More information on the proposals of four companies vying for the Vigo County casino license became available today.
These four license applicants are CDITH LLC (Churchill Downs of Louisville, Ky.); FHR-Atlas LLC (Full House Resorts Inc.), HR Terre Haute LLC (Hard Rock); and Terre Haute Entertainment LLC (Premier Gaming Group of Union, Ky., and Terre Haute Entertainment Holdings LLC).
Two of them – Hard Rock and Full House – currently operate casinos in Indiana.
Each company submitted applications to the Indiana Gaming Commission before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.
Full House Resorts first showed up in the Terre Haute area in December 2016. It was then that the Las Vegas-based company announced a proposal to build a casino in Terre Haute, as a satellite from Full House Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. The plan for the satellite casino was unsuccessful.
Full House announced its latest proposal on Thursday afternoon.
This proposal calls for a $ 250 million gaming and entertainment outlet to be called “American Place.” It would be developed on 32 acres of land that Full House says it has under contract near the Interstate 70 and US 40 / Indiana 46 intersection on the east side of Terre Haute.
The Full House application package includes a rendering that shows a map with its city complex on the south side of East Margaret Avenue, just behind the Pilot Travel Center and the VoMac Sales & Service Truck Center.
A Full House summary of its proposal describes the design of its facilities as “unique in many ways.
“The hotel is elevated above an interior green landscape, in a shape resembling a ‘happy smile’,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “The majority of the rooms are located on the upper floors and enjoy expansive views. At the top of the hotel is a pool deck and restaurant, overlooking the Wabash Valley. Along the nearby busy highway, Full House plans to build a large greenhouse offering a lush interior In the greenhouse, the project would have two restaurants that offer “al fresco” dining even in winter, as well as venues for weddings and other group events.
“The world-class casino would be located between the hotel and the greenhouse and would offer approximately 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a state-of-the-art sports betting site,” the statement continued. “At the top of the casino, the company planned a solar power farm, which would provide green and sustainable power for a portion of the complex’s electrical needs.”
Full House is based in Las Vegas and operates five casinos in Mississippi, Colorado, Indiana and Nevada.
Among the other candidates’ proposals is the Churchill Downs plan, which the company announced on Wednesday.
The “Queen of Terre Haute” casino offered by Churchill Downs would feature up to 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, a 125-room luxury hotel, a state-of-the-art TwinSpires bookmaker and several food and drink offerings, depending on its location. summary.
An economic impact study conducted by economists at Purdue University estimates that the “Queen of Terre Haute” would generate $ 190 million in annual regional economic impact, including 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs, said Churchill Downs. According to the study, the project is expected to generate a 2% annual increase in the gross regional product of west-central Indiana.
“In the days to come, we look forward to making our case to the Indiana Gaming Commission as to why our proposal to build the Queen of Terre Haute is in the best interests of residents and businesses of Terre Haute, County. of Vigo and the State of Indiana, ”said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc., in a press release.
Churchill Downs Inc. is a Kentucky Derby-based racing, online betting and gaming company. It owns and operates three pari-mutuel sites with 3,050 racing machines in Kentucky. It also owns and operates TwinSpires, an online betting platform for horse racing, sports and iGaming, and it has seven retail sportsbooks. It offers physical casino games in eight states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games.
Hard Rock offers a Rocksino with 850 slot machines, 35 table and poker games, six restaurants and bars, a 300-person Velvet Sessions Showroom entertainment venue and a 1,000 square foot Rock Shop mall.
“Together, all of these mentioned amenities will enable Rocksino Terre Haute to become a regional destination casino that is a must see attraction with entertainment options for all ages,” the company said in its summary to the Gaming Commission.
Hard Rock International is an international restaurant and gaming company based in Florida. The Seminole tribe of Florida acquired the Hard Rock brand in 2007.
The company recently acquired the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana from Gary from Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment. Hard Rock had been operating the new $ 300 million casino in Gary since it opened in May.
Besides Gary, Hard Rock casinos in the United States include Atlantic City, New Jersey; Biloxi, Mississippi; Cincinnati, Ohio; Hollywood, Florida; Stateline, Nevada; Wheatland, California; Sioux City, Iowa; Tampa, Florida; and Catoosa Oklahoma. She is in the process of opening a casino in Rockford, Illinois.
Premier / Terre Haute Entertainment
The proposal from Terre Haute Entertainment LLC and Premier Gaming Group would include a casino with 800 slot machines and 20 table games, some on an outdoor smoking patio; a full-service sports-themed sports betting restaurant; a gourmet restaurant; a cafe for lunch and dinner, a bar on the casino floor with bar games; and a covered outdoor bar on the roof.
The hotel’s plan includes meeting space, a full-service spa, and a fitness area. The sitemap also shows the location of the outdoor pool and wellness trail around the landscaped property starting and ending in a park with a focus on guest and community wellness.
Premier Gaming Group, according to its website, has experience “in most of the major gaming markets in the United States, including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana and Washington. Currently, Premier Gaming Group owns and operates the Magnolia Bluffs Casino & Hotel in Natchez, Mississippi. “
First President Kevin Preston said in a tweet: “A great team – a great city, grateful for the opportunity to go through the process.”
The current application process began after the Gaming Commission in June denied the renewal of the annual license for Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, run by Terre Haute businessman and philanthropist Greg Gibson.
Commissioners at the time said Lucy Luck did not have a management team in place and considered Lucy Luck’s funding to be incomplete. The commission then reopened applications for a new Vigo County casino.
Lucy Luck appealed against this license renewal refusal. It’s unclear how this call might affect the revived application process, and Gibson has yet to comment on the Tribune-Star on the prospect.
Greg Small, executive director of the Gaming Commission, said on Wednesday the commission was satisfied with the level of interest in Vigo County’s license and would now assess the proposals. The committee hopes to set a meeting date for official action before the end of the year, he said.
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