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Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort breaks ground

Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort breaks ground. The facility will be a 125-room luxury 10-story hotel with a roof top pool/bar/lounge, a sportsbook and five restaurants and bars. It will take 18 months to build and is expected to be open in late 2023. Hiring for the casino will start by the end of the year. The company will invest $260 million into the facility. There will also be 500 jobs. They will use diverse businesses in construction. Their priorities are worksite safety, using diverse business, keeping the project on schedule and quality of work.
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Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort breaks ground

"It'll bring an economic boost to Terre Haute"...construction on the Terre Haute casino is underway

The Queen of Terre Haute Casino will be located on 4442 East Margaret drive. It will have about 1,000 slot machines, 50-table games, sports wagering, and many restaurants. There will also be a 125-room hotel. The project is expected to be completed in about 18 months. Mayor Bennett says the casino will bring tens of millions of dollars to the community. Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs, is excited about the project.
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"It'll bring an economic boost to Terre Haute"...construction on the Terre Haute casino is underway
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Indiana casino earnings slip again in June, down 7% from May to $197M win; Hard Rock remains top earner

Mark Bennett: Pocketbook worries may not diminish turnout at new casino

Inflation and taxes are dominating thoughts and conversations. Both played a central role in the Vigo County primary election last week. Construction could begin this month on the $260-million Churchill Downs Queen of Terre Haute Casino and Resort on Terra Hautes east side. The complex is expected to take 14 months to build and could open in late next year.
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Terre Haute casino project moving away from sewage plant

Churchill Downs Inc. applied to rezone land for the casino on the city's east side near the Interstate 70-Indiana 46 interchange. The new site is currently farm fields near FedEx and Clabber Girl distribution centers. It would replace the original site off U.S. 41 on Terre Haute's west side. The original location was criticized as an inferior location in a lawsuit. County zoning officials are scheduled to consider the new location during March 2 meetings. Indiana Gaming Commission's board could review the change during its March 8 meeting.
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Terre Haute casino project moving away from sewage plant
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New site proposed for Terre Haute casino

Churchill Downs Inc. has filed to rezone nearly 50 acres near Interstate 70 and State Road 46 to build the Queen of Terre Haute Resort. The developer of the new casino in Terra Hautes is proposing a new location than what was originally planned. In its original proposal, the company planned to built the casino on 21 acres on the city’s west side near the Hauting City Shopping Mall and the wastewater treatment plant. Many people, including Mayor Duke Bennett and Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer, had hoped the project would be built on east side.
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New site proposed for Terre Haute casino

Bipartisan legislation proposed for long-desired Lake convention center finds home adjacent to casino Gary jackpot

The bill would create the convention and entertainment district in an area bounded by West 25th Avenue to the north, Cline Avenue, Broadway to east and Ridge Road to south. It would allow Lake County to adopt an increase in the county’s innkeeper tax of 3%, part of which must be deposited in a fund. The city of Gary could impose a food and beverage tax within the development area. A riverboat owner in Vigo County would pay .5% of its gross receipts to Gary in exchange for the river boat license. Mayor Jerome Prince opposes this. He also opposes having the . 5% from the casino's gross revenues from being diverted to a public safety fund instead of coming to city for public security.
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Bipartisan legislation proposed for long-desired Lake convention center finds home adjacent to casino Gary jackpot
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Lawsuit dropped over awarding of Terre Haute casino license

A lawsuit challenging the selection of a company to build a new Terre Haute casino has been dropped. A casino company objected to the Indiana Gaming Commission's decision to award the license to Louisville, Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. The Terra Hautes project stalled in the past year amid an investigation into allegations of criminal and financial misconduct against top executives.
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Lawsuit dropped over awarding of Terre Haute casino license
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No deal yet between Lucy Luck, gaming board

Lucy Luck Gaming Inc. and the Indiana Gaming Commission are still working on a settlement agreement. The hearing was rescheduled to Feb. 17. In November, the Gaming commission approved CDITH LLC's plan to build and operate the Queen of Terre Haute casino. The commission will award the casino owner's license to Churchill Downs Inc., owner of about a dozen casinos and five racing facilities. It will meet on Dec. 21. for a virtual format. For confidential support call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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Churchill Downs to sell land near Florida's Calder Casino to Blackstone's real estate brand

