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New Casino And Poker Room Approved In Indiana

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New Casino And Poker Room Approved In Indiana

It looks like poker fans in Indiana could soon have a new place to play cards. The Vigo County Commissioners gave their approval in an unanimous vote last week to allow a new casino in Terre Haute. Permission to construct the new casino would be given to one of the state’s longest-running gaming operators.

The new gaming and entertainment center promises to rejuvenate the Terre Haute area with tourism, hundreds of new jobs, and provide a “direct positive budget impact,” according to the resolution that was passed by the Commissioners.

The resolution now goes to the General Assembly for approval, and will need a final signature from Governor Eric Holcomb before construction on the new casino can begin. A bill that outlines the resolution and permissions for the proposed casino project has been authored by state Senator Jon Ford.

Ford’s bill gives the casino project to Full House Resorts, the same operators of Indiana’s Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun. To facilitate the transition, the bill would allow Full House Resorts to relocate up to 50 percent of the Rising Star’s current state-approved games to the new casino location in Terre Haute.

Full House Resorts is a Nevada-based developer. Their list of casino properties includes Stockman’s Casino and Grand Lodge Casino in Nevada, and Bronco Billy’s Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Full House purchased the Rising Star (formerly known as the Grand Victoria) from Hyatt in 2011 for $43 million. They have since added over $8 million in upgrades to the property including a second hotel tower.

Bob

Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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