Gila River Resort & Casino Santan Mountain opens June 30

Gila River Casino Resort, located near Chandler, Arizona, has announced its official opening date. The $180 million ($14.35 billion) facility will open June 30, 2023.

Gila is one of 16 tribes in the state that engage in some form of gambling. An updated treaty between Arizona and the tribes allows establishments to offer Las Vegas-style games, including craps, roulette, and online and land-based bookmakers.

Santan Mountain Casino will offer more than 800 slot machines, table games and a new full-service restaurant. A separate lounge is available for high-limit betting. The state’s largest betting shop, BetMGM, will also open here at 650 square meters. The ultra-modern design of the facility is a tribute to the culture of the Gila River indigenous community. There are no plans to build a hotel yet.

Blake Katznelson, general manager of the facility, said the casino will offer more than just gambling entertainment. He said, Traditional gaming is not the main focus. It’s the additional amenities that we offer.

In January, Tribal Governor Stephen Rowe Lewis enthusiastically commented on the future opening of the new facility. He noted, Santan Mountain will not only bring additional revenue, sustainability and critical services to members of our community, but will also raise our profile in the gaming and hospitality industry as we continue to build a dynasty of entertainment.

Gila River is already conducting a recruitment drive, with plans to hire approximately 700 people. This casino is not the only new project in Arizona. Desert Diamond Casinos has begun construction on a new facility near Glendale.

Meanwhile, Century Casinos is making a deal with VICI Properties to sell and lease back four casinos.

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