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Graton Resort And Casino Receives First Slot Machine

The Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park conducted a special ceremony welcoming the first slot machine into the facilities on Friday morning.

Tim McLaughlin (Left) & Joe Hasson (Right) welcome the first slot machine into the Graton Resort & Casino. | Credit: Joe Sumbi
Tim McLaughlin (Left) & Joe Hasson (Right) welcome the first slot machine into the Graton Resort & Casino. | Credit: Joe Sumbi

The Graton Resort & Casino received the first delivery of slot machines on Friday morning.

Tim McLaughlin, executive director of the Graton Gaming Commission, and Joe Hasson, general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino, handled the special honor of presenting the first slot machine to be unloaded into the 320,000-square-foot casino.

Altogether, the casino will feature 3,000 slot machines.

According to casino representatives, the installation will take roughly eight weeks to complete, which includes time for loading in, installation and testing.

The $800 million casino will feature an abundance of state-of-the-art slot machines, much like the one delivered Friday.

Several of the machines will cost around $20,000 per machine.

Virtually all of the slot machines inside of the casino will be electronic-based with the possibility of a few mechanical machines that still have electronic elements to them.  

“We still refer to slot machines with terminology like coin-in, but coin often times is a thing of the past at a casino in this day and age,” said Hasson. “The games accept currency and then you play based on credits.”

Hasson additionally mentioned that guests of the casino would have the option of using a “player card” that will reward certain guests with such things as complimentary meals.

“We’ll always take care of the guests that make themselves well known to us by the use of our loyalty cards but at the end of the day the games take currency,” said Hasson.

The Graton Resort & Casino will be the Bay Area’s largest gaming and entertainment destination and it’s scheduled to open in late 2013, subject to receiving all required regulatory approvals.

Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the facility will feature an arrangement of popular table games, slot machines, video poker and live poker including private high limit gaming rooms.

Interested gaming enthusiasts can get in on the action before the machines are officially ready for play by signing up for the Graton Rewards program at the casino’s account signup page.


