Cherokee Nation to debut $80M casino near Arkansas border

Work is nearly complete on the new Cherokee Casino in Roland, Oklahoma. Photo from Facebook

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is putting the finishing touches on an $80 million casino near the Arkansas border.

The Cherokee Casino in Roland will have a soft opening on May 19, The Fort Smith Times-Record reported. The 170,000 square-foot facility includes a 120-room hotel, 850 gaming machines and enough space to host conferences, events, weddings and trade shows.

“It’s such a wonderful space,” Chief Bill John Baker told the paper. “But the real story here is that its creating 300 new jobs in a part of the Cherokee Nation that needs employment desperately."

The tribe hired 250 people to work on the casino portion and another 50 at the hotel. That's in addition to the 325 existing positions at the facility.

The official grand opening ceremony will take place in July, the paper reported. The facility, which was the site of the tribe's first bingo operation, is only a few miles from the Arkansas border.

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New Cherokee Casino & Hotel Gets Warm-Up With Tribal Leaders (The Fort Smith Times-Record 5/13)

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