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'Destination Resort' Expansion Underway at Akwesasne Casino

February 29, 2008

AKWESASNE Construction on the $75 million first phase of expansion at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino has started. The former gift shop on the east side of the casino is being converted into floor space for 1,000 new slot machines. These machines will be installed in sets of 250 over the course of the year. In addition, the expansion includes a new sport bar "Sticks" named for lacrosse.

Later this year construction will begin on the second phase for an 8-story hotel with 220 guest rooms. Eventually they will add an entertainment complex. The Mohawk Bingo Palace will be relocated into the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

The original plans were announced in October 2006 and outlined the following:
a Class III casino with 1,500 slot machines and 35 table games
a Class II casino with 500 gaming machines and a 36-table poker room
a multi-purpose events center with 850 bingo seats
a proposed 400-room hotel
five to eight restaurant and dining facilities
two ballrooms
meeting spaces
a business center,
a non-gaming video arcade
an assortment of gift, retail, and resort outlets
parking for at least 2,000 vehicles, with structured parking for at least 1,000 vehicles.

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