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Calif. Wine Country Set to Get $800M Casino

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Updated: 11/04/2013 11:51 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An $800 million, Las Vegas-style Native American casino is set to open in California's wine country.

The Graton Resort & Casino — owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria — will open its doors on Tuesday in the Sonoma County city of Rohnert Park. The casino on a major highway about 50 miles north of San Francisco will feature 3,000 slot and video poker machines, blackjack and other card games and four full-service restaurants.

For the 1,300-member tribe of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo descent, it comes after years of lobbying, negotiation and reviews.

The tribe had its federal recognition restored by an act of Congress in 2000. It signed a gaming compact with the state last year and has successfully fought off a lawsuit by opponents.

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