Cook Group takes control of casino

The Indiana Gaming Commission on Thursday approved changes in the ownership structure of the French Lick Resorts & Casino, giving the Bloomington-based Cook Group 99 percent of the development and a ... Read more
Lennie

Avon, IN

#41 Dec 7, 2007
cup half full wrote:
The casino at French Lick was never destined to be like the others in the state - yes, it takes an effort to get there but the point is that the casino is just one element of the French Lick and Orange County experience. It is part of a resort, and while it may not be popular with the weekend boat gamblers it is a nice addition to all the things you can do at the resort and in beautiful Orange County. This is such a beautiful and historic part of southern Indiana - don't sell it short. Thank God for Bill Cook!
People will go to French Lick to gamble away their money, not for the scenery.
Do it Right

French Lick, IN

#42 Dec 7, 2007
Then fly to Vegas, no one really cares; as for French Lick their course there was just named by Golf Digest the runner up in best remodeled course for 2007 behind the Old White Course at the Greenbrier! Place is becomming a golf destination!
Dude

Collinsville, MS

#43 Dec 7, 2007
I really like the casino. It reminds me more of a casino and not a floating barge like the rest of them.Also the hill course is top notch.
Lisa

Paoli, IN

#44 Dec 7, 2007
Orange Countian wrote:
I really wish the casino would offer even a small "no smoking area".
I agree. The smoke was so thick the one time I visited I could not stand it. I felt sorry for the workers in that environment.
Lacey

United States

#45 Dec 7, 2007
Clemente wrote:
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Your posts continue to amaze with their level of sheer unadulterated rubbish. Mr Cook started his business in his apartment with his wife and $5000. He and his business ventures have created thousands of jobs in Indiana and generated many billions of dollars for the states economy. He has kept most of the jobs here and Cook is one of the most respected names in the medical device industry. The reason they are so respected is because they do business the right way and that is because of Mr Cook's leadership. Is there no end to your uninformed blathering?
Agree! Wow, some of you people are just *green* that you don't have Mr. Cook's "green"! He's been a wonderful philanthropist, especially for that area of the state.

I stayed at West Baden this fall and had a wonderful experience. I don't go to casino's because I'm good at math, but I love the fact that the hotels are about the history not the gambling. We had a top rate experience start to finish and will certainly go back. No, it's not Vegas, but why the heck would we want that? Ick!
Oh Geez

Reston, VA

#46 Dec 7, 2007
It STINKS! The sulfur from the spring waters gross me out!!
nice but too expensive

Indianapolis, IN

#47 Dec 7, 2007
My wife and I went to French Lick/West Baden for our anniversary in June. The facilities are recently renovated and very nice. The grounds, especially at West Baden were beautiful. Have to agree that the cost was kind of high. If we had stayed for a weekend, it would have been way too expensive, hence we stayed for three nights, Sunday through Tuesday. The food was kind of pricey as well. You would expect a casino to have lower prices on food as to encourage people to spend more gambling, but that was not the case. The buffet was decent, but at $20/person!?...not mentioning the nicer restaurants they have which were much more expensive. I guess they can charge that much since there aren't too many other restaurants close by.

JBM

“Look past the end of your nose”

Since: Nov 07

Indianapolis

#48 Dec 7, 2007
IPS graduates 52 percent wrote:
Just for fun I decided to look up how much it would cost to fly from Indy to Vegas for the weekend of Dec 21-23. I can FLY to Vegas and stay at various locations on The Strip for less than I can book a room at the West Baden for two nights. They are going to lose too many people to things like this. People go to casino's to gamble, and that's how casino's make their money.
Re-check those figures with hotels that are comparable in level as the West Baden hotel and I suspect those figures will look a little different.
Teresa Umbarger

Newark, OH

#49 Dec 7, 2007
I recently had the pleasure of dealing with French Lick Resort. Due to the hospitalization of one of four in our party we had to cancel our room reservation. We also had four tickets to the Ron White performance on Dec. 1.
Due to the outstanding customer service of Brooke LaGrange we incurred no expenses. Brooke LaGrange will be the reason we will return to French Lick Resort, and we will recommend it to others. I hope Ed Broecker, and all of the other powers that be, will keep their word and keep this outstanding and valuable employee. She represented your company in a way that I do not come into contact very often. Thank you again Brooke.
Gerrard

Avon, IN

#51 Dec 7, 2007
I can get to Chicago faster and have a better time and enjoy world class restaurants, shows and shopping. I'd rather spend my money on all of that than a slot machine or a gaming table.

And, there are plenty of great golf courses in greater Indianapolis that charge reasonable fees, so I'll save the gas money to French Lick.

