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New slots await when the casinos reopen

It has been over a month since casinos in the Region went dark, but seemingly an eternity since the roulette wheels were spinning, the dice were rolling, the cards were flying and the slots were singing. We know that at some point in the future things will start to return to normal. When they do, there’ll be some new games awaiting an eager audience of players.

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Indiana Gaming

10/21/2020

article September report shows casino revenue inching back up
(Indiana) -- The casino at French Lick Resort showed some slow progress in the Indiana Gaming Commission Summary of Wagering and Supplemental Tax for September....

10/13/2020

article September report shows casino revenue inching back up
(Indiana) -- The casino at French Lick Resort showed some slow progress in the Indiana Gaming Commission Summary of Wagering and Supplemental Tax for September....

10/12/2020

article Indiana Casinos Handle Record Amount Of Sports Wagers In September
(Indiana) -- Indiana casinos and racinos handled a record amount of sports bets in the month of September. More than $207 million was wagered at Indiana’s 11...
article Indiana shatters sports betting record with $207.5m in September wagers
(Indiana) -- Indiana sportsbooks used the return of the NFL to launch into new territory in September, surpassing $200m in bets in a single month for the first time, as...

10/10/2020

article Indiana Sportsbooks Enjoy September to Remember with Handle Topping $200M
(Indiana) -- So much for Illinois putting a dent in Indiana’s sports betting business. On Friday, the Indiana Gaming Commission reported the state’s...

10/9/2020

article Indiana Sports Betting Hits Record $207 Million In Wagers In September
(Indiana) -- If returns out of Indiana and Iowa are any indication, the US sports betting industry is in for a big month. Both states saw record handle last month as NFL...
article Indiana sports wagers top $200 million in September, a new record
(Indiana) -- The one-year anniversary of the first month of legal sports wagering in Indiana saw a record amount of money bet on the outcome of professional and college...

9/30/2020

article Former state senator, casino executive indicted in alleged straw donor scheme
(Indiana) -- Former state Sen. Brent Waltz and casino executive John Keeler have been indicted on charges of campaign finance violations in an alleged straw donor scheme...

9/29/2020

article Former state senator, casino executive indicted in alleged straw donor scheme
(Indiana) -- Former state Sen. Brent Waltz and casino executive John Keeler have been indicted on campaign finance violations in an alleged straw donor scheme that...
article Former Vigo casino investor Keeler indicted on campaign finance violations
(Indiana) -- A former investor in Vigo County's new casino venture has been indicted on federal charges related to violations of campaign finance laws. John Keeler,...

9/28/2020

article FBI serves arrest, search warrant at home of former Sen. Brent Waltz
(Indiana) -- The FBI executed an arrest and search warrant Monday morning at the home of former state Sen. Brent Waltz of Greenwood, who was tied in January to a federal...

9/26/2020

article Terre Haute gets its license, casino in works
(Indiana) -- After winning approval from Vigo residents in last year’s fall election, leadership of the proposed Rocksino worked in 2020 to curry that same favor...

9/25/2020

article New general manager takes helm at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino
(Indiana) -- An experienced casino marketing and property leader is the new boss at Indiana's most popular gaming destination. Kathryn Jenkins last month took over...

9/24/2020

article Football betting dynamics change with legal sports books
(Indiana) -- According to a new survey conducted by the American Gaming Association (AGA), interest among the public to wager on NFL football games remains high. Thanks...
article Jahnae Erpenbach named CEO and chair of Spectacle Entertainment and Spectacle Gary
(Indiana) -- Gary casino leader Jahnae Erpenbach has been promoted to chairwoman and chief executive officer of parent company Spectacle Entertainment and Spectacle Gary.

9/23/2020

article Woman chosen to lead parent company of Gary's Majestic Star, Hard Rock casinos
(Indiana) -- The general manager of the Majestic Star casinos is taking on an added, historic role as chairwoman and chief executive officer of the casinos' parent...

9/17/2020

article Despite months without sports, Indiana sports betting reaches $1 billion mark
(Indiana) -- Despite not having games for a chunk of this year, sports betting has done well in Indiana. Blue Chip brought in Bears hall of famer Brian Urlacher to make...

9/13/2020

press release Indiana generates $9M in taxes in 1st year of sports betting
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s sports betting industry marked its first year on September 1, but the anniversary is marred as the business continues to recover from the...
article One year milestone since sports betting became legal in Indiana
(Indiana) -- It’s been one year since sports betting became legal in Indiana. In the first 12 months, Indiana generated more than a billion dollars in wagers,...

9/11/2020

article Return of professional sports spurs increase in Indiana sports wagering
(Indiana) -- The return of professional sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic is reviving Indiana's nascent sports wagering industry, notwithstanding new competition...
article Sports betting rebounds to pre-pandemic levels in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Sports betting in Indiana rebounded to pre-pandemic levels last month with Hoosiers placing wagers totaling more than $169 million. According to a revenue...
article COVID-19 tax payment delays muddy Indiana's revenue picture
(Indiana) -- Hoosier budget officials are keeping a close watch on Indiana's volatile tax revenue as various payment deferrals and delays associated with the COVID-...
article NWI casinos report August dip in revenue in 2nd month of COVID-19 restrictions
(Indiana) -- Total year-over-year revenues at Northwest Indiana’s five casinos dropped more than 12% in August, a percentage consistent with July’s numbers...