Churchill Downs Inc. has signed an agreement to sell 115.7 acres of land near Calder Casino in Miami Gardens, Florida, for $291 million. The company will retain ownership of 54 acres on the current 170-acre parcel of the Calder casino. It also agreed to buy the Arlington International Racecourse in Illinois for a total of 326 acres. The sales come as Churchill is embarking on new major investments and projects. In August, the company announced three major capital investments to transform key areas at the home of Kentucky Derby. This will begin with the Homestretch Club for Kentucky derby in 2022 and culminate with a Paddock area redesign for the 150th running of derby.
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Churchill Downs to sell land near Florida's Calder Casino to Blackstone's real estate brand

Vigo casino decision coming today

The Indiana Gaming Commission is hearing the proposals from four applicants to open a casino in Vigo County today. The applicants are Hard Rock, Churchill Downs, Full House and Premier Gaming. They have 30 minutes each to present their vision for a Vigo County casino. If the applicants receive four or more votes, they advance to the final round. Then the finalists will make closing statements and commissioners will select the winning applicant by motion and vote.
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More states considering casino gambling expansion

American Gaming Association reports a quarterly record for July, August and September. AGA reports $38.67 billion in revenue through the first nine months of the year. The industry is on pace to smash its annual record of $43.65 billion set in 2019. States that offer some form of gaming generate tax revenue to help solve a multitude of problems. Nevada casinos collected $3.683 billion for the third quarter of 2020. The total won in Nevada in the quarter was 26.5 percent of nationwide third-quarter amount.
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Four bidders for Indiana casino license in Vigo County

Four bidders remain in the running for the open casino license for Vigo County. Bids received from Churchill Downs Incorporated, Full House Resorts, Hard Rock Casino and Premier Gaming Group and Terre Haute Entertainment Holdings. CDI revealed its proposal for Queen of Terra Hautes on Thursday.
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Four bidders for Indiana casino license in Vigo County

Casino Hopefuls to Present Proposals

The Indiana Gaming Commission will allow the four applicants for the open gaming license in Vigo County to present their proposals next month. The commission is expected to select the winning proposal after the presentations. Hard Rock International has detailed plans for Rocksino Terre Haute, totaling $191 million. Churchill Downs is proposing to build The Queen of Terra Hautes resort at a cost of $240 million, which is also expected. Lucy Luck Gaming is appealing the decision. The IGC will not issue the license right away.
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Full House Resorts makes its Vigo casino pitch

Full House Resorts has signed an agreement with an Indianapolis-based general contractor for its proposed $250 million casino and hotel property in Vigo County. The casino would be called American Place and would include a hotel and a glass "greenhouse" restaurant. It is projected to create 1,800 construction jobs and 800 permanent jobs. Full House has an arrangement to locate a temporary casino in the Haute City Center mall pending the approval of the casino license. It's expected to take 18 to 24 months. Avery Morgan is collecting signatures for a petition asking the state agency to give favor to a casino operator that provides manned poker tables.
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Vigo County Officials Offer Support for Hard Rock Casino

Vigo County Council and the Vigo Board of Commissioners support the Hard Rock International's proposal for a casino in Terre Haute. Hard Rancid is one of four applicants for the gaming license. The IGC is expected to make a decision on the license next month.  The project will create approximately 600 permanent casino jobs and contribute $148 million annually to the local economy. 63 percent of the voters endorsed the project in November. It will be built with 850 slot machines, 35 table games, a 300-seat entertainment venue, and a 1,000-square-foot retail shop.
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Vigo County Officials Offer Support for Hard Rock Casino

Casino Operator to Present Terre Haute Plans to Public

Full House Resorts Inc. will present its American Place casino proposal to the public on October 21 from 7-9 p.m. at the Idle Creek Banquet Center in Terre Haute. The presentation will allow residents to ask questions about the $250 million proposal. Four casino operators are vying for the open gaming license in Vigo County.
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Indiana to announce Vigo casino license winner Nov. 17

