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Indiana Casinos | Updates 2020

Indiana has one Native American casino, Four Winds Casino, located in South Bend. All other casinos are state-licensed.

One of the state-licensed casinos, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, will be managed by Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. As such, the tribe also maintains a miniority ownership position in the Gary casino.

A second state-licensed casino will also be managed by Hard Rock International. That casino will be Rocksino Terre Haute opening in 2022.

A new gaming law effective July 1, 2019 legalizes sports betting at casinos and mobile devices, allows live-dealer table games at racetracks, and authorizes construction of two new casinos, one in Gary and the other in Terre Haute.

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News Indiana casinos reopened June 15 June 16, 2020 - Most of the casinos in Indiana reopened yesterday including the Four Winds Casino Sout Bend. Each casino has new health and sanitation guidelines are in place to protect against the spread of ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana celebrates groundbreaking January 9, 2020 - Today Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Spectacle Entertainment broke ground on a new $300 million casino in Gary, Indiana. ... Read more News Four Winds Casino South Bend opens high limit room October 7, 2019 - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced the addition of a High Limit gaming room at their Four Winds Casino in South Bend. Located directly off the main casino floor, the new room offers ... Read more News Four Winds South Bend will add 23-story hotel tower September 14, 2019 - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced plans to build a 317-room hotel, which will be the largest in Michiana. It will include penthouse suites, roof-top pool, view terraces, spa ... Read more News Indiana launches sports betting September 5, 2019 - Indiana has become the 13th state to offer legalized sports betting. There is only in-person betting at licensed casinos at this time. Online and mobile betting will launch later in the football season. ... Read more More Headlines ...

South Bend Indian Casino

When the state legislature approved land-based casinos in 2015, it included a provision to approve an Indian casino in South Bend.

In April 2016 the South Bend city government approved a deal with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to build a $400 million casino in their town. An environment impact report was finished for federal review and accepted.

The key milestone to proceed with this casino project came in November 2016 when the Bureau Of Indian Affairs gave its approval. Their decision transfered 166 acres of Pokagon Band land into federal trust under the U.S. Interior Department and included federal approval to build a Class II gaming casino.

The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) defines Class II gaming as gambling played against other players only and not the house. This includes electronic slot machines that play against other players. Slot machines that play against the house are Class III gaming.

For Class III gaming the Pokagon Band must negotiate a gaming compact with the State defining specific casino games and the money the casino will pay to the state. Federal review and approval of the compact is required.

The Pokagon Band has named their casino "Four Winds Casino South Bend". It is the first Native American casino in Indiana.

Opened Jan 16, 2018
Ind. 23 and U.S. 31
South Bend, IN

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Ameristar Casino Hotel
Riverboat Casino
777 Resorts Blvd
East Chicago, IN 46312

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa
Riverboat Casino
777 Belterra Drive
Belterra, Indiana 47020

Blue Chip Casino Hotel
Riverboat Casino
2 Easy Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46360

Caesars Southern Indiana
11999 Casino Center Drive SE
Elizabeth, IN 47117

French Lick Resort Casino
Land-based Casino
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432

Hard Rock Casino Gary (2021)
Land-based Casino
Burr Street and 29th Avenue
Gary, Indiana

Hollywood Casino
Riverboat Casino
777 Hollywood Blvd.
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
(888) 274-6797

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
4500 Dan Patch Circle
Anderson, Indiana 46013
(800) 526-7223

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Horseshoe Hammond
Riverboat Casino
777 Casino Center Drive
Hammond, IN 46320
866-711-SHOE (7463)

Indiana Grand Casino
Formerly Indiana Live!
4300 N. Michigan Road
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176

Majestic Star Casino & Hotel
Riverboat Casino
1 Buffington Harbor Drive
Gary, IN 46406-3000
(219) 977-7777
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Majestic Star II
Riverboat Casino
1 Buffington Harbor Drive
Gary, Indiana 46406-3000
(219) 977-7777
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Rising Star Casino Resort
Riverboat Casino
777 Rising Star Casino
Rising Sun, IN 47040

Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute
Hard Rock International
Terre Haute, Indiana

Tropicana Evansville
Riverboat Casino (Future land casino)
421 NW Riverside Drive
Evansville, Indiana 47708

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Indiana casinos reopened June 15

June 16, 2020

Most of the casinos in Indiana reopened yesterday including the Four Winds Casino Sout Bend. Each casino has new health and sanitation guidelines are in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19. This follows months of shutdowns due to the virus.

