Todd Connelly, regional president of Caesars, said during a recent event at Elks Country Club that the erection of Harrah’s on Columbus will be a major milestone for the company while sharing renderings of the finished product. Harrah’s also donated $5,000 to the Columbus Fieldhouse, a nearby fitness, wellness, and rehabilitation center.
"We’re pleased to bring a brand-new destination to the great state of Nebraska," said Connelly. "This is a huge milestone for the company, and we’ve been working hard to bring it to life."
Gamblers in the area might have to wait for next year to access the finished product, but the temporary casino will still count as a Caesars rewards destination for loyal customers. That will allow them to redeem an array of prizes and also accumulate points by staying and utilizing various Caesars attractions.
At the same time, WarHorse Gaming is building casinos in Lincoln and Omaha to rival Caesars but also bolster the overall gambling scene. Construction in Lincoln has an estimated completion date of late 2024, or roughly 18 months.
Elite Casinos Resorts is also planning to build Grand Island Casino Resort at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE. However, construction will not begin until the state fair’s completion in the summer.
Based on estimates, Harrah’s will be the first of these casinos to open.
Nebraska reported $2.8 million in tax revenue from slot machines in 2022. In the first week of January, casinos in Lincoln alone produced $228,000 in taxable funds through the state’s 20% tariff on revenue.