Indiana Gaming Commission will announce Vigo County casino license winner Nov. 17. Four companies are vying for the license. Lucy Luck Gaming LLC was denied an annual license renewal in June. Hard Rock bought a majority ownership of Spectacle Entertainment and the Hard Rancher Casino Northern Indiana. Greg Gibson is chairman of LucyLuck. The Tribune-Star has made a records request for all orders issued in hearings before the administrative law judge. The parties expect a hearing in December. It's not clear if Gibson has a share of the Terre Haute casino project.
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Indiana to announce Vigo casino license winner Nov. 17

Lucy Luck Appeals Terre Haute Casino License Denial

Lucy Luck Gaming was denied a license to build and operate a casino in Terre Haute. The company planned to spend $175 million on the project. It was supposed to open in 2022. After the license was not renewed, the Gaming Commission reopened the application process for the Vigo County casino. Interested applicants have until September 22 to pay a $50,000 application fee and fill in the form.
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Lucy Luck Appeals Terre Haute Casino License Denial

IGC to Unveil Vigo County Casino License Winner in Mid-November

The Indiana Gaming Commission will announce the preferred developer of a casino in Terre Haute, Vigo County on November 17. The previous holder of the license, Lucy Luck Gaming, was denied renewal. Four companies submitted proposals for the vacant Vigo County casino license. The winner will be announced mid-November. It will include Churchill Downs, Hard Rock International, Full House Resorts and Terra Hautes Entertainment.
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IGC to Unveil Vigo County Casino License Winner in Mid-November

Terre Haute Casino License Decision Expected in November

The Indiana Gaming Commission will name the winner of the license on November 17. Four applicants have submitted proposals for a new casino in Terre Haute. The previous owner, Lucy Luck Gaming, has appealed the IGC's denial of a license renewal.   The applicants are Churchill Downs Inc., Full House Resorts Inc. (NASDAQ: FLL), Hard Rock International, and Premier Gaming Group. All the proposals include multiple dining and entertainment options. Only the Hard Rancher's proposal does not include a hotel.
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Terre Haute Casino License Decision Expected in November

State to announce Vigo casino license winner Nov. 17

The Indiana Gaming Commission will decide on November 17 which company will get the Vigo County casino license. The commission has received four applications. Lucy Luck Gaming LLC was denied an annual license renewal in June. Hard Rock bought a majority ownership of Spectacle Entertainment and the Hard Rancher Northern Indiana and is now making its own run at the license in Vigo County. The Tribune-Star has made a records request for all orders issued in hearings before the administrative law judge.
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State to announce Vigo casino license winner Nov. 17

Details on casino proposals emerge

The four companies vying for the Vigo County casino license have submitted their applications to the Indiana Gaming Commission. Hard Rock and Full House Resorts Inc. operate casinos in Indiana.
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Kentucky Derby owner seeks casino license for Terre Haute

Churchill Downs Inc. has submitted a proposal to build a casino resort in Terre Haute. The license became available earlier this summer after the previous holder Lucy Luck Gaming was denied a license renewal. LucyLuck has filed an appeal. Churchill Downs is one of four applicants for the license. The others are Full House Resorts Inc., Rising Star Casino in Ohio County, Hard Rock International and Terra Hautes Entertainment LLC. CDI owns and operates casino and gaming operations across nine states. It estimates the Terrre haute gaming facility would generate $190 million in annual regional economic impact, including 500 permanent jobs.
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Kentucky Derby owner seeks casino license for Terre Haute

IGC Opens License Application Window for Vigo County Casino

Lucy Luck Gaming's license to build and operate a gambling venue in Terre Haute was not renewed. The Indiana Gaming Commission has reopened the license application process for a Vigo County casino. Applicants must pay a $50,000 application fee and use the Commission’s Casino License Application form. They must submit their application and fee but may also cross-reference to their existing application with the gaming regulatory agency.
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IGC Opens License Application Window for Vigo County Casino

IGC Rules on Terre Haute, Horseshoe Hammond Casinos

The Indiana Gaming Commission has ruled on two issues regarding casinos in the state. Lucky Luck Gaming's Terre Haute casino will not have its gaming license renewed. The Horseshoe Hammond Casino near Chicago will remain in Caesars Entertainment's hands. The regulator has decided that Caeres' ownership will benefit the casino and the surrounding area.
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