Indiana casinos reopen Monday
WGN News, June 16. Available from YouTube

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Indiana launches sports betting

September 5, 2019

Indiana sports betting was launched at noon Sunday September 1. Only in-person betting at licensed locations are accepted at this time. Online and mobile betting will be available later in the football season.

The first three locations to accept sports wagers were Ameristar Casino in East Chicago, Hollywood Casino, and Indiana Grand. These casinos will soon be joined by five more licensed locations:

Sep 3 - Winner's Circle OTB in Indianapolis, IN
Sep 4 - Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, IN
Sep 5 - Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN
Sep 6 - French Lick Casino in French Lick, IN
Sep 9 - Belterra Casino in Florence, IN

Addition locations have been licensed will launch soon although their dates have not been announced.

TBD - Harrah's Hoosier Park in Anderson
TBD - Horseshoe Southern Casino in Elizabeth
TBD - Rising Star Casino in Rising Star
TBD - Tropicana Evansville in Evansville
TBD - Winner's Circle OTB in Clarksville
TBD - Winner's Circle OTB in New Haven

Four Winds Casino in South Bend cannot offer sports betting at this time because it requires a new tribe-state gaming compact. The state is considering a request from the casino to begin negotiations for a new compact.

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Indiana passes sports betting and 2 new casinos

May 8, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation authorizes sports betting including online gambling, liv-dealer table games at racetracks and construction of new casinos in Gary and Terre Haute.

Indiana is the ninth state to allow sports betting and the third this year. The first sports betting could start as soon as September 1. Minimum betting age is 21. Mobile devices that register with an state-licensed casino can place online bets.

Live-dealer table games will now be allowed at Harrah's Hoosier Park northeast of Indianapolis and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

The law allows Spectacle Entertainment, which owns two casino licenses in Gary, to replace the Majestic Star Casino on Lake Michigan with a $300 million casino along the Interstate 80/94 corridor in Gary. The second license would be returned to the state and issued for construction of a new casino in Terre Haute.

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Indiana Gaming Agreement Passed by Legislature

April 24, 2019

The Indiana Senate and House both voted today in favor on a new gaming agreement that will that will bring major changes to the state.


  • Sports betting
  • Live dealers at racinos
  • Terre Haute casino

The Indiana Gaming Commission will set up rules for using professional sports data in sports betting. Mobile sports betting are approved for anyone 21 years or older. Players must register at a licensed gaming location or a state-approved online website.

Live dealers will be allowed at Harrah's Hoosier Park northeast of Indianapolis and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

One of the two Gary casino licenses owned by Spectacle Entertainment will be transferred to Vigo County if a voter referendum approves the move. Applicants for building a Terra Haute casino would have to invest $150 million to Vigo County for expenses and related amenities. The new casino will receive $40 million in tax credits over the first five years.

The Senate vote in favor of the legislation was 37-12 and the House was 59-36. The bill is now waiting for Gov. Eric Holcomb's signature.

