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Catawba Indians casino opens near Charlotte for gambling


The Catawba nation of India will open its 500 slot gaming facility in North Carolina this week, tribal leaders said on Tuesday.

Players can start playing at noon Thursday at the pre-launch facility at the Two Kings Casino Resort in Catawbas at Exit 5 of Interstate 85 at Kings Mountain, approximately 35 miles west of Charlotte.

The doors will open after a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. that morning, according to leaders of the Rock Hill, SC-based tribe.

Open 24/7, the single-storey establishment will feature slot machines from seven manufacturers, a snack bar and a service bar.

Work on a larger casino building is expected to begin by the end of the year and take about a year to complete on already cleared land near the current facility, officials in Delaware North say. Delaware North is the project consultant.

This building will include approximately 1,300 slot machines, as well as table games, a restaurant and a bar, according to Chuck Kilroy of Delaware North.

The building will be the first part of the planned $ 273 million Two Kings Casino Resort, for which no construction schedule is set, Delaware North officials said.

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When opening this week, the “Buffalo” and “Wheel of Fortune” machines will be the most popular offerings, based on their use at other casinos across the country, Kilroy told the Charlotte Observer at ‘a recent media tour of the site.

Only adults 21 years of age and older will be allowed entry.

The parking lot has 649 spaces and an outdoor area will accommodate food trucks and restaurants, according to Delaware North officials. Smoking will only be allowed in designated outdoor areas, they said.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering the region’s population, municipalities and major current events, and was the editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting the latest news.