Jim Conrad, chief executive officer of the Wind River Casino, said Thursday there were still a few procedural hoops the tribe had to jump through, but he expected to have Class III machines and the first blackjack tables installed in the tribe's existing bingo parlor within 60 days.
It's a major step," Conrad
said the agreement signed Wednesday was based on prior talks between the tribe and the state and allowed only a limited range of Class III games.But he
said the tribe would seek an amendment, based on the 10th Circuit ruling, to allow all Class III games.
"There's still a few hoops," Conrad
said."It's probably going to take us 60 days to get tables and slot machines in and on the floor."Conrad
said the current facility, formerly known as 789 Bingo, would probably house between 300 and 400 Class III machines.They'll start with three blackjack tables, then add more table games as dealers are trained and as the market demands.
The tribe also has plans for a _$10.3 million casino that Conrad
said would probably hold 600 to 700 machines and expanded table offerings.