VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The current casino plans under Lucy Luck Gaming are on hold for now, and the future seems uncertain for a casino in Terre Haute.
The Indiana Gaming Commission will reopen the license application for the Terre Haute casino.
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Now, the local businessman behind the project isn't sure if his company will reapply.
Lucy Luck Gaming planned to build the casino, with Hard Rock branding on the east side of Terre Haute, just off of State Road 46 near Walmart.
Lucy Luck asked to renew its license with the gaming commission. On Thursday, the commission denied that request.
The commission says Lucy Luck does not have an executive team in place to run the casino. The commission also says casino operations are not fully funded.
A lawyer for Lucy Luck refuted those claims.
Lucy Luck's Chairman, Greg Gibson, echoed that sentiment in the Thursday hearing.
"We have worked our tails off to get in a position to make this happen for Terre Haute and Vigo County," Gibson said. "We are in a position to hire our team, but at this time, we don't have any gaming operations going on."
Gibson also released the following written statement following the decision. He says he is disappointed.
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"The news we received today, although it wasn’t what we had anticipated or hoped for, isn’t the end of the journey. Lucy Luck Gaming has been prepared to begin construction on this project for months. We have worked tirelessly alongside many to bring this project to the Terre Haute community. We have developed our team, our finances, and detailed our operations to secure our license. However, more importantly, Terre Haute has worked hard for this project. The citizens have worked hard for this project. I am deeply disappointed in what came from today’s meeting, and disappointed that a community who has fought and stood ready received such news. I believe in my community, and I believe in this project. As for Lucy Luck, we may reapply, but I’m not sure if we will. We certainly have accomplished our original goal of bringing a gaming license to Vigo County. The community can take solace in the fact that there will eventually be a gaming facility here. It truly saddens me to know that the Terre Haute license will be open for a bidding process amongst companies who will be interested in the project solely for monetary gain, and with companies who don’t know our community like Lucy Luck does. For me, this project has always been about Terre Haute; it’s been about my home community. Terre Haute deserves this casino, and I wish it could be alongside Lucy Luck Gaming."
He says his company has been ready to begin construction for months. Gibson says the community can take solace in the fact that there will eventually be a gaming facility here.
He said Terre Haute deserves a casino and wishes it could be alongside Lucy Luck Gaming.
Gibson says for him, it has been about his home community.
We will continue to follow developments and bring you more as it becomes available.