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New California tribal casino to open near Yuma

Jan 29, 2009 9:04 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Arizonans soon will have another place to play the cards and pull the slots as builders put the finishing touches on the state's newest tribal casino.

The Quechan Casino Resort is set to open Feb. 13 just six miles from Yuma in Winterhaven, Calif. The casino will have 1,000 slot machines, and 24 tables featuring blackjack, three-card poker, and other games. A 10-table live poker room will deal Texas hold 'em, hi-lo, Omaha and five-card stud.

Though the resort is owned by the Fort Yuma Quechan tribe, whose reservation straddles the Arizona-California border, Arizona will not receive any revenue from the casino, according to Arizona gaming officials.

The five-story resort has 166 rooms, a pool, a lazy river for rafting, and several dining and dancing options.

Casino CEO Marty Gross said Feb. 13 was chosen as the opening day because it leads into Valentine's Day and President's Day, and February is the peak of the region's winter visitor season.

The Flying Elvi, a 10-member skydiving team of Elvis impersonators, will be dropping in the evening of Feb. 12 for a grand opening show.