Indiana’s first land-based casino will Friday open its doors. Officials are set to cut the ribbon on the Tropicana Evansville, which moved inland after being a riverboat casino for more than 20 years.
The riverboat closed Monday as crews moved the remaining slot machines and table games into the $50 million, 75,000-square foot facility. The new casino features 45,000 square feet of gaming space on one level with 1,175 slot games, a dedicated poker room and more than 30 live tables with games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and mini baccarat.
The facility also includes two restaurants and an entertainment lounge which will also open to guests Friday.
"We are extremely excited to be able to offer our guests an upscale, yet casual dining experience just steps away from their favorite games," said John Chaszar, general manager of Tropicana Evansville. "We’ve not been able to do this in our 22 years of operating on the riverboat."
The casino received state approval last year to move onto land after the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation in 2015 allowing for land-based casinos.