8/21/2020

article Indiana’s Sports Betting Handle Doubles from June to July
(Indiana) -- Indiana has become the latest state to see a surge in sports betting activity in July after a long hiatus and the suspension of most sporting events back in...

8/20/2020

article Indiana sports betting surged 138% in July thanks to MLB, NBA return
(Indiana) -- Sports betting across Indiana soared in July as sports began coming back for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic exploded in March. Total sports...

8/16/2020

article Sports gambling surging, surpasses $1 billion in Indiana despite pandemic
(Indiana) -- When sports came to a halt in mid-March, it was right before one of the biggest gambling weeks of the year. Instead of four days of nonstop college...

8/15/2020

article Casino numbers up from June, but still down from July 2019
(Indiana) -- Released Aug. 10, the Indiana Gaming Commission Summary of Wagering and Supplemental Tax for July shows the casino at French Lick Resort is rebounding from...
article Longtime Southern Indiana casino riverboat Glory of Rome makes final departure
(Indiana) -- A riverboat that was a floating casino for more than two decades left its southern Indiana dock. Caesars officials said it was going to its new owners in...

8/14/2020

article Casinos report $71.9M revenue in July: ‘It’s more normal at the slot machines’
(Indiana) -- Northwest Indiana’s five casinos are getting back on track, showing only a slight dip in year-over-year revenues in July, their first full month since...
article Indiana casinos see a comeback despite COVID-19 challenges
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s casinos are making a comeback. At the end of the fiscal year, gambling revenue in the state fell short of projections by $145 million but...

8/13/2020

article Indiana Legislature Likely to Consider Online Casino Gaming Next Year
(Indiana) -- Indiana may consider legalizing iGaming as early as next year, according to a casino executive and a key legislator behind the state’s 2019 expanded...

8/12/2020

article Caesars Southern Indiana workers demand better working conditions in downtown caravan
(Indiana) -- It first started last month with hundreds of workers signing a petition, demanding their employer, Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana, to better...

8/11/2020

article Casino numbers up from June, but still down from July 2019
(Indiana) -- Released Aug. 10, the Indiana Gaming Commission Summary of Wagering and Supplemental Tax for July shows the casino at French Lick Resort is rebounding from...
article Caesars' 'The Glory of Rome' riverboat casino departs for new home
(Indiana) -- A longtime staple of southern Indiana for more than 20 years unmoored and began its long journey to its new home Tuesday morning.

8/10/2020

article Indiana casino gambling, sports wagering revenue nearly back to normal despite COVID-19 restrictions
(Indiana) -- Gambling in the Hoosier State is roaring back following an unprecedented three-month casino shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, Indiana...

8/6/2020

article Indiana Approves Nuvei To Handle Quicker Betting Transactions
(Indiana) -- The global payment technology partner, Nuvei, announced that it has received a certificate of registration for sports wagering in Indiana on Wednesday.

8/2/2020

article Unibet officially enters Indiana sports betting market
(Indiana) -- The Indiana sports betting market gained a new operator on Thursday. Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, is officially available to bettors in the Hoosier...

7/31/2020

article Coronavirus Cases At Caesars Southern Indiana Worry Employees
(Indiana) -- Recent coronavirus cases at Caesars Southern Indiana are prompting some employees to call on casino management to take stricter precautionary measures. The...

7/30/2020

article Unibet Enters Third State With Indiana Sports Betting Launch
(Indiana) -- The Indiana sports betting market is expanding once again as the Unibet app launches today. It’s the third US state for Unibet, operated by Stockholm-...

7/25/2020

article Blue Chip-affiliated mobile application delivers Vegas gaming experience without the financial risk
(Indiana) -- If Indiana lawmakers ever legalize casino games on mobile devices, the parent company of Michigan City's Blue Chip Casino may have a leg up on the...

7/23/2020

press release Casino workers plead for better mask compliance
(Indiana) -- Some people aren't sure that a mask mandate alone will make a difference in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Casino workers in the state, however...

7/21/2020

article A closer look at the Indiana casino revenue and its impact on racing
(Indiana) -- As the delayed Harrah’s Hoosier Park race meet kicked off in mid-June, one of the underlying concerns focused on casino operations at the state’...

7/20/2020

article Horseshoe Casino part of nation's largest gaming company — for now
(Indiana) -- The Horseshoe Casino officially is part of the nation's newest, and largest, casino company — for now. On Monday, Eldorado Resorts Inc. closed on...

7/16/2020

article 'I don't feel protected': Casino workers say mask rules aren't being enforced enough
(Indiana) -- Terri Mitchell has been called back to her job as a bartender and server in the VIP lounge at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. But she is nervous....

7/13/2020

article Revenues reported for short month for casinos shows gamblers welcomed reopening in mid-June
(Indiana) -- Northwest Indiana's five casinos took in just shy of $44 million in revenues in June, more than half of the total revenues it raked in during the same...

7/12/2020

article Michigan City takes financial stock in light of casino revenue dependence
(Indiana) -- The City Council is planning to look at the ramifications of not relying on casino revenue for operational costs. Council President Sean Fitzpatrick, D-4th...

7/11/2020

article Hammond's Horseshoe Casino could be sold by end of the year
(Indiana) -- Hammond's Horseshoe Casino could be sold to a new operator by the end of the year to fulfill an Indiana Gaming Commission mandate tied to the...

