Nation | Tribe: Gila River Indian Community
Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway
Gila River Casino Santan Mountain will be a new Gila River casino built south of Chandler, Arizona near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway. The casino has been approved by the state for slot machines, table games and a sportsbook. The groundbreaking for the new casino was October 18, 2021. Construction will take 18-24 months with the grand opening in late 2023.
Artist rendering of Gila River Casino Santan Mountain
Arizona's Indian gaming compacts signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2021 added sports betting and included a new casino to be built by the Gila River Indian Community south of Chandler.
The new casino is expected to open in 2023 and will include 850 slot machines, table games and a sports book. The estimated cost of construction is $150 million.
This casino will be the fourth owned by the Gila River Indian Community. The other Gila River Resorts & Casinos are Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, Vee Quiva Casino in Laveen, and Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler.
Artist rendering of entrance to Gila River Casino Santan Mountain
Artist rendering of front view of Gila River Casino Santan Mountain
Artist rendering of back view of Gila River Casino Santan Mountain
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Slot machines - 850
Table games - including blackjack, craps, roulette and mini-baccarat
High-limit gaming salon
Details to be announced
No plans for a hotel have been announced to date.
June 22, 2022
The Santan Mountain Casino is proceeding on schedule since breaking ground last October. This week Gila River Resorts & Casino announced the new executive team for managing the operation. The team members are Blake Katsnelson, Aaron Bayne, Sera Ribble Cocharo, and David Baughn.
Blake Katsnelson will be the General Manager of Santan Mountain Casino. Katsnelson has years of experience at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and the Lone Butte Casino.
Aaron Bayne is the new director of table games. He has worked 20 years for Gila River.
Sera Ribble Cocharo will head the restaurant and bar services at Santan Mountain. Cocharo has 13 years in food and beverage services at Gila River casinos.
David Baughn will be director of facilities and EVS and brings 25 years of experience.
The Gila River Indian Community broke ground in October 2021 on their new casino at Santan Mountain. The $150 million project will take 18-24 months to complete. Santan Mountain will feature 850 slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, a high-limit gaming room and a sportsbook. The casino will also include several restaurants and bars, and possibly a future hotel.
October 21, 2021
The Gila River Indian Community celebrated the groundbreaking for new casino on Monday. The casino will be the tribe's fourth and will be named Gila River Casino Santan Mountain. The location is a 160-acre site south of Loop 202 in Chandler near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway.
Groundbreaking for the Gila River Casino Santan Mountain - Oct 18, 2021
The casino project will cost $150 million and take 18-24 months to complete. When finished it will feature 850 slot machines, table games including mini baccarat, craps, roulette, a high-limit gaming salon and a BetMGM Sportsbook. The casino will also have several restaurants and bars including a bar with entertainment in the center of the gaming salon. A hotel may be added in the future.
August 4, 2021
The Gila River Indian Community announced plans last June to build a $100 million casino south of Chandler, Arizona, The casino was approved in a new gaming compact signed by Gov. Doug Ducey last April. The compact authorizes the casino to operate slot machines, table games and a sportsbook.
The casino announcement has prompted infrastructure concerns by Chandler officials and social media postings. The cost of roads and other improvements will have to be resolved between the city and tribe. This is typically negotiated through a municipal services agreement, in which the tribe agrees to compensate the city for the incurred costs and public services provided for the casino.
Chandler city Councilman OD Harris told the SanTan Sun News:
"What I am hearing is 580 acres of land to be developed into a world-class casino, golf course and a hotel with spa amenities.
"We are still working on learning the details of their master plan. The Native nation have been keeping things close to chest.
"The City of Chandler respects the sovereignty of the Gila River Indian Community and wants our residents to recognize that the city has no jurisdiction over the Gila River Indian Community or its casino enterprises."
June 30, 2021
The Gila River Indian Community announced plans this week to build a new casino south of chandler, Arizona. The tribe's Community Council has approved the project and allocated a budget for development.
The new casino was included in the April gaming compact amendments that added sports betting. This will be the fourth casino owned by the tribe.
Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis said in a statement:
"Adding a 4th casino will bring additional revenue, security, and critical services to Community members. In addition, we anticipate being able to add hundreds of new jobs that Community members can take advantage of, and we expect that many of those will be filled by Community members."
- Stephen Roe Lewis, Tribal Governor
Construction of the new casino will cost $100 million and is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. Its location will be near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway south of Chandler.
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