Caesars Debuts Harrah’s Columbus Nebraska Racing And Casino


ribbon-cutting ceremony Harrah's Columbus Nebraska Racing and CasinoCaesars Entertainment has officially expanded into Nebraska with the grand opening of Harrah’s Columbus Nebraska Racing & Casino.

The grand opening, held on May 17, was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, giveaways, and exciting firsts for the property.

Continue reading to learn more about the company’s first property in Nebraska.

The Grand Opening

The grand opening ceremony was an impressive event attended by notable people like Todd Connelly, Don Ostert, and Tom Jackson, cutting the ribbon.

  Todd Connelly, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment, stated:

“We’re so proud to open the doors to Harrah’s Columbus, NE Racing & Casino for the first time today.

Harrah’s is an iconic brand that our guests have come to know and love across the country.

We’re so happy to be here with our partners and friends as we celebrate what is sure to be a bright future in Nebraska.

Opening day guests got a commemorative Harrah’s shirt – a great souvenir for this meaningful day.

The fun didn’t stop there. Guests were the first to play the slots and table games and place bets at the brand-new Caesars Race & Sportsbook.

In fact, the first lucky jackpot winner hit an impressive $1,876 on the Power Push slot machine—what a way to kick things off!

Moreover, Harrah’s Columbus has Nebraska’s longest racetrack—a one-mile course.

It will host live races every weekend (Friday through Sunday) from August 16 to September 15, with a special race planned for Labor Day.

Furthermore, there are options for everyone. General admission seating is perfect for all ages, while those 21+ can enjoy the excitement of in-person and kiosk betting.

Features at Harrah’s Columbus

The new Harrah’s Columbus spreads over 17,000 square feet and has 400 slot machines, 11 table games, and a dedicated Caesars Race & Sportsbook.

The exciting part for sports fans is that this sportsbook features a massive 2,100-square-foot area with 17 viewing screens.

It also includes a huge 163-inch video wall – the ultimate spot to catch the game with friends.

And that’s not all! This location marks the first time Caesars Sportsbook has set up shop in Nebraska, making it a truly historic occasion.

Furthermore, this impressive development is the result of Caesars’ nearly $100 million investment.

Located just northwest of downtown Columbus on US Route 81/Howard Blvd, it’s a key part of Nebraska’s growing casino industry.

In fact, voters approved a referendum in 2020, paving the way for Las Vegas-style casinos at licensed horse racetracks.

Caesars’s Commitment to the Community

Caesars Rewards Harrah's Columbus NE racing and casinoIt is important for Harrah’s Columbus to be a valued part of the community.

Through the extensive Caesars Rewards network, guests can earn and use reward points at over 50 Caesars properties across North America.

Moreover, this ensures that Nebraskan players enjoy a wider range of benefits and experiences.

Providing a top-notch experience for everyone is a priority at Harrah’s Columbus.

Lastly, they aim to create a fun and safe environment where guests can relax, play their favorite games, and enjoy top-tier entertainment.

Responsible Gambling

If you feel that your gambling activities have become overwhelming, you can contact the National Problem Gambling Hotline for support at 1-800-522-4700.

You can also text the number 1-800-522-4700 or enter the website chat here.

The call is anonymous, and the hotline is available 24/7/365 free of charge.

Want to learn more about online casinos and sports gambling? Follow our Online Gamblers Academy and learn how to have fun responsibly!


Harrah’s Columbus Nebraska Racing & Casino opened on May 17, 2024.

Notable attendees included Todd Connelly, Don Ostert, and Tom Jackson.

Activities included playing slots, table games, and placing bets at the Caesars Race & Sportsbook.

Yes, the first jackpot was $1,876, won on the Power Push slot machine.

It is located northwest of downtown Columbus on US Route 81/Howard Blvd.

The casino features 400 slot machines, 11 table games, and a 2,100-square-foot Caesars Race & Sportsbook. It features a 2,100-square-foot area with 17 viewing screens, including a 163-inch video wall.

Yes, live races will be held every Friday through Sunday from August 16 to September 15, with a special race on Labor Day.

The casino spans 17,000 square feet.

It is a program where guests can earn and use reward points at over 50 Caesars properties across North America.

The casino offers slots, table games, sports betting, and live racing.

Gita Puikevica-Puikevska is a dedicated content creator based in Riga, Latvia. Her degree in technical translation and passion for music mirrors her creative approach to content writing. She is committed to keeping players informed with the latest gambling-related news and insights. Gita's commitment to promoting responsible gambling practices in the United States showcases her dedication to making a positive impact in the online gambling community.

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