7/10/2020

article Gamblers returning to Indiana casinos despite COVID-19 limitations
(Indiana) -- The unprecedented three-month shutdown of Indiana casinos due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently only whetted the appetite of gamblers to try their luck...
article Indiana Sportsbooks Off By $145 Million in June But Future is Brighter, According to PlayIndiana.com
(Indiana) -- Indiana sportsbooks hit a typical early-summer lull, one exasperated by the hiatus of major American sports, according to PlayIndiana. June's $29.8 million...

6/24/2020

article Caesars Entertainment enforcing new mask requirement at Horseshoe Casino
(Mississippi) -- A stricter mask policy is now in effect at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Caesars Entertainment says all guests must now wear masks,...

6/23/2020

article Ameristar Casino to permanently lay off 127 workers because of COVID-19 restrictions
(Indiana) -- Ameristar Casino in East Chicago warned the state of Indiana it plans to permanently lay off 127 workers this fall as a result of the coronavirus pandemic....

6/19/2020

article Slots, table games, but no poker — Horseshoe Casino prepares to reopen
(Indiana) -- It's been three months since Horseshoe Casino Baltimore temporarily shut its doors, and Randy Conroy still isn't used to the silence."I've...

6/18/2020

article Casino visitors adjusting to new gaming floor dynamics
(Indiana) -- Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, depending upon the time of day, walking into a casino was like entering the world’s biggest party scene. There were...

6/17/2020

article Hoosier Park reopens to 50% capacity, offers masks
(Indiana) -- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino reopened its casino doors this week, and there was already a line of people outside waiting to enter by 11 a...
article Indiana casino operators say business was ‘like a busy weekend’ on first day of reopening
(Indiana) -- Casino operators in the Region were upbeat Tuesday, reporting high attendance numbers, no snafus and guests who were patient and eager to return when they...

6/16/2020

article Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago to lay off 130
(Indiana) -- Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago has announced plans to reduce its workforce. In a notice to the state, the casino says 127 team members will be...

6/15/2020

article Indiana Reopening: Casinos welcome back gamblers Monday
(Indiana) -- Most casinos in Indiana are reopening Monday morning and they have prepared new safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All guests will go...
article Patience is essential for visitors to Northwest Indiana's reopened casinos
(Indiana) -- Money and luck are two things everyone should bring with them when they go out to have a good time at Northwest Indiana's casinos. But gamblers visiting...
article Blue Chip Casino reopens with new safety measures
(Indiana) -- Brenda Temple, vice president and general manager of Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, describes the new seating and dining experience at William B’s...

6/14/2020

article Blue Chip, Four Winds Casinos reopen Monday with new safety protocols
(Indiana) -- The Blue Chip Casino and all Four Winds Casino locations will reopen Monday with new coronavirus safety protocols in place, such as Plexiglas between some...
article Caesars Southern Indiana, Belterra and French Lick to reopen Monday with virus precautions
(Indiana) -- Southern Indiana casinos are ready to welcome back guests on Monday. Caesars Southern Indiana said it is ready to welcome guests at 6 a.m. Monday, June 15,...
article Hoosier Park set to open Tuesday after three-month COVID-19 shutdown
(Indiana) -- In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is learning to adapt to a new reality. The harness racing community has also adapted, and on Tuesday (June...

6/13/2020

press release Indiana casinos take steps to ensure safety of guests, staff for Monday reopening
(Indiana) -- Northwest Indiana’s five casinos and the two Four Winds casinos in Indiana and Michigan will be opening their doors on Monday following a three-month...
press release Caesars Southern Indiana set to resume Monday as part of Indiana's Stage 4 reopening
(Indiana) -- Caesars Southern Indiana Casino and Hotel in Elizabeth, Indiana, announced that it will resume gaming operations at approximately 50% of its gaming capacity...

6/12/2020

article Health and safety protections are sure bet when Blue Chip Casino reopens Monday
(Indiana) -- With any luck, the near-absolute silence pervading the gaming floor Friday at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City never will be heard again. After being...
article Indiana casinos set to open Monday as Illinois gaming remains on hold
(Indiana) -- While Illinois has yet to set a date for reopening its casinos, Chicagoans can roll the dice in Indiana beginning Monday, as the Horseshoe Hammond welcomes...
article Horseshoe Hammond Casino reopening on June 15
(Indiana) -- Horseshoe Hammond Casino announced it will resume operations on Monday, June 15. They will open with a reduced capacity and will make changes to allow for...
article Indiana Casinos Opening Monday
(Indiana) -- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will officially resume casino gaming operations at 6:00 a.m. on Monday...

6/11/2020

article Most Indiana Casinos Ready on Monday, Sports Betting Generates $37M Handle for May
(Indiana) -- Earlier this week, the Indiana Gaming Commission formally announced state-licensed casinos would be able to open their doors as early as 6 a.m. on Monday....
article Horseshoe Casino ready to welcome patrons back — safely
(Indiana) -- The Horseshoe Casino is ready to welcome back its patrons Monday after being closed for an unprecedented three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dan...

6/10/2020

article Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City announces date for reopening
(Indiana) -- The Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City announced that they will be reopening on June 15. Guests are encouraged but not required to wear a face covering and...

