Choctaw Casino expands Pocola site

POCOLA, Okla. (AP) - The Choctaw Casino Hotel on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border has expanded to include a hotel with luxury suites, a new restaurant and live entertainment.

The new facilities are to open on Wednesday, and a formal opening ceremony will be held in May.

The casino opened in 1994 in a strip mall and has had several expansions. The Southwest Times Record reports ( ) that Choctaw Nation gaming executive director Janie Dillard said the facility will have about 1,000 employees. That's double the workers it had before the expansion.

The casino is also adding a 600-space parking deck.

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