Nebraska is riding high after seeing gaming tax revenue increase for the third straight month.
The three commercial Nebraska casinos generated more than $1.54 million in tax revenue in July, hitting the mark for the second time this year. In March, WarHorse Gaming Lincoln and Grand Island Casino & Resort generated $1.55 million in tax revenue.
Three casinos better than two
According to the Nebraska Racing and Gaming Commission (NRGC) report, tax revenue was up nearly $200,000 more than in June.
July also witnessed the second month of operations for Caesars’ temporary Columbus Casino, which opened on June 12 at Platte County Ag Society Park.
Nebraska gaming tax revenue 2023:
- WarHorse Gaming Lincoln: $841,714
- Grand Island Casino & Resort: $440,895
- Columbus Casino: $262,354
- Year-to-date: $9,731,317
Last month, state and local entities paid $1.36 million in total gaming taxes, up 5.4% from May.
Expansion for Grand Island coming soon
On Aug. 8, Grand Island Casino & Resort at Fonner Park petitioned the NRGC for permission to expand its gaming options.
The NRGC meets on Friday, at which point the commission could consider Grand Islands’ request. If the commission approves, Grand Island gaming options could include:
- A craps table
- A roulette table
- An Ultimate Texas Hold ’em table
- Five blackjack tables
- Increased slot count to 336
In addition, the casino is also seeking permission to offer Nebraska sports betting at its facility.
Currently, the only casino accepting bets is WarHorse Casino Lincoln, which partnered with Kambi Group. Players can bet at the sportsbook or any of the 10 available kiosks. Aside from MLB and NFL betting, the selection includes betting on other pro sports, like golf, tennis and college sports.
Speaking with the Grand Island Independent in August, Grand Island Casino General Manager Vince Fiala said expansion plans include new dining options and a live entertainment space.
With the addition of a second sportsbook and more table games, a $2 million gaming tax month might be in Nebraska’s future.