Fertitta Inches His Casino Empire Ever Closer to Texas and Houston

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Tilman Fertitta, purveyor of gaudy restaurants and Vegas casinos, has made a deal to expand his Golden Nugget empire a bit closer to home. His company recently acquired the Casino Resort and Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is currently under construction. Just a short trip across Texas's eastern border, Lake Charles is rapidly becoming a VERY poor man's version of Atlantic City and Fertitta is cashing in his chips.

More important, it moves him ever closer to what is clearly his goal of launching a casino business in Texas. As Casey Michel pointed out in his April cover story "Doubling Down," Fertitta isn't the only one. Outside of the state-run lottery, Texas does not allow gambling, but there are plenty of people who want it here. Fertitta has made no bones about this, having already tried to push for a casino in Galveston, though we imagine it wouldn't be quite as wholesome as his Pleasure Pier.

Until now, the state has resisted, but could they really be that far off? For now, we'll just have to learn to enjoy the aquarium, the Kemah Boardwalk and, of course, the dirty backroom, illegal gambling. Sigh.

From the Fertitta release:

The property, only two hours from Houston, Texas, will contain nearly 800 luxury hotel rooms and suites, an eighteen hole championship golf course, a world-class spa, retail shopping, a number of Landry's signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse and Grotto Italian Ristorante, an 18,000 square foot ballroom, an entertainment showroom, meeting spaces, a one of a kind pool and beach front and marina and will include over 3,000 parking spaces. The Golden Nugget Casino and Resort which is expected to open in 2014, will also include a state of the art world-class casino with over 60 table games, a poker room, and 1600 of the newest slot machines in the world. According to Tilman J. Fertitta, "I could not pass up the opportunity to build and operate a casino next door to my hometown. This casino will be where Louisiana locals and Texans will want to play, stay and enjoy themselves. We are investing nearly $600 million dollars in the project and plan to draw from our large South Texas and Louisiana customer base to drive business to our new resort."

Note the "next door to my home town" quote. There are also numerous references to South Texas. The man is on a mission.

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jacobsimonbocanegra
jacobsimonbocanegra

i've said lets build 5 large casinos in Texas. Galveston, Victoria, Texarkana,Waco and someplace west of San Antonio. this will allow residents from larger Texas cities to enjoy the casinos, while providing revenue for smaller cities. I dont want a gameroom/casino on every corner like in Louisiana..

Andy Gerard
Andy Gerard

I use basically the same reasoning that has kept gambling illegal in Texas . Mostly , crime and moral statistics in citys before and after the legalization of gambling . Thay are solid proof of what happens when gambling is used as a source of revenue . Also , those illegal members only game rooms should be closed down immediately !

Steven Perry
Steven Perry

I'm with Sara H. I think the coastal counties have the largest to benefit from this per capita and would possess majority vote. If an area feeds on tourism more anything else, why not allow such a practice? It's isolated, relatively small in population- a worthy "test area" so to speak.

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez

i just blew $50 at a game room around the corner, can't wait for legal casinos here.

ltrasczak
ltrasczak

 If Mr. Fertitta thought there was a chance of opening a casino in Houston any time soon, he wouldn't be putting all his money into one in Lake Charles. Hugh Bishop is right. As soon as Houston legalizes gambling, Lake Charles dries up and blows away. 

Hugh Bishop
Hugh Bishop

Yes. The day we get casinos, Louisiana is filing for bankruptcy.

Sara Meyn Holder
Sara Meyn Holder

i think casinos along the coast would be a great idea... let the counties decide, hell, let the cities decide for themselves. It should not be "all of Texas" or nothing... The Cities of Galveston, Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Kemah, etc... should be able to decide this issue for themselves.

Scarlette Lopez
Scarlette Lopez

I would love it. I'm not a huge gambler, I occasionally enjoy it, but the revenue it would bring the city would be great.

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