In May of 2019, the Poarch Creek casino operation announced it was spending $1.3 billion to buy the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The new casino, called Wind Creek Bethlehem, features a 282-room hotel, and a 183,000-square-foot casino floor with 3,000 slot machines. The operation also plans to expand this out-of-state investment with a new 300-room hotel. Expansion of the property is reported by the operation itself to be $250 million.
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Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians has gained regulatory approval to expand its casino holdings with the acquisition of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Penn.
According to a statement issued Wednesday by the PCI Gaming Authority, doing business as Wind Creek Hospitality, the deal has “a total enterprise value” of $1.3 billion. Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) received approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board after about 14 months of review.
The move represents a significant increase in the tribe’s casino holdings. Those previously included Wind Creek casinos in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery plus other casino properties on the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curacao.
“We are pleased with the decision of PGCB and anticipate moving quickly to close the transaction,” said Wind Creek President/CEO Jay Dorris. “I look forward to welcoming all the Sands Bethlehem employees to the Wind Creek family.”
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