A familiar fixture of the riverfront in Evansville has headed down the Ohio River. The Tropicana Evansville riverboat gave way to the new land-based version of the casino on October 20. Our partners at WEHT-TV report the riverboat will receive maintenance in the southwest Indiana city before heading south to become a jazz club and restaurant in New Orleans.
The riverboat first floated into its downtown location in 1995. After changes to state gaming laws in recent years allowed riverboat gaming operations to move to land, Tropicana became the first gaming company in the state to make the change. The new land-based venue cost $50 million and had taken nearly two years to complete. It includes 75,000 square-feet and connects to the hotel facilities along the river. The casino has 1,175 slot games, poker room and over 30 live tables for blackjack, craps, roulette and mini baccarat.