Nebraska: Fonner Park can’t hire casino operator until state forms Gaming Commission Jeff Bahr, The Grand Island Independent · January 14, 2021 at 5:55 am While Fonner Park is waiting for the Nebraska Gaming Commission to be established, the Grand Island racetrack is talking with companies that might run a gaming operation there once the system is in place. In November, Nebraska voters approved constitutional amendments to legalize casino gambling at licensed Nebraska horse tracks. In bringing gambling to Grand Island, Fonner Park can’t move ahead until Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts establishes a Gaming Commission and the rules and regulations are finalized by the commission, said Fonner CEO Chris Kotulak. Those rules and regulations will govern casino operations. Kotulak thinks the commission might be established in a month or so.