Penn National, the new owner of L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Louisiana, is investing $3.6m to build an outdoor smoking terrace that will house 100 slot machines.
Revenues at the casino have fallen since the introduction of a smoking ban in June with October’s year-on-year revenues falling by 11.7 per cent.
The casino’s solution is the 4,200 square-foot Riverbend Terrace, which will overlook the Mississippi River.
L’Auberge General Manager Kim Ginn said: “It will have a separate entrance designed as a vestibule, which will basically trap the smoke in it and prevent it from entering the main casino floor. It’s very nice. We’re excited about it.”
The expansive 70,000 square foot casino features Vegas-like gaming action with 70 table games and more than 1,550 slot machines, including a luxurious 8-table Poker Room, VIP Lounge and elegant High Limit Salon.