6/9/2020

article Casinos can reopen next week under state virus plans
(Indiana) -- Most of Indiana’s casinos can reopen their doors as soon as next week under coronavirus safety plans they have submitted, an Indiana Gaming Commission...
article Indiana To Roll The Dice And Reopen Casinos After COVID-19 Closures
(Indiana) -- On Tuesday, some venues are preparing to re-open, namely Indiana casinos. They just got the green light from the state to re-launch early next week. CBS 2...
article Most Indiana casinos can reopen next week with coronavirus safety plans
(Indiana) -- Most of Indiana’s state-regulated casinos can reopen next week after submitting coronavirus safety plans. The 13 state-regulated casinos have been...
article Reopening of Tropicana Evansville expected next week
(Indiana) -- ropicana Evansville and most other casino properties in Indiana tentatively expect to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. The plan is pending final approval of health...

6/8/2020

article Indiana casinos ready to roll the dice on reopening amid coronavirus pandemic
(Indiana) -- The unprecedented three-month shutdown of Indiana's casino industry due to the coronavirus pandemic is coming to an end. State gaming regulators...
article Most Indiana casinos can reopen next week under virus plans
(Indiana) -- Most of Indiana’s casinos can reopen their doors as soon as next week under coronavirus safety plans they have submitted, an Indiana Gaming Commission...

6/5/2020

article Rising Star Casino Bringing Back Employees; Preparing For Tentative Reopening
(Indiana) -- Rising Star Casino plans to bring back nearly a majority of its workforce to help prepare for a tentative mid-June reopening. General Manager Ben Douglass...

6/4/2020

article As the reopening of casinos nears, time to get a handle on dice
(Indiana) -- It won’t be long before the casinos in the Region awaken from the three-month hiatus that was imposed upon them by Covid-19. When the slot machines...
article Pandemic, casino closure: drop of over $2 million in county revenues
(Indiana) -- Jon Bond, President of the Switzerland County Economic Development Corporation, said that after mandatory distributions are made to neighboring counties and...

5/29/2020

article Indiana Announces Revisions To Quarter Horse Program As Projected Revenues Fall Due To COVID-19
(Indiana) -- During a virtual meeting of the Indiana Quarter Horse Breed Development Program's advisory committee, members discussed and recommended changes to the...

5/28/2020

article Indiana Gaming Commission: Casinos likely to reopen in mid-June
(Indiana) -- It's the place you stay up all night to get lucky, and while most doors remain closed, all bets are off when casinos will reopen in Indiana. But after...

5/27/2020

article Blue Chip Casino to permanently lay off up to 60% of its workforce
(Indiana) -- The coronavirus pandemic has closed Northwest Indiana's casinos for months, and they are not allowed to reopen until at least June 14. Blue Chip Casino...

5/26/2020

article Casinos Must Submit COVID-19 Health, Safety Plans Before Reopening
(Indiana) -- It will likely be weeks before Indiana casinos are allowed to reopen as the state moves forward with its plans for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. And the...
article Casinos Must Submit COVID-19 Health, Safety Plans Before Reopening
(Indiana) -- It will likely be weeks before Indiana casinos are allowed to reopen as the state moves forward with its plans for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. And the...

5/22/2020

article Indiana Grand Releases Revised Quarter Horse Condition Book, Offering Higher Overnight/Stakes Purses
(Indiana) -- Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has released its revised Quarter Horse Condition Book and Stakes Schedule for the 2020 season. Both are contingent upon...

5/19/2020

article Hoosier Lottery sees modest sales drop amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Indiana) -- The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on Hoosier Lottery ticket sales, but the decline is surprisingly modest following six weeks of Hoosiers being...

5/18/2020

article Indiana Sports Betting Market Set To Add Caesars Sportsbook App To Online Options
(Indiana) -- Indiana sports betting will get its seventh app this week after Caesars received approval from regulators to launch Tuesday. Officials from Caesars did not...

5/17/2020

article State mandates strict health and safety standards before Indiana casinos can reopen
(Indiana) -- A trip to the casino won't be like it used to be when Northwest Indiana's five gaming properties finally reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic,...
article Terre Haute casino license approved by Indiana Gaming Commission after ownership change
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission approved the license for a new casino Friday despite ties between its ownership and longtime state casino executives entangled...

5/16/2020

article Casino workers in Indy ready for safe return to work
(Indiana) -- Casino workers from across Indiana converged on downtown Indianapolis to lobby for a safe return to work. The workers took part in a car caravan past the...
article Casino Workers Scared To Return Without Health Care, Safety Standards
(Indiana) -- Employees from five casinos rallied in Indianapolis Friday, forming a “car caravan” around the Statehouse and Monument Circle. They urged...
article Terre Haute casino license approved by Indiana Gaming Commission after ownership change
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission approved the license for a new casino Friday despite ties between its ownership and longtime state casino executives entangled...

5/15/2020

article Federal probe prompts Indiana casino ownership change
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission approved license for a new casino Friday despite ties between its ownership and longtime state casino executives entangled in...
article Caravan of Indiana casino workers demonstrate for better working conditions
(Indiana) -- A caravan of workers from five Indiana casinos converged on Downtown Indianapolis late Friday demanding enhanced health and safety measures at gaming...
article Gaming Commission Approves Amended Plan for Terre Haute Casino
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has approved Spectacle Jack’s application for the new casino in Terre Haute. The Gaming Commission was supposed to award...
article Indiana Gaming Commission goes all-in for new casino in Terre Haute
(Indiana) -- An owner's license once held by a future president of the United States when Donald Trump operated a riverboat casino in Gary was reassigned Friday for...
article County explores smoke-free ordinance for casino, bars, fraternal organizations
(Indiana) -- The Madison County Board of Health believes, with most businesses closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time for the county to go smoke free...
article Spectacle Jack awarded Vigo County casino license
(Indiana) -- After much anticipation, a Vigo County casino license has been approved for Spectacle Jack, LLC. The Indiana Gaming Commission unanimously approved the...

