Deal allows inland moves for Indiana’s riverboat casinos

Lawmakers have approved a deal to allow Indiana's riverboat casinos to build on-land facilities, but live dealers won't be working table games anytime soon at the state's two horse track casinos.

House and Senate negotiators who agreed Wednesday on a bill had disagreements over how soon the horse tracks in Anderson and Shelbyville could have live dealers replace their electronic versions of games like blackjack. The compromise approved Wednesday will allow those casinos to seek permission for live dealers in 2021.

Gov. Mike Pence had opposed the live dealer provision, saying he considered it an expansion of gambling.

The riverboat casinos have had to remain on the Ohio River or Lake Michigan since they started opening in the 1990s.

Indiana's casinos have faced growing competition from neighboring states.

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