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Arkansas City Tribal Casino Opens Soon

9 February 2006

ARKANSAS CITY, Kansas – As reported by the Arkansas City News: "A new casino south of Ark City should open by next month, the casino's manager said recently.

"Mario Hernandez said last week that the Native Lights Casino is getting final approvals from the National Indian Gaming Commission. The state of Oklahoma also must complete criminal background checks of casino workers, he said.

"He hopes the Tonkawa-owned facility can open before March.

"…The casino has been advertising for months on the radio in the Wichita area. The tribe also is running television advertisements and has erected billboards in Wichita to entice that large population to what could become a mini-Las Vegas between Arkansas City and Newkirk along U.S. 77.

"…The casino will have 550 to 700 machines and two tables each of black jack and poker, Hernandez said. There will be a concession area and a bar with six TVs. The casino hopes to have live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights…"

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