The Indiana Gaming Commission intends to decide on November 17 which company will be granted the Vigo County casino license.
Greg Small, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, announced the date at the commission’s 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, ”Small said.
The four candidates vying for the Vigo County casino license 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 SARL).
This application process began after the commission in June denied an annual license renewal to Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, citing the lack of a management team in place and claiming that Lucy Luck’s funding was incomplete. Lucy Luck appealed the commission’s denial of renewal in July, and an administrative law judge then held a first hearing in August.
The Tribune-Star has asked for comment from Terre Haute businessman and philanthropist Greg Gibson, president of Lucy Luck. The newspaper has yet to receive a response.
Parties to the administrative law case expect a hearing in December before administrative law judge Elizabeth Gamboa. The newspaper applied for registration of all orders issued during hearings before the administrative judge.
Lucky Luck Gaming LLC, formerly Spectacle Jack, was the only candidate for a Terre Haute casino project in 2019.
Hard Rock was to provide the Terre Haute Casino branding with Lucy Luck to manage day-to-day operations. However, after the IGC action, Hard Rock purchased a controlling stake in Spectacle Entertainment and the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana and is now embarking on the Vigo County license.
Gibson hasn’t said publicly if he has any part of Hard Rock’s final effort in Terre Haute.
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.
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. This would place the casino between the existing Holiday Inn Express and a new hotel on the east side of Terre Haute along US 40 / Indiana 46 off I-70.
In its proposal, Full House Resorts, which is planning a casino named American Place, would use a location in the Haute City Center mall as a temporary gaming site, the former Macy’s department store, and operate it for 18 to 24 months while American Place is under construction. If approved, Full House would open its temporary casino by mid-May 2022.
American Place is to be developed on 32 acres of land that Full House says it has under contract near the intersection of Interstate 70 and US 40 / Indiana 46 on the east side of Terre Haute. 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.
The Tribune-Star asked the IGC for the location of the casinos offered by Churchill Downs and Premier Gaming Group / Terre Haute Holdings LLC in Vigo County as well as the total investments for the other casino groups.
Churchhill Downs said it would feature 1,000 slots, 50 table games, a 125-room luxury hotel and TwinSpires sportsbook.
Churchill Downs is said to have an entertainment space that can accommodate 500 people “to ensure the special events hall complements, rather than competes with, the new $ 35 million Terre Haute convention center. Once opened, we believe the Queen de Terre Haute and its special Room events, will be a powerful tool in helping Terre Haute attract events to its new downtown convention center. “
The facility would have a maximum capacity of 6,600 people. The connecting Queen of Terre Haute hotel would have a capacity of 900 people, comprising standard, junior and executive suites and a presidential suite. Churchill Downs reports that Innovation Group’s gaming market valuation projections suggest it will serve more than 1.3 million customers per year.
The proposal from 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.
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