The economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has created a new gaming division to manage the three casinos it hopes to open starting next year. Ho-Chunk, Inc., says it has launched WarHorse Gaming, LLC, to develop the casinos at three state-licensed horse-racing tracks in Omaha, Lincoln and South Sioux City. The corporation has partnered with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, a horse racing industry group.

Iowa casino officials worry they will lose business when several Nebraska casinos open now that voters in that state have approved gambling. Iowa officials said they worry that when casinos are built in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, they could hurt Iowa gaming revenues, especially in Council Bluffs, where four casinos currently operate. Other Iowa border towns with casinos include Sioux City, Onawa and Sloan.

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Gamblers could see new casinos in Omaha and Lincoln by this time next year now that voters have ended Nebraska’s longtime ban on the industry. Lance Morgan, the president and CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., says the corporation plans to spend $300 million to add casinos at existing horse-racing tracks in both cities and South Sioux City. The South Sioux City project could take longer. Ho-Chunk is the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

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Nebraska voters are again being asked to decide whether to allow casino gambling in the state. Nebraska has a long history of outlawing slot machines and table-gambling, even as casinos have popped up in every state that borders it. A similar petition effort to get the question on the ballot in 2016 failed, and voters rejected casino ballot proposals in 2004. Opponents argue that casinos will lead to social ills such as crime and bankruptcy fueled by gambling addiction.

Record Highs Of Gambling In Iowa This Fall

Oct 12, 2020

The state of Iowa is setting records when it comes to sports betting.  The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission says people bet more than 72-million dollars in September, up 43 percent from August.  Iowa's casinos kept about five-million dollars of that money, the state keeps about seven percent in tax revenue.

The economic development arm of a Nebraska-based Native American tribe is once again pumping big money into a campaign to legalize casino gambling. Campaign finance records show Ho-Chunk Inc. is bankrolling the petition ballot drive with nearly $1.5 million contributed so far to the Keep the Money in Nebraska campaign. The campaign would allow Nebraska voters to decide in November 2020 whether to allow commercial gambling at the state’s licensed horse racing tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus, South Sioux City and Hastings. Ho-Chunk Inc.

Council Bluffs Casinos Fined

Oct 8, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  Two Council Bluffs casinos are fined for allowing underage patrons onto their gambling floors.  The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission issued a total of 50-thousand-dollars in fines against Harrah's and Horseshoe casinos last week.  Iowa law prohibits anyone under 21-years-old from entering a gaming floor.  Officials say the casinos self-reported the violations and cooperated with the commission's investigation.