- Associated Press - Saturday, April 15, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Cowlitz Indian Tribe says it will open a $510 million gambling complex in southwestern Washington state on April 24.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2ohORuH) that officials on Friday announced the planned opening of the Ilani Casino Resort that will include 15 restaurants, bars and retail stores.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a challenge to the 368,000-square-foot gambling complex from card room owners in nearby La Center concerned the new facility will draw away business.

The complex is projected to draw away at least $200 million annually from the card rooms, other tribal casinos and the Oregon Lottery.

Cowlitz Tribe Chairman Bill Iyall says the resort is expected to attract 4.5 million visitors a year and create 1,200 jobs in the region.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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