Aug 24, 2001 8:23 PM

Jack Binion, the son of one of Nevada's earliest casino operators, was able to retain his Indiana gaming license.

The State Gaming Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve the riverboat gaming renewal application for Binion, the CEO of Horseshoe Casino, located in Hammond.

The vote followed a lengthy application process and a detailed review of Horseshoe's performance since it was first approved for an Indiana license in November 1999. A group of gambling opponents cited an Illinois board report last year that found Binion unable to operate the Joliet riverboat casino purchased in 1999.