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Margaritaville Casino Allowed to Open

The state Gaming Manage Board gave the Margaritaville Resort Casino final approval Wednesday.

The board authorized a permit for the opening immediately after acquiring reports of “substantial completion” and that the casino is prepared for its final run-through just before opening.

State police went via the casino at a “mock opening” Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s official opening. The run-through involved personnel to “run every little thing, run each of the controls and after that shut down for state police inspection” of all gaming devices, stated William Trotter, chairman on the board of Bossier Casino Venture LLC.

Though the casino plans to open the doors at 11 a.m. Saturday, it all depends upon the state police verify and if some problems require to be worked out.

Regardless of the opening time, “somewhere, it’s going to become 5 o’clock,” Trotter mentioned.

When Margaritaville opens its doors immediately after a total run-through, patrons will likely be walking onto a concrete barge that actually floats, despite the fact that it’s firmly bolted down.

“We poured a concrete barge in place” at its Bossier City location along Red River, Trotter said Wednesday.

A cofferdam kept water out while 40,000 square feet of cement was being poured. But when the dam was opened, the barge, full with all equipment and gaming devices on board, floated in two feet of water, Trotter mentioned. Huge bolts now safe it.

From the outdoors, it seems to be a riverboat, full with a pilot home, smokestacks and paddlewheel.

Inside, nonetheless, there’s 30,000 square feet of single-level gaming space, the “It’s five O’clock Someplace Bar,” a 400-seat Margaritaville Restaurant that’s comprehensive with what Trotter terms “the world’s largest indoor volcano,” a 300-seat buffet area plus a 100-seat “fine dining seafood and steakhouse named Jimmy’s,” named for Jimmy Buffett.

Trotter said the restaurant’s volcano periodically rumbles, shakes and belches smoke, and lava flows down its sides.

Also inside the bar, there’s a waterfall that a young lady occasionally slides down and plunges into a giant blender filled with green liquid resembling a margarita.

Inside the center on the casino can be a high-limit area and also a bar, he said. And included in the complicated is usually a 400-room hotel and 950-seat occasion arena.

Trotter said Buffett will execute July three at an invitation-only concert in the arena.

Bossier City District four Councilman-elect Tommy Harvey mentioned he’s looking forward towards the opening and what it is going to mean to city coffers.

“It’s going to bring even more revenue and sales tax. With that casino as close to the Boardwalk as it is, what an attraction to the Boardwalk it will likely be, also,” Harvey stated. “Of course, the name has got its draw. Margaritaville is going to draw a good deal of interest due to the name.”

Bossier City’s other casinos may perhaps really feel an initial pinch since local gamblers and tourists are excited about a brand new, flashy attraction, but Harvey stated he believes the other riverboats will handle fine.

“Might hurt other boats at extremely starting, but they’ve survived each time we brought inside a new casino,” he mentioned. “The common gamblers will quite a lot choose where they really feel they get the best payoff. They’re going to go exactly where they feel most comfortable.”

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