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I know that Siloam Springs isn't technically in the NWA core metro, but I thought this story was important for all of us to here.

Yesterday, the Cherokee Nation broke ground for a 200,000 sq. foot Casino that will replace the current 36,000 sq. foot casino in West Siloam Springs, OK. This casino is suppose to create another 600 jobs. The first phase of construction will cost $80 Million. The first phase will include a new gambling floor & entertainment venues, a Las Vegas style buffet, Steakhouse, country-western bar, piano bar, & a sports bar. The second phase is suppose to include an onsite hotel. There will also be 40 table games and 1,300 electronic games!!!

Definately good news for the area!! :yahoo::yahoo:

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I know that Siloam Springs isn't technically in the NWA core metro, but I thought this story was important for all of us to here.

Yesterday, the Cherokee Nation broke ground for a 200,000 sq. foot Casino that will replace the current 36,000 sq. foot casino in West Siloam Springs, OK. This casino is suppose to create another 600 jobs. The first phase of construction will cost $80 Million. The first phase will include a new gambling floor & entertainment venues, a Las Vegas style buffet, Steakhouse, country-western bar, piano bar, & a sports bar. The second phase is suppose to include an onsite hotel. There will also be 40 table games and 1,300 electronic games!!!

Definately good news for the area!! :yahoo::yahoo:

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Come on Colby, we all know nobody goes across the border to gamble. Just like all the negative aspects of gambling stay on the Oklahoma border. So there's no reason to have gambling introduced into Arkansas. :rolleyes: Okay, I don't mean to make anyone mad but I just don't see people's arguments against having gambling in Arkansas. Neighboring states are setting up casinos right along our state border. Most of the state already has just a short drive to a casino but all our neighboring states get all that revenue while we don't get squat. Oh except for the negative aspects which we do get anyway because people still go to gamble anyway.
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Agreed. The arguments against both, especially the lottery, are plain stupid in my opinion. Missouri does very well with it's lottery, and the money they make off of it goes to some important projects that they might otherwise not be able to afford. Casinos may have a slight crime concern with them (from the nay-sayer opinions I've heard), but if you have a couple extra police officers in your city, the money the casino brings in far outweighs the bad, I think. And the ideas that gambling is just wrong, sinful, whatever make me laugh. I consider myself quite christian and as long as you don't make it an addiction, I see no problem with the occasional gambling, nor have I heard good argument from any of the ultra-conservative crowd, as to why it is wrong. It's your money, you can do what you want with it.
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I think that Matt said the second phase would have an onsite hotel. I would have to guess it is going to be alot like the Cherokee in Tulsa. It is very nice as far as Oklahoma Casinos go. They are also adding on to it currently. I drive by it 3 or 4 times per week on my commute from Fayetteville to Tulsa. It looks like they are building a 5 story parking garage but I have not heard.
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