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Cordish Companies Reveal $250 Million Louisiana Casino Plans

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on April 19, 2023
Cordish Companies Live! Louisiana Casino Hotel Bossier City Rendering

The Cordish Companies revealed plans for its $250 million redevelopment of Diamond Jacks Casino & Hotel in Bossier City. 

Cordish announced the new Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana during a recent gaming board meeting. The company also said the Louisiana casino comes with several new amenities. 

Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana is scheduled to open in 2025.

New Louisiana casino coming to Bossier gaming market

According to a press release, Cordish intends to remove the existing riverboat casino and transform the property into a world-class casino resort and entertainment destination.

Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner for The Cordish Companies, said Cordish was thankful for the support of the gaming board. 

“Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will be a world-class resort destination that brings a first-class gaming, dining, entertainment and hospitality experience to the region, creates significant new jobs, and generates millions of dollars in economic benefits for the community. We look forward to working with Foundation Gaming & Entertainment, state and local officials, and the community to bring the project to fruition.”

New amenities coming to the Louisiana casino include:

  • Over 47,000 square feet of gaming space
  • 1,000+ slots and electronic table games
  • 30+ live-action table games
  • An upscale 400+ room resort-style hotel
  • A 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose event center 
  • Structured and surface parking
  • 30,000 square feet of best-in-class dining and entertainment venues
  • 6+ new food and beverage outlets featuring nationally acclaimed concepts Sports & Social and PBR Cowboy Bar

“The development plan for the Diamond Jacks property that was presented this morning will be transformative, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Greg Guida, Co-CEO of Foundation Gaming & Entertainment. 

Louisiana regulators are happy with Cordish so far

Ronnie Johns, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, said Cordish brings a well-respected name brand to Louisiana. “The reputation of The Cordish Companies throughout the country — is exemplary. We thank Cordish for choosing Louisiana to bring their expertise and major investment to our gaming market.”

Johns continued:

“The Board also wants to thank Foundation Gaming for their vision in beginning this much-needed process of rebuilding a closed casino property. We will be working closely with both Foundation and Cordish to make this project a reality as soon as possible to deliver a gaming and entertainment destination that Louisiana can be proud of.”

Earlier this month, the gaming board authorized the sale of the Diamond Jacks property to The Cordish Companies. This is the second time the property had been sold after Foundation Gaming purchased the casino from Peninsula Pacific Entertainment (P2E).

P2E never reopened the property after gambling regulators closed it and all other casinos in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo by The Cordish Companies; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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