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Indiana Casinos | Updates 2021

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 branded and managed by Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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 Hard Rock Gary lights up guitar marquee April 9, 2021 - As a prelude to next month's the grand opening, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana unveiled its new guitar marquee sign last night when it lit up the 37-foot tall sign designed after Joe Jackson's guitar. ... Read more News Four Winds Casino's gaming compact blocks new casinos in 16 northern counties March 30, 2021 - Since the state-tribe gaming compact for the Four Winds Casino was announced last January, additional information has revealed that one of the provisions requires Indiana ... Read more News Rocksino Terre Haute may begin construction in April March 29, 2021 - The Rocksino Hard Rock Terre Haute casino project told the Indiana Gaming Commission this week the casino has secured a $175 million financing package t0 cover the full cost of construct ... Read more News Hard Rock Casino in Gary announces May 14 opening March 24, 2021 - Hard Rock International announced yesterday the date for opening the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will be May 14. The traditional guitar smash will be held at 10 AM that day and the public ... Read more News Tribes are devastated after one year of COVID-19 March 18, 2021 - As the Covid-19 pandemic began spreading across our nation last year, its impact became the most deadly in our tribal communities. Tribal economies also collapsed as casinos were shut down ... Read more News Indiana removes hold on Hard Rock Gary opening March 3, 2021 - Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana can now proceed forward with announcing an opening date after the Indiana Gaming Commission accepted a resolution of ownership issues ... Read more News Hard Rock Gary's opening is delayed February 4, 2021 - As construction nears completion on the $300 million Hard Rock Casino in Gary Indiana, the Indiana Gaming Commission is deciding an ownership controversy regarding a major investor ... Read more News Four Winds Casino South Bend signs gaming compact with Gov. Holcomb January 23, 2021 - Four Winds in South Bend will soon be offering Vegas-style slot machines, baccarat, blackjack, craps, keno, poker, roulette, pai gow, Big Six wheels and sports wagering. ... Read more News North Carolina Tribe will purchase Caesars Southern Indiana Casino December 20, 2020 - The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have been negotiating with Caesars Entertainment to purchase Caesars Southern Indiana Casino in Elizabeth, IN near Louisville, Kentucky. ... Read more Headlines continued...
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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.

FOUR WINDS CASINO SOUTH BEND
Opened Jan 16, 2018
Ind. 23 and U.S. 31
South Bend, IN

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State-Licensed Casinos

Ameristar Casino Hotel
Riverboat Casino
777 Resorts Blvd
East Chicago, IN 46312
877.496.1777

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa
Riverboat Casino
777 Belterra Drive
Belterra, Indiana 47020
1-888-BELTERRA

Blue Chip Casino Hotel
Riverboat Casino
2 Easy Street
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
888-879-7711

Caesars Southern Indiana
11999 Casino Center Drive SE
Elizabeth, IN 47117
888-676-7463

French Lick Resort Casino
Land-based Casino
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432
812-936-9300
888-694-4332

Hard Rock Casino Gary (2022)
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
Racino
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
Racino
Formerly Indiana Live!
4300 N. Michigan Road
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176
877-386-4463
317-392-7777

Majestic Star Casino & Hotel
Riverboat Casino
1 Buffington Harbor Drive
Gary, IN 46406-3000
(219) 977-7777
(888) 2-BLUCKY

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
800-472-6311

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
800-342-5386

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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.

KEY PROVISIONS:

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

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

TERRE HAUTE CASINO
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

2020

News Four Winds Casino South Bend is seeking Indiana gaming compact December 22, 2020 - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is negotiating with the Indiana Gaming Commission for a gaming compact to allow Vegas-style slot machines, table games and sportsbook ... Read more News Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is negotiating purchase of Caesars Southern Indiana November 24, 2020 - The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is negotiating with Caesars Entertainment Inc. to purchase Caesars Southern Indiana casino across from Louisville, KY ... Read more 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

2019

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 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 Indiana Casino News Archive ...

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