• Caesars Entertainment is renovating its seven IN gaming venues in preparation for legal sports betting.
  • Indiana legalized sports wagering in May and is aiming for a September launch.
  • Caesars’ IN sportsbook rollout should not be impacted by the company’s pending sale to Eldorado Resorts.

INDIANAPOLIS – In preparation for the launch of legal sports betting in Indiana, Caesars Entertainment is upgrading its properties in the state.

The company, which on Monday announced its $17.3 billion sale to Eldorado Resorts, will be adding sportsbooks and other upgrades to its seven Indiana gambling locations.

These include four casinos and three off-track betting (OTB) venues in the Hoosier State.

On the casino side, Caesars operates the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (Shelbyville), Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino (Anderson), the Horseshoe Southern Indiana (Elizabeth), and the Horseshoe Casino Hammond (Hammond).

However, construction is set to kick off at one of the brand’s OTB facilities. Caesars’ Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB in Indianapolis is the immediate focus.

There, improvements will center around supplementing the bar space with extra seating, televisions, and sports wagering kiosks. In an effort to appeal to a younger clientele, the venue will also be adding cornhole and tabletop shuffleboard amusements.

The remodeled Winner’s Circle could provide a template for what to expect at Caesars’ other Indiana venues as the company gears up for full-service sports wagering.

Indiana legalized sports betting on May 8, when Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed HB 1015 into law. Barring any unforeseen delays, legal Indiana sports betting is slated to go live by September 1.

While statewide mobile betting is also legal in Indiana, it is likely that land-based venues will be the first to offer publicly-facing sportsbooks.

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