George Barich August 10, 2013 at 05:30 PM
This isn't a news story because it is not newsworthy one bit. This is an advertisement for the casino, pure and simple. How much did the casino pay for this ad? If this is a sign of things to come for Rohnert Park and Cotati self proclaimed news outlets, the casino is going to suckthe air out of the room for many years.
Judd Ames August 10, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Rohnert Park-Cotati Patch sections include, Top News, Police & Fire, Schools, Government, Business, Real Estate, Entertainment, Obituaries, About Town, Breaking News. This report is simply another casino-related Business section report; hardly the stuff of more sky-is-falling fear fodder. What is Patch: http://www.patch.com/about Who is George Barich: http://whoisgeorgebarich.org/
robert aherne August 11, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Does anyone know how Stations Casinos got thier financing? Just last year they were supposed to be bankrupt and unable to meet thier bondholder debts. What is the explanation for that amazing turnaround? Who came up with all that money and how? This is an untold story. Press Democrat, where are you?
Steve Broski August 11, 2013 at 01:45 AM
They exited bankruptcy (dumping $4 billion in debt in the process) and turned into a private entity. They're now 45% owned by two brothers who are both billionaires (and own that UFC fighting deal), 25% by Deutsche Bank, 15% by JP Morgan Chase and 15% by past creditors. There's no shortage of cash accessible to Station at this point.
Active Thinker August 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM
I agree with the stories above...it is simply gross we have this up here and like it is a good thing? How stupid are people...if a machine cost $20,000 a piece do people think they are going to win? More buses of weird tourist coming up from the lower bay...RP is already pretty anytown usa but this makes it the worst of all...now I hear Petaluma is going for the same thing...The native American's must be so proud of what they are doing to the land...if their ancestors could see them now....
Concerned Citizen August 11, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Ah, the sore losers putting in their $0.02 I see. I love a good hearty morning chuckle. And "Active Thinker", the Native Americans WOULD be proud, as they finally got some much needed revenge. Remember, they owned the place before the rest of took it, threw them on Reservations, and turned them into the most poverty stricken race in the U.S.
Judd Ames August 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
@Active Thinker…Here’s some reading to go with your Thinker perception of Native America pride and history. Perhaps you can read it less a critic than a critical thinker: "That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races, until the Indian race becomes extinct, must be expected." --California Governor Peter H. Burnett "Accounts are daily coming in from the counties on the Coast Range, of sickening atrocities and wholesale slaughters of great numbers of defenseless Indians in that region of country. Within the last four months, more Indians have been killed by our people than during the century of Spanish and Mexican domination. For an evil of this magnitude, some one is responsible. Either our government, or our citizens, or both, are to blame…" --California Legislature Joint Special Committee report "There are several parties of citizens now engaged in stealing or taking by force Indian children from the district in which I have been ordered to operate against the Indians," reported Lieutenant Edward Dillon, commander of the Fort Bragg field detachment. "As many as 40 or 50 Indian children have been taken...This brutal trade is calculated to produce retaliatory depredations on the part of the Indians...These men keep the Indians constantly on the alert, attacking and chasing them before us and following in our wake for the purpose of obtaining children...Captain J. B. Moore relayed the report that a settler "took a child from a squaw who happened to be a little to the rear of the party, tied it to a tree, and shot it." --California State Military Museum archives “One old Pomo woman looked on in horror as two whites impaled a little girl on the bayonets of their guns and tossed the body in the water. [She] saw a little boy, and a mother and baby, put to death in similar fashion. One man was strung up by a noose and a large fire built under him…" -- Time-Life Books “The Olones had dozens of religious celebrations filled with feasts, dances, songs, sporting events, and gambling. As did many Native American communities, they believed that supernatural forces and power helped to determine who would win the games. Ohlone women were particularly well known for their skills in gambling.” --The Ohlone of California
Concerned Citizen August 11, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Judd, You are the "man", coming on little old Patch and confusing folks with facts. You forgot this one: "The Indians would confide in us as friends, and we had to witness this unjust treatment of them without the power to help them. Then when they were pushed beyond endurance and would go on the war path we had to fight them, when our sympathies were with the Indians." (George Crook while at Fort Jones, California, 1853). I wonder how "active" some of the reputed "thinkers" are now?...LOL
Judd Ames August 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM
“I am a 4th generation native American…” How is that possible? Are you actually denying association with all previous generations of Native American family heritage, or just making up stuff to set up a lame slots-in-garage joke?
Dan Fleming August 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Judd, I think bruce is saying his family heritage came from some other country 4 generations ago! So he thinks that makes him a Native American! He's Wrong!
Judd Ames August 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
“Starting today, AOL is going to shrink its local news network Patch from 900 sites to about 600, letting go 250 to 500 people in the process…” http://tinyurl.com/ltnox7w Certainly can’t speak for all RP-C Patch readers and contributors, but I hope our local Patch edition isn’t included with those soon to be canceled. Yet given how thin regional Patch staffing has become, and how few local reports have been seen lately (e.g., unreported mega housing construction project near SSU, and recent casino-related Court decision), I won’t be surprised if it soon disappears. If so, best wishes to all so affected. IMO, the recent site redesign is a major cause of obvious reduction in analytic data, and thus less revenue.
