As Louisiana riverboat casinos move onshore, a reminder how it isn’t an ‘expansion of gambling’ By James Gill, New Orleans Advocate August 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm Riverboat casino owners will need to shell out for a few extras — a hotel or conference center, say — to get permission from the state Gaming Control Board to move operations onshore. Board chairman Ronnie Jones this week explained why: “The idea was not just to move the slot machines onto land. This is about building new resorts with new amenities and gambling.” There is a word for this and it is expansion. That is a word we heard all the time when the bill allowing casinos to terrestrialize was being debated last year. Its proponents, echoing its sponsor state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, took turns flatly denying they were advocating an “expansion of gambling.” We didn’t need to be told that was pure flapdoodle, but let us at least thank Jones for not insulting the public intelligence.