Big Red Keno Launches a Lawsuit to Open a New Casino

A fight is building over who will run the casino Lincoln’s horse racing track, authorized by voters.

Big Red Keno claims to have a written operating agreement demonstrating its authority to conduct any increased gambling there.

Big Red Keno cites a contract with Omaha Exposition Racing Inc. and the Lincoln Race Course from 2013 in a complaint filed in Lancaster County District Court last week.

Part of the contract said:

If additional gambling activities are legalized in the future, and you wish to offer those activities at the premises, we agree to use our best efforts to make those activities available to you on mutually agreed terms.

And in view of our significant capital investment… you agree not to permit anyone other than us to offer, supply, or install gambling activities under any circumstances before the scheduled expiration date of the agreement.

The deal, according to Big Red Keno, is valid until 2033. However, the Winnebago Tribe’s Ho-Chunk Inc. and the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association revealed plans in March to develop a 220$million hotel, casino, and event center on the Lincoln site. The horsemen’s group owns the area.

Despite Big Red Keno’s efforts to discuss the matter with Lincoln’s racecourse, Lincoln racecourse refused to honor the contract and has proceeded to breach the contract by moving forward with services from another provider

said Big Red Keno’s attorney Stephan Mossman in a statement.

Big Red Keno is seeking the court to prohibit anybody other than Big Red Keno from offering, supplying, or installing gaming activities at the premises “under any circumstances” before 2033. It also seeks payment for any monetary damages.

Chris Jerram, an attorney for Omaha Exposition and racing, stated in a letter to Big Red Keno that the OER is not the one increasing gaming. It just rents the land and runs the races. The lease does not give OER sole possession of the land, and it expires in January 2024.

The new casino will be built, owned, and operated by Ho-Chunk.

Morgan is unconcerned that the legal action will cause them to change or postpone their plans.

The Benevolent and Protective Association of Nebraska Horsemen declined to comment on the case.  


The Ohio Sports Betting Bill To Be Presented By Sen. Kirk

The sports betting industry in Ohio is set for a major development with the introduction of the highly-anticipated Ohio Sports Betting Bill on Thursday, as confirmed by Kirk Schuring, the chief of the Senate Select Committee on Gaming in the state. During an interview with a radio channel, Kirk overwhelmingly conveyed that the bill is coming soon to change the industry. The bill will be presented in front of the Ohio Select Committee on Gaming to get its take on the document.

Talking about the 250-page-long bill in the interview, Kirk revealed that the bill would open new opportunities for the sports betting business in the state. It is still in its final stage of designing, and Kirk is giving the final edits to the content. Kirk elaborated that he is working closely with the Senate President, Matt Huffman to frame the guidelines. The legislation will not be restricted to sports betting alone but will include a variety of gaming processes such as iLottery, e-Bingo, and video lottery, etc.

A similar positive reaction was given by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a lawmaker, when he appeared on the Pat McAfee Show. He stated that Ohio would soon kickstart the sports betting business as it is a prominent part of the area. The only issue is to decide who will be given the governing power of the industry, the lottery commission or the gaming commission. He is confident that the authorities will resolve the problem and come up with a solution.

The Solution

It is anticipated that the bill released by Schuring might solve the problem of who will control the Ohio sports betting industry. The local sports teams and leagues are proposing to give control to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The commission administers licensed sports betting to 4 casinos, 7 racinos, and the native sports brands. These entities shall be allowed to apply for an in-person and online sports wagering license.

Some want the control to be shifted in the hands of the Ohio Lottery Commission. This plan would restrict the license availability for state wagers. However, it would help eateries, clubs, and bowling centers to run sports betting zones in their venues for customers. The sports betting market in Ohio has been facing tough competition from the nearby states that legalized the business and has suffered big revenue losses. The passing of the Sports Betting Bill will play a significant role in strengthening the gambling industry in Ohio. 


Sullivan County Casinos Resume Operations on Wednesday

After being shut for almost 6 months, the US economy is slowly resuming its operations. Amongst many other business activities, casinos are also being operational with a reduced capacity along with a few restrictions on social distancing.

