the fourth state to approve riverboat gambling (1991),
allows a maximum of fifteen boats. In 1992 a provision
was added for one land-based casino in New Orleans.
That casino opened but declared bankruptcy in late
1995. Negotiations are underway to reopen this casino.
All boats are required to cruise, except those located
along the Red River which are exempt because those
waters were deemed too dangerous to continually navigate.
Most cruises are free, and gamblers can begin play
before leaving port.
As of mid-1998
there were thirteen riverboats in operation in eleven
different locations. There are three casinos in the
New Orleans area: Bally's Belle of Orleans (800-57-BALLY),
Boomtown (800-366-77ll) in Harvey, and Treasure Chest
(800-298-07ll) in Kenner.
Table games and
electronic machines are offered on all boats, and
the minimum gambling age is twenty-one. For more information
call the tourism department at 800-633-6970.
is an important tactic that is at the heart of aggressive
poker. Most beginning players build their games by
learning to play tightly first and, then, adding aggressive
plays into their repertoire. Semi-bluffing is one
of those plays. It is particularly effective against
tight but unsophisticated opponents.