Ho-Chunk Casino Games Return
As reported by the Baraboo News Republic: "It may be a few months before they return, but Ho-Chunk Nation officials announced Wednesday roulette, craps and poker will return to their Baraboo casino after a brief, legally induced hiatus. The games were pulled at midnight June 30 last year after a State Supreme Court ruling. The ruling was reversed a few weeks ago.
"Ho-Chunk Casino Executive Administrative Officer Jon Greendeer said the ruling is a strong victory for both the state and the Ho-Chunk Nation. "…The games were pulled after the court ruled Gov. Jim Doyle's negotiations with state tribes violated state and federal constitutions. "Rep. J.A. "Doc" Hines, R-Oxford, said if state tribes are allowed to operate casinos they should be allowed to have the same kinds of games as other casinos. "…According to the Ho-Chunk Nation, the casino offers 2,400 slot machines, 36 blackjack tables, 11 high-stakes tables a 500-seat bingo hall, 315 guest rooms and five restaurants. The casino employs about 1,300 people. "Greendeer said the games were not the casino's biggest money-makers, but provided patrons more variety…"