WarHorse Gaming LLC announced on June 8 that the Nebraska Race and Gaming Commission had issued the state’s first Provisional Casino Operator Licenses for facilities in Omaha and Lincoln.
The licenses enable WarHorse management to secure appropriate funding, enter into contracts with vendors, and begin recruiting employees.
“We are very grateful for the speed with which the Commission turned around and issued us with provisional licenses. As you can imagine, we are very excited to start construction, create jobs and start maintaining the money in Nebraska,” said Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., parent company of WarHorse Gaming LLC.
Ahead of the grand opening, WarHorse Gaming is planning a phased opening in Omaha and Lincoln before completing facilities. Lincoln’s phased opening will feature over 400 slots with plans to open later this year. Omaha’s phased opening will feature over 800 slot machines with plans to open in the first half of 2023.
WarHorse Omaha will have approximately 1,600 playing positions, a food court with three restaurants, as well as live and simulcast racing. WarHorse Lincoln is expected to be the first of the facilities to open and will include more than 1,300 gaming stations, a 196-room hotel, event space, multiple restaurants, live and simulcast horse racing and other amenities once completed. The full scope of projects is expected to take 18-24 months to complete.
WarHorse Gaming LLC is a division of Ho-Chunk Inc., the award-winning economic development company of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. In addition to building and operating a new track in Norfolk, WarHorse Gaming LLC will manage and operate the casino gaming expansion at existing horse racing tracks in South Sioux City and in partnership with the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association ( HBPA) in Omaha. and Lincoln.