822 15th Street
Columbus NE 68601
Harrah's Columbus NE opened a temporary casino on June 12, 2023 featuring 250 slot machines and electronic table games. Harrah's Columbus will open a permanent casino in the first half of 2024 with a new one-mile horse track, 500 slot machines, 14 table games and a Caesars Sportsbook.
Columbus Exposition and Racing (CER) and Caesars Entertainment have partnered to build a Harrah's casino and racetrack off Highway 81 in Columbus, Nebraska. The cost of development is estimated to be $75 million,
Harrah's Columbus will feature a new one-mile horse track and a 28,000-square-foot casino with 500 slot machines, 14 table games and a sportsbook. Harrah's will have one restaurant a brewpub named Brew Brothers, and a center bar, named Wishbones Bar.
The temporary casino opened June 12, 2023 will operate during construction of the permanent Harrah's Columbus NE Casino.
The following artist renderings are provided by Harrah's Casino Columbus.
Harrah's Casino Columbus - Gaming Floor
Harrah's Casino Columbus - Sportsbook
Harrah's Casino Columbus - Horse Track
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OPENED DATE: JUNE 12, 2023
Operating Hours: 9 AM - 1 AM daily
Minimum gambling age is 21 years old
250 slot machines
Electronic table games
OPENING DATE: SPRING 2024
Minimum gambling age is 21 years old
500 slot machines
14 table games
New one-mile thoroughbred track
Brew Brothers - a brewpub serving beer, burgers, steaks, and pasta.
Wishbones Bar -located on the casino floor.
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June 14, 2023
The third Nebraska casino officially opened Monday at Platte County Ag Society Park in Columbus while construction continues on the permanent Harrah's Columbus, NE Racing & Casino at a new site, northwest of the city on U.S. Highway 81.
A ribbon cutting ceremony at the temporary casino was hosted Monday by officials from Caesars and Columbus Exposition and Racing.
"Opening the Columbus Casino is a huge milestone for us in the Harrah's Columbus project. With the tremendous support from the community of Columbus, we're proud to open our doors and welcome guests to the temporary facility for the first time."
- Don Ostert, Harrah's Columbus VP and GM
Players at the temporary casino can bet on horse racing at Ag Park's simulcast and wager on a choice of 250 slot machines and electronic table games. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 1 AM daily.
Two other racetrack casinos currently operate in Nebraska. The first was WarHorse Casino in Lincoln, which opened its temporary casino Sept. 24, 2022. The second is Grand Island Casino Resort, which opened a temporary casino Dec. 27, 2022.
May 17, 2023
Last Friday the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gaming license to Harrah's Columbus NE to operate a temporary casino at Ag Park along U.S. 81 on the northwest corner of the city. The temporary casino will open June 12th and operate until construction is completed on the permanent casino sometime in late spring of 2024.
Harrah's temporary casino will feature 250 slot machines and electronic table games. Operating hours will be 9 AM to 1 AM daily. Harrah's permanent casino will feature 500 slot machines, 14 table games, a Caesars Sportsbook, a brewpub restaurant and a center bar.
This is the third casino license granted by the state commission. Previous state licenses were issued to the temporary casinos in Lincoln and in Grand Island.
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