Indiana’s newest casino will start taking bets on April 5 when a casino in Terre Haute opens its doors.
Terre Haute Casino Resort will house more than 1,000 slot machines, 30 gaming tables and six poker tables. The Western Indiana casino will open its gaming floor in three months, but the resort and hotel will take another month before they debut. The 10-story hotel will feature 125 rooms, a spa and multiple restaurants, and a rooftop pool with a 365-degree view.
Officials will celebrate the grand opening at 10:30 a.m. on April 5.
Effort to build the casino in Terre Haute has taken nearly 6 years
Indiana is home to 13 casinos and racinos. The completion of the one in Terre Haute will be the state’s 14th gaming facility. Indiana online casinos remain illegal, and there’s no real effort being made to change that at this time.
Mayor of Terre Haute Brandon Sakbun praised the new casino’s impact on the community. In addition to the casino’s potential economic impact, the new gaming venue and resort is estimated to draw more than one million new visitors to the city.
“[T]he incoming casino dollars will provide resources to address some of our many city services like paving, sidewalk improvement, parks upgrades, and improved equipment for city staff to deliver for the people of Terre Haute.”
The opening this spring ends a long process that dates back to 2018, when efforts first materialized to build a land-based casino in Terre Haute. The new casino will join the other land-based casinos in Indiana.
- Four Winds Casino: South Bend
- Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana: Gary
- Caesars Southern Indiana: Elizabeth
In addition to casino gaming, the legislature legalized online sports betting in Indiana in 2019. Retail sportsbooks are available at any of the state’s casinos and racinos.
Casino has begun the hiring process
Churchill Downs Inc. of Kentucky owns the Terre Haute Casino Resort. Churchill owns and operates casinos in multiple states. They also own numerous racetracks, including the famous Churchill Downs in Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby. Vigo County officials awarded Churchill Downs Inc. the casino license in November 2021.
The casino website says applicants could become “part of a winning team, with competitive pay and great benefits.” Churchill offers a 401k plan, health, dental and vision care, and tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per year.
All applicants must be at least 21 years of age.