Tropicana Evansville

Tropicana to be sold

Apr 17, 2018

Tropicana is selling its Evansville casino and other properties as part of a major merger. 

Tropicana Entertainment has announced it’s entered a definitive agreement to sell Tropicana’s real estate to Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc, in a $1.85 billion deal.

The company’s real estate includes a new land-based casino on Evansville’s riverfront, along with two adjacent hotels, and a currently unoccupied strip of restaurants and clubs called The District.

Last call: Ri Ra's shuts down

Mar 6, 2018
John Gibson

A Downtown Evansville restaurant has closed its doors. 

Officials at Ri Ra’s announced in a tweet that the Irish pub on Riverside Drive has closed after what officials called “12 great years in Evansville.”

In the announcement, the restaurant cited increasingly difficult trading conditions.

The officials said Ri Ra’s landlord, Tropicana Evansville, had been extremely supportive in attempts to “find a path forward” but both agreed there was no option but to close the pub.

Mayor cautious on more gaming revenue

Oct 23, 2017
John Gibson

Now that Tropicana has opened its land-based casino in Evansville, will the city and county see an increase in gaming revenue? 

The lively 75,000 square-foot casino replaces Evansville’s gaming boat, which opened 22 years ago as the state’s first floating casino.

Tropicana is predicting more revenue with the new casino, but Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told WNIN the city is not taking it for granted…

Tropicana opens land-based casino in Evansville

Oct 20, 2017
John Gibson

A ribbon is cut, opening the state’s first land-based casino in Evansville. 

People waited in long lines to be among the first customers at the new single-story Tropicana casino, built between the Tropicana Hotel and the Le Marigot on Riverside Drive.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke noted it’s the first land-based casino to open in Indiana.

("That's as a result of a lot of hard work by the Indiana legislature, specifically the local legislative delegation, the state gaming commission had to approve this, so a lot of things had to happen to get to this day.")

Floating casino to chug away soon

Oct 16, 2017
John Gibson

Evansville’s floating casino will soon pull away from the riverfront after more than two decades of gaming. 

Tropicana plans to open a new land-based casino along Riverside Drive this Friday.

The riverboat has been docked at Evansville since 1995, two years after state legislators approved gaming and local voters approved a referendum.

Former State Rep. Dennis Avery voted against the measure in 1993, and told WNIN he would have voted “no” on land-based gaming too…