A new Casper legal gaming business plans to open its doors at 5 p.m. Monday, March. The business is called the Horse Palace and will offer electronic games based on historic paramutual horse racing.
Owner Eugene Joyce said the Horse Palace is also applying for a Bar and Grill Liquor License. Council will consider that request during their March 5 Council meeting. He said the license would allow the business to serve alcohol, but that the majority of its restaurant sales need to be food sales.
Joyce added that the liquor license would likely allow the Horse Palace to begin serving on April 1. Until then, the Horse Palace will open its doors for customers to play the electronic games and bet on horse races Joyce said will be broadcast on the business’s televisions.
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The Horse Palace is located in the old On the Border Restaurant building on Wyoming Boulevard. Joyce said HASS Construction, who he said originally built On the Border, did the renovations for the Horse Palace.
Joyce said he operates similar businesses in Gillette, Sheridan, Cheyenne, Rock Springs and Evanston. He said there is also a Horse Palace in the Beacon Club, which is located in Mills.
The Beacon’s Horse Palace generated $455,000 in tax revenue for the Town of Mills and $455,000 for Natrona County last year, according to Joyce. He said Casper stands to see similar tax benefits.
“We’re hoping to generate that again here for the City of Casper,” he said.
Joyce said that the gaming establishment could keep some business in Wyoming because it would give people a local option rather than needing to travel to Deadwood, South Dakota or places in Colorado that offer legal gaming.
Joyce explained that the gaming machines offer different gaming options that are all based on paramutual horse racing. He said there is also a machine for people to place wagers on televised horse racing events that will be shown on the business’s televisions.
“This is indoor entertainment for adult people,” Joyce said.