Gambling

Indiana takes over third place in gambling revenue

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana's reign at No. 3 may not last more than a year. It faces new competition from Ohio and possibly Kentucky.
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Hoosier Park owner seeks to reorganize $680M in debt

March 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, plans to sell its Colorado casino. Much of its debt was incurred to upgrade Hoosier Park in Anderson and add its slots parlor.
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Hoosier Park owner Centaur files for bankruptcy protection

March 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Hoosier Park horse track and casino in Anderson, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization on Sunday. The company's casino, racing and hotel operations will continue without interruption, it said.
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MARCUS: Hoosiers hear gospel of gambling

March 6, 2010
Morton Marcus
Gamblers wagered nearly $30 billion in 13 Indiana casinos last year. Now, fellow taxpayers, if I understand these numbers, 91 percent of these dollars were returned as winnings and an additional $876 million (3 percent) went to our state and local governments for our benefit.
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Gambling to remain an issue in General Assembly

February 13, 2010
Associated Press
Issue likely to land in House, Senate conference committee.
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Newly opened racinos already face credit crunch

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Clear signs emerged in 2009 that the Hoosier gambling market is oversaturated. Major credit rating agencies expressed concerns that several casinos, including the state’s new horse track “racinos” on the outskirts of Indianapolis, might go bust before the year was finished.
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Bills in General Assembly would ease costs for casinos

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana General Assembly is taking its first steps toward restructuring Hoosier gambling law.
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Indiana weighs changes to combat out-of-state casinos

December 13, 2009
Associated Press
State lawmakers are weighing possible changes to state gambling laws at a time when growing competition from out-of-state casinos threatens to cut into business at Indiana's 11 riverboat casinos.
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Indiana casino owner declares bankruptcy

November 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Majestic Star Casino LLC owns two casinos and a hotel in Gary, a casino-hotel in Tunica County, Miss., and a casino in Black Hawk, Colo.
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Supreme Court to hear gambler's suit

November 8, 2009
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on whether an Ohio River casino should have allowed a compulsive gambler to play and lose $125,000 in a single night.
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Ohio casino question could affect Indiana

November 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ohio voters are poised to weigh in on a ballot question that would authorize casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
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Hoosier Park owner misses $13.4M loan payment

October 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Anderson's Hoosier Park horse track and casino, missed a $13.4 million interest payment due Tuesday on its more than $400 million in outstanding debt, putting the company in default with its lenders.
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EDITORIAL: State can't rely on gambling revenue

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
State and, to some extent, local government has come to rely on gambling revenue. And now that neighboring states are launching a competitive assault on Indiana casinos, it’s time to get back to the original intent before the revenue shrivels and leaves necessary government services high and dry.
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Cash-strapped Hoosier Park racing to restructure $400M in debt

October 17, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Despite rampant speculation, Anderson’s Hoosier Park is not facing imminent bankruptcy, according to its owner, locally based Centaur Inc.
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Slots revenue revives hopes of state's horse breeding industryRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Purses at Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville have swollen since the two tracks added slot machines in June 2008.
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State gambling revenue expected to stay flat

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana’s share of tax money generated by the state’s 13 casinos is expected to remain relatively flat for at least the next few years, a state fiscal analyst told Gaming Study Committee members this morning.
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Lottery sales fall 11 percent as Lotto, scratch-off demand wanes

August 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The Hoosier Lottery limped through its latest fiscal year, turning in its poorest sales performance in a half-decade due mostly to declining demand for Hoosier Lotto tickets and scratch-off games, the Lottery said today.
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FEIGENBAUM: Historic milestone in gambling industry approachesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Indiana has made billions on gambling in nearly two decades, funding key programs, cutting excise and property taxes, and avoiding tax hikes. The state has seen more than $2 billion in investment without any government incentives, and more dollars committed in our history than by any industry outside of steel, power and autos.
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Recession forces casinos to go all in with pricey expansion projectsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a saturated gambling market, Indiana casinos increasingly rely on expanded entertainment options to attract patrons. The upshot is that an industry once considered “recession-proof” is asking the General Assembly for lower taxes and hopes to eliminate expensive regulatory requirements like maintaining engines and crews.
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Legislature snubs casinos, but forms study committeeRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's struggling gambling industry didn't get the relief it sought during the special session of the Indiana General Assembly. But embedded within the budget bill approved June 30 is a provision creating a gambling summer study committee. Its recommendations, due by Dec. 1, may make or break several of Indiana's casinos.
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General Assembly is shame of IndianaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
When we read that all the Democrats in the House voted against all the Republicans in the House on a given issue, we know independence has been cruelly killed by the leadership of each party. The same applies to the Senate.
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Gambling habit puts state at riskRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The state's overreliance on gambling, what once seemed like easy money, is becoming a major concern to taxpayers.
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State's gambling jackpot may have reached its limitRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Hoosiers' long ride on the gambling gravy train finally may be coming to an end.
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Cash-strapped gambling firm pushing bill in Legislature; Centaur trying to recover from Pennsylvania setbackRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Centaur is lobbying the Indiana General Assembly to let it transfer 500 slots from its Hoosier Park horse track in Anderson to the Fort Wayne area.
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Daniels still wants more from lottery, through privatizing or bond issueRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is building his campaign for re-election in part on another attempt to cash in a jackpot on the Hoosier Lottery. This time, he's hedging his bet. In case leasing the Hoosier Lottery outright to a private operator is politically impossible, Daniels is exploring a major bond issue backed by its future revenue.

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