Texas Casino Boat Ready for Cruises - Wednesday 21st of December 2005

FREEPORT, Texas – As reported by the Facts: "A star is soon hoping to outshine prior attempts by a mermaid, a princess, a palace and a treasure for gamblers to try their hand with Lady Luck.

"Texas Star, a casino boat docked at Bridge Harbor, is slated to start gambling cruises as early as Jan. 15, said Jackie Jackson, chief operating officer for Texas Star Casino Boats. Workers are in the midst of breaking ground on the 12,000-square-foot pavilion that will house a bingo room, a travel agency, a bar and passenger boarding.

"The casino is the first of a three-phase project that could cost as much as $20 million, Jackson said. The second phase includes plans for a 60-slip marina, while the third phase would construct 60 condominiums, he said.

"Jackson anticipated the boarding terminal would be finished in three weeks. Once it's complete, Freeport building and fire department officials will inspect the building to give certificates of occupancy, building inspector Alfredo Moreno said.

"…While it awaits an American flag, the interior is nearly primed for business. Slot machines light up the first-floor cabin of the 167-foot-long boat while, on the second floor, gaming tables await their green felt covers. On the third deck, an open area will house a poker room, full bar and stage for entertainment…"

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