Companies present options for available gaming license - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Companies present options for available gaming license

"Mojito Pointe", as shown by Creative Casinos at a meeting in Baton Rouge. "Mojito Pointe", as shown by Creative Casinos at a meeting in Baton Rouge.

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) - All three companies looking to obtain Louisiana's fifteenth gaming license presented their plans to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

Penn National Gaming was the first company to pitch a casino proposal before the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Their plans include building "Hollywood Casino Harvey" on a 15 acre site along the Harvey Canal in suburban New Orleans. The first phase of this project is valued at $145 million.

Creative Casinos, headed by former Pinnacle Entertainment CEO Dan Lee, presented plans for "Mojito Pointe" in Lake Charles. Lee said that the project would take three years to complete at a cost of $400 million. He added that the new project would be built with the capability of being expanded.

The final presentation came from Saint Gabriel Downs, who also wants to build in Lake Charles. The company is seeking to build a new casino, proposing a $167 million first phase for a "Hard Rock Hotel & Casino".

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