5/14/2020

article Casino worker caravan converging on Indy Friday for safer working conditions
(Indiana) -- A car caravan of casino workers from across Indiana will converge on the Indiana Capitol at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, May 15, to demand safer working...
article Gaming Commission set to vote on Terre Haute casino license
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission is poised to move ahead with awarding the Vigo County casino license on Friday after a months-long delay related to...

5/13/2020

article Gaming Commission Could Decide Terre Haute Casino's Fate Friday
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission plans to address the proposed license for a Terre Haute casino Friday. Spectacle Entertainment is the only bidder after the...

5/12/2020

article Gaming commission announces meeting details for Vigo casino application
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission will meet virtually 11 a.m. Friday to consider the Vigo County casino owner’s license application from Spectacle Jack...
article Indiana Grand Announces Revised Racing Dates
(Indiana) -- Pending approval from the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and after consultation with Indiana horsemen, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has revised its...

5/11/2020

article No money wagered at Indiana casinos in April for first time in quarter-century
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission's monthly revenue report detailing how much money was wagered at Hoosier casinos in April is one for the history books....
article April's "Shocking But Not Surprising" Sports Betting Numbers Are In
(Indiana) -- With casino doors still closed to the public, sports betting numbers continue to plummet with their worst month ever. The Indiana Gaming Commission has...
press release Indiana Sportsbooks Off $165 Million In April Bets, Hitting Low Point, According to PlayIndiana.com
(Indiana) -- Indiana sportsbooks suffered their worst month ever in April — including a retail sector that did not produce a single bet — costing sportsbooks...

5/10/2020

article Indiana casinos likely to stay closed until at least mid-June
(Indiana) -- The state-mandated closure of Northwest Indiana’s casino industry is likely to continue until at least mid-June, according to new guidance from the...

5/8/2020

article Indiana casinos likely to stay closed until at least mid-June
(Indiana) -- The state-mandated closure of Northwest Indiana's casino industry is likely to continue until at least mid-June, according to new guidance from the...
article Leadership changes at Spectacle Jack make way for next steps in Vigo County casino license approval process
(Indiana) -- After receiving an amended casino license application from Spectacle Jack, the Indiana Gaming Commission agreed to move forward with a public meeting to...

5/7/2020

article Rod Ratcliff, Longtime Indiana Casino Exec, Voluntarily Steps Down from Terre Haute Project After Former Company Tied to Political Contributions
(Indiana) -- Rod Ratcliff, a longtime Indiana gaming executive and developer, has voluntarily removed his name from an application for a new casino license in Vigo...
article Leadership of proposed Vigo casino changes
(Indiana) -- It appears two senior officials have stepped away from the gaming company vying for a casino license in Vigo County. According to an emailed statement from...

5/6/2020

article Gaming commission to consider Vigo casino license
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has set a meeting date to consider a gaming license for Vigo County. The commission will meet virtually on Friday, May 15, at...

5/4/2020

article Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino to reopen in June
(Indiana) -- As restrictions ease on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, casinos in Indiana are beginning to plan for reopening. Horseshoe Casino in Hammond...
article Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino to reopen in June
(Indiana) -- As restrictions ease on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, casinos in Indiana are beginning to plan for reopening. Horseshoe Casino in Hammond...

5/1/2020

article 4,000 casino employees furloughed due to COVID-19
(Indiana) -- Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino temporarily laid off 998 workers, Indiana Grand Racing Casino furloughed 1,126 employees back on April 1, and...

4/23/2020

article New slots await when the casinos reopen
(Indiana) -- It has been over a month since casinos in the Region went dark, but seemingly an eternity since the roulette wheels were spinning, the dice were rolling,...

4/14/2020

article Coronavirus reduces jackpot growth for Indiana's Hoosier Lotto game
(Indiana) -- The Hoosier Lottery is slowing down how fast the jackpot grows in Indiana's top in-state draw game. Beginning this week, if no one correctly picks the...
article Gaming, sports betting revenues plunge during pandemic
(Indiana) -- Indiana casinos, including Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, were hit hard in March when restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the new...

4/13/2020

article Indiana Sports Betting Market Momentum Stopped By Sports Shutdown
(Indiana) -- Indiana sports betting proved an early success story among states that recently added wagering, with consistent month-to-month growth. That momentum quickly...
article NWI casino city mayors keeping eye on spending as COVID-19 shutdowns continue
(Indiana) -- The state-mandated closure of Northwest Indiana's casinos to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 is prompting the mayors of Lake County casino...

4/12/2020

article Amid COVID-19 shutdown, Indiana's gaming revenue fell nearly 52% in March
(Indiana) -- With casinos shut down amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, Indiana's gambling revenue plunged nearly 52% in March. After casinos were ordered to close...

4/11/2020

article Gambling revenue plummets in March due to virus restrictions
(Indiana) -- Indiana's gambling revenue plunged in March after the state banned large gatherings to stem the spread of the coronavirus, forcing the closure of...
article Coronavirus-Related Casino Closures Cut Millions from Indiana, City Budgets
(Indiana) -- The 12 state-licensed casinos and racinos generated just $90.6 million in adjusted gross revenue (AGR) for the month and turned over slightly less than $28....

