After facing a shut down for over a year and protests of the facility, the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is now back in action. The tribal casino reopened on New Years Eve to a large crowd of over 1,000 customers excited to see the venue back in action.
The venue was supposed to have a soft reopening but once the front doors opened at 10 am on yesterday morning, the crowds were larger than expected. The crowd pushed inside the venue, ready to enjoy the 1,700 slot machines and table games of the casino.
The CEO of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, Christian Goode, stated that the reopening has been fantastic. From the minute go, the venue had a nice crowd waiting and the business has been brisk with every customer happy to have a great time.
Despite the reopening of the facility, the division over who is in charge of the tribe has not ended. The tribe has 900 members, with a group currently protesting that the tribe should have less than 50 members. The group feels the current leaders are not legal to run the tribe, despite Federal Government recognition.
According to protestor Luke Davis, there is still a dispute going on inside the tribe. The group disagrees with the ‘illegal council’ that was elected by an ‘illegal election’. While the fight heads to court, the casino is open and the crowds do not care about the dispute, they just want to enjoy casino gaming.
The venue is open 24 hours a day and was busier than the tribal leaders expected. Each of the table games and gambling machines were in full operation. During the soft opening, the venue had planned on limiting the food service available but had to scramble to offer additional dining options.