Tropicana Evansville

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…

Port Authority to consider LST feasibility deal

Jan 9, 2017

A step may be taken Monday afternoon toward the proposed relocation of LST 325.

Mayor Winnecke’s office says the Port Authority of Evansville will consider an engineering service agreement.

It would look into the feasibility of moving the World War II ship from its location off Waterworks Road to the current site of the Tropicana riverboat along Riverside Drive.

The gaming company is moving its operation to dry land across the street, after the Indiana General Assembly voted in 2015 to allow such moves.

Ground broken for land-based casino

Jul 19, 2016
John Gibson

Construction is officially underway on a $50 million land-based casino in Downtown Evansville. 

State and local officials joined Tropicana in breaking ground for the casino that will replace the riverboat docked on the Ohio River.

During a ceremony inside a large, white, air-conditioned tent, Tropicana CEO Tony Rodio called it a historic day. He noted that Evansville opened Indiana's first riverboat casino more than 20 years ago, and now the city will open the first land-based facility.