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April 9, 2013

Indiana gaming chief: Land-based gambling likely

GARY, Ind. — The head of the Indiana Gaming Commission says it’s becoming increasingly likely that Indiana will make the shift to land-based gambling.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Ernest Yelton says declining casino revenues and other factors are helping drive the push for land-based casinos. The Times of Munster reports Yelton told the Gary Chamber of Commerce on Monday that land-based gambling is “gaining more and more momentum.”

Yelton calls State Sen. Earline Rogers of Gary the “biggest champion” of the land-based push that state lawmakers would have to approve.

Successive mayoral administrations in Gary have lobbied lawmakers to move at least one of the city’s two riverboat casino licenses inland to a site along the heavily traveled Borman Expressway.

—Associated Press

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