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New Cherokee Casino Opens In Roland, Adds 250 New Jobs

ROLAND (KFSM)- The Cherokee Nation hosted the grand opening of its eighth casino in Roland on Wednesday (July 1). The new casino has 850 gaming machines, card t...

ROLAND (KFSM)- The Cherokee Nation hosted the grand opening of its eighth casino in Roland on Wednesday (July 1).

The new casino has 850 gaming machines, card tables, two restaurants and a concert venue. It has also created 250 jobs and will create even more when the resort-style hotel opens this fall.

Justin Choate is one of the casino’s new employees. He said he and his wife moved from Texas so he could get a job as food and beverage manager.

“They offered me a position and I was very surprised at what the Cherokee Nation was able to offer as far as employment and was very happy with the offer that they made,” Choate said.

Choate was there when Bill Baker, the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This is obviously a quality project and property that will be maintained and will give an experience as good as any experience you could get in Las Vegas,” Baker said.

Chief Baker thanked everyone who made the project happen.

“It`s just a good day that gives folks the opportunity to walk around and see what a first class job the construction folks did, the designers did, the architects did,” he said.