First steps being taken to bring new riverboat casino to Bossier City

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – A gaming company has plans to buy one of the casino boats in Lake Charles and move that boat's license to Bossier City.

During a Bossier City Council meeting Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that would be the first step in a property deal with Paradise Casino. The property would be next to the Bass Pro Shops at the Louisiana Boardwalk.

The license is for the Isle of Capri's Crown Boat in Lake Charles.

A more detailed presentation on Paradise Casino's plans is set for another council meeting at 8:30 a.m. on June 22. At that time the board could finalize the ordinance.

A press release from Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. said it's working with Paradise Casino on a deal that would allow Paradise Casino to take over the Crown Boat. Isle of Capri would then merge all its gaming operations onto its Grand Palais casino, which is also in Lake Charles. Both companies have until November 30 to reach an agreement.

There are many steps to bringing another casino to Bossier City. Isle of Capri and Paradise Casino have to reach an agreement on the Lake Charles boat, Paradise Casino has to reach an agreement with Bossier City for the property, the State Gaming Board must approve the sale of the boat and the moving of the license from Lake Charles to Bossier City, and voters must give the final approval of bringing another boat to the city.

Right now Bossier City has three riverboat casinos, Shreveport has two riverboat casinos, and there are slot machines at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

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