Nation | Tribe - Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
11999 Casino Center Drive
Elizabeth, IN 47117
Caesars Southern Indiana is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. The casino is a state-licensed, commercial casino located in Elizabeth,Indiana directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY.
Caesars Southern Indiana is a $90-million land casino that replaced the former Horseshoe riverboat casino in December 2019. The 93,000-square-foot casino features 1,136 slots, 87 table games, a poker room and a sportsbook.
Caesar's predecessor, the Horseshoe Southern Indiana, was a riverboat casino on the Ohio River for more than 21 years,. It opened on Nov. 20, 1998 and operated till the end of 2019. When Caesars opened, the riverboat was sold and removed.
Caesars Entertainment acquired Horseshoe Southern Indiana in July 2018. In April 2018 the Caesars announced plans to replace the riverboat with a land casino named Caesars Southern Indiana to open in December 2019.
Original Riverboat Casino
In December 2020 Caesars Southern Indiana was sold to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. After eight months of state processing, the deal was finalized in September 2021. The Indiana Gaming Commission had forced the sale of the casino as a condition to signing off on Caesars' takeover of Eldorado Resorts in July 2020.
Although owned by an American Indian tribe, Caesars Southern Indiana is not an Indian gaming casino regulated by the National Indian Gaming Commission. Instead, the casino is a licensed as a commercial casino operating under state regulations.
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Open 24 hours daily
93,000 square-foot gaming floor
Non-smoking gaming area
1,136 slot machines
87 table games include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Crazy 4 Poker, 21 +3, High Card Flush
Poker Room - 30 tables
High-limit tables - 100X odds on craps & blackjack $50,000 limit
High-limit slots - $1 to $500
Jack Binion's Steak - causual attire, upscale steakhouse, opens daily 5pm.
Aroma Cafe & Bar - Quick bites, full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Piazza - pizza, burgers, quick bites
24,000-square-foot Conference Center
September 11, 2021
The $250 million deal by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to buy Caesars Southern Indiana has officially closed. The casino will continue with the Caesar's name brand and continue with the same employees.
After closing last week, the EBCI released this statement:
"Today marks a significant milestone, not only for the tribe, but also for our longstanding relationship with Caesars Entertainment. Caesars Entertainment has been a great partner for us in North Carolina, and we're excited to continue that success in Indiana."
- Principal Chief Richard Sneed
Caesars and the EBCI have been casino partners since 1997, when Caesars began managing the tribe's Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina. The partnership expanded in 2015 with the opening of Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino in Murphy, NC.
For additional information see these previous articles:August 23, 2021
August 23, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) last week approved the $250 million sale of Caesars Southern Indiana to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The deal was originally announced last December and is expected to close next month.
Under Cherokee ownership the casino will keep its Caesars Southern Indiana name and its Caesar branding of the sportbook and rewards club. In addion, all casino and hotel employees will continue with their employment.
Caesars Southern Indiana currently has 1,136 slot machines, 87 table games, a 30-table poker room, a sportsbook, three restaurants, a 503-room hotel and a conference center.
The purchase transaction is through EBCI Holdings, a subsidiary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) that pursues commercial acquisitions for the tribe amid new casino competition in North Carolina coming soon from Kings Mountain, NC (Two Kings Casino) and Bristol, VA (Hard Rock Casino).
Caesars Entertainment manages two Cherokee casinos in North Carolina: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC, and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino in Murphy, NC. The business relationship between the two goes back to 1997 when the first Cherokee casino opened.
The last step before closing the sale is the completion of the finance package. The tribe is borrowing $160 million from Wells Fargo and paying cash for the balance. The purchase should be finalized sometime in September.
June 04, 2018
Ground had been broken on the new expansion project at the Caesar Entertainment's Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino. The project will cost $85 million to complete.
On Wednesday an announcement was made by the casino's General Manager Brad Seigal that project will result in a better experience for guests. The ceremony for the ground breaking was held along the Ohio River. Across from Louisville, Kentucky.
Construction is ready to start. Between 50 and 100 jobs will be created from the project.
During construction there will be a new location for valet pick up and drop off. Valet service will be free to guests and offered around the clock daily.
Horseshoe Southern Indiana is located at the Harrison County line. It is the closest casino to the large Southern Indiana cities and to Louisville. It is the largest riverboat casino in the world. The riverboat complex also offers an entertainment venue, 7 restaurants, a pavilion, a golf course, and a parking garage. When it was built it cost $50 million.
The riverboat casino has 1,650 slot machines in operation. Guests can play both poker and video poker. There is also Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat.
In 2015 a law was approved that would allow for riverboat casinos to move onto land. However, the casinos must stay within their current footprint.
The project will be 100,000 square feet when finished. Plans include space for dining, shopping, entertainment, and gaming. It should take 18 months to complete. The building will be a single level.
While construction is going on, the current location will remain open to guests.
April 26, 2018
An expansion project has been planned for a casino in the southern section of Indiana. Plans were recently revealed for the Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The casino will be moving from the riverboat located on the water to the new location on land.
Riverboats began to receive approval to move gaming operations on land in 2015. The condition was given as long as the land based casino stayed within the current footprint. In January the plan was approved by the Harrison County plan commission. The proposed expansion plan was given approval by the Indiana Gaming Commission when they met on April 24.
In addition to the new casino space, other plans include dining and shopping options. It will be contained in a building that is 100,000 square feet.
To give guests an easier way for access, the new facility will be built in between the parking garage structure and the current casino building.
The riverboat will be sold once the new building is completed.
The cost to complete the expansion project is estimated to be $85 million. The final completion date has not been released. However, the casino is planning for some time late in 2019.
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