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NWI casinos expecting ‘super day’ for gamblers as Super Bowl kickoff nears and bets pour in

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 largest lead between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers would be under 14.5 points.

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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...

1/2/2020

article Good gambling requires '2020 vision' for keeping it fun
(Indiana) -- The start of a new year brings with it the opportunity to start with a clean slate. Be it a change in diet or lifestyle, a new beginning is always the...
article Indiana racinos premiere live dealer table games on New Year’s Day
(Indiana) -- Two central Indiana racinos have added table games to their gaming offering thanks to the May 8, 2019, passage of a controversial bill allowing lucrative...
article Racinos Allowed to Operate Table Games
(Indiana) -- The new year means expanded gaming action at two Indiana casinos. Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville...

1/1/2020

article Churchill Downs set to clash with Caesars in Indiana sports betting arena
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs Inc.'s online sport wagering platform is now live in the Hoosier State. The Louisville-based racetrack and casino operator rolled out...
article Live dealers debut at Hoosier Park
(Indiana) -- They’re here. Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino welcomed table games with live dealers Wednesday, an expansion in gambling that...
article Track casinos now have live dealers
(Indiana) -- Indiana's latest gambling expansion comes today as two horse track casinos near Indianapolis will be allowed to have table games with live dealers for...
article Vigo casino effort makes strides in 2019
(Indiana) -- A project years in the making, the Indiana General Assembly paved the way and Vigo voters approved in 2019 the construction of a $100-plus million casino in...

12/31/2019

article A timeline of Terre Haute’s big projects in 2020 and beyond
(Indiana) -- Terre Haute leaders have repeatedly pointed to 2020 as a big year for city development. This thinking is based on several projects slated to bring economic...
article Live dealer games starting at 2 casinos in central Indiana
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s latest gambling expansion is about to start as the two horse track casinos near Indianapolis are being allowed to have table games with live...

12/27/2019

article From serial killer to inland casino, Gary’s Freeman-Wilson reflects on eight-year roller coaster ride
(Indiana) -- Eight years ago, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson swept into office with 86% of the vote. The landslide made her the first woman mayor in Gary’s 106-...
article Three police chiefs. A new mayor is sworn in and Gary’s first Black mayor dies. Eddie Melton runs for governor as excitement builds for a massive Hard Rock Casino. A look back at a year of profound change in Gary.
(Indiana) -- 2019 began with a surprise change in leadership in Gary’s police department. By the end of the year, another police chief would take over while Mayor...

12/26/2019

article French Lick Casino in Southern Indiana debuts new $17 million Valley Tower
(Indiana) -- Southern Indiana’s shining star, the French Lick Resort, has unveiled the latest additions to its sprawling 3,000-acre complex located in the towns of...

12/22/2019

article Indiana poised for modest revenue gains
(Indiana) -- Indiana can expect to bring in about $250 million more over the next two years than was anticipated, according to a revenue forecast given Friday to...
article French Lick Casino Opens $17M Tower, Hopes to Lure More Golfers, Sports Bettors to Southern Indiana Resort
(Indiana) -- The French Lick Resort recently completed a $17 million addition that it hopes will attract sports fans and golfers to the historic Southern Indiana casino...

12/19/2019

article Live Dealers At Racetrack Casino Table Games Coming In January
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s two racetrack casinos will begin offering live table games at the start of 2020. The Gaming Commission approved those new offerings this week. The...

12/18/2019

article Construction set to begin on new land-based casino in Gary
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission has given the final approvals needed for Spectacle Entertainment to begin construction in coming weeks on its new land-based...
article Gaming Commission Greenlights Hard Rock Casino in Gary
(Indiana) -- Construction is set to get underway in early 2020 on the new land-based casino in Gary, now that the Indiana Gaming Commission has given its final approval.

12/15/2019

article Southern Indiana casino raises stakes for Louisville-area gambling scene
(Indiana) -- Like a Black Friday crowd at a big-box store, hundreds of customers streamed into the new, $90 million Caesars Southern Indiana casino on Thursday. Among...
article Southern Indiana casino raises stakes for Louisville-area gambling scene
(Indiana) -- Like a Black Friday crowd at a big-box store, hundreds of customers streamed into the new, $90 million Caesars Southern Indiana casino on Thursday. Among...

12/14/2019

article Caesars debuts new $90 million land-based casino in Southern Indiana
(Indiana) -- Las Vegas gambling giant Caesars Entertainment unveiled its new $90 million land-based casino Thursday in Harrison County, Indiana, marking a new era as the...
article November Revenue Beats Estimates
(Indiana) -- Indiana revenue exceeded the most recent projections in November. The Indiana State Budget Agency says General Fund revenues totaled more than $1.1 billion...

12/12/2019

article Indiana sports betting grows ‘exponentially’ in November
(Indiana) -- Three months into legalized sports betting in the Hoosier state, Indiana’s sportsbook continues to aggressively grow, according to gaming industry...

