Texas Gambling Cruises

By Corrin Foster
Texas Gambling Cruises
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While casino gambling may not be legal in the state of Texas, gambling cruises offers residents and visitors a chance to try their luck just off the coast of Texas. Whether departing from a Texas port of call or venturing east to Louisiana's famed riverboats, gambling cruises are a scenic and relaxing way to enjoy a little Las Vegas fun.

Texas Treasure Casino Cruises

Slot machines and poker games are just a boat ride away on Texas' only gambling cruise. With more than 500 slot machines, 20 table games and bingo, Texas Treasure Casino Cruises lets cruisers experience Las Vegas-style entertainment a few miles off the coast of Texas. Departing twice daily from Port Aransas, Texas, this cruise sails 9.2 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, where gambling is not restricted by Texas state regulations.

Live entertainment, international buffet and complimentary drinks and cocktails round out this Las Vegas casino experience. The only catch is that no gambling can take place aboard the ship until it is 9.2 miles from shore in international water, so sit back and enjoy your time aboard the Texas Treasure until the gambling begins.

Texas Treasures Casino Cruises 229 Highway 361 South Port Aransas, TX 78353 1-866-GOT-LUCK txtreasure.com

L'Auberge de lac Casino Resort

Less than an hour from the Texas border, the L'Auberge de lac Casino Resort on Lake Charles in Louisiana has one of the largest single-level riverboat casinos in the world. 1,600 slot machines and more than 60 table games occupy 30,000 square feet of gaming space under a vaulted glass dome.

The contemporary hotel, with approximately 1,000 rooms, is luxurious and relaxing, featuring resort amenities such as golf, spa services, pool cabanas and shopping. Dining options range from the Le Beaucoup Buffet and Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill to contemporary Asian cuisine and snacks and deserts.

L'Auberge de lac Casino Resort 777 Avenue L'Auberge Lake Charles, LA 70601 1-866-580-7444 ldlcasino.com

Belle of Baton Rogue

Another popular Louisiana gambling cruise is the Belle of Baton Rogue on the Mississippi River. Located just three hours from the Texas border in Baton Rogue, this three-deck riverboat features more than 1,000 slot machines, poker, blackjack and craps tables, and video poker and keno machines. And just like Las Vegas, complimentary cocktails are included.

The Belle of Baton Rogue has a full calendar of live music and entertainment, professional boxing and other special events. If you're a Belle Player's Club Card holder, make sure to ask the concierge if you're eligible for complimentary seats to an upcoming show.

The Sheraton Baton Rogue Convention Center Hotel is located just across the street from the casino and boasts luxury suites, meeting space and a 50,000 square foot atrium. Both the casino and the hotel are walking distance from museums, restaurants and shopping.

Belle of Baton Rogue Casino 103 France St. Baton Rogue, LA 70802 1-800-676-4847 belleofbatonrogue.com

About the Author

Corrin Foster earned her M.B.A. from Indiana University and bachelor's degree from Ball State University, specializing in marketing and professional English composition. She has more than seven years experience in writing and distributing press releases, brochures and newsletters, copyediting, and project coordination.