Publish Date: 07/05/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Nebraskans will be able to enjoy their gambling experience within the state when the new WarHorse Gaming LLC casinos are open in Lincoln and Omaha in 2024.
Director of marketing for WarHorse Gaming LLC Pete Graziano has visited the Nebraska City Rotary Club in order to give the latest update on the casino’s progress at those two locations.
In the meantime, Horsemen’s Park in Omaha and the Lincoln Race Course in Lincoln will be used as temporary casino facilities while waiting for the completed projects in around two years.
Graziano, who used to work at Caesars, said Ho-Chunk Inc. together with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association will be in charge to build the two casino projects.
The new Omaha facility will have 1,200 slot machines, 25 to 30 gaming tables, a sports book, dining spaces, and a rooftop terrace that offers people a new amazing point to spectate the races. Graziano also added that the rooftop terrace made the people the most excited during the discussion about the projects.
The current establishment in Omaha will undergo full renovations, with a plan to add about 800 slot machines ready and available in mid-2023.
“This will be new, fresh, up-to-date gaming,” Graziano said, “which will compare favorably with Council Bluffs.”
Meanwhile, the Lincoln casino will open temporarily with around 200 slot machines and limited food offerings. Graziano added that the project will also build a 200-room hotel at the Lincoln casino site.
Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association representative Robert Moser said that both the Omaha and the Lincoln sites have secured the provisional casino licenses, therefore Ho-Chunk Inc. would be able to get the project financing and the construction can begin, however, the gaming machines cannot be turned on just yet.
Graziano later said that the state of Nebraska will impose a tax on the gambling revenues and a total of 70 percent of those taxes have been designated for property tax relief.
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