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Cherokee Nation to build new casino in east Oklahoma

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: April 17, 2014 at 8:39 am •  Published: April 17, 2014

ROLAND — A casino in eastern Oklahoma operated by Cherokee Nation Businesses will be replaced with a newer, larger complex featuring a hotel, officials said.

The Journal Record reported Thursday ( ) that the new facility in Roland near the Arkansas border will include a six-story, 125-room hotel and an 87,000-square-foot casino accommodating 850 games with a bar, stage and other entertainment options. The existing casino in Roland now has 600 electronic games and six table games.

The new complex will also include convention space, a swimming pool and a smoke shop, Cherokee Nation Business Chief Executive Shawn Slaton told a group of developers and commercial real estate investors Wednesday.

"It's time to update those facilities," Slaton said "It's going to be a state-of-the-art place, something the nation and Oklahoma will be proud of."

The existing facility at Interstate 40 and State Highway 64 will be demolished once the new complex is built, Slaton said.

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