Gila River Indian Community to get fourth casino under new tribal pact with state

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX — Arizona tribes are going to get at least four new casinos — and possibly more after another decade — along with more slot machines, more games of chance and the right to take wagers on a whole new category of professional and amateur sporting events.

One of the new casinos will be on the Gila River Indian Community between Casa Grande and Chandler.

The compacts signed Thursday by tribal leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey show there could be at least an additional nearly 6,300 video gaming terminals allowed in the state to attract Arizonans to reservation casinos. That is on top of the 13,640 the state Gaming Department says are in operation.

There actually already are close to 20,500 already authorized, with the balance not yet in use.

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