With one of the harshest winters in recent memory behind them, Northwest Indiana casino operators are looking to up their game while keeping an eye on developments in Illinois.
More than 16,000 video gaming terminals now in operation in Illinois taverns, social clubs and other locations is having a definite impact on casino revenues there and in Indiana, according to Daniel Nita, Horseshoe Casino senior vice president and general manager.
"That's given Illinois legislators some pause, because they talk about gaming expansion, but they are already in the midst of gaming expansion now," Nita said.
Meanwhile, Nita is optimistic Indiana legislators will respond to the challenges arising across state borders, as they come to understand the pressure the industry is under and the impact that is having on state tax collections.
Casinos themselves are looking into ways to expand their offerings beyond the gaming floor in order to attract a broader audience, Nita said.