West Valley casino to open without state OK, tribe says — Arizona Republic
The Tohono O’odham Nation plans to open its West Valley casino in December with Class 2 gaming, a distinction that bypasses the state’s opposition to its gambling hall.
The Arizona Department of Gaming has the authority to regulate Class 3 gaming, which includes slot machines and blackjack, but not Class 2 gaming with gaming machines that are akin to electronic bingo. The state has opposed the tribe’s plans for a Class 3 casino at Loop 101 and Northern Avenue for six years.
Tohono O’odham attorney Danielle Spinelli disclosed the southern Arizona tribe’s interim plans for a Class 2 casino during a federal court hearing Thursday in the tribe’s lawsuit against Gov. Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Daniel Bergin, state gaming director.
“Enough is enough. The Nation is entitled to some relief now,” Spinelli said, arguing that the state has tried numerous ways to block the tribe’s casino.