Gila River Indian Community plans 4th metro Phoenix casino south of Chandler

A new casino will open on Gila River Indian Community land south of Chandler, the tribe recently announced.

This will be the tribe’s fourth casino, allowed based on Arizona Native American tribes’ newly negotiated tribal compact with the state. Before, the Gila River Indian Community was allowed three casinos, which it operates at Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte in Chandler and Vee Quiva in Laveen.

The new casino will be on community trust land south of Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway, outside Chandler’s southern border. The casino is expected to open in one and a half to two years.

Gov. Doug Ducey in April signed a historic agreement with Arizona’s tribes, marking the biggest update to gambling in the state in decades. In addition to allowing sports betting, the compact provides for casino expansions and at least four new casinos, including at least two in metro Phoenix.

The new casino will offer all the new games allowed under the revised compact, including new table games and sports betting, a representative of the community indicated. It’s expected to cost more than $100 million and plans could be expanded to add a hotel.

Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis said in a statement the tribe has been negotiating for years with the state for an amended compact. He said the fourth casino is “historic news” for the community.

“Adding a 4th casino will bring additional revenue, security, and critical services to Community members. In addition, we anticipate being able to add hundreds of new […]

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