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Tohono O’odham casino to open near Westgate around Christmas

Despite objections from the state, the Tohono O’odham Nation plans to open their West Valley casino around Christmastime, according to Phoenix Business Journal.

Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will open near the intersection of 91st and Northern Avenues, about a mile north of Westgate City Center and University of Phoenix Stadium.

 

The O’odham Nation and the State of Arizona are still in discussion for a Vegas-style gaming license (think big payout slots, live blackjack and poker), but the casino is going ahead with 1,000 “Class II” slot and gaming machines, which are not a part of that discussion, according to Phoenix Business Journal.

Another possible road block is an effort in the U.S. Congress to block new casino development in the Valley until 2027, when a gaming deal voted upon in 2002 expires. The O’odham Nation plans on suing if it goes through.

 

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