2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 27 - Louisiana Gaming Control
RS 27:243 - Requirements for casino operating contract

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 27:243 (2018)

§243. Requirements for casino operating contract

A. Any bid to conduct casino gaming operations by an applicant shall contain provisions, narrative or schematic or both, describing the management, operation, financial, internal, and security aspects to the proposed conducting of casino gaming operations at the official gaming establishment.

B. The board shall review each bid required by Subsection A hereof and shall determine whether it conforms to the requirements of this Chapter and to any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and whether the system submitted provides adequate and effective controls of the operation by the person submitting it. If the board finds any insufficiencies, it shall declare the bid submitted as nonconforming.

C. As to non-casino related activities:

(1) The casino gaming operator:

(a) May directly offer a single restaurant facility with table food within the official gaming establishment, provided that the seating does not exceed one hundred fifty seats.

(b) May directly offer limited cafeteria style food services for employees and patrons provided that seating for patrons shall be limited to four hundred seats and further that any such seating shall be used only for buffet seating.

(c) May directly cater events within the official gaming establishment provided that such catering on the second floor of the facility shall be limited to targeted persons identified in Subparagraph (g) of this Paragraph, and provided further that the casino gaming operator shall permit persons contracting a catered event the option of using outside caterers.

(d) May lease space on the second floor of the official gaming establishment to unaffiliated third parties that shall be permitted to operate no more than two restaurants with seating for no more than three hundred fifty persons, in the aggregate.

(e) May directly operate non-casino related businesses on the second floor of the casino provided that, other than as provided in Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph, any food for such operation shall be purchased or catered by a third party restaurateur or food preparer with purchases at fair market value.

(f) May lease space to third parties that may operate non-casino related businesses on the second floor of the official gaming establishment provided that the primary purpose of such business is not a restaurant which shall require that no more than thirty-five percent of the revenues of such business shall be derived from the sale of food.

(g) May not offer or advertise complimentary or discounted food offerings to the general public within a fifty-mile radius of the official gaming establishment and within Louisiana, but may, nonetheless, offer and advertise complimentary or discounted food offerings to: (i) a patron that is a member of a customer reward system or otherwise maintained on a data base; (ii) a known "high roller" or patrons on a junket with established play at the casino or with other casinos; (iii) a person that, based upon observed win or loss levels, is eligible to obtain discounted or full complimentary food offerings; (iv) a targeted prospective customer outside a fifty-mile radius of the official gaming establishment or not within the state, provided that no advertising of complimentary or discounted food offerings for such persons shall be disseminated to the general public such as on billboards or in the print media; (v) a person that has suffered a service error that results in complimentary or discounted food offerings to rectify the error in service; or (vi) a vendor or other person visiting the official gaming establishment for business or educational purposes. In no event shall the casino gaming operator prospect for new customers in this state and within a fifty-mile radius of the official gaming establishment through use of complimentary or discounted food offerings disseminated through any advertising media whether newspaper, television, direct mail, coupons, or billboards.

(h) May lease space to area restaurant owners and food preparers who may offer to provide for food service in a kiosk area, in the official gaming establishment provided that all seating for any kiosk area or areas shall be limited to an aggregate of one hundred seats which shall be used only for kiosk seating.

(i) May have a meeting space for parties, VIP events, and the like but shall not rent business meeting space for business seminars and training associated with the sale or purchase of rentable units, unless such rentable units are rented at the rates established as provided in Subparagraph (C)(2)(b).

(2) The casino gaming operator, on its own or through an affiliate, shall not provide lodging, except that the casino gaming operator may own or operate offsite lodging, which may be physically connected to the official gaming establishment, subject to the following conditions:

(a) There shall be no more than four hundred fifty rentable units, and not more than fifteen thousand square feet of meeting space if a hotel is newly constructed or twenty thousand square feet if an existing hotel is purchased or leased that contains such space, from April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2005, provided that after March 31, 2005, additional rentable units may be owned or operated with additional meeting space, in accordance with any agreement for such increases entered into by and between the casino gaming operator and the Greater New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association.

(b) Except as provided in Subparagraph (c) of this Paragraph, the casino gaming operator shall not advertise room rates to the general public at below market rates. The casino gaming operator shall base room rates on average seasonal rates for the preceding year of hotels located in the Central Business District and French Quarter of the parish of the official gaming establishment as compiled by a nationally recognized firm that compiles data on room rates for such parish.

(c) The casino gaming operator shall not offer complimentary or discounted hotel offerings to the general public, but may, nonetheless, offer complimentary or discounted hotel offerings to: (i) a patron that is a member of the casino gaming operator's or manager's customer reward system or otherwise maintained on the casino gaming operator's or manager's data base; (ii) a known "high roller" or patrons on a junket with established play at the official gaming establishment or with other casinos; (iii) a person that, based upon observed win or loss levels at the casino, is eligible to a discount or full complimentary offerings; (iv) a targeted prospect outside a fifty-mile radius of the official gaming establishment, or not within the state; (v) a person that has suffered a service error that results in a complimentary rate or discount to rectify the error in service; or (vi) a vendor or other person visiting the casino for business or educational purposes.

(d) The casino gaming operator shall not advertise to the general public, which does not include those individuals specified in Items (c)(i) through (vi) of this Paragraph, complimentary or discounted hotel rates; however, the casino gaming operator may advertise rooms rented at the rates established in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph on billboards outside a fifty-mile radius of the official gaming establishment or on billboards outside of Louisiana. The casino gaming operator may otherwise prospect for new customers through advertising media so long as the pricing for rooms is consistent with the rate structure as set forth in Subparagraph (b) of this Paragraph.

(e) Room taxes shall be paid by the casino gaming operator on all discounted and complimentary rooms to be paid at the applicable tax rates based upon average seasonal rates for the preceding year of hotels in the Central Business District and French Quarter of the parish of the official gaming establishment.

(3) The casino gaming operator shall not engage in such activities as are prohibited by the casino operating contract.

Acts 1992, No. 384, §1, eff. June 18, 1992. Redesignated from R.S. 4:643 by Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 7, §3, eff. May 1, 1996; Acts 2001, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 1, §2, eff. Mar. 21, 2001.

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