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Land-based casinos likely, says Indiana gambling chief

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The head of the Indiana Gaming Commission says it's becoming increasingly likely that Indiana will make the shift to land-based gambling.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Ernest Yelton said declining casino revenue and other factors are helping drive the push for land-based casinos. Yelton told the Gary Chamber of Commerce on Monday that land-based gambling is "gaining more and more momentum,." The Times of Munster reported.

Yelton calls State Sen. Earline Rogers of Gary the "biggest champion" of the land-based push that state lawmakers would have to approve.

Successive mayoral administrations in Gary have lobbied lawmakers to move at least one of the city's two riverboat casino licenses inland to a site along the heavily traveled Borman Expressway.

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  • Sunday gambling
    So we will be able to gamble on land on Sundays, but still can't buy alcohol.
  • Don't get your hopes up
    I'm surprised that the director of the gaming commission is making such a strong statement on the matter considering that Governor Pence just said that he is against any expansion of gambling. There is no way that there is enough support on the issue to override a veto. Gambling on sports is not going to happen. The NCAA and major sports leagues are against it, and they have a contractual right to leave any state which permits sports gambling. That's why Nevada and New Jersey are banned from hosting NCAA tournament games, and Nevada does not have any pro teams.
  • Downtown Casino
    Time to move one of those Casinos to downtown Indy. There's a nice big space in the old Nordstroms. Seems to be working nicely in Cleveland's new downtown Casino.
  • Sports
    How long until we start legalizing and taxing gambling on sports. how ridiculous is it that millions are sent to islands to gamble on sports when we could tax this money in our own state. People are going to gamble, might as well allow them to do it and tax the winnings.

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