published Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Alabama's largest casino opening in Wetumpka today

WETUMPKA, Ala. — Alabama's largest casino opens is opening.

The Poarch Creek Indians say Wind Creek Wetumpka features 85,000 square feet of casino space with more than 2,500 electronic games. A centerpiece of the new casino is a 16,000-gallon shark tank. The property includes five restaurants, as well as a 20-story hotel that will start opening in stages. The ribbon cutting is set for 11:30 a.m. today.

The new hotel and casino replace a smaller casino in Wetumpka. The $246 million attraction is larger than the tribe's Wind Creek Atmore, which had featured the state's largest casino.

Poarch Creek Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin says many tribal members and area residents are starting new jobs at the facility. It will employ 1,100 people in full-time and part-time jobs.

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