Full House Resorts unveils Indiana casino hotel proposal

Full House Resorts has submitted a proposal to the Indiana Gaming Commission to develop & operate a new casino hotel in Terre Haute, Indiana

Full House Resorts has submitted a proposal to the Indiana Gaming Commission to develop and operate a new casino hotel in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

In response to an application process launched by the IGC on June 24, 2021, the proposal was for a new casino in Vigo County, Indiana – Terre Haute is the county seat of Vigo County.

“Since we first started exploring gaming opportunities five years ago, we have seen how eager the citizens of Terre Haute and Vigo County have been to attract a world-class gaming destination,” commented Alex J. Stolyar, senior vice president and chief development officer of Full House Resorts. “We are excited to propose our revolutionary development to the residents and community leaders who have so patiently waited and supported us.”

The Company’s proposal – a $250m gaming and entertainment destination named American Place – would be developed on 32 acres of land that it currently has under contract. 

Highly visible from Interstate 70, the site is approximately one hour west of Indianapolis and within 100 miles of Champaign-Urbana and Decatur, Illinois, as well as Lafayette, Indiana.

“After several years of studying Terre Haute and nearby communities, we believe we have designed a unique destination that will make Indiana residents proud,” said Daniel R. Lee, President and chief executive officer of Full House Resorts. “American Place was designed to be a world-class entertainment facility, one that will bring new jobs and revenues to Terre Haute, Vigo County and the State of Indiana.”   

In Full House’s proposed design, the hotel is elevated above an interior greenscape, in a shape resembling a “happy smile”. A majority of the guest rooms are on upper levels and enjoy extended views. Atop the hotel is a pool deck and restaurant, overlooking the Wabash Valley. 

Along the busy neighboring freeway, the company plans to build a large greenhouse, offering “a lush interior environment”. Within the greenhouse, the project would have two restaurants that offer “outdoor” dining, even in winter, as well as venues for weddings and other group events. 

Located between the hotel and the greenhouse, the casino would offer approximately 1,000 slot machines, 50 table games, and a “state-of-the-art” sportsbook. On top of the casino is set to be a solar energy farm, which would provide green, sustainable energy for a portion of the complex’s electrical needs.

“We have been licensed in good standing in Indiana for many years, where we own and operate the Rising Star Casino Resort and Golf Course in Rising Sun, which opened in 1996,” added Lee. “This project would allow us to leverage our experience and database in Indiana, with cross-marketing opportunities with Rising Star. 

“It will also provide career advancement opportunities within Indiana for our Rising Sun team members, while allowing us to seed the new Terre Haute team with experienced Indiana gaming personnel.”