Kentucky: New Churchill Downs casino in Louisville city center off to slow start, figures show

Kentucky: New Churchill Downs casino in Louisville city center off to slow start, figures show

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  • Chris Otts, WDRB-TV
May 25, 2024 12:42 PM

When Derby City Gaming opened in downtown Louisville in December, the CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. said the casino-like venue represented a “much needed entertainment facility in this region” and “an investment in the spirit and the culture and the future of our city.”

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But the $90 million downtown gaming venue is off to a slow start, according to figures from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which regulates the slots-style “historical horse racing” machines featured there.

From the facility’s opening Dec. 6 through March 31, the new downtown location generated only about one-quarter of the revenue per machine of the original Derby City Gaming off Poplar Level Road, according to figures published by the KHRC.