Friday, June 21, 2024

The Cordish Companies Appoints John J. Chaszar as Head of New Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana

by BIZ Magazine

Bossier City, LA (May 20, 2024) – The Cordish Companies have appointed John J. Chaszar as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the upcoming Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana. The $270 million project is set to open in early 2025 in Bossier City, introducing the region’s first land-based casino. The development is expected to significantly boost the local economy and create numerous jobs.

Industry Veteran to Lead New Project

Chaszar, who has over 30 years of experience in the gaming and resort industry, will oversee the development, launch, and operations of the new casino and hotel. His previous roles include Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tropicana Casino in Evansville, Indiana, where he managed a similar transition from a riverboat to a land-based facility.

Economic and Employment Boost

Rob Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, expressed confidence in Chaszar’s leadership. “As The Cordish Companies continues to expand, we are focused on building a team that can deliver the high standards of quality and excellence synonymous with the Live! brand nationwide,” Norton said. “Under John’s leadership, the new Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will become a premier destination offering first-class hospitality and entertainment, exceptional customer service, and generating millions of dollars in economic benefits for the Bossier City community for years to come.”

Features and Attractions

The Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will feature:

  • Gaming Space: Over 47,000 square feet, including more than 1,000 slots and electronic table games, 40+ live action table games, and a sportsbook.
  • Accommodation: An upscale 550-room hotel with a resort pool and fitness center.
  • Event Center: A 25,000-square-foot multi-purpose Event Center for entertainment, meetings, conventions, and social gatherings.
  • Dining and Entertainment: 30,000 square feet of dining and entertainment venues, including Sports & Social, PBR Cowboy Bar, and Luk Fu.

Economic Impact

The new casino and hotel are projected to generate:

  • Gaming Tax Revenues: $35 million for the City of Bossier and $168 million for the State of Louisiana within the first five years.
  • Employment: Approximately 750 construction jobs and 750 permanent gaming and hospitality jobs.
  • Annual Salaries: $34 million in salaries, wages, and tips annually.

Prime Location

The development is taking shape on the site of the former Diamond Jacks Casino & Hotel in Bossier City. It is conveniently located along the Red River, near U.S. Highway 71 and Interstate 20, about 20 miles from the Texas border and 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

About The Cordish Companies

Founded in 1910, The Cordish Companies have grown into a global leader in gaming, entertainment, and real estate. The company is renowned for its Live! brand, which operates dining, entertainment, and hospitality destinations across the United States.

For more information about Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana, visit or follow @livecasinola on social media.

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