First Nebraska casino gets the greenlight, will open Saturday in Lincoln

First Nebraska casino gets the greenlight, will open Saturday in Lincoln

Article brief provided by Lincoln Journal Star
  • Andrew Wegley, Lincoln Journal Star
September 23, 2022 7:05 PM
Updated: September 27, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Andrew Wegley, Lincoln Journal Star
  • Nebraska
  • Tribal Gaming

The long-awaited opening of Nebraska’s first state-licensed casino cleared its final hurdle Friday afternoon, paving the way for the first pull of a slot machine in Lincoln’s history.

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission voted Friday to grant a permanent gaming license to WarHorse Lincoln, which plans to open its temporary casino at the Lincoln Race Course on Saturday.

The commission’s unanimous approval comes nearly two years after Nebraska voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative to allow casino gambling at the state’s horse racing tracks.