New Painted Hand Casino building in Yorkton to open in March - Thursday 26th of February 2009

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) will officially open its newly redesigned Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton to the public on March 11.

The new 43,000-square-foot facility came with a price tag of $30 million. The redesigned casino will feature 217 slots, seven live table games, a restaurant offering full food and beverage services and a state-of-the-art multi-purpose room designed to accommodate a variety of different entertainment events.

"Not only is there a demand, but we wanted to be able to provide a better facility for our patrons and a better work environment for our employees as well," said Pat Cook, SIGAs vice president of corporate affairs. "This one is designed as a proper casino. It will have an appropriate back-of-house for our employees and an appropriate floor for our patrons."

"Weve clearly outgrown the building we were previously in; it was previously an old co-op," Cook said. "The new facility is much larger and better designed."

The new casino facility will employ 240 full-time, part-time and casual staff members, more than the number employed at the previous location, Cook said.

The new building is located on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in the west end of the city of Yorkton. Community members are excited for its opening, according to Cook.

"I think people have been waiting a long time, and when they finally saw the building being put up, there was a sigh of relief it was coming to fruition," she stated. "Were certainly excited about it, and I know the community has been very supportive of it and are looking forward to it as well."

SIGA currently runs six casinos across Saskatchewan in Prince Albert, North Battleford, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton and on the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle. The new casino in Yorkton will incorporate unique branding elements, Cook said.

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