Hard Rock Making Moves in Indiana
Hard Rock International is one of the biggest names in the US casino industry, and it is starting to make big moves in the Hoosier State.
By the end of 2022, two of the biggest and most attractive casino properties could be owned and operated by the company.
The Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana officially opened on May 14 in Gary, and that has allowed the company to move to find its next target. This time, Hard Rock is focused on another part of the state, more specifically, the town of Terre Haute.
Earlier this week, the Indiana Gaming Commission was informed that Hard Rock is willing to commit $170 million to a new casino project in Terre Haute. This “Rocksino” casino would provide a huge boost to that part of the state and would also threaten to hurt the Illinois casino industry.
Hard Rock chief operating officer Jon Lucas detailed some potential plans for this upcoming project, but it will still need financial approval from the IGC before it can begin. Lucas is hoping that the company can break ground by late July, and an opening date of Summer/Fall 2022 is anticipated.
Indiana Gaming Commission overseeing things
The IGC will be taking a close look at the financial details of this plan on June 24, when it holds the next meeting. If this plan is approved, construction on the property could begin right away.
There are some concerns with members of the IGC due to some of the shareholders that are still in place with Lucy Luck Gaming. Lucy Luck holds the gaming license in Terre Haute and has partnered with Hard Rock International.
The IGC is still investigating members of Spectacle Entertainment, and some shareholders also have a stake in Lucy Luck. This was the same issue that Hard Rock ran into with the project in Gary but was ultimately given the approval to complete the project.
This property would not be as large as the Hard Rock Northern Indiana Casino but is in a unique location. According to Lucas, there would be 850 slots and 35 table games offered at the property when it is finished, making it still one of the largest casinos in Indiana.
Indiana and Illinois continue to compete for both casino gaming and sports betting revenue, and this would give the Hoosier State an edge. Terre Haute is just seven miles from the Illinois/Indiana border.
Updates to Mask Policy
The Indiana Gaming Commission has continued to require casino visitors to wear masks, but that is changing at least one of the properties in the state. Fully vaccinated guests at Caesars Southern Indiana are now allowed to enter the casino without wearing any masks.
This decision was made based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the local health department. A statement was issued earlier in the week, and this marks a big day for the Indiana casino industry.
Individuals that have not been fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask to enter the property but can remove the mask when they are eating or drinking. Those services have now been restored at casino properties throughout the state.
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