Nebraska’s first ‘permanent’ casino, Harrah’s Columbus, to open next month

Nebraska’s first ‘permanent’ casino, Harrah’s Columbus, to open next month

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  • Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald
April 20, 2024 2:22 PM
  • Joe Dejka, Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska’s first full-fledged, newly built and state sanctioned gambling casino is slated to open in Columbus next month, marking a milestone in the state’s rollout of casino gambling. The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission Friday approved a target opening date of May 13 for Harrah’s Columbus.

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“This is a big deal,” Commission Chairman Dennis Lee said.

The state’s three other casinos are open, but in temporary facilities. According to construction schedules, all should be open by early next year.

“We’re definitely excited to open the first permanent casino in the state,” said Don Ostert, Harrah’s Columbus general manager. The 17,000-square-foot casino floor will feature 400 slot machines and 11 live table games, including roulette and craps, Ostert said.