Big upcoming sports betting in Omaha and Lincoln – PLATTE VALLEY
WarHorse Omaha and Lincoln are the first casinos to apply for a Nebraska gambling license.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:06 p.m. CDT
NEBRASKA CITY – Two casinos offering gambling, horse racing and sports betting will make their way to Nebraska next year.
WarHorse Gaming, which is operated by the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Tribe, opens casinos in Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha’s location at Horseman’s Park is expected to compete with casinos across the Missouri River at Council Bluffs.
WarHorse Omaha will include rooftop terraces, an outdoor play area and will accommodate smokers. It will have approximately 1,600 gaming positions as well as a three-restaurant food court and simulcast live races.
WarHorse Gaming said in a press release that it expects a phased opening at both sites. WarHorse Omaha will feature 800 slots initially with a plan to fully open in early 2023.
WarHorse Lincoln at Lincoln Race Course hopes its temporary facility can open later this year. It will include around 400 slot machines.
As a whole, WarHorse Lincoln will include 1,300 game stations and a 196-room hotel that overlooks the race track. There are plans for event space as well as several restaurants available along with other amenities including live and simulcast horse racing.
The duration of the projects is between 18 and 24 months with a price of around 600 million dollars.
The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission issued a provisional operating license to both casinos on June 9, which means WarHorse can obtain financing and enter into contracts with suppliers.
But it can’t turn on or run games at the moment.
The casinos will pay rent to the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association (HBPA) because the Horseman owns the land at Horesman’s Park and Lincoln Race Course.
Between the two locations, WarHorse Gaming is expected to hire nearly 1,500 employees to operate the facilities.
Pete Graziano, director of marketing at WarHorse Gaming, was in Nebraska City on Wednesday and said WarHorse Omaha and Lincoln’s sportsbook will be one of the biggest outside of Las Vegas.