US – Gila River Resorts & Casinos to open Santan Mountain Casino on June 30By Phil - 22 May 2023
Gila River Resorts & Casinos will open Santan Mountain Casino, its fourth casino in the Arizona market, on June 30, joining Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva.
The $180m casino has taken 18 months to build and will boast the largest casino sportsbook in Arizona, along with 813 slot machines, table games and a new full-service specialty restaurant.
At 7,000-square-foot, the BetMGM sportsbook will feature booths and individual seating. The sportsbook will rent booths so people can reserve a table to watch a game or event. The sportsbook also has a deli counter called Upper Deck Deli.
The casino will boast three pits for table games including the high-limit table games. The roulette table in the high-limit area features a white roulette wheel, which is unique in the United States, where roulette wheels are traditionally black. The high-limit area will feature its own bar, called Premia, which will have an indoor/outdoor space that opens to a garden.
Blake Katsnelson, General Manager of Santan Mountain, said: “We have designed this casino as an entertainment experience, offering more than just gambling. Traditional gaming is not the way; it’s the extra amenities that we offer.”
The casino has large-scale windows allowing natural light to flood in, and will not allow smoking inside. It is the first new casino to be built following Arizona’s updated gaming compact.
Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis said: “Adding a fourth casino will bring additional revenue, security, and critical services to Community members. In addition, we anticipate being able to add hundreds of new jobs that Community members can take advantage of, and we expect that many of those will be filled by Community members.”