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News Headlines Continued

News Four Winds South Bend seeks to add table games, sportsbook September 2, 2019 - Tribal leaders have asked Gov. Holcomb for a gaming compact allowing table games, Vegas-style slots and sports betting at Four winds Casino in South Bend. ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino in Gary will open in late 2020 July 25, 2019 - Construction will begin soon on a new 200,000-square-foot casino in Gary, Indiana. The casino will include a Hard Rock Cafe and a Hard Rock Live concert venue. ... Read more News Indiana passes sports betting and 2 new casinos May 8, 2019 - Gov. Holcomb signed new gaming legislation that allows sports betting Sept 1, mobile gambling, live-dealers table games at racetracks and construction of two new casinos in Indiana. ... Read more News Indiana Gaming Agreement Passed by Legislature April 24, 2019 - The Senate and House have passed new casino legislations that would authorize sports betting, add live dealer gaming at racinos and allow a new casino built in Terra Haute. ... Read more News Four Winds opens poker room September 4, 2018 - Four Winds has opened it new live poker room over the labor day weekend. It features 10 poker tables. The casino is not licensed to add other table games, such as blackjack. ... Read more News Four Winds South Bend to add live poker room July 10, 2018 - Live poker is coming to Four Winds Casino in South Bend. A new poker room will offer 10 poker tables. Each table will accomodate up to 9 players. ... Read more News Horseshoe Southern Indiana breaks ground on $85 land expansion June 14, 2016 - Landside onstruction has begun at the world's largest riverboat casino which is located on the Ohio River across from Louisvilee, KY. ... Read more News Ameristar Casino East Chicago will open land high-limit gaming room May 25, 2018 - Ameristar Casino opened a new onshore high limit slot and table game room. The construction project cost $6 million to convert 15,000 existing square feet into a new casino floor. ... Read more News Blue Chip Casino plans new expansion to open Fall 2019 May 22, 2018 - Construction of a major expansion project at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa is scheduled to begin by the end of 2018 with completion by Fall 2019. ... Read more News Horseshoe Casino will replace riverboat with $85M land casino April 26, 2018 - Horseshoe Southern Indiana has unveiled plans to build a 100,000 square-foot land casino and eventually sell their riverboat facility. ... Read more News Four Winds Casino South Bend Opened Jan 16
01.14.2018 - Five years ago plans were announced for the Four Winds South Bend Casino. Now the casino is scheduled to open on January 16. Located south of Prairie Avenue, the site is 166 acres. ... Read more
09.08.2017 Blue Chip Casino celebrates 20th birthday 12.08.2016 Four Winds South Bend Casino starts construction 12.22.2016 Terre Haute Casino Proposed 11.28.2016 Land Approved for South Bend Casino News Archive

07.25.2016   Environmental Report Done for Potawatomi Tribal Village and Casino
07.20.2016   Land Based Tropicana Evansville Breaks Ground
07.11.2016   Construction to Begin for Tropicana Evansville
04.11.2016   South Bend Approves Proposed $4M Casino Project
04.11.2016   South Bend Casino May be Approved Tonight
03.24.2016   Proposed Four Winds Casino South Bend Makes Progress
02.25.2016   Land Based Tropicana Casino Approved

12.21.2015   Four Winds Casinos Donates Food Baskets
05.13.2015   New Indiana Law Violates Federal Gaming Law
05.12.2015   Indiana to Allow Land Based Casinos
04.23.2015   Debate over Pokagon Band Indian Casino
04.21.2015   Tribe Speaks on South Bend Casino Issues
04.15.2015   Public Forum Hosted for South Bend Casino
03.18.2015   Group in Favor of South Bend Tribal Casino
02.23.2015   IN House Speaker on Gambling Legislation
02.17.2015   Proposed Pokagon Casino Could Be One Step Closer
02.12.2015   IN House Approves New Gaming Laws
02.12.2015   IN Panel to Discuss Expanded Gaming
01.18.2015   Indiana Casinos Could Allow for Live Dealers

12.18.2014   Indiana Makes Plans To Improve 2015 Casino Revenues
10.31.2014   Indiana Riverboat Casinos May Be Moving To Land
08.25.2014   Indiana Senator Pushes For Land Based Casinos
08.06.2014   Four Winds Casinos Donate $77,500 To Children's Hospital
01.202014    Indiana Casino Revenue Drop $50 Million in 6 Months

06.27.2013   Ameristar Casinos Acquisition Approved By Indiana Gaming Commission
06.12.2013   Casino Aztar Changes to Tropicana Evansville
05.12.2013   Casino Bill Signed By Gov Pence
04.09.2013   Indiana Casino Revenue Down 4.4 Percent
02.26.2013   Indiana Casinos Could be effected by New OH Casino
02.14.2013   Senate Committee Approves Expanded Gaming
02.04.2013   Northwest Indiana casino workers to Meet at Statehouse
01.21.2013   Indiana State Lawmakers Purpose Expanded Gaming to Stop Competition

