During the Atlantic hurricane season in August 2006, one of the most deadly of its kind struck the United States. Hurricane Katrina's sheer size devastated the Gulf Coast over 100 miles away from its centre, leaving much of the north-central Gulf Coast of the United States in ruins. The largest media coverage belonged to the shattered city of New Orleans, Louisiana, which suffered terrible loss of life and damage to property. The spirit of New Orleans is reclaiming its place as the residents are managing to rebuild and repair their lives and city.
For gambling, New Orleans has a strict, one land-based casino rule, and that one casino is still standing. ?Harrah's Casino? is still operating with a turnover that would make the most around the States proud. The casino has the largest poker room in the country outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City and on an average day, their poker tables generally have around twenty tables of nine-handed poker going. Poker is not the main draw card at ?Harrah?s?, falling second fiddle to a unique historical tourist attraction called ?Penny Gras?, or penny slots for those who miss the ?Mardi Gras? reference. ?Harrah?s? is one the few remaining casinos that features penny slots.
However, there are other ways to shine the cash with the plenty of riverboat casinos. The thirty thousand square foot ?Boomtown Riverboat Casino? is the largest in New Orleans, and has a no cover charge, unlike many other riverboat casinos. ?Boomtown? suffered little damage and still operates fully. The poker room is the perfect setting for the novice with limits that go no higher than 3/6, while claiming to have the lowest rake taken, and they offer bad beat jackpots around the clock.
Many other riverboats were not as lucky, such as ?Bally's Riverboat Casino?, which took major amounts of wind damage and to date has no news of reopening. Another is ?The Treasure Chest?, which is located on Lake Pontchartrain and now has limited opening times during its rebuilding.
The punter is also able to indulge with some horse racing at the ?Fair Grounds Race Track? where most of its repairs have been carried out in the hope of resuming with the start of a new season in November. Gambling, like much else after this overwhelming disaster, is slowly finding its feet again and although the tourism to the fine area of New Orleans (and its surrounds) is suffering, there is still a surge to return the city to its former glory. With the help of the government and an influx of tourism, the city will once again find itself one of the most visited places in the States. For the discerning gambler, this is still a great city to visit and for the locals that survived, there are some familiar faces in the form of ?Harrah?s? and the several still floating Riverboats.
Casinos & Gambling articles courtesy of GamblingOnlineMagazine.com.