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Monday, October 3, 2016

A Third Indian Casino May be Near Us by 2020

The Proposed Indian Casino of the Wilton Rancheria Tribe in Elk Grove, California

We have two Indian Casinos within 20 to 30 minutes driving time from our residence that we currently patronized. The first one is Thunder Valley(TV) in Lincoln and the second one is Red Hawk (RH) in Shingle Springs. In both Casinos we not only play but also dine in the several restaurants that offers food to fit everyone taste and budget. A third one may be coming in the near future as published in the Elk Grove News the other day as follows:


In a lengthy meeting, in front of a packed city council chamber, the Elk Grove City Council approved an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the Wilton Rancheria Tribe on the proposed casino to be located in Elk Grove near the still unfinished outlet mall. The vote was 5-0. A majority of the speakers were in favor of the MOU and the casino. There were 45 people who signed up to speak.

The tribal leader, Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock made a brief presentation of the benefits of the casino and working with the community. Then the community had a chance to speak and by our count there were 39 speakers, with 28 in favor of the MOU.

During the city council debate, City Councilman Pat Hume gave a heartfelt, emotional commentary on why approving the MOU was the right thing to do for the city and for the tribe.

The complete video of the presentation is on the Elk Grove Laguna Forums Facebook page. The video was broadcast live to give more people a chance to see the meeting that may not ordinarily attend a council meeting.


If this proposed Indian Casino is built, it will be also only about a 30 minute drive from our residence. I am looking forward for the completion of this project, because if there is competition, the percentage pay out of the slot machines may be improved in all of the three casinos, so customers and patrons of the Casinos will have higher chances of winning playing the slot machines.

Construction will start in 2019 if everything is approved and construction completion time is expected to take from 18 to 24 months. I hope I will still be alive and kicking when this Casino is ready for operation.

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