Wortman eyes Mexican casino for $100 million

Jul 10, 2001 6:25 AM

Bill Wortman, owner of the Nevada Palace Hotel/Casino on Boulder Highway, is wasting no time now that the political forces in Mexico have indicated they are getting ready to approve casino gambling.

Last week, Wortman announced that he is prepared to spend $100 million on a new casino in the small town of Reynosa, Mexico, a short distance from the Texas border.

The casino would have the normal amenities as well as an adjoining 18-hole golf course and country club.

But, nothing will happen until the Mexican authorities approve casinos. Highly-popular President Vicente Fox has indicated he would be in favor of permitting casinos in areas that would attract tourists.

“Reynosa has a strategic position that will bring tourism from the other side of the border,” Wortman said. He added that he believed the authorities would lift the gaming ban.