Bill to help Indiana casinos survive faces lawmakers

Apr 22, 2013 6:02 PM

Different versions of a bill to help Indiana casinos survive the increased competition coming from neighboring states now face lawmakers.

One bill, passed by the House by a 73-17 margin would allow the state’s 13 casinos to deduct a portion of cost of promotional free gambling given to patrons, a move that would cost the state an estimated $16 million a year.

Not included were provisions that the senate had already approved, including live table games such as blackjack and roulette to be installed at horse track casinos in Anderson and Shelbyville where only electronic versions are permitted.

Also, the House version does not agree with the Senate in allowing 10 riverboat casinos along Lake Michigan or the Ohio River to build new inland facilities adjacent to their properties.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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