New York- A subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation's casino
partner has bought 216 more acres near the state's largest
American Indian gaming center.
latest land purchase -- the third this year near the WinStar
Casino by MegaBingo Inc. -- propels expectations of
a gambling destination resort.
Chickasaw Nation is building a motel next door and has
discussed building two larger hotels and a golf course.
Tribal spokeswoman Robyn Elliott said the tribe is still
developing its plans for the land and isn't ready to disclose
golf course or some other attraction would make WinStar
the state's second multifaceted casino resort.
Cherokee Nation recently opened a resort along Interstate
44 at Catoosa that includes a seven-story hotel, a golf
course and 80,000 square feet of gambling.
opened in July 2003 with 1,100 electronic gambling machines.
A recent addition increased that number to 2,400, far
more than any other Oklahoma casino.
1,600-seat theater and an Italian restaurant are part
of the recent addition. Elliott said the tribe recently
hired more than 300 new workers for the extra gaming space
and the new amenities.
officials expect total employment for the complex to top
1,500, with an annual payroll exceeding $15 million.
federal law, Indian gaming revenue must be spent along
five general guidelines, two of which are to fund tribal
government and to donate to other local governments.
said the Chickasaw Nation has made numerous contributions
from its business revenues, the largest part of which
comes from gaming.
that have received at least $10,000 include the Love County
ambulance service, Ardmore Christian Schools, Lone Grove
Public Schools, Ardmore Christian Schools and Ardmore
the tribe plans to build an ambulance annex on its WinStar
property to provide better emergency access to casino
customers and to rural towns along the Love County/Texas
parent company, Multimedia Games Inc., financed the WinStar's
construction through an agreement that guarantees 80 percent
of the casino's gaming floor space to Multimedia's electronic
company leases its machines to the casino and receives
a percentage of the net-win, or the amount each machine
makes after paying winners.
County land records show MegaBingo bought 216 acres Oct.
21 from Joseph and Kelli Neave for nearly $1.4 million.
The land is about three miles north of Texas near Interstate
Neave is a professional polo player who owns a horse ranch
near the casino, sources said. Calls to his home weren't
previously bought 118 acres near the WinStar
from other owners through two purchases, then conveyed
each parcel to the tribe.
said the tribe made no direct payments for the land, but
that Multimedia Games may receive financial benefit through
the tribe's development agreement with the company.
Games representatives didn't respond to several requests