Full House Resorts pushes Indiana plan

Full House Resorts pushes Indiana planLas Vegas-based Full House Resorts hopes Indiana lawmakers will let the state’s gaming operators bring some of its already approved capacity to the state’s more populous areas.

Full House is the owner of the Rising Star casino resort in Rising Sun.

Last year Full House CEO Dan Lee made an unsuccessful attempt to get approval to transfer some of the Rising Star’s casino games to a proposed casino at a former airline terminal in Indianapolis.

He did not get anywhere with that plan but has not abandoned the concept  of transferring existing casino games to other parts of the state, including Indianapolis, closer to the company’s Indiana customers in other words.

Gov. Mike Pence has made it clear that will not sign any bill that expands gaming’s presence in the state, but some legislators have shown support for small steps to offer more freedom to casino operators as the level of competition in other states increases.

Rep. Todd Houston has proposed legislation that would remove restrictions on where casinos can be built. He thinks the state will eventually be open to allowing casinos to move their games.

But it won’t happen in Indianapolis any time soon.

Lee has said that when Indiana approved riverboat gaming some 25 years ago it was limited to border locations to bring in business from state such as Ohio, Illinois and Michigan, states that now have their own casinos.

Lee has said he will be asking the Indiana Legislature for help although it is not clear at the moment what may come from this ongoing effort.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: 

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