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Poker Room Coming To Glendale Area In Arizona After State Makes Deal With Tribal Group

State And Tribe Reach Agreement To Allow Table Games

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A Native American tribe can go forward with table games, including a poker room, at its $400 million Glendale-area casino that opened in late 2015.

The Tohono O’odham Nation and Arizona have ended a years-long fight over the controversial casino. According to Bizjournals.com, the state is dropping its opposition to the casino thanks to the tribe agreeing to not have casino gambling in Phoenix.

Phoenix and Glendale are only about 10 miles apart.

Arizona had alleged that the tribe hid its intentions for a Glendale-area casino when the gambling compact was negotiated in the early 2000s. Other tribes have gaming in the Phoenix area.

“This is a day the Nation has long been working toward,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel said in a statement.

“It establishes an agreement concerning the Nation’s right to conduct Class III gaming on its West Valley land and it brings to an end the final dispute that was constraining this important project. The Nation is eager to continue with its West Valley investment to create thousands of new jobs, positive economic development, and a world-class casino resort.”

There are a dozen poker rooms and about 150 poker tables in Arizona already. Most of the rooms are in the Phoenix area. The largest poker room in the state (47 tables) belongs to Talking Stick Resort, just outside Phoenix near Scottsdale.