The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have released the first official images of what the new casino will look like when it opens at the end of 2013.
The 3,000-slot casino, the largest in the Bay Area--is a single story building done in earth tones—beige, brown and copper—and decorated with arches. There is also a waterfall on the side of the building and many trees and shrubs planted outside.
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The entrance to the casino is also arched, meant to resemble Sonoma Mountain, a sacred place for the tribe, Graton Rancheria Chairman Greg Sarris told the Press Democrat.
"I've worked hand in hand with Station (Casinos) and their architects to create something modern that would be timeless and reflect the local landscape and colors," Sarris told the paper, adding that he didn't want a "cookie cutter approach."
The casino also announced that it would hold free 12-week trainings for blackjack, baccarat and pai gow dealers and announce job openings in the coming months. The casino is expected to generate an additional 11,000 daily car trips on Wilfred Avenue, but also create 1,500 jobs.
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