Ho-Chunk receives license for casinos at horse racing facilities

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) – A division of Ho-Chuck has been granted a license to include casinos in their horse racing facilities.

According to a statement from WarHorse Gaming, the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission has issued the first provisional casino operator licenses in the state.

The licenses were issued to the Omaha and Lincoln facilities and allow WarHorse management to obtain financing, source suppliers and recruit employees.

“We are very grateful for the speed with which the Commission turned around and issued us with an interim license,” said Ho-Chunk, Inc. CEO Lance Morgan, “As you can imagine, we are very can’t wait to start construction, create jobs and start keeping money in Nebraska.

WarHorse Gaming will hold a phased opening with over 800 slots in the first half of 2023, according to the release.

WarHorse Lincoln will include more than 1,300 gaming stations, a 196-room hotel, event space, multiple restaurants, live and simulcast horse racing, and other amenities. The release said WarHorse Omaha will have 1,600 gaming stations, a three-restaurant food court, and live and simulcast racing. Lincoln is expected to be the first facility to open, and projects are expected to take between 18 and 24 months.

Richard F. Gandhi