Indiana looks to move riverboats inland

Dec 15, 2009 3:00 AM

A legislative panel in Indiana has been advised that relocating riverboats inland would help protect them from growing competition in neighboring states.

Such a move would be a major help to the two casinos in Gary that are operated by a company owned by Detroit businessman Don Barden.

Specifically, the Gaming Study Committee’s report, that included a number of options, concluded that the city of Gary and the state (and obviously the operator) would best be served by allowing one of the two Gary casinos on Lake Michigan to become land-based.

Supporters have maintained that an inland casino at a major intersection of interstates in Gary would draw more customers.