Caesars to reopen former Isle of Capri Lake Charles under Horseshoe brand

| By Robert Fletcher
Caesars Entertainment has announced it is to reopen the former Isle of Capri Lake Charles land-based casino in Louisiana under its Horseshoe brand on 12 December.

The venue has been closed for more than two years due to the pandemic and damage from Hurricane Laura, which hit Louisiana in August 2020.

Reopening as Horseshoe Lake Charles, the revamped 60,000sq ft facility will feature almost 1,000 slot machines and table games, a new Caesars-branded sportsbook and an official World Series of Poker (WSOP) room.

Other amenities at the property will include 253 hotel rooms, a range of food and beverage outlets, and a Gordon Ramsay Steak restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

“When we closed the Isle of Capri in 2020, we were not expecting the property to be shut down for this length of time,” Caesars’ president and chief operating officer Anthony Carano said. “But we couldn’t be prouder of our team and all of the hard work they’ve put into this beautiful property.

“We look forward to welcoming our partners and the community to celebrate with us as we commemorate this milestone and introduce them to Horseshoe Lake Charles.”

Horseshoe Lake Charles senior vice-president and general manager, Jeff Favre, added: “The support from the Lake Charles community has been tremendous and we can’t wait to welcome our guests back to experience our all-new resort.

“After being closed for more than two years, to reopen as a Horseshoe casino is the cherry on top of a pretty spectacular celebration.”

Confirmation of the reopening comes after Caesars earlier this month also revealed plans to open a new casino in New York’s Times Square, in partnership with SL Green Realty.

The operator will submit a licence application for a planned downstate casino in New York, which would be the first full casino in New York City. Other operators that have expressed interest include Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and Universal Entertainment.

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