Ameristar ‘lands’ in Indiana

May 29, 2018 3:00 AM

Ameristar Casino in East Chicago is now the first Northwest Indiana casino to utilize a 2015 state law allowing casinos to move some gaming operations onto land.

Ameristar unveiled its new high-limit slots and table games room late last week. It’s a $6 million, 15,000-square-foot project located in the pavilion space formerly occupied by a burger restaurant.

Anthony Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, Ameristar’s parent, said being on land allows the casino opportunities structurally that it couldn’t take advantage of while on a vessel.

“We can now move walls and ceilings,” Sanfilippo said.

Ameristar is the second casino in the state to move part of its operations to land. Tropicana Casino in Evansville made the move late last year.