Louisiana Casinos

The state of Louisiana is known for Cajun food and Zydeco music, but Louisiana casinos are helping to add to the state’s reputation. Louisiana casinos stretch from north to south and run east to west in the state. Louisiana became the fourth state to approve riverboat gambling casinos in 1991. The next year, Louisiana approved one land-based casino to be located in New Orleans. Louisiana is also home to three land-based Indian casinos. Visitors to Louisiana are in for a one-of-a-kind experience, and Louisiana casinos are a great way to begin a trip to the state.

Northern Louisiana casinos include Casino Magic, Horseshoe, Isle of Capri, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Shreveport is home to Sam’s Town, and Hollywood Casino. Visit Shreveport on Memorial Day weekend and take part in Mudbug Madness, a festival featuring Creole cuisine, local crafts, and great music.

Paragon Casino is located in central Louisiana in the city of Marksville and is one of the three Indian casinos. Marksville is situated in Avoyelles Parish, which has plenty of historical landmarks like an ancient Indian mound and some Civil War battle sites.

South Louisiana casinos are Harrah’s, Isle of Capri, L’auberge du lac in Lake Charles, Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder, and Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton. There are two casinos located in Baton Rouge: The Argosy and Casino Rouge. Coushatta and Cypress Bayou Casinos are the other two land-based Indian casinos in Louisiana. Baton Rouge is the capitol city of Louisiana. Guests can find plenty of entertainment, from swamp tours to art exhibits.

The southeastern part of Louisiana has Boomtown in Harvey and Treasure Chest in Kenner. The two casinos in New Orleans, The Belle of Orleans and Harrah’s, have yet to reopen since Hurricane Katrina. Harrah’s casino plans to reopen February 17, 2006. This will be just in time for New Orleans’s ultimate party of the year, Mardi Gras. There is no official word yet when The Belle of Orleans will reopen. Rivertown in Kenner is located along the shores of the Mississippi River and is a great destination to take in the culture and history of Louisiana. This sixteen-block historic district is home to many museums and art galleries that give tourists a better education of the Pelican State.

Louisiana casinos are located in great tourist destinations and feature a charming atmosphere, wonderful food, and good times. A first rate gambling experience awaits visitors at all of the Louisiana casinos.

Casino Gambling in Georgia – Should Casino Gambling Be Made Legal in Georgia?

The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and printing up paper money to cover the shortfall. State budgets must be balanced each year. So, Georgia needs to give serious consideration to a new revenue stream.

State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has announced his intention to introduce a bill in the 2009 legislative session to allow voters to decide if they want gaming in Georgia. His bill would allow voters of each Georgia county to decide whether or not they wanted gaming in their county. The Georgia Assembly and recent governors have been cool to the idea of casinos in Georgia. But the legislature has never allowed any gaming proposal to be voted on in a general referendum or any other popular vote.

The big question is: Should gambling be made legal in the state of Georgia?

Answer Number One: In a free society, individuals are free to use their income and assets whichever way they choose. There should be no moral, ethical, or even Biblical sanction against gambling. Some people believe that gambling is a sin, but a sin should not be made illegal when it does not initiate force or fraud against another individual. Said another way, if I use my money to gamble with, it’s my business.

Answer Number Two: The State legislators have already settled any moral trepidations they may have ever had over gambling. It is already legal here in Georgia in one form. Fifteen years ago, lottery gambling became legal in Georgia, and to date, has generated over $15 Billion in tax revenue. Sales for fiscal year 2008 climbed to a record-breaking $3.5 billion, exceeding the revenue generated during fiscal year 2007. So, the State of Georgia has already been in the gaming business for over 15 years. Casino gambling is simply another form of gambling. However, with casino gambling, the state will not have the monopoly, but private enterprise will own and operate the casinos.

With a 15-year history of successful gaming under its belt, it is going to be pretty hard for the Georgia General Assembly to refuse casino gambling without exhibiting massive hypocrisy. But massive hypocrisy has not stopped them in the past.

But, what about other states where gaming is legal? What has their experience been?

To find out, I went to the website of the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC.

In Nevada, the granddaddy of them all, where gaming began in 1931, tax revenues from gaming have been a large part of the state budget. In 2006, Nevada gaming had 201,000 employees and tax revenues were $1.034 Billion. Nevada’s budget for 2009 is set at $6 Billion, so gaming revenue comprises about 17% of that state’s total income each year.

Mississippi legalized gaming in 1990, passed by legislation and local option vote. There are 30,500 gaming employees, and tax revenue for 2006 was $350.44 Million.

Louisiana legalized gambling in 1993, passed by legislation and local option vote. Tax revenue last year was $559 million, another $68 million from racetrack casinos, with 20,300 gaming employees.

Michigan legalized gambling in 1996 by statewide referendum, local option vote and legislation. Michigan has 3 casinos that generated 2006 tax revenue of $365 million.

So we see here that other states have long histories of success with casino gambling.

Casino gambling would be a welcome addition to the convention business in Atlanta and other Georgia cities. Las Vegas has been stealing away convention business for years now with their gaming and entertainment attractions. The Georgia hospitality and restaurant industries would also get an infusion of business as they support gaming tourism.

Atlanta has another competitive advantage as a gaming destination…Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It’s been said that you can’t even get to heaven without connecting through Atlanta. Our presence as a Southern regional transportation hub makes Atlanta an easy gaming destination for the two thirds of the population of the US that lives east of the Mississippi River.

Casino gambling can be a valuable addition to the economy of Georgia. I hope that the Georgia General Assembly can find its courage and conscience and votes in favor of casino gambling in the 2009 Legislative Session.

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