As of Friday, Dec. 13, Indianans can enjoy the fruits of a 2015 law. The Caesars Southern Indiana sportsbook is the result of the state allowing its riverboat casinos to move inland.
The brand new 110,000-square-foot facility is the terrestrial incarnation of the former Horseshoe Southern Indiana riverboat. While the sportsbook is just one of several amenities at the new casino, it is of greatest interest to Hoosier State sports bettors.
Details on the Caesars Southern Indiana sportsbook
Those looking to put down their money on Indiana Pacers games or the like should head straight to “The Book.” The sports bar aesthetic offers 30 large televisions with live sports broadcasts, live betting windows and multiple betting kiosks.
Hours for the book are noon to midnight Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. While Caesars has its own online sports betting product in other states, it isn’t live in the Hoosier State yet.
Caesars hasn’t announced a time frame for when its mobile sportsbook will launch in Indiana yet. When it does, however, it will join a growing contingent of online sportsbooks in the Hoosier State.
While legal sports betting is a product that might draw many patrons, it isn’t all the casino has to offer. Caesars Southern Indiana is ready to wine and dine guests while they wait to see if their bets pay off.
Other entertainment options at the new casino
Just a day after the final activity on the Glory of Rome, the former aquatic home of the casino, Caesars Southern Indiana is open for business. The $90 million venue offers much more than retail sports betting.
The betting floor offers poker, slots and table games. There is also a private parlor with high-stakes contests.
For those who aren’t interested in trying their luck on the gaming floor, there are multiple entertainment options. The Volt Lounge offers craft cocktails and live music every weekend.
The Juno Bar, located in the middle of the gaming floor, is a full-service bar and offers televisions. For Caesars Rewards VIPs, the Laurel Lounge includes an outdoor balcony.
Piazza, the dining area for the casino, offers five different restaurants. The options include around-the-clock service and multiple cuisines from around the globe.
This is the first former riverboat casino to open its doors on land in Indiana. It won’t be the last though.
Caesars leading the way for others on inland relocation
The Majestic Star I and II riverboat casinos, which formerly cruised Lake Michigan, are following a similar path as the Glory of Rome. That not only includes moving inland but rebranding as well.
Those casinos will rebrand as the Hard Rock when they open their doors to the public on solid ground. They will bring that brand to the city of Gary.
Operating on land allows casino proprietors to simplify and streamline their businesses. The improved access enhances convenience for customers, and ease of connectivity makes operations more efficient.
Eventually, the era of riverboat casinos in the Hoosier State will come to an end. Caesars Southern Indiana opening its doors is a major step in that direction.