Tribe Announces Plans For Nebraska Casinos

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Tribe Announces Plans For Nebraska Casinos

WarHorse Gaming, a subsidiary of Ho-Chunk, Inc., has announced plans to begin construction on its new gaming facilities in Omaha and continue with the next construction phase at its Lincoln gambling facility.

Nebraska is currently home to five tribal casinos that have a combined 660 slot machines, according to the American Gaming Association.

WarHorse Gaming Omaha will have roughly 1,300 slots and 20 tables games once complete, of which more than 800 will be available when the first phase of the casino opens about a year after the start of construction. The buildout also includes a parking garage that can accommodate all phases of the casino.

“We want to provide Nebraskans with the gaming opportunities they resoundingly approved back in 2020 and start boosting property tax relief as soon as possible,” Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc.

WarHorse Gaming Lincoln’s next construction phase will begin shortly after the Omaha facility’s construction starts.

The expansion will double the size of the current facility and add 500 parking stalls at the casino and racetrack. The expanded facility will feature 870 slot machines, six to 10 table games, and an expanded dining area.

Once entirely constructed, WarHorse Gaming Lincoln will employ more than 500 people and generate roughly $14 million in tax revenue for the State of Nebraska.

“The phased buildout in Lincoln will allow live racing to revive at the facility more rapidly,” said Morgan. “We have great partners in the Nebraska Horsemen, and their mission to expand horseracing in the state is our mission.”

“With the phased buildout, we’re anticipating more thoroughbred racing days at Lincoln in 2024 – great news for our Horsemen and racing fans,” said Garald Wollesen, President of the Nebraska Horsemen.

Like Omaha, the Lincoln facility’s second phase will take about one year to complete. Subsequent construction phases will see the buildout of the full gaming floor, parking garage and hotel.

In November 2020, following the passage of ballot initiatives, Nebraska voters approved casino gaming at licensed racetracks within the state. Furthermore, in October 2022, sports wagering rules were approved in anticipation of sports wagering commencing in 2023. The Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission (NRGC) is responsible for the oversight of gaming within the state.

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