Golden Nugget Lake Charles

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Golden Nugget Lake Charles
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Location Lake Charles, Louisiana
Opening date December 7, 2014
No. of rooms 740
Signature attractions Private Marina
18-Hole Golf Course
Notable restaurants Vic & Anthony's
Saltgrass Steak House
Cadillac Bar
Landry's Seafood
Lillie's Asian Cuisine
Grotto Ristorante
Michael Patrick's Brasserie
The Buffet
Owner Landry's, Inc.
Coordinates 30°12′17″N 93°15′49″W / 30.20477°N 93.26374°W / 30.20477; -93.26374Coordinates: 30°12′17″N 93°15′49″W / 30.20477°N 93.26374°W / 30.20477; -93.26374

Golden Nugget Lake Charles is a 242-acre waterfront casino resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.A.,[1] owned and operated by Houston-based Landry's, Inc.[2] The resort features 740 guest rooms and suites housed in a 25-story tower, an 18-hole golf course, 30,000-square-feet of meeting space, more than a dozen dining and bar options, a private beach, marina, spa & salon, retail corridor and expansive 24-hour casino floor.[3]

Golden Nugget Lake Charles is the fifth Golden Nugget property, joining the original location in Downtown Las Vegas, and others in Laughlin, Nevada; Atlantic City, New Jersey and Biloxi, Mississippi.[4]


Pinnacle Entertainment announced plans in 2006 to build Sugarcane Bay, a $350-million casino resort, next to its L'Auberge du Lac casino in Lake Charles.[5] The plan was canceled in 2010,[6] and Pinnacle returned the gaming license to the state.[7]

In February 2011, the license was awarded to Creative Casinos LLC, the company of former Pinnacle chairman Dan Lee, for a $400-million casino named Mojito Pointe to be built on the Sugarcane Bay site.[8]

Ameristar Casinos purchased Creative Casinos in June 2012 for $32.5 million, after Lee had difficulty financing construction.[9] The project was renamed as Ameristar Lake Charles.[9]

In December 2012, Pinnacle agreed to acquire Ameristar.[10] In order to obtain approval for the merger from FTC antitrust regulators, Pinnacle agreed to the sale of two of the combined company's properties, including Ameristar Lake Charles.[11] A sale agreement was reached with Landry's, Inc., parent company of the Golden Nugget casinos, who agreed to pay the costs expended on the project's development to date.[11]

Landry's owner Tilman J. Fertitta announced improvements and upgrades to the property, investing more than $600 million in the project, one of the most expensive construction endeavors in the United States at the time. In December 2013, construction topped out on the 25-story accommodations tower.[12] Located just two hours from Houston, Fertitta had long desired a casino-resort near the headquarters of Landry's, Inc.[13]

The casino opened to the public on December 7, 2014.[14]



Golden Nugget Lake Charles

The casino floor at Golden Nugget Lake Charles features a 6-table poker room, 1,600 slot machines, 60 table games and high-limit gaming.[15]


Golden Nugget Lake Charles offers more than a dozen restaurants and bars, including a number of Landry’s-owned restaurants – Landry’s Seafood, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Saltgrass Steak House, Cadillac Bar & Grill, Grotto Ristorante, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Claim Jumper Grill, The Buffet and others. The resort is also home to Louisiana’s first Blue Martini, a Florida-based cocktail lounge.[16][17]


The 242-acre resort is also home to a new 18-hole championship golf course, with driving range, club house, pro shop and dining room.[18]

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  7. ^ "Deadline today for last La. casino license". Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. September 23, 2010. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
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  9. ^ a b Theresa Schmidt (June 21, 2012). "Ameristar Lake Charles approved". KPLC-TV. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  10. ^ Howard Stutz (December 21, 2012). "Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment to acquire rival Ameristar Casinos for $869 million". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  11. ^ a b Howard Stutz (July 25, 2013). "Pinnacle Entertainment sells Louisiana casino project to Golden Nugget". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  12. ^ Supgul, Alexander. "Golden Nugget Casinos acquires Lake Charles casino property - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26". MyFoxHouston. Archived from the original on 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  13. ^ Kaplan, David (2013-07-25). "Fertitta acquires Lake Charles casino - Prime Property". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  14. ^ Erin Mulvaney (December 7, 2014). "Houston billionaire's Lake Charles casino opens early". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Golden Nugget, Inc.: Private Company Information - Businessweek". 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  16. ^ Brandau, Mark (2013-08-16). "Landry's to add Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, Grotto Italian Ristorante to new Golden Nugget locations | Casual Dining content from Nation's Restaurant News". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  17. ^ Tommy Mann Jr. "New casino coming to Lake Charles » Local News » (Orange, Texas)". Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  18. ^ Stutzlas, Howard (2013-08-04). "Fertitta creates Golden Nuggets | Las Vegas Review-Journal". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

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