Northern California is gearing up for major expansion of gambling as two popular casino brands are set to launch properties in the region this year
Harrah’s Northern California is slated to open doors for visitors later in April, while Hard Rock Sacramento at Fire Mountain is expected to welcome its first patrons this fall.
The upcoming opening of Harrah’s Northern California is the fruit of a partnership between the Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk Tribe and Las Vegas casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. The property is scheduled to open doors at 4:29 pm local time on April 29.
Owners of the new addition to California’s gambling landscape have set this particular opening time to pay homage to Louie Oliver, a tribal ancestor who was born on that day.
At 71,000 square feet, Harrah’s Northern California will feature 950 slot machines and 20 gaming tables. Casino patrons will be able to benefit from Caesars’ rewards program, property officials said earlier this week.
Aside from a gaming floor, Harrah’s Northern California will also feature several dining facilities, including a Louie Oliver-named restaurant. A hotel has not been built as part of the property, but one is planned to be added in future.
Harrah’s Northern California is located in the city of Ione, Amador County, just off Highway 88. Casino officials have told local media that the property has so far created more than 400 permanent jobs, and about 80% positions are occupied by people from the region.
As mentioned above, the newest Harrah’s-branded casino is slated to open doors on April 29. Owners will host opening celebration in the weekend of May 17.
Hard Rock Sacramento Taps Gambling Industry Veterans
After a nearly two-decade effort to bring a casino in Yuba County, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe (Enterprise Rancheria) is on track to debut Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain this fall. As its name suggests, the property is the result from a partnership between the tribe and Florida-based gaming and hospitality powerhouse Hard Rock International.
The two parties joined forces last summer to announce the development of the $440-million hotel and casino complex in South Yuba County. No opening date for the property has been revealed, but an announcement should be expected in the coming months.
Property officials announced earlier this week that an army of industry veterans has been enlisted to join its executive team. Hard Rock Sacramento President Mark Birtha said that some of the new additions to the casino’s family have been part of the Hard Rock brand for years, and that all of them bring together “over 150 of collective experience” to “develop and operate what will become a top gaming, entertainment and hospitality venue.”
The property’s executive team now includes Christopher Balaban, who will serve as its Vice President of Finance. Mr. Balaban has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. Ryan Flieger, who has been with Hard Rock for the past seven years, has joined as Vice President of Human Resources.
Las Vegas native Anika Gaskins has been appointed as Vice President of Marketing. Paul Mollo, who boasts nearly four decades of casino experience, will serve as Vice President of Table Games, while Will Provance is stepping in as Vice President of Slot Operations with more than two decades of industry experience. Matthew Morgan and Kaywan Samadani are joining the new casino as Vice President of IT and Vice President of Hospitality, respectively.
The new Hard Rock property will feature a casino with slot machines and table games, a 170-room hotel, food and beverage facilities, entertainment amenities, and swimming pools, among others. Enterprise Rancheria and Hard Rock held a topping-off ceremony for the casino complex back in February.
The property is set to create 1,000 permanent jobs and to generate $225 million in an annual economic impact for the region.
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