New Casino Opens For Business


A simple piece of paper made it official -- the new Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is open for business.


Chairman Ivan Smith accepts the certification for the new Mazatzal Hotel and Casino and a congratulatory handshake from Paul Bullis, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. Bullis and other representatives from the state, as well as members of the National Indian Gaming Committee, were at the new Tonto Apache facility Monday for its official opening.

Tonto Apache Tribal Chairman Ivan Smith was presented the official certification by Paul A. Bullis, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, in a ceremony in the new hotel's conference room Monday morning.

The hotel's sophistication was evident, as Interim General Manager Steve Salatti was called upon to close the blinds and turn up the lights in the room using a remote control device that looked like something a video gamer might use.

"This is a great day. It has taken two long years and a lot of hard work to get us here," said Chairman Smith when he accepted the presentation.

Representatives from the National Indian Gaming Committee were also present. Ken Billingsley said representatives from the committee would be returning, once the new casino is fully operational. The committee's job is to assure everyone is given a fair chance at winning by checking the casino surveillance equipment.

The new hotel has a pool and meeting rooms, plus 40 guest units. The new casino has wider aisles, a larger card room, some exciting new games, plus VIP accommodations, in addition to a restaurant that features a buffet room, lounge and snack bar. There is also a gift shop and spacious lobby to accommodate guests of both the hotel and casino.

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