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Feb 12, 2013 8:04 AM by AP

Jena Choctaws to open new casino Wednesday

DRY PRONG, La. (AP) - A new casino joins Louisiana's market Wednesday when the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino opens in central Louisiana.

The 46,000-square-foot casino's doors will open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 10 a.m.

The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians' Pines Casino will be the third Native American-owned casino in Central Louisiana. The Tunica-Biloxi tribe operates Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville and the Coushatta tribe operates Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder.

The casino, on U.S. Highway 167 in the Grant Parish town of Dry Prong, will offer more than 700 gaming devices, poker tables, a sports bar, entertainment and dining options.

Tribal Chief B. Cheryl Smith says the project's been a long-time coming and "it makes us extremely happy to see it become a reality."

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Online: www.JenaChoctawPinesCasino.com

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