Casino in Pine Bluff holds surprise “soft opening”

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A casino in Pine Bluff held a surprise “soft opening,” four days before its planned grand opening.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Oklahoma-based Quapaw Nation’s Saracen Casino Annex opened at 6 p.m. Friday with about 300 slot machines and a full service bar.

Saracen Casino Resort spokesman Carlton Saffa said the facility is a preview of the 80,000-square-foot casino that will have a 13-floor hotel, 300-room hotel across the street by the end of next year. Saffa said the soft opening was planned to be by-invitation only, but those plans were changed because of high interest.

The Arkansas Racing Commission in June approved the license for the casino after Arkansas voters last year approved a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling in four counties.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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