Grand Island Casino In Nebraska Approved To Offer Tables Games

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on August 21, 2023 - Last Updated on October 11, 2023
Texas Hold 'em Player Reveals Kings with table games approved and Grand Island Casino Resort logo

The Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission approved a request from the Grand Island Casino Resort to offer various table games. 

On Aug. 8, the Nebraska casino at Fonner Park in Grand Island submitted a request to state regulators to offer roulette, craps and blackjack for real money. The historic approval brings with it Las Vegas-style gaming to the Cornhusker State. 

What are the table games approved for Grand Island Casino at Fonner Park?

Haselhoff also said the Nebraska casino has been busy hiring and training live dealers to work the newly approved table games. 

The gaming commission approved:

  • One craps table
  • One roulette table
  • Five blackjack tables
  • One Texas Hold ’em table
  • 46 slot machines

With the additional slot machines, Grand Island has 337 total slot machines on the casino gaming floor. 

According to an article by the Omaha World-Herald, Sharon Haselhoff, regional vice president of Elite Casino Resorts said:

“Our expanded dining area will be a Draft Day restaurant, which will serve lunch and dinner every day of the week, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday to get that sports wagering crowd early.”

Grand Island Casino becomes second destination for Nebraska sports betting

Along with Grand Island’s request to offer table games, it will also provide sports betting at its racetrack casino. In doing so, Grand Island becomes the second property where Nebraskans can legally bet on sports.

WarHorse Casino in Lincoln opened its sportsbook in June. At the time, Commission Chairman Dennis Lee said, “This is historic.”

The sports betting approval couldn’t come at a better time, considering the NFL betting season is less than three weeks away.

Grand Island aims to kick off sports betting on Wednesday, Aug. 23Haselhoff said: “We hope to open the Elite Sportsbook with two kiosks and two sports windows to bet in person.”

Per Nebraska gaming law, all sports bets must be placed in person at a betting kiosk at a licensed racetrack. 

In July, the three commercial casinos generated over $1.54 million in tax revenue, hitting the mark for the second time this year. The state’s three casinos are WarHorse Lincoln, Grand Island and Columbus Casino.

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