4/10/2020

article Furloughs planned at Blue Chip after forced closure, loss of online sports betting
(Indiana) -- Boyd Gaming Corp., owner of Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa, is taking additional measures to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,...
article Gambling revenue plummets in March due to virus restrictions
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s gambling revenue plunged in March after the state banned large gatherings to stem the spread of the coronavirus, forcing the closure of...
article Indiana sportsbooks miss $125 million in March wagers after the coronavirus shuts down sports
(Indiana) -- The thrill and excitement of watching your favorite basketball team pull out a last-second win may be matched only by the sense of pride felt after hitting...
article Michigan City council members concerned over dwindling casino money
(Indiana) -- The Michigan City Common Council approved all $943,540 in claims on the docket presented at Tuesday’s virtual meeting – almost $733,000 of which...

4/9/2020

article With casinos closed, gambling revenue declines drastically in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Indiana gambling revenue took a steep hit in March after casinos closed for nearly half the month due to pandemic restrictions. Gambling generated only...

4/8/2020

article Majestic Star all-in for Region families during coronavirus pandemic
(Indiana) -- Everyone who visited the Majestic Star casinos Tuesday left a winner. More than 300 Northwest Indiana families, including some 250 employees of the...

4/6/2020

article 5,000 workers furloughed as coronavirus busts casinos
(Indiana) -- Nearly all of the approximately 5,000 workers employed by Northwest Indiana casinos likely will be on furlough — and no longer receiving a paycheck...

4/2/2020

article Rising Star Casino ‘folds’ on more than 400
(Indiana) -- Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun alerted state officials Friday, March 27, that it is eliminating 407 jobs as part of its closure under state actions...

4/1/2020

article Full House Resorts Terminates 407 Rising Star Casino Employees
(Indiana) -- Over 400 employees of Rising Star Casino are out of a job. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Indiana Gaming Commission shut down operations at all 13 casinos...

3/31/2020

article Halt in casino revenue brings spending freeze to Michigan City
(Indiana) -- The mayor is taking steps to control spending in light of the city losing out on riverboat revenue since casinos statewide were ordered closed to help slow...
article Rising Star Casino will terminate 407 jobs
(Indiana) -- Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun alerted state officials on Friday, March 28, that it is laying off 407 workers as part of its closure under state...

3/30/2020

article Coronavirus forces furlough of Ameristar Casino employees
(Indiana) -- The parent company of Ameristar Casino on Wednesday is furloughing all of its East Chicago employees, and some 26,000 nationwide, due to state COVID-19...
article Food and beverage tax for Gary casino removed, charter school amendment stays in tax bill signed into law
(Indiana) -- A 1% food and beverage tax on the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana was removed from a state tax bill, which was recently signed into law, but a charter...
article Hiring freeze announced as Michigan City loses casino funds
(Indiana) -- Mayor Duane Parry issued an executive order Friday mandating a hiring freeze and other cost-saving measures to combat the financial hardships caused by the...

3/27/2020

article Casinos Donate Even as Doors Remain Closed
(Indiana) -- Horseshoe Hammond Casino is showing its support to the community even though its doors are closed because of the pandemic. The casino operators donated 1,...

3/26/2020

article Don't bet on Indiana casinos reopening while stay-at-home order is in effect
(Indiana) -- It's a pretty safe bet Indiana's casinos will not be reopening Monday when the shutdown ordered by the Gaming Commission to minimize the spread of...

3/24/2020

article Hoosier Lottery changes big prize claim process due to coronavirus
(Indiana) -- The Hoosier Lottery temporarily is changing how big prize winners get their cash as a result of most state buildings being closed for at least the next two...

3/19/2020

article Hammond casino donates 30,000 lbs. of food after being closed for coronavirus
(Indiana) -- The Horseshoe Casino had some 30,000 pounds of perishable food on hand Monday when the Indiana Gaming Commission ordered all state-regulated casinos to shut...

3/15/2020

article Change is constant for Northwest Indiana's gaming industry
(Indiana) -- Lots of unknown outcomes are eligible for wagering at Indiana casinos — rolls of the dice, turns of the cards, the position of slot machine reels and...

3/14/2020

article Indiana casinos, including Tropicana, to close for two weeks beginning Monday
(Indiana) -- Following the lead of several states, Indiana's gaming and racing operations will close for two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak across the country....
article Indiana orders casinos closed for at least two weeks starting Monday
(Indiana) -- All Indiana casinos will close at 6 a.m. local time Monday — for at least two weeks — as part of the state's ongoing effort to minimize the...
article Hoosier Park closing for two weeks amid coronavirus worries
(Indiana) -- Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – along with Indiana’s 13 other state-regulated casinos – will close for two weeks...

3/12/2020

article Spectacle Entertainment's Terre Haute casino is on hold but games proceed in Gary
(Indiana) -- IndyStar Statehouse reporter Kaitlin Lange discusses Indiana's massive gaming bill and efforts by a gambling magnate to benefit from it. While state...

3/11/2020

article Sports betting continues to climb as competition grows
(Indiana) -- While the Super Bowl contributed to Indiana’s sportsbooks in February, basketball was the big recipient of sports wagers last month. Indiana Gaming...

3/10/2020

article Indiana Sports Betting Mobile Growth Outpacing Even The Biggest Markets
(Indiana) -- The mobile share of Indiana sports betting handle surged again in February, continuing a growth streak since its October launch. Indiana sportsbooks took $...

