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Celebrate the joy of life

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina dealt the city a blow that called its very existence into question. In the midst of the agony of rebuilding the city there was a miracle – the New Orleans joie de vivre and genius for pleasure re-emerged intact. Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest were celebrated within months of the deluge. Backyard crawfish boils and second-line parades resumed as restaurants and clubs reopened. For New Orleanians, the whole point of being here is to enjoy life. And they invite you to join them.

The Bar at Harrah's CasinoGary J. Wood / CC BY-SA 2.0
The Bar at Harrah's CasinoGary J. Wood / CC BY-SA 2.0

Harrah's Casino

Harrah's Casino

Las Vegas casino in New Orleans

Las Vegas casino in New Orleans Editors' Note

Close to the riverfront is the massive Harrah’s Casino, which stretches from Canal Street down South Peters Street. It’s the only land-based casino in the state, a fact which might seem surprising considering that New Orleans' past is full of prodigious gamblers, including Bernard Marigny, who introduced craps to the New World.

The establishment of Harrah’s left a long, colorful trail of irregular legislative behavior and deal-making, a couple of bankruptcies and a few people thrown in jail. Somehow, though, Harrah’s managed to make the deal work, and now it’s open 24/7, with a plush gaming arena worthy of Vegas.

If you’re unable to peel yourself away from Harrah’s Casino tables, at least drop by the central court to play slots under the gigantic fake oak tree and the canopy of fibre-optic stars. Casino has reopened, all pre-Katrina services, amenities, etc. restored.

Harrah's Casino
228 Poydras Street, 70130 New Orleans
Open daily, 24 hours