Last week the Indiana Gaming Commission voted unanimously not to renew the license of Lucy Luck in Terre Haute, which would have overseen a $175 million casino project.
The denial comes after the operator hadn't hired a management team to run the casino and also was unable to secure financing for the project. The location was to be built and operated by Hard Rock International, but it appears those plans are now up in the air.
The process will now begin again, with other operators able to apply for the gaming license. No timetable for the process was made available at press time, and it appears a lot of groundwork will have to be laid in order to reopen the bidding.
Speaking about the denial Lucy Luck Chairman Greg Gibson said, "We certainly have accomplished our original goal of bringing a gaming license to Vigo County. The community can take solace in the fact that there will eventually be a gaming facility here. It truly saddens me to know that the Terre Haute license will be open for a bidding process amongst companies who will be interested in the project solely for monetary gain, and with companies who don't know our community like Lucy Luck does. For me, this project has always been about Terre Haute; it's been about my home community. Terre Haute deserves this casino, and I wish it could be alongside Lucy Luck Gaming."