12.26.2012   Ohio Casino Competition could lower Indiana revenue
12.11.2012   Indiana prepares for out of state competition
12.11.2012   Casino revenue down from 2011
04.23.2012   Indiana Gaming Commission to Meet with Casino Supply Companies
04.12.2012   Changes name to Indiana Grand Casino

08.09.2011   Indiana Casinos see Drop in Admissions
08.09.2011   Indiana Casinos face Revenue Decline
05.04.2011   Indiana Live Casino gives away Mortgage Payments for a year
04.15.2011   Flood costs Horseshoe casino an estimated $14.7
04.20.2011   supports Race for the Cure
04.09.2011   Indiana Live Casino recently filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy
04.01.2011   Grand Victoria Casino and Resort is Acquired by Full House Resorts
03.25.2011   Casino to host Texaco Country Showdown
03.14.2011   celebrated two-year anniversary
03.01.2011   'Biggest Loser' event at Casino draws big crowd
02.22.2011   Casino employees assist at Special Olympics event
02.18.2011   The Biggest Loser' casting call at Casino
01.26.2011   Secrist to rock the night away at Casino
01.17.2011   Casinos may be exempt from smoking ban
01.14.2011   Casino Subsidies reduced to horsemen
01.07.2011   Smoking Ban Hearing scheduled for Wednesday

12.10.2010   Casino to Rock In New Year With Party Planet
10.14.2010   The Wright Brothers to perform at Casino on Oct. 22-23
09.29.2010   Casino wins seven 'Best of 2010' awards
09.22.2010   Casino Aztar announces Stoney's Rockin' Country nightclub
07.27.2010   Pokagon tribe seeks new casino
06.25.2010   Hollywood Casino opens two new restaurants
05.17.2010   Horseshoe Casino's buffet will feature Chef Paula Deen
03.18.2010   Indiana casinos now rank #3 in USA
03.16.2010   Hollywood Casino to upgrade food and entertainment

02.25.2010   Inland Casino Bill Rejected
02.01.2010   Indiana Senate bill would relocate casinos inland
01.15.2010   Casino Aztar plans facelift

11.03.2009   Hoosier Park misses $13.4M loan payment
06.15.2009   New Argosy casino opens June 29
04.16.2009   Proposed Gary casino move springs up again
03.14.2009   Casino opens to huge crowds
03.12.2009   French Lick water park and hotel open across from casino
02.25.2009   Indiana House kills Fort Wayne casino bill
01.20.2009   Blue Chip Casino opens 22-story, $130 million hotel
01.12.2009   Fort Wayne steps towards casino proposal

12.17.2008   Blue Chip Casino - New Blue opens Jan 22
12.15.2008   Indiana Live Casino adding 350 full- and part-time positions
12.09.2008   Casino celebrates millionth guest
11.05.2008   plans hotel
10.25.2008   Blue Chip Casino Hotel Hosts job fair
09.12.2008   Promotions at Blue Chip, Four Winds, Harrah's and Majestic Star
09.11.2008   Horseshoe Casino Announces Gaming Table Odds and Limits
09.03.2008   Horseshoe puts former casino catamaran up for sale
08.14.2008   Horseshoe Casino Grand Opening
08.13.2008   New Horseshoe Casino grand Opening includes celebrities
06.30.2008   Resorts East Chicago is rebranded as Ameristar Casino Hotel
06.02.2008   Hoosier Park opens new casino

05.21.2008   Indiana Live Casino races to open before Hoosier Park
05.19.2008   Hoosier Park Casino Opens June 2nd
04.22.2008   New Horseshoe Casino construction is on schedule

03.27.2008   New Horseshoe Casino Hammond Will Open in August
03.06.2008   Casino prepares for opening
01.28.2008   Casino move to Steuben County dies in committee
01.19.2008   Village of Lynwood Wants Casino
01.14.2008   Horseshoe Will Hire 450 Additional Employees

12.19.2007   New Casino Proposed for Steuben County
10.26.2007   Multimillion-dollar Expansions at Horseshoe and Blue Chip Casinos
10.17.2007   Hoosier Park Casino Breaks Ground

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