Lincoln, Nebraska, is now one step closer to offering casino gambling. The Warhorse Casino project broke ground earlier this week, with the construction process of the $200 million venue now underway. Owned by Warhorse Gaming, an entity of Ho-Chunk Inc. and Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA), the casino should be ready for the public within 18 months.
On Tuesday, members of the Association and Ho-Chunk Inc. President Lance Morgan were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking of the project. Everyone gathered at the Lincoln Race Track for the ceremonial event, with NHBPA president Garald Wollsen commenting on the historic day.
“When we turn over the earth for Warhorse Lincoln, we are turning over a new chapter for thoroughbred racing in Nebraska.”
The Winnebago Tribe and the Horsemen are in partnership on this project, with the Horsemen ready to see more prize money and development in rural eras thanks to the casino. The tribe and the state will be able to benefit from economic development.
Over $300 million will be invested in the project, with 900 jobs created. In total, around $100 million in tax revenues are expected, which will help with property tax relief in the state.
Temporary Casino on the Horizon
As the casino construction gets underway, officials of the property have plans to launch a temporary casino venue. The owners will offer a temporary space with 400 slot games in just a couple of months. The smaller-scale casino will open in September and offer services until the full-scale casino is completed.
Once the permanent structure is up and running, players will have access to a larger collection of slots with 1,300 machines on offer. Table games will reach the 100 mark with a sportsbook also in place for wagering needs.
A hotel is planned for the property too, allowing for overnight stays. Restaurants will be available for dining along with live horse racing. The property will offer several service options to meet every visitor’s need.
Warhorse Gaming is also busy working on a new casino in the city of Omaha. The groundbreaking for that venue is set for later on this summer. A temporary facility will also be placed there, allowing players to have early access to gaming before the permanent venue is completed.
Once construction starts in Omaha, players will have to wait around 10 months before the temporary casino is operational. The smaller casino is expected to provide around 650 slot games.