2/27/2020

article No casino license decision before May or June
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission will not likely act on the application for a Vigo County casino license at its March 26 meeting, said commission Deputy...
article Will Vigo casino be smoke free?
(Indiana) -- While a proposed Vigo County casino has been touted as bringing 400 to 600 new jobs, health advocates hope to ensure those jobs remain protected under local...
article Food and beverage tax for Gary casino supported by casino owners, questioned by House Speaker
(Indiana) -- Spectacle Entertainment, the owner of the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, is supportive of a bill that would impose a 1% food and beverage tax on the...

2/26/2020

article Indiana Gaming Commission not expected to decide on Terre Haute's casino at next meeting
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission says it doesn't anticipate making a decision on the Terre Haute casino at its upcoming meeting. The commission meeting is...
article Workers at Caesars Southern Indiana demand better wages and affordable healthcare
(Indiana) -- Workers at Caesars Southern Indiana are demanding better wages and more affordable health care. Many of those workers say they are often forced to make the...

2/20/2020

article Konami keeps horse racing game alive in casinos with Fortune Cup
(Indiana) -- If you visited Las Vegas any time from the mid to late '80s up until the dawn of the new millennium, you may have run across a rather curious gaming...

2/18/2020

article Hoosier Park officials pleased with table games success
(Indiana) -- If the numbers from the first month of live table games are any indication, officials at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are upbeat about...

2/14/2020

article Questions about ethics aren’t new for gambling-industry veteran Ratcliff
(Indiana) -- There may be no one more associated with Indiana’s gambling industry than Rod Ratcliff. Over three decades and through four different companies,...

2/13/2020

article Hoosiers Gamble $160 Million In First Month Of Legal Table Gaming
(Indiana) -- Sports betting was made legal by state lawmakers last year, and in the same bill, table gaming was legalized as well. Since then Hoosiers have been gambling...

2/11/2020

article Mobile Sports Betting Gains Wagering Share
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has released sports betting revenue numbers for January, and it shows big gains in online wagering. Bettors placed more than $...
article NWI casinos start 2020 on winning note; gaming revenues up 14.5% over 2019
(Indiana) -- A favorable calendar, the advent of sports betting and, most of all, a mild winter helped Northwest Indiana's five casinos kick off 2020 on a winning...

2/5/2020

article Senate OKs bill letting off-duty cops carry guns in casinos
(Indiana) -- The gun-slinging lawman, a relic of 19th century Wild West saloon card rooms, soon might be spotted slamming drinks, gun on his or her hip, trying to win...

2/3/2020

article Business booming at Indiana casino following legalization of sports betting
(Indiana) -- Super Bowl 54 is the first one since Indiana legalized sports betting late last year, and it's bringing in lots of wagers. The Blue Chip Casino in...

2/2/2020

article Southern Indiana sportsbook sees crowds for Superbowl
(Indiana) -- This year's Superbowl was different for some, as they got the chance to win money on the big game. It was the biggest sporting event since Indiana...

1/31/2020

article NWI casinos expecting ‘super day’ for gamblers as Super Bowl kickoff nears and bets pour in
(Indiana) -- Joe Barbarossa stopped in at Blue Chip Casino’s FanDuel sportsbook Friday morning to place a bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl game, wagering that the...
article 'We aren't rushing this just to get it done...' Local lawmaker reacts to casino investigation
(Indiana) -- A lawmaker who helped to lobby for a casino in Vigo County is responding to the gaming commission investigation. We explained last week there's an...
article OP/ED: Super Bowl betting is like Christmas Day for Hoosier sports gamblers
(Indiana) -- “Jerry, are you taking the Chiefs at -1.5?” asked the text from a fellow bettor. If I was asked this question a year ago, I wouldn’t have...

1/28/2020

article Local officials react to casino probe
(Indiana) -- Local leaders say they have faith the Indiana Gaming Commission will thoroughly investigate the matter that’s put on hold the license application...
article Holcomb says he supports gaming commission investigation into Centaur
(Indiana) -- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday said he supports the Indiana Gaming Commission’s investigation into casino executives who have been implicated in...

1/27/2020

article Indiana Gaming Commission postpones Terre Haute casino licensing hearing
(Indiana) -- In Indiana and the plan to bring a $125 million casino to the southern city of Terre Haute has reportedly hit a snag after state regulators postponed a...

1/24/2020

article UPDATE: Gaming Commission confirms investigation regarding Centaur, Spectacle
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission confirmed today that is investigating a matter pertaining to Spectacle, the parent company of the Vigo County casino license...
article Campaign Finance Prosecution in Virginia Threatens to Entangle Terre Haute Casino
(Indiana) -- The awarding of the license for Terre Haute's new casino is up in the air after a guilty plea to campaign finance violations. Maryland political...
article Company planning new Indiana casino faces investigation
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission is investigating the company that owns two casinos along Lake Michigan and is seeking to open a new Terre Haute casino after a...
article Company planning Terre Haute casino faces investigation
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has called off a meeting during which it was expected to grant the license for a new Terre Haute casino after a political...
article Parent company of Gary's Majestic Star, Hard Rock casinos under investigation
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has opened an investigation into the parent company of Gary's Majestic Star casinos in connection with a federal campaign...
article Spectacle Entertainment's Vigo County casino in jeopardy due to federal probe
(Indiana) -- Spectacle Entertainment’s plans to open a casino in Vigo County could be in jeopardy after a Maryland political consultant pleaded guilty to illegally...

