Full House Resorts Drops Its Lawsuit Over Terre Haute Casino

Posted on January 6, 2022

Full House Resorts has dismissed its lawsuit against the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC). The Lawsuit was holding up progress for the new casino project in Terre Haute.

Lucy Luck Gaming has also dropped its appeal over losing the rights to build that casino.

With the appeal and the lawsuit out of the way, Churchill Downs is finally free to start construction on “Queen of Terre Haute” casino. The building plans to open sometime in 2023.

Lucy Luck drops Terre Haute casino appeal

It’s been one step forward, two steps back for Terre Haute’s casino since the start of the situation.

However, things are finally starting to clear up after nearly two years of uncertainty.

Lucy Luck Gaming, the former license owner for the Terre Haute Casino project, has finally dropped its appeal over losing the gaming license.

The IGC refused to renew the company’s license last summer. The IGC argued that Lucy Luck wasn’t making enough progress with the project.

Lucy Luck thought otherwise, and appealed the decision.

Long story short, the appeal wasn’t going anywhere. Lucy Luck even sent the commission a settlement offer, which the IGC promptly denied.

The appeal went on, even after the IGC had already selected Churchill Downs to replace Lucy Luck as the license holder.

Despite that, the company has finally dropped its appeal after months of making no progress.

With the appeal out of the way, Churchill Downs was finally free to begin work on the casino. That is, until one of its competitors sued the IGC.

Full House sues Indiana Gaming Commission

Churchill Downs won the rights to build Terre Haute’s casino, but it wasn’t the only one gunning for the opportunity. Four companies went after the rights to the gaming license.

Full House Resorts was among them. The company already operates Rising Star Casino in Indiana.

The IGC used its Nov. 17 meeting to take a look at the casino plans from the four companies. All four companies gave presentations at the multi-hour public gathering.

Full House and Churchill ended up as the finalists to win the license.

After selecting the finalists, the commission retreated into an “executive session,” which is basically a private meeting for just the IGC members. Coming out of that meeting, the commission announced its decision that Churchill had won the license.

That private meeting didn’t sit well with Full House. So much so, that the company decided to sue the gaming commission over it.

Full House argued that calling an executive session in the middle of a public meeting violated Indiana’s open door law.

Even with Lucy Luck finally bowing out of the situation, the lawsuit threatened to halt the casino project in its tracks.

Thankfully for Terre Haute residents, Full House decided to dismiss its lawsuit after only a few weeks.

Churchill can finally move forward with the casino now that Lucy Luck’s appeal and Full House’s lawsuit are out of the way.

Hopefully there won’t be any more roadblocks for the project going forward. A Terre Haute Casino has been in the works since 2019, and construction hasn’t even begun yet.

If everything goes according to plan, there will be a new casino in Indiana for gamblers to try next year.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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