George Barich August 13, 2013 at 01:19 PM
This story really doesn't matter and is a whole lot about nothing, Judd. Public lynchings come in all shapes and all colors, and thanks for sharing that you also like to indulge. The long knives will lie, cheat, and refuse to put their names on websites that are constructed purely to destroy their political enemies any way possible. So, you run with that crowd? Such people are driven by self interest and quest of more collectivism. Again, this is not a news story here. It's a advertisement. What's next, a news story on the first steak and lobster delivered to the casino? The sky is not falling because of this story; it's just another waste of our time, Judd. Sorry if it struck some nerve. If you comment on some other news stories other than those written about the casino, people might take you as a concerned citizen rather than a shill for the casino.
Concerned Citizen August 13, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Judd, I think the major site redesign was due TO declining audiences and less revenue unfortunately.
Judd Ames August 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Like many local area residents, I’ve also heard and read some of your best and worst attacks over the years, George Barich. In my opinion, despite checkered past, erratic behavior, enormous ego and oft-expressed revulsion for >half of America (liberal thinkers), you probably deserve a measure of respect from Cotati residents for so much time and effort devoted to what you possibly perceive to be what is best for them. But, again in my opinion, your recent attack on RP-C Patch staff was wrong-headed. If, as you wanted readers to believe, Patch staff received payment from Station for covering its recent attention-seeking press event, you should similarly believe they also received payment from someone else for completely ignoring the recent Station-positive judgment from Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum. I am indeed a shill, but for equality, not casinos. All of my comments on Patch are directed to the Graton tribe-related debate, except for the national Patch-related report yesterday. I’m guessing it’s unlikely, yet if you’re actually interested in where I’m coming from, read the following thread that prompted my subscription to Patch on March 29th…you’d need to click the “Show me all earlier comments” link a couple of times to reveal all of its comments. http://tinyurl.com/lchh6yu BTW, although a counter attack to your attack, I regretted including the politically-motivated, “Who is George Barich?” link after posting it within my comment yesterday. That’s not an apology, just a fact.
Judd Ames August 13, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Agreed, CC. Yet from frustration shared by Patch staff to related contact, the decline has been greater since the redesign.
robert aherne August 13, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Judd and concerned Citizen, this project is about money, not retribution for past sins to Indians. RP Casino is a big time penetration into California and specifically to tap into San Francisco pool of people who like to gamble (lose money). The huge profits will come from the people who drive or bus up here to lose large amouts of money, period. The casino will pay no taxes for thier winnings to either the Federal Government, the State of California, Sonoma County, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, etc. You, the residents will fill the function of paying taxes. You will also pay for the damages to our comunities, not Stations Casinos of Las Vegas. Good deal, huh?
Concerned Citizen August 13, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Oh Robert, the old "Sky is Falling" argument really gets old. "Damage to this, destruction to that"...can I borrow your Crystal Ball so I can see who wins the Super Bowl this year? I'll go to the Graton Casino when it opens and place a bet....LOL So Robert, Wall Street robbed us blind ILLEGALLY, Tax Payers like you and I bailed them out, yet you complain about the tribe because they exercise their Federal Right to earn money LEGALLY? I know who caused our economy to nearly send us into economic oblivion. Hint; It WASN'T the Graton Rancheria Tribe. And who cares what the Graton Tribe does to earn income and elevate their members out of poverty and get rich as long as it's legal. Would you complain so much if they strated Pot Dispensary's instaed.? Look....1/3, (700,000), of the nearly 2.1 Million Native Americans in the U.S. still live on Reservations! Yes....RESERVATIONS. 30% of those living on those Reservation's live in abject POVERTY. Poverty begets poverty Robert, its a proven fact. But at least you have a choice sir, to either drop a Quarter in their slot, pull the handle to win or lose.....or move on with your life.
Judd Ames August 13, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Of course it’s about money, robert aherne. That’s the beauty of it; don’t ya think? After generations of slaughter, rape, abuse, discrimination and marginalization, our Native Americans have at last found a way to succeed playing the game like the rest of corporate America and those of us who avoid taxes, too. Dipping again into decade-old pap from NIMBY honey buckets carried around by Marilee Taylor Montgomery, Pastor Chip Worthington, his son “Gene Ricky Shaw,” Alden Olmsted, you and others doesn’t change that reality.
robert aherne August 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM
CC and Judd, I get it. Here's what you can do to try and make it right the way you want it. Go to the casino and play the slot machines with the the thought that when you lose your money, that it is going to the poor Groton Rancheria Tribe. They might get 10% of your lost money. The rest to Las Vegas and no taxes. Now, if you win, you must pay taxes for gambling winnings. Understanding you are primarily concerned about the Indians, you can write them a check for your winnings and take a tax deuction yourself. If you don't like that idea, the best idea would be to not go to the casino in the first place and send a tax deductable donation check, assuming you have a bank accout.
