Hoosier Park opens slot-machine casino

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Hoosier Park horse track in Anderson has opened the doors of its new slot-machine casino to the public.

After officials cut the ribbon on the 93,000 square-foot casino Monday morning, a long line of patrons began filing through the doors from the parking lot.

Indiana Downs in Shelbyville hopes to open its 70,000-square-foot temporary casino next week. The track is also working on a 270,000 square-foot permanent casino is being built near the track's grandstand. That casino could open next year.

Both tracks were allowed to install about 2,000 slot machines each after paying an initial licensing fee of $250 million to the state. Both tracks say they expect to draw more than 3 million visitors during the casinos' first year of operation.


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