The operator for the latest gambling destination in the Hoosier State will be revealed next month.
According to the Indiana Gaming Commission, they will be naming the Vigo casino license winner during their November 17th meeting after evaluating the applicants. However, they won’t be able to issue the winning party’s casino license immediately.
Said Indiana Gaming Commission deputy Director Jenny Reske:
“The Indiana Gaming Commission at its Nov. 17 meeting will be able to evaluate the applicants and the commission would be in a position to make a selection, but issuing a (casino) license is complicated by the fact that there is a Lucy Luck appeal pending and a stay has been granted by the administrative law judge. As a practical matter, we won’t be able to issue a casino license on November 17th.”
Lucy Luck Appeal
Last June, the Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously not to renew the casino license previously granted to Lucy Luck LLC, citing funding and staffing concerns. Shortly after that, the Indiana Gaming Commission started accepting applications and set a September 22 deadline for applicants.
However, Lucy Luck, which was planning to build a Rocksino by Hard Rock Casino in Terry Haute, appealed the commission’s decision and the fate of that is now in the court. Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth Gamboa has set a status hearing for November 16th with a formal hearing scheduled in December. Pending the resolution of the appeal, the Indiana Gaming Commission says that it cannot issue the Vigo casino license after naming the winning applicant.
The Only Applicant in 2019
Formerly known as Spectacle Gaming, Lucy Luck LLC is majority owned by Terry Haute businessman and philanthropist Greg Gibson. It was the only applicant for a Terry Haute project in 2019. Lucy Luck was supposed to run the day-to-day operations of the Hard Rock-branded Terry Haute casino project.
However, after the Indiana Gaming Commission’s decision not to renew the Lucy Luck license, Hard Rock bought the majority ownership of Spectacle Entertainment and the Hard Rock Casino Northern indiana while making its own run for the Vigo casino license.