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Proposal Would Clear Path For Terre Haute Casino

A Republican state senator wants to bring a casino to Terre Haute.

Full House Resorts owns and operates casinos in several states. They own Rising Star Casino in a small Indiana town just west of Cincinnati. But that casino is only using about half of the 1500 gaming positions allowed by license.

State Senator Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, is proposing a bill that would clear the way to move some of those unused games to Terre Haute.

"I believe it’s staying within the framework that we’ve setup in terms of not being an expansion of gaming," Ford says. "So, at the end of the day, there will still be 1500 net license positions."

Full House Resorts Senior Vice President Alex Stolyar says Terre Haute’s proximity to the Illinois border will allow the casino to capitalize on tourism dollars.

And he says building the $100 to $150 million facility will create jobs and increase tax revenue.

"This is a great opportunity to take these basically machines that are meant to benefit the state and municipalities and take them out of a warehouse and put them to use," Stolyar says.

Ford says the proposal will be a “heavy lift” to get through the legislature.

If approved, the casino could open in 2019.

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