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First State-Licensed Casino Opens In Nebraska

Gambling Begins At WarHorse Lincoln

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A new gambling facility opened Saturday in Nebraska.

In Lincoln, residents can now bet on sports and play slot machines at the WarHorse Casino, the first commercial casino regulated by the state.

“We’re thrilled to have reached this point,” Lance Morgan, President and CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc. (parent company of WarHorse Gaming), said in a statement this summer. “It’s been a long road getting here since the voters approved the initiatives back in 2020, but we’re very excited for all the opportunities WarHorse Lincoln will bring to the community and look forward to delivering on our promise of keeping the money in Nebraska.”

“Nebraskans won’t have to wait much longer for the chance to play their favorite slots,” Morgan continued. “We’re planning a modest phased opening of 440 slot machines for early fall. Nebraskans have been asking us for months when the casino will open, so we want to give them an opportunity to play as soon as we can – not to mention generating some much-needed property tax relief for the state.”

Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission issued WarHorse Gaming the state’s first provisional casino operator licenses for the Omaha and Lincoln facilities. The licenses allowed for WarHorse management to obtain the appropriate financing, enter into vendor contracts, and begin employee recruitment.

“We are very appreciative for how fast the Commission turned around and issued us a provisional license," said Morgan. “As you can imagine, we are very anxious to begin construction.”

Prior to the grand opening, WarHorse Gaming planned for a phased opening at both Omaha and Lincoln prior to completing the facilities. Omaha’s phased opening will include more than 800 slot machines with the intent to open in first half of 2023.

WarHorse Lincoln includes more than 1,300 gaming stations and a 196-room hotel.

WarHorse Gaming, LLC, is a division of Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Nebraska is also home to five tribal casinos that are not licensed by the state.