Hastings Exposition and Racing partners with Elite Casino Resorts on Ogallala casino project

June 21, 2023
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The new location will feature a poker room, along with 20 live tables games and 650 slot machines.

Hastings Exposition and Racing and Elite Casino Resorts have partnered to build the next Nebraska casino, according to a local report in the Lincoln Journal Star. Both companies have committed to constructing Lake Mac Casino Resort & Racetrack in Ogallala.

Once completed, the $100m destination will feature a 5/8-mile racetrack dedicated to quarter horseracing, along with a casino gaming space that will offer 650 slot machines, 20 live tables, a poker room and a sportsbook.

In addition to the casino, the 174-acre property will be home to an event center, a 180-room hotel and an RV park.

Hastings Exposition and Racing told local news it has filed an application to transfer its racing licence to Nebraska next year.

Hastings Exposition and Racing Founder Brian Becker commented, “We’ve been in the racing business for over 30 years, and the Elite family has been in the casino industry for over 30 years.

“It was a perfect partnership to help grow the quarter horse racing industry.”

Keith County Area Development Executive Director Mary Wilson told the Journal Star, "As a tourism-heavy community, we are well-positioned to take advantage of this development and host millions of out-of-state visitors a year.

"The location is ideal and will further enhance the appeal of our area as a vacation destination."

Fonner Park and Elite Casino Resorts have partnered to open a temporary casino location in Grand Island and said they plan to soon build a permanent location.

Elite Casino Resorts CEO Dan Kehl commented on the collaboration and shared with local news the company’s eagerness to be involved.

He said in closing, “We are honored to be chosen to be part of the Keith County and Ogallala communities, as well as partner with Hastings Exposition and Racing to move their existing horse racing license to western Nebraska, where the opportunity to capture out-of-state business is strong.

"We look forward to this partnership and showcasing our Elite amenities in western Nebraska.”

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