Jun 6, 2024 - Business

New land-based casino opens in New Orleans metro

Image shows a man throwing dice at a craps table at the new Treasure Chest casino in Kenner.
Treasure Chest Casino held a preview event Wednesday for its VIPs at the new land-based venue in Kenner. Image: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Treasure Chest Casino opens its new $100 million venue Thursday in Kenner.

Why it matters: The casino is one of five moving ashore after a 2018 change in state law allowed riverboat casinos to build on land.

The big picture: Treasure Chest, owned by Boyd Gaming, nearly doubled the size of its casino, according to David Strow, the company's VP of corporate communications.

  • It has a single floor with slot machines and table games, in addition to a FanDuel-branded sports book.
Photo shows tables and chairs inside the steakhouse at Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner.
The steakhouse inside the casino is called Alder & Birch. You don't have to gamble to eat at the restaurant but you do have to be at least 21. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Zoom in: The new casino also has four dining options, including an upscale steakhouse that Strow says the company is particularly proud of.

  • Boyd also fixed a complaint from patrons: Parking. The new casino has a parking lot and no longer requires shuttle service.

Meanwhile, the original riverboat casino sits vacant nearby on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

  • It opened in 1994, and plans haven't been announced for it yet, officials say.
Photo shows the old Treasure Chest Casino riverboat with a sign that reads "thank you for coming aboard the last 30 years!"
The former Treasure Chest Casino location is vacant. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

Zoom out: Boyd Gaming operates 28 gaming properties in 10 states.

  • In Louisiana, it also owns Amelia Belle Casino (Amelia), Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel (Vinton), Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino (Opelousas) and Sam's Town Hotel & Casino (Shreveport).
  • It also owns the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi, among others in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

If you go: The casino (4540 Williams Boulevard) is open to anyone 21+ and IDs are required.

  • You can also just go for the food.
Photo shows Kenner Mayor Michael Glaser at a blackjack table.
Kenner Mayor Michael Glaser placed the first table bet at Treasure Chest Casino's new location Wednesday. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows brass band players marching through the casino floor.
It wouldn't be a celebration without a brass band. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows slot machines
Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows a showgirl with a feathered headdress.
Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows a cafe
Photo shows a sports bar in the Treasure Chest Casino.
Photo shows the menu at the steakhouse at the casino
This is the menu for the steakhouse inside the casino. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
Photo shows the exterior of the casino.
The new Treasure Chest Casino location in Kenner is one story and double the size as the previous spot. It has a parking lot directly in front. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios
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