Paragon Casino Resort Celebrates 30 Years of Gaming in Marksville

Since 1994, Paragon has been committed to providing a premier entertainment experience to locals and visitors alike.

Paragon Casino Resort is proud to celebrate three decades of entertainment and success with its loyal team members, Tribal citizens and casino visitors during a weekend of commemoration.

Thirty years ago, in 1994, the doors first opened as Grand Casino Avoyelles to entertain residents of Avoyelles Parish and beyond. Since the very beginning, Paragon has strived to provide an economic boost for Marksville and Avoyelles Parish throughout its tenure —hiring thousands of residents, contributing $32 million to the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury and securing more than $5 million in donations to the local community.

“Paragon Casino Resort has and always will be the entertainment heart of Avoyelles Parish,” said Marshall Ray Sampson, Sr., Paragon’s General Manager. “Our greatest pride is to bring joy to the community and all of its visitors—for the 30 years past and the 30 years to come.”

Paragon Casino Resort has seen a lot of change over the past 30 years. Most recently, the resort has completed an extensive renovation of 531 rooms, upscale suites, hotel corridors and its lobby. Upgraded rooms for guests feature new paint, lighting and carpeting along with fresh furniture, fixtures and window treatments. Over the years, Paragon has been committed to providing guests with the best gaming experience they can find. The sprawling casino floor currently features over 30 tables including a High Limit Room, live poker, sports betting and more than 1,000 high-quality, modern slot machines.

The identifying jewel of Paragon Casino Resort has always been its eagle statue which adorns the main entrance of the casino. In honoring the 30th Anniversary, Paragon has upgraded the statue by calling on its roots. The bald eagle is significant to the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, which owns and operates Paragon Casino Resort. The new and improved eagle statue is 13 feet tall and is mounted on top of a 10-foot-tall structure, which is comprised of 23,000 pounds of boulders. The elaborate sculpture features live fire and waterfalls.

“Paragon Casino Resort has always been one of our greatest accomplishments,” said Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “In its 30 years of operation, Paragon has proven itself to be a beacon of happiness and philanthropy for guests and residents of Central Louisiana. We look forward to another outstanding 30 years.”

To commemorate this momentous milestone, Paragon Casino Resort is hosting a 30th Anniversary celebration. On Monday, June 3, 2024, Paragon Casino Resort invites the public along with local and state dignitaries for the community-wide celebration. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Mari Showroom and will feature speakers detailing the history of Paragon Casino Resort and what’s next for the property.

Those travelling to the 30th Anniversary celebrations can use code TMJ02GR when reserving a room. For more about Paragon Casino Resort and its offerings, you can call 800-946-1946 or visit their website at


About Paragon Casino Resort

Since opening its doors in 1994, Paragon Casino Resort has strived to become one of the top gaming destinations in Louisiana. The property features an impressive lineup of amenities and attractions, including over 1,000 slot machines and over 30 tables, including live poker and sports betting; three hotel towers with more than 500 well-appointed rooms; full-service spa and salon; Topgolf Swing Suite game simulators; 18-hole championship golf course with a pro shop and restaurant; indoor tropical pool & two outdoor pools; a bayou-themed atrium featuring a live alligator habitat; a three-screen movie theater; several bars & restaurants, including a steakhouse and a buffet; full-service RV resort & cabins; Cyber Quest arcade & Kids Quest supervised play center; and over 75,000 square feet of meeting space, including an expansive showroom for concerts and conventions.

To learn more, visit or call 800-946-1946.