The Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino is in the midst of becoming Caesars Southern Indiana. The Elizabeth, Indiana casino located outside Louisville, Kentucky announced that it will soon be throwing a “bon voyage party” for the riverboat it currently resides on, according to a report from WDRB.com.
The Caesars Entertainment casino will eventually be fully on land once the new expansion begins opening in phases sometime in December. The casino operator invested $85 mm in a 100k-square-foot expansion. The construction process began in mid-2018, made possible by a 2015 Indiana law change.
“By moving the casino operations to a new building, we are able to give guests a fresh, new modern casino and an enhanced experience,” Brad Seigel, senior vice president and general manager of the property, said in an April 2018 presser. “Integrating the food, entertainment, and gaming outlets in one area builds upon the high quality experience that guests expect from our property. We will continue to operate as normal during the renovation and welcome guests to take this journey with us over the next 18 months.”
The goodbye party for the riverboat will be held on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
In the lead up to the opening of the casino expansion, Caesars is hiring 40 new positions.
The riverboat casino currently has a sportsbook, but the on-site betting will be moved to a new space under the expansion, according to Caesars.
In September, HSI opened a book with a former NFL player placing the first legal bet.
The first bet has been placed at The Book on Deck 2 of Horseshoe Southern Indiana! Paul Hornung, The Golden Boy, has picked Green Bay to beat Minnesota on Sunday, and New Orleans to win the Big Game! pic.twitter.com/QuJVUz7GET
— Caesars Southern Indiana (@CaesarsSI) September 12, 2019
The current retail sports betting space is rather modest, compared to the likes of the book at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino in northwest Indiana.
It doesn’t appear that Caesars has released any renderings for the new sports betting space, but it is expected to resemble the book at Horseshoe Hammond, where sports betting is integrated into the open gaming floor plan. The casino firm did release renderings of the temporary book that’s currently in operation to capitalize on the NFL and college football wagering season.
Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino will open new sports betting venue — "The Book" — on September 12th. It will be open until midnight each day. @HorseshoeSI pic.twitter.com/ZQKDRtlVNH
— Paul Miles (@PaulMiles840) August 28, 2019
Caesars partnered with Scientific Games for sports wagering in Indiana. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, the casino giant’s online gambling arm, has received a license for online/mobile sports wagering. It has yet to launch a product and there’s no known timeline for when it will. Right now, Indiana online/mobile sports betting is limited to FanDuel, BetRivers, and DraftKings.