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Indiana Gaming Commission receives four bids for Vigo County resort


The Indiana Gaming Commission has received proposals over the development of a casino resort in Vigo County from Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), Full House Resorts, Hard Rock and Premier Gaming Group.

The proposals to build the resortfollow the Indiana Gaming Commission’s request for proposals for Indiana’s open casino license for Vigo County.

While the regulator did not provide details of the bids, Churchill Downs Incorporated did reveal more information about its proposed Queen of Terre Hatue resort.

The Queen of Terre Haute resort will feature a luxury hotel and a TwinSpires sportsbook, in addition to 1000 slot machines, 50 table games and food and drink locations.

CDI chief executive Bill Carstanjen said: “Churchill Downs has a 147-year track record of offering extraordinary entertainment experiences and has significant expertise developing premier casino and gaming properties throughout the United States.

“We are proud to offer our vision for this world-class casino, a true destination resort designed to draw visitors and economic activity from across the Midwest to Terre Haute.”

CDI recently announced half year profits for 2021 following the easing of novel coronavirus restrictions.

An economic impact study estimated that the integrated resort will generate around $190m annually, as well as the creation of up to 1500 jobs.

“We appreciate the local encouragement we’ve received as we’ve evaluated this opportunity,” added Carstanjen.

“In the days ahead, we look forward to making our case to the Indiana Gaming Commission as to why our proposal to build the Queen of Terre Haute is in the best interest of the residents and businesses of Terre Haute, Vigo County and the State of Indiana.”