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Closed Evansville Casino Riverboat Heading For New Orleans

Casinos like this one in Evansville might be exempt from a state wide smoking ban.

The recently closed Evansville casino riverboat has left its longtime Ohio River dock and will be making its way to New Orleans.

The former Tropicana Evansville boat was moved Monday to a nearby marine services dock so its smoke stakes could be removed for the journey south. The riverboat opened in 1995 and closed a couple weeks ago as Tropicana opened a new $50 million on-shore casino.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports the riverboat’s new owner plans to turn it into a floating jazz club and restaurant.

Dozens of people gathered to watch the boat leave the dock. Former riverboat captain John Vize says he’s glad it will be getting a new use.

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