The state of Louisiana is now officially home to a land-based casino after the grand unveiling of The Queen Baton Rouge last week.
Moving away from the Mississippi River where it operated as a riverboat casino, The Queen Baton Rouge is a newly constructed land-based casino at the former Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge location, and is the result of a $85m redevelopment.
The new casino holds over 700 gaming machines and 18 gaming tables, offering games such as poker, blackjack and roulette.
The Queen Baton Rouge also plays host to the DraftKings Sportsbook, which contains 20 kiosks and four betting windows, with the official opening taking place last Friday with more than 1,000 guests in attendance.
DraftKings opened a temporary sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge prior to its transformation, and has now proceeded with its plan of installing a permanent sportsbook.
The opening of the 100,000-square-foot casino was preceded by a ribbon cutting and welcoming remarks by Terry Downey, CEO and President of The Queen Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Sharon Weston Broome, The Queen Baton Rouge General Manager, Matthew Shehadi, former LSU Tiger and NFL quarterback Matt Flynn, and Ronnie S. Johns, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
The ribbon was officially cut by Lydia Chenevert, a 30-year employee of The Queen Baton Rouge, which is now open 24 hours daily.