Majestic Star CEO warns of smoking ban driving gamblers elsewhere

Nov 10, 2017 9:26 AM

In Indiana, the CEO of Gary’s two casinos owned by Majestic Star is warning that a proposal that would ban smoking in city casinos would cost the northwestern Indiana city revenue by driving gamblers elsewhere.

Supporters for a new law eliminating smoking in all public places and workplaces in Gary told the city council on Tuesday that workers at Gary’s two Majestic Star casinos deserve smoke-free air.

However, Majestic Star CEO Peter Liguori is cautioning that the ban would send patrons to casinos in adjacent East Chicago or Hammond so they can light up there, according to the (Northwest Indiana) Times newspaper.

Liguori says an analysis shows Gary’s casinos could see gaming revenue drop 35 percent annually, costing the city $3 million annually in gaming tax revenue.

He projects a smoking ban could also bring the elimination of nearly 400 of the company’s roughly 1,000 casino jobs.