Concerned Citizen August 15, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Robert, You little stinker you! I can tell you must have really spent an awful lot of time penning your latest response to little old me. Bravo to you Robert! You just elevate this conversation in a way that leaves me yearning for more. And by the looks of it, you must have been in the Top 99% in your class, and it shows by-golly. Good for you Robert! Now Robert, as far your worry about my financial position is concerned, (thanks so very much for bringing up my "Bank Account”, it means a lot to me, really….it does), my account is fully funded every 30 days, (save for February of course), in large part, by YOUR Tax Dollars Robert. Can you imagine that? You help pay my retirement! Since you’re so generous, I can honestly and wholeheartedly say that, I’m doing just fine Robster. Oh wait; …..Can I call you Robster,…..Robert? It seems like such an appropriate name for you, seeing as though you are acting so cool on the Interwebz, and you’re so worried about my Bank Account. Anyway Robster, once I figure out where "Groton" is located, (and you've really got me stumped on that one Robster, you little stinker you), I’m going to open up a brand spankin’ new bank account,….yes-sir-ree Bob! You can’t imagine how stressful it is for me right now to have to automatically deposit my "Tax Payer funded”, and “fully Tax Payer secured” PERS Retirement check every single month? I get this big, fat, ginormous check, every 30 days Robster. No really, Robster, it’s a big, fat, Tax Payer secured and Funded retirement check. My Net is almost embarrassing, seeing how less than 5% of all Sonoma County Residents actually Gross what I make!. Can you imagine that Robster? There’s a 95% statistical chance that I actually make more than you, and you help pay for it. But it gets better Robster; since I was able to fully retire just 2 years ago on my 50th B-Day after 28 years of service, (right out of College), I’m going to be getting a LOT of money over time, (providing I live into my late 80’s/early 90’s, like the rest of my family), with an annual COLA, (not of the Coca kind either…LOL). And Robster, if I croak first, my beneficiary will get the very same amount until death. Isn't that great? Robster? You there bud? Did I say something to upset you? Or does it just sting a little:)
Dan Fleming August 15, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Bruce Cohn, your foot is going deeper in your mouth! Just stop will your behind!
Judd Ames August 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Fear masters Marilee Taylor Montgomery and Chris “Gene Ricky Shaw” Worthington are surely proud of you, robert aherne. Be a good NIMBY soldier and sell GOT FEAR? tee shirts for Marilee’s Stop Graton Casino scam. Your inane postulating notwithstanding, it hardly seem worth it. But I’ve aged enough to better appreciate the Saint Paul inspired suffer gladly idiom, so let’s plod on: You don’t “get it,” at all. It’s not about guilt. It’s about our humanity. Baseless speculation regarding “poor Groton Rancheria Tribe” income, to “hush money,” to “crooked slickters,” to traffic “sub-messes,” to “ecological and social disaster,” to your other such bladder splash, is simply more intellectually insulting claptrap and divisive be-afraid-be-very-afraid messaging.
Concerned Citizen August 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Hey Judd, I wonder how this extremist "Court of Opinion" of Marilee Taylor Montgomery and Chris “Gene Ricky Shaw” Worthington would have done in Salem in 1692, (instead of the Court of Oyer and Terminer)? Funny thing about this too, is that we see very similar forms of hysteria, isolationist rants, religious banter, plenty of false accusations and absolutely ZERO due process afforded the Tribe, exactly like they did back then too. Thank Goodness they can't burn folks at the stake today.
Judd Ames August 15, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Albeit with much less finality, CC, we have similar and more recent SoCo examples. Within Gaye LeBaron’s “Santa Rosa: A Twentieth Century Town,” and other sources, you can find reports of the night local leaders, lawmen, and lackeys, including a reported Press Democrat honcho, kidnapped several crowd-deemed-guilty farm labor sympathizers (reportedly supporting construction of seasonal camps for field hands), and ordered them to kneel and kiss Old Glory to renounce their transgressions. Two of the victims, a chicken farmer and a sign painter, refused: “A couple refused and were promptly beaten, tarred and feathered then thrown into a car. A parade of cars went around and around the downtown Courthouse, past the Santa Rosa Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office, firing guns, honking and yelling. No deputy or police officer made an appearance at the sound of the disturbances that night. The two beaten men were taken out to the City limits by the nightriders and given 24 hours to get out of the County with their families. Twenty-two people were charged with various crimes against the two men and the State. At the preliminary examination among the defendants were two highway patrolmen, a member of the coroner’s office, a future deputy sheriff and a future police officer. After the examination, ten defendants of the 22 charged were discharged. The remainder were found not guilty at trial.” --Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office archives Gotta wonder, what percentage of polled SoCo residents would have rejected that construction, and defended the nightriders actions, as well.
Steve Trevor October 03, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Personally, I like the California Indian casinos. Fun diversion, pretty landscapes. I went here last year: www.viejas.com
Umberto Smith October 23, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Native Americans never voted on if they wanted Casinos. The white man put it on the ballot so white developers could in essence destroy everything cultural once and for all. The Pomo and Miwoks are mostly dead. They don't have anything to say. The few elders left are not happy about casinos. It's a cultural disgrace. Sonoma county is going down really fast.

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