120814_GNLakeCharles_300Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, CEO and sole shareholder of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. announced today the highly anticipated Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles is officially open. Located just two hours from Houston, this 1.3 million-square-foot property marks the fifth Golden Nugget and the closest to Texas.

The $700 million hotel and casino features 740 luxury hotel rooms and suites; an 18-hole championship golf course; a world-class spa; extensive retail options; an 18,000 square-foot ballroom; 30,000 square feet of meeting space; a one-of-a-kind pool; private beach front and marina; and a number of Landry's signature restaurants. An innovative casino floor featuring 70 table games, a state-of-the-art poker room, and 1,600 of the world's newest slot machines redefines the gaming experience across the industry.

"Golden Nugget Lake Charles is like no other gaming resort offering a first-class, Las Vegas-style atmosphere right here in the South," said Fertitta. "We know our strong Texas and Louisiana customer base will enjoy having these unbeatable, luxury amenities closer to home. This marks our fifth Golden Nugget opening. Our Vegas, Laughlin, Atlantic City and Biloxi properties, each required a dramatic renovation and rebranding; whereas Lake Charles is our first ground-up development and articulates our style through and through."

A popular spot for Texas gamblers and the closest in proximity, Lake Charles is located hours away from three of the largest, top-tier Texas markets - Houston, San Antonio and Austin which generate almost 65% of the gaming revenue in Lake Charles.

Stay and Play
The 25-story hotel and casino offers 740 luxury hotel rooms and suites that provide guests with comfortable and spacious accommodations. With rich browns and shades of red, the ultra-modern rooms and suites provide the utmost quality of excellence from the moment guests walk through the door. The innovative casino floor redefines today's gaming experience delivering 70 table games, a state-of-the-art poker room and 1,600 of the newest slot machines in the world. From card games such as Blackjack to spinning the wheel at Roulette, players will enjoy nonstop gaming favorites for everyone.

Setting the Standard
Offering 290 acres of the most luxurious resort and hotel amenities, Golden Nugget provides an unbeatable first-class experience. Premiering in April 2015, the 18-hole championship golf course will offer amazing views with great golf shots and generous fairways. After an enjoyable round of golf, players can visit the Clubhouse to relax and dine in the full-service restaurant and lounge. The Spa and Salon offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with luxuriously appointed men's and women's facilities complete with relaxation lounges. From Signature 24-Karat Gold massages to facials and body treatments, guests can receive VIP treatment during their getaway.

The Grand, an 18,000 square-foot ballroom, hosts a variety of live entertainment and concerts that bring guests face-to-face with some of the biggest names in the business. With 2,000 seats, The Grand offers big shows in an intimate setting. The Golden Nugget also offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate gatherings of all sizes and occasions including conferences, conventions, banquets and weddings. From a one-of-a-kind Vegas-style pool to a relaxing private beach front and marina, options are endless when it comes to water front entertainment.