WarHorse Gaming unveils construction plans for Omaha casino

May 3, 2023
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The company expects to open the facility next summer.

WarHorse Gaming has announced plans to begin construction on its Omaha casino next month, according to a local report from Ketv7 Omaha. The company said the temporary casino is scheduled to open by June or July 2024.

WarHorse opened its Lincoln temporary casino last fall. The destination currently features 433 slot machines.

The company said it will open a permanent casino in Lincoln toward the end of 2024.

Nebraska Horsemen has partnered with WarHorse Gaming’s parent company, Ho-Chunk Inc., to launch both casinos in Lincoln and in Omaha, according to the local report.

Ho-Chunk President and CEO Lance Morgan commented on the upcoming project by saying: “It’s very exciting to have reached this point, but even more exciting knowing what the future holds for Omaha and the state.

“Nebraskans made their thoughts clear in the 2020 election – we want to keep our money in our state. Today is a significant milestone in making that happen.”

Nebraska Horsemen CEO Lynne McNally told KETV7 that the group is “grateful for the patience – particularly to the citizens of Omaha.”

She went on to add that the company looks forward to bringing horseracing back to the city with the addition of the Ohama casino and noted that it “will be a supercharged version of Lincoln's, with more than double the number of gaming positions.”

McNally commented: "We're revitalizing an entire industry for the state of Nebraska and helping launch a new one at the same time.”

Once completed, the Omaha casino will feature nearly 1200 slots machines, 20 table games and a sportsbook, as well as both live and simulcast horseracing.

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