Aboard the Belle of Baton Rouge riverboat casino, you’ll find three glorious floors of all your favorite games. More than 850 of the hottest, most action-packed slots, video poker, Keno machines and an array of table games including live poker, blackjack, roulette and craps line the floors and are waiting for you to take a seat. The casino boat is an 82 m, built by Avondale Shipyard. It has 2,650 m2 of gaming space spread across three decks
Best of all, the action never stops-they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. And it’s conveniently located among the historic downtown district right on the Mississippi River.
The riverboat gaming law allowed up to 15 casino licenses to be issued and only to casinos located on certain rivers and lakes, including the Mississippi River. The casino was originally proposed by Jazz Enterprises, a company formed by several Louisiana and Nevada business people. The Riverboat Gaming Commission gave preliminary approval to the casino in March 1993. The casino opened on September 30, 1994.
The hotel is 10 stories tall, with 288 rooms, a swimming pool, and a fitness center. Next to the hotel are a five-story-tall, 4,600 m2, and glass-enclosed atrium. Inside the atrium is a performance venue that has been used for concerts, mixed martial arts events, and nationally televised boxing matches. Other amenities include meeting spaces, three eateries, and two parking garages.
The Belle atrium is located at Catfish Town, a historic warehouse district that was redeveloped and opened as a festival marketplace in July 1984. The $30-million project was developed by a group led by Jerry Dodson. Louisiana had legalized riverboat casinos in July 1991, and multiple gaming operators had expressed interest in Catfish Town.
The Belle of Baton Rouge will be sold as owner Tropicana Entertainment offloads casino properties in a $1.85 billion deal. The deal, announced in April, will see Eldorado Resorts take over Tropicana’s casino operations across the country, including its marquee property in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The casinos will be sold to Gaming and Leisure Properties, a real estate investment trust, but Eldorado will lease and manage them.
The Belle is the oldest casino in the market and brings in the least amount of revenue. But Tropicana has been willing to spend money on the property. The company spent $7 million in 2011 to renovate the riverboat casino. If the sale will be approval by the state regulators, Gaming and Leisure Properties would own all three of the casino properties in Baton Rouge, including Hollywood Casino.
Belle of Baton Rouge is committed to a policy of Responsible Gaming.