Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Select for new Terre Haute casino owner expected in November

Indianapolis (WNN) – State officials expect to decide in November which company will get the next chance to open a new casino in Terre Haute.

The Indiana Gaming Commission has begun reviewing four companies’ applications for casino licenses. which was submitted in September.

Those companies want to revive the Terre Haute project which has been stalled amid investigations into allegations of criminal and financial misconduct against top executives in the ownership group Who first sought the license in 2019.

Gaming Commission executive director Greg Small told the commission’s board members last week that he was pleased with the competition for the project and that a license would be recommended at its November 17 meeting.

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Applicants include Hard Rock International, which in June reached an agreement to operate a planned $125 million casino in Terre Haute before the state commission voted against renewing the casino license. Because the new ownership had not hired an executive team or received full funding after more than a year.

The proposal, presented by Indiana Casino owner Full House Resorts in the Ohio River Town of Rising Sun, includes a 100-room hotel and a greenhouse housing a restaurant and event center along Interstate 70. Casino plan from Churchill Downs Inc. Will build a 125-room hotel with rooftop lounge.

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