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Caesars disputes $50M state fee for racinos purchase

A new southern Indiana land-based casino could be in jeopardy as Caesars Entertainment disputes a $50 million state fee to buy racinos in Anderson and Shelbyville.

Caesars announced in November that it would pay $1.7 billion to buy Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Casino near Shelbyville.

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The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Caesars argues the state fee for transferring those casino licenses shouldn't apply. The report adds that Caesars has told the Indiana Gaming Commission it's reconsidering a $90 million project for building an on-land casino.  That casino would replace its Horseshoe Indiana Casino near Louisville.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the gaming commission is expected to review the Caesars-Centaur deal in May or June, which is also when they could discuss the fee issue.

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