On Wednesday, Sullivan County casinos were also seen reopened with capacity limited to 25%. The permission was granted to the state’s four non-tribal casinos last week on September 9. All these casinos were shut down since March due to the Covid-19 breakout. After meeting local leaders and press, the casino operators convinced the New York government to resume operations safely. The safety measures (in the wake of Coronavirus) such as installing thermal imaging machines, ultrasonic cleaning technology, and medical-grade filters, etc. are now mandatory in several institutions and business establishments.

Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks while playing inside the casino. On the opening of casinos, Genting Americas East has posted a 21-point Safety Plan online. Genting Americas East is the major stakeholder in the Resorts World. It will be subject to create and ensure the implementation of strict safety protocols across the casinos. The 21-point safety plan released includes social distancing, thermal-scan for a temperature check, intensified cleaning at casinos, over 200 stations for hand-sanitizing, face mask, and much more.

According to Bob DeSalvio (president of Genting Americas East), their team at The Resorts World has been waiting for reopening since long with great hope. No doubt there are tough times of pandemic going on. But, we take up the responsibility of staying safe while having fun and entertainment in the casinos, he added.

At the moment, the visitors will have access to only 100,000 square feet of the gaming floor including slot machines and around 150 table games. To maintain social distancing, the tables are separated from plexiglass dividers. For the visitors, the view of the casinos will be a bit different as it used to be. However, they can surely have some fun.


Barstool Sportsbook App to be Launched by Penn Gaming on September 15

The Penn National Gaming has seen a rise in Penn stock after plans were announced to launch the Barstool Sportsbook app. The news said that the new mobile app would be launched in Pennsylvania with a soft launch. The company has plans to release the full app on September 18, but a soft launch will be held before the actual. The soft launch will take place from September 15 to 17. It will be open to only pre-registered users who can use the app fully for testing purposes. The Penn National Gaming will also work with the regulators during these three days to ensure no glitches with the app.

Penn National said that the approval for the soft launch of the live, real money app came from the State Gaming Control Board. The company will wait for the final approval before launching the iOS version of the app in Pennsylvania. It will be released in other states in due course of time, but there was never any mention of the launch of the Android version of the app. The soft launch news has worked wonders for the company as Penn National was up to USD 56.80 ( high by 5%) on NASDAQ, where it trades under Penn.

In January this year, it is essential to note that Penn National acquired as much as 36% interest in the sports media platform, thereby becoming the official gaming partner of Barstool Sports. The live soft launch of the app in Pennsylvania is significant for Penn National as it is based in the state. Secondly, the iGaming markets and the Pennsylvania sports betting has seen an enormous boom in recent times. So this launch can prove to be an essential milestone for the company as it strives to be the leading provider of online and retail gaming.


Self-Serving Betting Kiosks Launched in Colorado

A move that is specifically aimed to enhance the convenience for the bettors, Bet.Works has come out with self-serving terminals for gamers in Colorado. Bet.Works is collaborating with Elite Casino Resorts to launch the specific format, which is touted to be a game-changer in the gaming industry. Gamers can enjoy this facility at the Red Dolly Casino, located in the Blackhawk area.

Transparency and fairness are major concerns for the bettors, and to make sure that gamers feel confident Bet.Works has obtained a license for this self-service facility from Gaming Laboratories International. Further, Kiosk Information Systems, a well-known name in the industry, has been roped into create these terminals. The Colorado-based tech company has unmatched experience in developing these kinds of innovative self-serving terminals.

Finer Details

Many unique features are offered through these self-serving terminals. Especially the convenience of accepting the cash and ticket in and out options are definitely going to add to the experience of sports bettors by making processes independent for the players.

Expressing delight on this association, Kim Kenney, the president of the Kiosk, said that the association with the Bet.Works is a fantastic opportunity to realize the potential of the experience that their developers have realized over the years. The top echelon of the company exuded confidence that the Kiosk’s innovative capabilities will prove instrumental in providing top-class customer experience to bettors. Kenney was also delighted that Kiosk has played an important role in facilitating the association between Red Dolly Casino, Elite Casino Resorts, and Bet.Works.


The partnership is vital for the Bet.Works as it presents an opportunity for the company to expand its footprints in the United States of America. This will also help the company realize its mission of delivering innovative sports betting services and entertainment experience to gamers. Overall, the association has significance for Colorado’s gaming market, which is expected to get a new fillip owing to these new self-serving terminals.