12/11/2019

article Indiana sports betting handle goes beyond $100m in November
(Indiana) -- Indiana‘s online and retail sportsbooks took more than $100m in bets in a month for the first time, as online betting continued to rapidly gain...
article Sports wagering continues growing in popularity in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Interest in sports wagering continues to surge in Indiana, three months after sports bets were legalized at Hoosier State casinos, off-track betting...
article Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino is reopening with a new name. What else is changing?
(Indiana) -- The ship has sailed for Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The riverboat casino 14 miles downriver from Louisville just closed its doors on Monday. But do not...

12/10/2019

article POV: 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...

12/9/2019

article State Could Approve New Terre Haute Casino Early Next Year
(Indiana) -- Indiana officials could give their approval for a new casino in Terre Haute sometime early next year. Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment was the...

12/7/2019

article Indiana Regulators Could OK Terre Haute Casino in Early 2020
(Indiana) -- Indiana casino regulators could approve the development of a new casino in Terre Haute, Vigo County in the first quarter of 2020, news emerged this week....
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(Indiana) -- Indiana officials could give the go ahead for a new casino in Terre Haute sometime early next year. Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment was the only...
article State could approve new Terre Haute casino early next year
(Indiana) -- Indiana officials could give the go ahead for a new casino in Terre Haute sometime early next year. Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment was the only...

12/5/2019

article Slot machine bonus rounds keep players coming back for more
(Indiana) -- There’s no doubt about it when you take a tour of any casino floor: The primary appeal of today's video slots is the anticipation of getting into...

12/4/2019

article Gary casino owner only applicant for state approval to operate new Terre Haute casino
(Indiana) -- The owner of Gary's Majestic Star casinos on Lake Michigan, and its future land-based Hard Rock Casino, is likely to be selected to develop a new casino...

12/3/2019

article Indiana Gaming Commission to review Spectacle's Vigo County casino proposal
(Indiana) -- Spectacle Entertainment is a gaming operator with local ties here in Vigo County through businessman Greg Gibson. The company was the only one to apply for...
article Spectacle Only Company to Apply for Terre Haute, Indiana Casino License
(Indiana) -- Spectacle Jack LLC submitted its application on Monday afternoon to operate a land-based casino in Vigo County, Ind., located roughly an hour west of...

12/2/2019

article Spectacle is lone applicant for casino license
(Indiana) -- Spectacle Jack LLC filed the only application for a Vigo County casino as of today's deadline, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission. “No...
article Year in Review: Transformative year for casino industry
(Indiana) -- The past 12 months have seen more transformative change to Indiana's gaming industry than perhaps any year since casinos first were legalized in the...
article Commissioners vote in support of LDA for proposed casino
(Indiana) -- An agreement, for a proposed casino in Vigo County, is getting support from county commissioners. Monday morning, commissioners voted in support of an LDA,...

12/1/2019

article Southern Indiana casino ready to move to land-based complex
(Indiana) -- A southern Indiana casino is preparing to move its gambling operations from a decades-old riverboat to a new land-based casino complex. Horseshoe Southern...

11/30/2019

article Horseshoe Southern Indiana officially says 'Bon Voyage' to the boat
(Indiana) -- Horseshoe Southern Indiana officially bid adieu to its iconic boat casino Saturday night. The casino hosted a "Bon Voyage" celebration in honor of...

11/29/2019

article Hoosier Lottery Sees Record Sales, Boosts Tax Reserves
(Indiana) -- he Hoosier Lottery is seeing record sales and sending more money than ever to Indiana’s tax reserves. Data shows that the lottery, in its 30th year,...

11/28/2019

article CASINO SCENE: Ameristar expands land-based gaming in the pavilion
(Indiana) -- Ameristar East Chicago, which in spring 2018 invested $6 million to move its high-limit room into a dedicated land-based position, has taken the next step...
article Gary Chamber of Commerce moves in to new home at Majestic Star Casino
(Indiana) -- The Gary Chamber of Commerce has a new home. The not-for-profit organization was forced to move from its original location at 839 Broadway, the old Sears...
article More details on Vigo Co. casino shared
(Indiana) -- Prospective Terre Haute casino operator Spectacle Entertainment on Tuesday morning briefed Vigo County officials on a proposed $125 million casino that...

11/27/2019

article Horseshoe prepares to say goodbye to the 'Boat'
(Indiana) -- When the idea of bringing a casino to Southern Indiana emerged, there was a lot of uncertainty among the local population. Much of the region's history...

11/26/2019

article Officials share new casino details
(Indiana) -- Prospective Terre Haute casino operator Spectacle Entertainment this morning briefed Vigo County officials on a proposed $125 million casino that would be...
article Covers Media Group licensed to expand partnerships in Indiana
(Indiana) -- Online sports publishing firm Covers Media Group, the corporate owner of Covers.com, has had its application for a Sports Wagering Registrant certificate of...

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