Update: Graton Casino Opens to Excited Crowd

ROHNERT PARK (KRON) — The doors are open and hundreds of people are already wagering their hard earned money at the new Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park


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KRON 4’s Jackie Sissel was on hand as the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. The opening marks the conclusion of a long attempt to bring an Indian casino to the region. Organizers say with 3,000 slot machines and 15 of table games, at 340,000 square feet Graton will be largest casino in California.

Backers say the project will be a huge economic boost to the region.

“Let’s talk about the jobs,” Joe Hasson, the casino’s general manager, tells Jackie. “Every morning, even now, I wake up and come to work early knowing 2,000 jobs have been offered and more are to come. It’s exciting for me as a professional to extend a handshake and say ‘I have a job for ya.’ Nothing pleases me more than to say to someone looking for a career, looking for a new opportunity, or just looking for a next step, I’ve got something for you.”

The tribe has promised to pay the state $400 million over the next 20 years. The state is then supposed to divide that money up with Sonoma County, the city of Rohnert Park, and other local agencies.

The CHP is already preparing for potentially heavy traffic at the casino’s peak times.

Stay tuned to KRON 4, the KRON 4 Mobile App, and KRON4.com for complete coverage of the Graton’s opening.

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