But that's just me.
Look at the Numbers

French Lick, IN

#52 Dec 7, 2007
Go look at the Gaming Commission website and see how much the French Lick Casino has paid in incentives, Admissions, Wagering Tax, etc. to the State, The County and the Towns of French Lick and West Baden. You need dto get yourself educated before spouting negatives.
IPS graduates 52 percent

Greens Fork, IN

#53 Dec 7, 2007
JBM wrote:
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Re-check those figures with hotels that are comparable in level as the West Baden hotel and I suspect those figures will look a little different.
I am not talking about Winn or Belagio or even The Venetian. I am however refering to Luxor, Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand.
Jay W

Conroe, TX

#54 Dec 7, 2007
Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>But you can charge a quarter, if you wish.
Better yet, how about a slot machine that pays off in beer!

Since: Dec 06

Greenwood, IN

#55 Dec 7, 2007
Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>But you can charge a quarter, if you wish.
Right, but you have to charge a quarter to EVERYBODY in the establishment ALL DAY the day you have the special. That's why there are no HAPPY HOURS in Indiana.

Since: Dec 06

Greenwood, IN

#56 Dec 7, 2007
IPS graduates 52 percent wrote:
Just for fun I decided to look up how much it would cost to fly from Indy to Vegas for the weekend of Dec 21-23. I can FLY to Vegas and stay at various locations on The Strip for less than I can book a room at the West Baden for two nights. They are going to lose too many people to things like this. People go to casino's to gamble, and that's how casino's make their money.
Sure, but that just depends on season and what night of the week it is. You'd have to jump from casino to casino to stay in Vegas for more than a couple nights during the week. I've seen the rates at the Monte Carlo fluctuate from $80-400/night in the same week.
Disappointed

AOL

#57 Dec 7, 2007
JBM wrote:
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Its illegal in Indiana for the Casinos or any other establishment that serves alcohol to give drinks away, hence the penny beer nights.
I assure you that our drinks were not a penny, not even close. And, it took us 1 hour 45 minutes, after we were seated for dinner, to receive a cold dinner and not what we ordered.

Overpriced, terrible service will not keep people returning, especially if the machines are tight. The hotel is beautiful, so is West Baden. But, do not make the trip if you are looking for a resort that treats you like a queen.
Disappointed

AOL

#58 Dec 7, 2007
Park later wrote:
I'd like to clear up some factual errors in this discussion:
to the drinks not being free, that is not the casino's choice. Indiana's liquor laws forbid it.
to the slot payouts being "tight," just look at the numbers, they are public records and are regularly published by the industry. French Lick has been between 91.3% and 91.6% in 2007, which puts it in the middle of the pack, competitive with Caesars, and very near the median payout. If that's 'tight' for you, you have unrealistic expectations.
With all of the food choices, you have no need to go to the buffet. try the PowerPlant. Good sandwiches, friendly bar staff, and decent prices.
FL isn't perfect (only a 4 Diamond AAA rating!!!), but it is a vast improvement over what it was 5 years ago and the casino will provide enough revenue to keep the place alive and kicking.
I would take it 5 years ago over today. The service was terrific. The people who worked there would bend over backwards for you.

I know that they expect alot for the renovations that they have done, and they are beautiful. But that is it and that will not make people WANT to drive to French Lick, repeatedly and had over their money. Should have followed the Vegas business plan, it works.

As for the drinks..free may be against the law, but full price is rediculous when you are betting and losing your money.

Have fun, we won't be going back.
Disappointed

AOL

#59 Dec 7, 2007
BJB wrote:
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That's correct. They even have set minimum prices for drinks at the casino. These are not prices set by the casino, but by the gaming commision and the state.
STUPID, especially if you are staying at a resort. Dooming it to failure. Along with the "Great" service and friendly staff.

JBM

“Look past the end of your nose”

Since: Nov 07

Indianapolis

#60 Dec 7, 2007
IPS graduates 52 percent wrote:
<quoted text>
I am not talking about Winn or Belagio or even The Venetian. I am however refering to Luxor, Mandalay Bay and the MGM Grand.
Have you been to those places lately? I've stayed in Motel 6's that were better!(exception: Mandalay Bay)

JBM

“Look past the end of your nose”

Since: Nov 07

Indianapolis

#61 Dec 7, 2007
Disappointed wrote:
<quoted text>
I assure you that our drinks were not a penny, not even close. And, it took us 1 hour 45 minutes, after we were seated for dinner, to receive a cold dinner and not what we ordered.
Overpriced, terrible service will not keep people returning, especially if the machines are tight. The hotel is beautiful, so is West Baden. But, do not make the trip if you are looking for a resort that treats you like a queen.
Well, being that I am a man, I hope no resort ever treats me like a queen!

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