Sports betting operations were launched at Caesar’s Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Northwest Indiana. The gambling facility is only the second in Northwest Indiana to offer sports betting operations.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said that the new Horseshoe sportsbook is “another beautiful addition” to “the best casino located outside of Las Vegas.”
“When I first took over as mayor (in 2004) this was a small, little boat. It was very crowded and very smoky, and to see what Caesars and what Horseshoe Casino Hammond have done,” McDermott said.
“The number of people that we draw from outside of Indiana right here into Indiana, I tell you it’s amazing to see things progress over time.”
Earlier this week the Indiana Gaming Commission approved the launch of sports betting operations at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino.
“Nothing like this has ever happened this fast in my recollection,” Horseshoe Casino General Manager Dan Nita said. “Typically, legislation gets approved and things take nine months, 12 months.”
“The fact that the governor signed the law in May and here we are in the first week of September is truly a tribute to everyone that was involved.”
“The Gaming Commission set very high standards. We didn’t do them any favors, and Horseshoe Hammond was able to meet those standards on a very aggressive timeline,” said Sara Tait, Indiana Gaming Commission executive director.
“Check this place out. The investment that Caesars put in here, the facilities, they’re top-notch. I think patrons will find that this sportsbook is as nice as any sportsbook in the country, and I think people are going to enjoy this new offering.”