1/23/2020

article Future of Indiana Gaming? Tribal Compact and Online Casinos vs iLottery
(Indiana) -- Rod Ratcliff has been involved in Indiana gaming for about 30 years. At the groundbreaking for his newest project, Hard Rock Northern Indiana in Gary, the...
article Indiana Off-Duty Police Could Soon Carry Guns while in Casinos
(Indiana) -- Indiana off-duty law enforcement officers may soon be allowed to carry a handgun while inside any of the state’s 13 commercial casinos as the national...

1/22/2020

article Why Ball State has not implemented any new policy to address legalized sports gambling in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Ball State University officials have had conversations about the changing landscape of sports gambling in the state of Indiana. BSU President Geoffrey S....
article Big screen betting: Indiana gambling regulators approve Oscar wagers
(Indiana) -- The sports betting industry is stuck in pre-production in Illinois, but it’s already going Hollywood in Indiana. Hoosier gambling regulators announced...
article Indiana OKs casino, mobile sportsbook wagers on the Oscars
(Indiana) -- Gamblers who win big Feb. 2 betting on the Super Bowl, or those hoping to recoup their losses, won't have to wait long for another major national event...
article Off-duty cops could gain right to carry handguns while gambling in Indiana casinos
(Indiana) -- Hoosier lawmakers have taken the first step toward allowing off-duty police officers to carry handguns while gambling at the state's 13 commercial...

1/16/2020

article Hoosiers wagered $436 million on sports in first 4 months of legal betting
(Indiana) -- Sports gambling has boosted Indiana’s tax coffers by $3.7 million since it became legal in September. People in the Hoosier state have wagered nearly...
article Seven categories of Super Bowl 'prop bets' approved for wagers in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Some of those wacky bets Nevada casinos typically offer on unlikely events during the Super Bowl will be available this year at Indiana casino sportsbooks...
article Brand loyalty is a two-way street in the casino industry
(Indiana) -- How does "brand loyalty" come into play for gamblers? For the majority of average recreational players who make occasional trips, it really isn...

1/15/2020

article Kravitz: Legal sports gambling in Indiana is generating big business – and big concerns about addiction
(Indiana) -- Legal sports betting in Indiana began Sept. 1, 2019, first through sportsbooks and then on mobile apps, and for an enthusiastic gambler named Joe (not his...

1/14/2020

article Indiana's sports betting obsession: Gamblers wagered $436 million in 4 months
(Indiana) -- The money shelled out on sports bets in Indiana during the state's first four months of legal gambling was more than the advertising revenue raked in...
article Justices, split 3-2, reject Facebook harassment, casino revenue cases
(Indiana) -- A partially divided COA determined that the City of Lawrenceburg and Franklin County’s agreement to share tax revenue from a southeastern Indiana...

1/13/2020

article Indiana Gaming Commission Releases Year-End Sports Betting Numbers
(Indiana) -- Sports betting revenues totaled almost $30 million since sportsbooks opened in September. The Indiana Gaming Commission’s year-end report shows that...
article Indiana's sports betting obsession: Gamblers wagered $436 million in 4 months
(Indiana) -- The money shelled out on sports bets in Indiana during the state's first four months of legal gambling was more than the advertising revenue raked in...
article Bill would end payments to other casino cities
(Indiana) -- A pair of Wabash Valley legislators have introduced legislation that could save a prospective casino owner millions in its first years of operation and...

1/11/2020

article Casino revenue ends year on upswing, with sports wagering continuing to rise
(Indiana) -- The Region's casinos closed out a strong second half of 2019 with a modest year-over-year December gain at their table games and slot machines,...

1/10/2020

article Bill would end payments to other casino cities
(Indiana) -- A pair of Wabash Valley legislators have introduced legislation that could save a prospective casino owner millions in its first years of operation. Alan...
article New law allowing live table games changes atmosphere at Hoosier Park
(Indiana) -- Cheers erupted from tables at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino as guests won big. The table games were nearly full, even at 4 p.m. on a...
press release Indiana Sportsbooks Hit $160 Million December, Boosting Industry into 2020, According to PlayIndiana.com Analysts
(Indiana) -- Indiana retail and online sportsbooks capped their inaugural year in the state by surpassing $160 million in bets in a month for the first time. Indiana...

1/6/2020

article More Gaming Industry Changes Possible In Legislature
(Indiana) -- Lawmakers in 2019 passed gaming legislation that was called the most transformative measure for the industry in decades. Despite those big changes, the...
article Quiet year for gaming legislation on tap in Indiana
(Indiana) -- The leader of Indiana's highest earning casino isn't expecting much action on gaming legislation when the General Assembly convenes its 10-week...

1/5/2020

article Sports wagering, casino moves 'a step in the right direction' for Indiana, governor says
(Indiana) -- Gov. Eric Holcomb has no regrets about the $10 bet he placed Sept. 1 on the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl, even though the team did not make the...
article Bet on quiet year for gaming legislation at Indiana Statehouse
(Indiana) -- The leader of Indiana's highest earning casino isn't expecting much action on gaming legislation when the General Assembly convenes its 10-week...
article Indiana Gaming Commission announces date for public meeting in Terre Haute
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has announced the date of a public meeting to be held in Vigo County. On February 7, the Indiana Gaming Commission will hold...

1/3/2020

article Dale Woods: Caesars has been a good neighbor in southern Indiana
(Indiana) -- Twenty years ago “The Boat” sailed into southern Indiana, but not everyone was in favor. Moral high-grounders protested gambling. These...

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