the Crescent City Queen riverboat.
The Star Casino began operations on Lake Pontchartrain on November 8, 1993, but closed and moved to Lake Charles in early 1995. See Star and Players Casino above under Lake Charles, La.
Located at 315 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport, Louisiana. This riverboat casino was named “Shreveport Rose” and opened on December 7, 1994. On February 2, 1995 the Shreveport Rose was replaced a newer and larger riverboat called the “Shreve Star”. On May 19, 2004 Harrah’s Casino was sold to Boyd’s Gaming and renamed Sams Town.
Located at 451 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport, Louisiana. This riverboat casino opened on December 20, 2000 and was sold on October 26, 2005 to Eldorado Casino of Reno.
Located at 315 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport, Louisiana. Sams Town opened in May 2004 and originally operated as Harrah’s Casino 1995 to 2004.
Land Based Casinos
Located at 228 Poydras Street New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana law refers to Harrah’s Casino as the only land based casino with table games in the state by Louisiana law. However, there are other casinos in the state with gambling facilities on riverboats, Indian Reservation casinos on tribal lands and horse racing racinos with slot machines.
Harrah’s Casino was the brainchild of Christopher Hemmeter, a hotel developer who proposed building the world’s largest casino in New Orleans. It was to resemble Monte Carlo’s casino built in 1861, New Orleans 1885 Cotton Exposition and Chicago’s 1893 World Columbia Exposition. In 1993 a partnership of Christopher Hemmeter and Caesars World obtained the lease on the Rivergate property, which by law was the only place the land based casino could be built in Louisiana. However, the Louisiana State Casino Board awarded the state’s sole casino license to Harrah’s and not the Hemmeter-Caesar’s partnership. The two entities formed a joint venture called Harrah’s Jazz” under pressure from then Governor, Edwin Edwards. On May 1995 Harrah’s Jazz established a temporary casino in the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium in order to establish a cash flow while the main facility was under construction at the Rivergate. A week after opening the temporary casino closed due to a flood and construction of the permanent facility suspended in November 1995 and all Construction works and employees working in the temporary casino were laid off.
Later, the project was taken over by Harrah’s who completed the construction and opened Harrah’s New Orleans Casino in late October 1999.
Louisiana Indian Casinos
Technically not Louisiana tokens, since the Indian Reservations are independent nation.
The Chitimacha Indian Reservation was established in 1935 as a 265 acre tract. The Cypress Bayou Casino opened December 1993 and is located at 832 Martin Luther King Road Charenton, Louisiana.
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is one of three Federally recognized tribes of Koasati people. They are located in Allen and Jefferson Davis Parishes, Louisiana. The Grand Casino Coushatta now Coushatta Casino Resort opened January 1995 is located at 777 Coushatta Drive Kinder, Louisiana.
The Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe, formerly known as the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana, is a Federally recognized tribe of primarily Tunica and Biloxi people. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe operated Louisiana’s first land based casino, Grand Casino Avoyelles now the Paragon Casino Resort. It opened in Marksville, Louisiana in June 1994.
The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino opened on February 13, 2013. No tokens are known.
Louisiana Horse Racing Racinos
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is a horse racing track and racino located at 8000 E. Texas St in Bossier City, Louisiana. Louisiana Downs opened in 1974.
Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino and Hotel opened in September 1973 and is an American thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack in near Vinton, LA. The facility is owned by Boyd Gaming.