Belle of Baton Rouge Welcomes Bruce D. Woods as General Manager

Baton Rouge, La. – Oct. 18, 2022 – Belle of Baton Rouge, situated along the Mississippi River at 103 France St., has announced the addition of gaming industry veteran Bruce D. Woods as General Manager.

A longtime resident of Baton Rouge, Woods brings in-depth knowledge and his love for the city to his new role where he will oversee the day-to-day operations, financial success and overall vision for Belle of Baton Rouge.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bruce to Belle of Baton Rouge as our new general manager,” says Terry Downey, President and CEO of CQ Holding Company, Inc. “We are confident that his knowledge and experience will help as the Belle looks forward to expanding, moving landside and continuing its reputation for outstanding guest services.”

Woods brings more than 40 years of gaming and hospitality industry experience to his role. Prior to joining the Belle of Baton Rouge, he held roles throughout Louisiana at Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel and more. Outside of his on-property experience, Woods is the founder and president of the Southern Gaming Management Institute, a non-profit association for casino managers and supervisors. From serving as a table games manager to director of guest relations, he has gained a wide range of experience in the field.

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About Belle of Baton Rouge

Belle of Baton Rouge opened as Louisiana’s first riverboat casino and has been welcoming guests since September 1994. Situated along the Mississippi River in Downtown Baton Rouge at 103 France St., the property is within walking distance from The Baton Rouge River Center, the city’s performing arts center; and is located between Louisiana State University and Southern University, among other landmark destinations. Set to stunning views of the Mississippi River Bridge and the river, Belle of Baton Rouge offers a unique and unforgettable gaming experience. The Queen Casino & Entertainment purchased Belle of Baton Rouge in May 2022. More information is available at or by calling 225-242-2600. Belle of Baton Rouge is on social media on Facebook at @BelleBatonRouge, on Instagram at @BelleBatonRouge and on Twitter at @BelleBatonRouge.

About The Queen Casino & Entertainment

The Queen Casino & Entertainment’s entry into gaming began with DraftKings at Casino Queen. Formerly known as Casino Queen, the property is located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and has been welcoming visitors since 1993. The company expanded into Marquette, Iowa in 2017, adding Casino Queen Marquette. The Queen Casino & Entertainment expanded into Louisiana with the completed acquisition of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge from Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. in 2021 and the acquisition of the historic Belle of Baton Rouge from Caesars Entertainment in 2022.


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