the date has been set for November 17 for the Indiana Gaming Commission decide which company will be granted the Vigo County Casino License. It was announced by the The Executive Director of the Commission, Greg Small at an IGC meeting on Wednesday.
“We received four applications, so we are guaranteed a competitive process which I think will be to the great benefit of the state and the local community, especially because I think we have four known operators who are gaming professionals in other jurisdictions, so I think we have a good process ahead of us, ”he said.
Four companies have submitted applications for a gaming license reassigned to Terre Haute de Gary by the 2019 General Assembly as part of the merger of the two Majestic Star Casino boats in the land park Hard Rock Casino of Northern Indiana. These are CDITH LLC (Churchill Downs), FHR-Atlas LLC (Full House Resorts), HR Terre Haute LLC (Hard Rock) and Terre Haute Entertainment LLC (Premier Gaming Group / Terre Haute Holdings LLC).
Two of the candidates, Hard Rock and Full House Resorts already operate casinos in Indiana while the Kentucky race track operator Churchill Downs currently holds a sports betting license in Indiana (BetRivers). IGC officials noted that having these companies as state-regulated gaming entities will speed up the process of assessing their funding, business structure, and the track record of their officers.
Hard rock offers a Rocksino with 850 slot machines, 35 table and poker games, six restaurants and bars, a 300-person Velvet Sessions Showroom and a 1,000 square foot Rock Shop mall. The sitemap remains the same as for Lucy Luck Gaming, with the same casino complex design, adding a hotel to the east side of the casino.
In his proposal, Complete hotel complexes, who predict a casino called American Place, would use a place in the Haute City Center mall as a temporary gaming site, the former Macy’s department store and operate it for 18-24 months while American Place is under construction. If approved, Full House would open its temporary casino by mid-May 2022.
The Full House application package includes a render 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. Full House said it would invest $ 250 million in its proposal for 1,000 slots, 50 table games and a cutting-edge bookie and a unique 100-room semicircular hotel and greenhouse restaurants.
Full Resort's project render for American Place Casino in Vigo County.
Churchhill Falls said it would feature 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, a luxury hotel with 125 rooms and a TwinSpires bookmaker. He would have a entertainment area with seating for 500 clients. The facility would have a maximum capacity of 6,600 people. The hotel communicating with Queen of Terre Haute would have a capacity of 900 people, with standard, junior and executive suites and a presidential suite.
Churchill Downs' project render for Queen Terre Haute Casino.
The proposal of Terre Haute Entertainment LLC and Premier Gaming Group would include a casino with 800 slot machines and 20 table games, also including 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. It will include a Sportsbook Restaurant, a gourmet restaurant, a coffee shop, a bar on the casino floor and a covered outdoor bar on the roof, as well as a dining room for employees.
The application process started after the commission denied an annual license renewal to Lucy Luck Gaming in June, citing the lack of a management team in place and alleging that Lucy Luck’s funding was incomplete. Lucy Luck was the only candidate for a Terre Haute casino project in 2019. Hard Rock can have a leg up on the competition because it already has a comprehensive plan to build and operate a Terre Haute casino developed in association with the former licensee.
Lucy Luck appealed the denial in July, and an administrative judge then held a first hearing in August.