Inside the new Caesars Sportsbook, poker room at Harrah’s New Orleans

Harrah’s New Orleans is opening a new sportsbook and poker room as the casino transitions into the future home of Caesars.

Caesars Sportsbook is a 5,700-square-foot space with four betting windows, 12 self-service betting kiosks, a 147-foot video screen, a multi-display “Fan Cave” where up to 10 people can privately view games, and a large bar area.

The World Series of Poker Room will be the largest poker room in Louisiana, a 5,000-square-foot space with 20 poker tables and complimentary tableside beverages, a news release said.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled Friday at 10 a.m. at 8 Canal St. in downtown New Orleans. Former New Orleans Saints Archie Manning and Rickey Jackson will do the ceremonial first bet, the release said.

It’s the first phase of the transition from Harrah’s to Caesars. Construction is underway on the $325 million transformation, expected to be complete in 2024.

It includes a new 340-room hotel tower that will rise above Harrah’s existing casino valet entrance near the corner of Poydras Street and Convention Center Boulevard. Inside the casino will be a smaller boutique hotel and a new restaurant, both developed by sushi master Nobu Matsuhisa. The property also is undergoing renovations, including work on the building’s exterior.

Caesars Entertainment, which became Harrah’s parent company following its 2020 merger with El Dorado Resorts, announced the project near the end of 2020.

AECOM/Tishman is building the new hotel, and Ryan Gootee General Contractors is renovating the casino’s interior.

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