Full House Resorts files legal action over November Vigo County casino licensing decision
INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO / WAWV) – Full House Resorts, Inc., one of the finalists who applied for but was denied the Vigo County casino license in November, filed a complaint against the Gambling Commission of the ‘Indiana on Friday, claiming the commission violated Indiana Open Door Law. regarding meetings.
Full House and Churchill Downs, Inc. were the two finalists among four candidates considered at the November 17 meeting in Indianapolis. Churchill Downs received what has been called an IGC Certificate of Proficiency following this meeting and following an Executive Session of the IGC.
The lawsuit, filed in Marion Superior Court 2, argues that the executive session violated state open door law. The lawsuit is in part aimed at overturning the decision to deny Full House’s application and the decision to grant the license to Churchill.
The Vigo County casino license was initially awarded to Lucy Luck Gaming, LLC, but the IGC did not renew that license earlier this year, which opened it up to other applicants. Lucy Luck has appealed this decision. A hearing in this case has been set for February 2022.
The IGC order following the November meeting states that the license to operate the County of Vigo casino “will be awarded to Churchill Downs upon the final assertion of non-renewal of the owner’s license of Lucy Luck casino currently pending with the Office of Administrative Procedures… ”.