After a three-day delay due to Hurricane Isaac, on Saturday, September 1, gamblers by the thousands attended the opening of the 8 million L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge riverboat on the Mississippi River in Louisiana.
The property features a single-level, 74,000-square-foot casino with 1,500 slot machines and 50 table games including a poker room; a 12-story, 205-room hotel; a rooftop pool and fitness center; four dining outlets and a bar; 2,400 total parking spaces, including an 800-space garage; a multi-purpose event center; and outdoor festival grounds.
Recalling past hurricanes, Anthony Sanfilippo, president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, owner of L’Auberge, said, “All of us remember what Katrina did, what Rita did, what Gustav did. I think we’re very fortunate. We had some high water, but it could have been much worse.”
In addition to delaying the opening of L’Auberge in Baton Rouge, mandatory evacuation orders temporarily closed Hollywood Casino and the Silver Slipper Casino, both in Bay St. Louis, plus all 10 casinos in Hancock County, Mississippi. The hurricane also caused the temporary closings of the Treasure Chest Casino in suburban Kenner, Boomtown New Orleans, Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, the Amelia Belle in Morgan City, and the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.
L’Auberge is Baton Rouge’s third casino, along with the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino.