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Nebraska Casinos | Updates 2022

Nebraska limits casino gambling to Indian gaming casinos and casinos at racetracks, aka racinos.

Horsetrack Casinos

Three gambling ballot measures were passed by Nebraska voters in Nov. 2020 allowing casino gambling at horse racing tracks. The Winnebago Tribe will build casino facilities at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln, and Atokad in South Sioux City. Also, a new casino named Grand Island Casino Resort will be added to Fonner Park in Grand Island, and a new Harrah's Casino will be added to Columbus Exposition and Racing in Columbus. See New Casinos.

The new gaming laws also add new types of casino games to all Nebraska casinos.

Indian Gaming Casinos

Nebraska tribes operate five casinos. Four of these casinos are in Nebraska and one is on the state border inside Iowa near Omaha. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska owns two casinos, the Iron Horse Bar & Casino in Emerson and the Native Star Casino in Winnebago. The Omaha Tribe owns the Lucky 77 Casino in Walthill, the Santee Sioux Tribe owns the Ohiya Casino & Resort in Niobrara, and the Nebraska tribe owns the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa. For more information, see Nebraska Indian Casinos

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News Grand Island's temporary casino will finish construction in mid-December 2022 November 25, 2022 - Construction on the temporary Grand Island Casino began in September inside the concourse of Fonner Park. Completion is expected in mid-December. The grand opening of ... Read more News Warhorse Casino Omaha receives operators license November 13, 2022 - WarHorse Casino Omaha has been granted an operator's license by the Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission this week. The Omaha casino is currently under construction at ... Read more News Prairie Flower Casino breaks ground on major expansion project November 7, 2022 - Prairie Flower Casino broke ground last Monday on a major construction project to expand the current casino size by seven times. The event marked the 4th anniversary of the casino ... Read more News Nebraska Gaming Commission Approves Sports Betting Regulations without Mobile October 27, 2022 - The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission (NRGC) has been slow to develop plans and regulations for sports betting after it was approved by voters in 2020 ... Read more News First Nebraska casino opens in Lincoln September 24, 2022 - WarHorse Casino opened a temporary casino today at the Lincoln Race Course. Doors opened at 10:30 this morning. The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission gave final approval for the ... Read more News New Grand Island Casino's temporary casino will break ground at Fonner Park on Sept. 7 August 27, 2022 - Construction of the Grand Island temporary casino inside Fonner Park will break ground on September 7, 2022. The event is waiting for the State Fair to end ... Read more News Nebraska Grand Island Casino Resort Update August 1, 2022 - Grand Island Casino Resort is a proposed project of Elite Casino Resorts to build a $100M casino inside Fonner Park. The company submitted a gaming application to the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission ... Read more News WarHorse Casino breaks ground in Omaha July 31, 2022 - WarHorse Gaming has broken ground at Horsemen's Park to build the WarHorse Casino Omaha. The event was held July 27 following a similar groundbreaking ceremony two weeks ago for the WarHorse Casino Lincoln. ... Read more News WarHorse Casino Lincoln starts construction July 14, 2022 - The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association broke ground yesterday for construction of the $200 million WarHorse Casino Lincoln. ... Read more Headlines continued...

Nebraska Minimum Gambling Age

Minimum gambling ages are 21 years old for casinos, 18 for poker, 18 for bingo, 21 for sports betting, 18 for horse racing, 18 for the lottery.

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Horsetrack Casinos - Opening 2023-2025

Grand Island Casino Resort
Fonner Park
700 E Stolley Park Rd
Grand Island, NE 68801

Harrah's Casino
Columbus Exposition and Racing
822 15th St.
Columbus, NE 68602

Warhorse Casino Omaha
Horsemen's Park
6303 Q St
Omaha, NE 68117

Warhorse Casino Lincoln
Lincoln Race Course
7055 S. 1st Street
Lincoln, NE 68512

Warhorse Casino South Sioux City
Atokad Park
Interstate 29
South Sioux City, NE


FairPlay Park Casino
REJECTED BY CITY
1501 S Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE 68901

Lake McConaughy Casino Resort & Racetrack
PROPOSAL
Ogallala, NE

Nebraska Indian Casinos

Iron Horse Bar & Casino
1010 South Main Street
Emerson, Nebraska 68733-3654
(402) 695-0180

Lucky 77 Casino
200 Main St
Walthill, NE 68067
(402) 846-5545

Native Star Casino
Highway 77
Winnebago, NE

Ohiya Casino
RR2, Box 163
52946 Highway 12 Suite 2
Niobrara, Nebraska 68760
(402) 857-3860

Prairie Flower Casino
1031 Ave H
Carter Lake, IA 51510
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Nebraska Tribes and Their Casinos

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
2523 Woodbine Street, PO BOX 288, Niobrara NE 68760
Phone Number: 402-857-3391

Carter Lake Casino
1031 Ave H
Carter Lake, IA 51510
888-WIN-MORE

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 368, Macy NE 68039.
Phone Number: (402) 837-5391 Fax Number: (402) 837-5308

Lucky 77 Casino
200 Main St
Walthill, Nebraska 68067
(402) 846-5545

Santee Sioux Nation
108 Spirit Lake Avenue West, Niobrara, Nebraska 68760.
Phone Number: (402) 857-2772 Fax Number: (402) 857-2779

Ohiya Casino
RR2, Box 163
52946 Highway 12 Suite 2
Niobrara, Nebraska 68760
(402) 857-3860

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
100 Bluff Street, Winnebago, Nebraska 68071.
Phone Number: (402) 878-3103 Fax Number: (402) 878-2963

Iron Horse Bar & Casino
1010 South Main Street
Emerson, Nebraska 68733-3654
(402) 695-0180

Native Star Casino
Highway 77
Winnebago, Nebraska
(402) 878-2901
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Iowa-Based Casinos Owned by Nebraska Tribes

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 368
Macy, NE 68039
(402) 837-5391

Blackbird Bend Casino
(formerly CasinOmaha)
P.O. Box 89
Onawa, IA 51040

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
P.O. Box 687
Winnebago, NE 68071
(402) 878-2272

Winna Vegas Casino
1500-330 Street
Sloan, IA 51055

News Articles

Nebraska Gaming Commission Approves Sports Betting Regulations without Mobile

October 27, 2022

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission (NRGC) has been slow to develop plans and regulations for sports betting after it was approved by voters two years ago in the November 2020 election. The process moved forward last week when the NRGC announced approval of regulations for retail sportsbooks and bettors. Mobile sports betting is not included.

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Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission approves rules for sports gambling
Courtesy of KETV NewsWatch 7, Oct 21, 2022. Available from YouTube

No official launch date for retail sports betting has been announced. The NRGC has now forwarded the regulations the Attorney General's Office for review and comments.

The NRGC regulations were written after a long period of public comments, advice from the attorney general, and industry inputs from BMM Test Labs, Caesars, FanDuel, Global Gaming Nebraska.

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Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission releases final casino regulatory draft

November 17, 2021

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission released a final draft Friday of rules and regulations for casino gambling at horse racing tracks. The 67-page document covers every topic from casino licensing to the gambling operations.

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Rules and regulations for Nebraska casinos to be unveiled - Courtesy of KLKNTV - Lincoln Channel 8 | Nebraska Now, Nov 12, 2021. Available from YouTube

KEY PROVISIONS

  • Casino licenses will be issued for 20 years and cost $1 million.

  • An annual assessment will be paid by each casino depending on its size. The funds will pay the activities of the commission,

  • Key casino personnel must be licensed. Licensing fees range from $10,000-$15,000 each.

  • Casino vendors must be licensed. Each vendor will pay $5,000 for a 3-year license plus a $2,000 annual fee.

  • All casinos must be smoke-free.

  • No firearms will be allowed on casino property except those carried by law enforcement and licensed security guards.

The commission has scheduled a public hearing on Dec. 17 to discuss the draft document and to vote on whether to forward it to the governor and attorney general for final review.

All six licensed horse tracks plan to add casinos. These are Lincoln, Omaha, South Sioux City, Columbus, Grand Island and Hastings.

Six new horse tracks have been proposed and will want casino licenses. These are Bellevue, Gering, Kimball, Norfolk, North Platte and York.

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Nebraska's casino and sports betting bill signed into law

June 2, 2021

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the casino gabling and sports betting bill into law last Wednesday. The bill provides the framework for regulations and enforcement of the new gambling activities as authorized by Nebraska voters in last November's election.

The Nebraska Gaming Commission will now proceed with writing new procedures and regulations for the new racino and sportsbook operations. Indian gaming casinos, racinos, and horse racetracks can apply for a sportsbook license. There will be no betting on state college teams and no online betting.

New casinos will open at horse tracks in in Omaha, Lincoln and South Sioux City. The casino operations will be managed by WarHorse Gaming, a subsidiary of the Winnebago Tribe.

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Winnebago Tribe forms subsidiary to develop racetrack casinos

December 23, 2020

Winnebago Tribe forms new casino subsidiary

Ho-Chunk Inc, the economic development subsidiary of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has incorporated a new enterprise named WarHorse Gaming LLC. The new company will partner with the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) in developing three new casinos at the racetracks in Omaha, Lincoln and South Sioux City. The casino operations will be managed by WarHorse Gaming

Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment to repeal the state ban on casino gambling in last month's election. WarHorse Gaming and the HBPA are hoping to open some limited amount of casino gaming later in 2021 with full-casino operations opening in 2022.

The new casinos will be added to Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Lincoln Racecourse in Lincoln, and Atokad in South Sioux City.

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2020 Election: Nebraska voters approve casino gambling

November 8, 2020

Nebraska voters approved three ballot measures this week to allow casino gambling at the horse racing tracks in Nebraska. The votes averaged two to one in favor of the "Keep the Money in Nebraska" campaign.

A major supporter and donor to "Keep the Money in Nebraska" was Ho-Chunk Inc., an economic development company owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Ho-Chunk plans to build new casinos at existing racetracks in South Sioux, Omaha and Lincoln. Ho-Chunk has formed a new company, WarHorse Gaming LCC, to manage these three casinos.

Construction could begin as early as Spring 2021. It is expected to take six months to open casino gambling at Lincoln and Omaha where existing buildings already exist. There is no building at Atokad racetrack near South Sioux. That location will take nine months to open the casino.

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Nebraska Supreme Court allows casino measures on Nov 3 ballot

September 15, 2020

The State Supreme Court overruled Secretary of State Bob Evnen's decision to block three pro-gambling initiatives from the Nov ballot. In a 4-3 decision the Court ruling will place the issues on the Nov. ballot for voters to decide whether or not to authorize casino gambling at Nebraska horse tracks.

If voter approve the casino measure, the state constitution will be amended. This will indirectly allow Native American tribes to also become eligible for Class III casino gambling under the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The "Keep the Money in Nebraska" campaign is sponsored by the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, Omaha Exposition and Racing and the Winnebago Tribe's Ho-Chunk Inc.

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Nebraska pulls casino measure from Nov 3 ballot

September 4, 2020

Secretary of State Bob Evnen has blocked the "Keep the Money in Nebraska (KMN)" casino measure from the November ballot after reviewing the wordage in the voter petition submitted in July with 475,000 signatures.

The measure would have authorized Nebraska racetracks to add Class III casino gambling. Class III gambling is defined by the U.S. Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) as "house-banked" games, such as slot machines and table games.

If passed this November, the Nebraska Indian casinos would indirectly qualify for Class III gaming too under the federal IGRA law. Secretary Evnen cited this issue as the reason for stopping the ballot measure since it is not explicitly mentioned in the measure.

There are currently five tribal casinos. Each operates under Class I and II gaming rules.

Iron Horse Bar & Casino - Class I & II casino
1010 S. Main Street, Emerson, NE 68733-3654

Lucky 77 Casino - Class I & II casino
200 Main St, Walthill, NE 68067

Native Star Casino - Class I & II casino
Highway 77, Winnebago, NE

Ohiya Casino - Class I & II casino
52946 Highway 12, Niobrara, NE 68760

Prairie Flower Casino - Class I & II casino
1031 Ave H, Carter Lake, IA 51510

Ho-Chunk Inc., the development company of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, plans to sue the State of Nebraska for pulling the measure. Ho-Chunk is supported by the Nebraska Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association which represents the state's six racetracks. The tracks are located in Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus, Hastings, and South Sioux City.

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News Headlines Continued

2022

News Ogallala City approves Lake McConaughy Casino Resort & Racetrack Proposal July 6, 2022 - A $100 million Ogallala casino proposal, named Lake McConaughy Casino Resort & Racetrack, was approved by city and county officials last week. The plan was developed in ... Read more News WarHorse Gaming files casino applications for Omaha and Lincoln June 4, 2022 - WarHorse Gaming filed official applications on Thursday with the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission to build and operate racetrack casinos in Omaha and Lincoln. ... Read more News Warhorse Casino Omaha plans groundbreaking this summer June 3, 2022 - The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is planning to start construction by late summer on the new Warhorse Casino at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The construction and overhaul project ... Read more News Lucky 77 Casino breaks ground on new, larger casino May 2, 2022 - The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska broke ground in Walthill, NE April 28, 2022 on a new Lucky 77 Casino to replace the existing casino which opened in 2005. The new location is across the street at 203 ... Read more

2021

News Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission releases final casino regulatory draft November 17, 2021 - The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission released a final draft Friday of rules and regulations for casino gambling at horse racing tracks. The 67-page document covers ... Read more News Prairie Flower Casino beats Iowa, Nebraska in Federal Court September 8, 2021 - A federal appeals court handed a major victory last week to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and its Prairie Flower Casino. Both Iowa and Nebraska had sued to close the Prairie Flower Casino which. ... Read more News Nebraska's casino and sports betting bill signed into law June 2, 2021 - Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the casino gabling and sports betting bill into law last Wednesday. The bill provides the framework for regulations and enforcement of the new gambling activities as auth ... Read more News Warhorse Casino Omaha unveils design January 18, 2021 - The design of the Warhorse Casino in Omaha was unveiled last week in a video animation released by the managing company, WarHorse Gaming, LLC. The $200M casino will be built at Horsemen's Park. ... Read more News Warhorse Casino Lincoln unveils design January 17, 2021 - The design of the Warhorse Casino in Lincoln, NE was unveiled last week in a video animation released by the managing company, WarHorse Gaming, LLC. The $200M casino will be built at Lincoln Race Course. ... Read more News Tribes are devastated after one year of COVID-19 March 18, 2021 - As the Covid-19 pandemic began spreading across our nation last year, its impact became the most deadly in our tribal communities. Tribal economies also collapsed as casinos were shut down ... Read more News New Warhorse Casino planned for Omaha January 9, 2021 - The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has unveiled plans for a new $200M casino at Horsemen's Park in Omaha. Intitial casino gambling will begin in late 2021. A full-scale casino operation will start in 2022. ... Read more News New Warhorse Casino planned for Lincoln NE January 9, 2021 - A new $200M casino will be built by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska at the Lincoln Race Course in Lincoln, NE. Some initial casino gambling will be introduced at the racetrack by the second half of 2021 ... Read more

2020

News Winnebago Tribe forms subsidiary to develop racetrack casinos December 23, 2020 - Ho-Chunk Inc, the economic development subsidiary of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has incorporated a new enterprise named WarHorse Gaming LLC. The new company will partner with ... Read more News 2020 Election: Nebraska voters approve casino gambling November 8, 2020 - Nebraska voters approved three ballot measures this week to allow casino gambling at the horse racing tracks in Nebraska. The votes averaged two to one in favor of the "Keep the Money in Nebraska" ... Read more News Nebraska Supreme Court allows casino measures on Nov 3 ballot September 15, 2020 - The State Supreme Court overruled Secretary of State Bob Evnen's decision to block three pro-gambling initiatives from the Nov ballot. In a 4-3 decision the Court ruling will place the ... Read more News Nebraska pulls casino measure from Nov 3 ballot September 4, 2020 - Secretary of State Bob Evnen has blocked the "Keep the Money in Nebraska (KMN)" casino measure from the November ballot after reviewing the wordage in the petition submitted in ... Read more

2019

News Prairie Flower Casino kept open by U.S. District Court August 16, 2019 - The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska won another court decision Tuesday against the city government of Council Bluffs amd the state governments of Iowa and Nebraska. In U.S. District Court ... Read more News Ponca Tribe wins federal support to keep Carter Lake casino open May 2, 2019 - In a court fight with Nebrask, Iowa and Council Bluffs the Ponca Tribe has received federal affirmation from the NIGC of its right to keep the Prairie Flower Casino open. ... Read more

2018

News New Prairie Flower Casino opened Nov. 1 in Carter Lake November 1, 2018 - Ths a Tribe's new casino is 9,500 square feet and offers 200 electronic gaming machines. It is located 3 miles from downtown Omaha on the intersection of Ninth Street and Avenue H. ... Read more News Ponca Tribe cuts $250,000 check to Carter Lake for new casino September 18, 2018 - The Ponca Tribe presented a check for $250,000 the to Carter Lake City Council as part of the agreement for the new casino. ... Read more News Ponca Tribe prepares to build Carter Lake casino July 19, 2018 - The tribe is in the final process with the federal government to begin construction of a casino in Carter Lake north of Omaha. A ground-breaking ceremeony was held in June 2018. ... Read more Nebraska Casino News Archive ...

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