CASINO LICENSE CANCELLED
Indiana Gaming Commission - June 24, 2021 (See Details)
Terre Haute, IN
Rocksino by Hard Rock will open in Terre Haute, Indiana in 2022. The casino project is a partnership between Lucy Luck Gaming LLC and Hard Rock International. Hard Rock International is a solely-owned subsidiary of the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida.
The new Rocksino will be a 100,000-square-foot, non-smoking casino with 1,200 slot machines, 50 table games and sports betting.
The Rocksino site is 25 acres on the east side of Terre Haute near the interchange of I-70 and State Road 46. The location is southwest of Bill Farr Drive and Joe Fox Street and directly south of the Walmart Super Center.
(Last updated June 24, 2021)
The casino license was approved by the state gaming board earlier last year. Financing was secured in March 2021 for the full construction cost. A formal groundbreaking ceremony was expected in April 2021, however, that was delayed by the Indiana Gaming Commission, which wanted to review the financial plan as well as a formal casino management agreement. In a May meeting the commission postponed the process again pending the reveiw and renewal of the casino license in June.When all issues are accepted by the commission, construction will begin on the casino.From that point the Terre Haute casino will take 18 months to build.
The Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously on June 24, 2021 to end the casino license previously issued to Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, the owner and developer of the Terre Haute casino project. (See Details)
The commission reopened the licensing process for applicants to submit new proposals. The deadline was set at September 22, 2021.
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No smoking is allowed on the main casino floor. An outdoor covered patio is reserved for smokers. The patio has 117 slots and 8 table games.
1,060 slot machines
50 table games
High-limit lounge - private bar and light food
Hard Rock Cafe - seating for 125 guests
Steakhouse - fine dining with seating for 60
Buffet - 175 seats
Hard Rock Sportsbook and Bar - 75 seats
Constant Grind - coffee shop
Velvet Sessions - live entertainment venue with 300 seats
Hilton Home2 Suites is adjacent to the casino.
A future on-site hotel is planned for Rocksino.
Rock Shop - gift shop
1,500 parking spaces
September 2, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission is accepting new applications for a casino in Vigo County after denying renewal of the casino license to Lucy Luck Gaming last June.
Lucy Luck Gaming LLC was planning to build a 100,000-square-foot casino with 1,200 slot machines and 50 table games in partnership with Hard Rock International. The casino was to be named Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute. Lucky Lucy lost its license due to financing and management concerns of the commission. See news article.
The Indiana Gaming Commission has reopened the application process for licensing a new casino in Vigo County. The filing fee is $50,000 and the filing dealine is September 22.
Lucy Luck Gaming is appealing the decision made by the Indiana Gaming Commission, and the company's chairman, Greg Gibson, has not said whether or not the company will submit a new application by September 22.
June 27, 2021
The Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously Thursday to not renew the casino license issued to Lucy Luck Gaming LLC, which was planning to build a Hard Rock casino in Terre Haute. The commission cited funding and staffing concerns as reasons for the action.
The casino license for Vigo County will now seek new applicant bids within the next 90 days.
May 26, 2021
The Terre Haute casino project, named Rocksino by Hard Rock, was hoping to begin construction in June; however, in a meeting yesterday the Indiana Gaming Commission dealt the schedule a setback.
The financial plan submitted for the project was expected to be approved yesterday by the commission because five local banks are willing to finance the $170 million cost of the project. The commission, however, did not bring up a vote on the plan and instead delayed further action until after the renewal of the casino license is decided in a few weeks.
May 22, 2021
The Terre Haute casino is moving closer to a groundbreaking date after completing an important step for the Indiana Gaming Commission. The commission wanted a formal management agreement for the Rocksino by Hard Rock Terre Haute before renewing the casino license this month.
A management agreement has been presented to the commission by the two partners of the Terre Haute casino project: Hard Rock International and Lucy Luck Gaming. The agreement defines the role of Hard Rock to manage the casino operation. Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, also is a part owner and manager of the new Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.
After the gaming commission meets later this month, it is hoped the groundbreaking for the casino can be scheduled in June. Chairman of Lucy Luck Gaming, Greg Gibson, told reporters:
"... no definite groundbreaking date set yet for Terre Haute. We are working with the Indiana Gaming Commission on our annual license renewal and approval of a finance plan, so that we will be in a position to break ground as soon as possible.
"We are sure hoping for later June. Hard Rock has told the Indiana Gaming Commission they want to get started before the end of June."
Construction of the Terre Haute casino is expected to take 14 months to complete. If the groundbreaking happens in June, the casino could open in late summer 2022.
March 29, 2021
The chairman of the Rocksino Hard Rock Terre Haute casino project told the Indiana Gaming Commission this week the casino has secured a $175 million financing package that will cover the full cost of construction. The ground breaking for the casino could be as early as late April.
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