Central Louisiana will soon be home to a new casino as the Jena band of Choctaws have started construction of a new facility in Creola. The tribe’s chief B. Cheryl Smith says that “It is now official, the tribe is going to build a casino in Grant Parish.”
The location is off US Highway 167 in Creola, on a 40-plus-acre tract donated to the tribe by a local businessman a decade ago. The tribe is targeting a grand opening in late December this year.
Because the state government has steadfastly refused to negotiate a gaming compact with the tribe, the casino will be limited to Class II gaming devices which are based on bingo. However, the latest generation of Class II slots, although based on bingo internally, deliver a very similar experience to the Las Vegas style slot machines of Class III designation. Indeed, most patrons don’t know the difference. Without an agreement with the state, the tribe will also be unable to offer table games.
Chief Smith indicated the casino would employ 270 people, mostly drawn from the tribe.
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