The Gold Horse Casino of Lloydminster had its first full day of operations on Dec. 21, opening at 9 a.m. The more than 49,000 square foot full-service casino is SIGA’s seventh casino in the province.
The Border Tribal Council, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), and Little Pine First Nation held a ribbon cutting and soft opening event of the $20 million facility, located at Highway 16 and 40th Avenue, Dec. 20.
The Gold Horse Casino features a gaming floor with more than 250 of the latest slot machines, 18 electronic table games, and five live table games and offers a state-of-the-art event center for live entertainment, banquets and meetings, a bar and grill, and a deli.
Manager Roger Anderson has a strong North Battleford connection, having served as senior operations manager at Gold Eagle Casino. Anderson has been with SIGA since 1999.
Chief Reginald Bellerose, SIGA’s board chair, says a collaboration of key partners was involved in making this casino a reality.
“On behalf of SIGA, we’re thrilled to be opening our seventh entertainment destination in Saskatchewan, a consolidated effort between us and our key partners, the Border Tribal Council, Little Pine First Nation and the City of Lloydminster. This development is an exciting addition to Lloydminster, and one that will benefit our province’s 74 First Nations and the local community,” says Bellerose.
The land on which the casino is located is owned by Little Pine First Nation, which was responsible for the site development. Little Pine also holds the municipal service agreement with the local municipality and is the tax authority. Through this arrangement the equivalent of municipal taxes is paid via the municipal services agreement.
The facility landlord is Border Tribal Council, which leases the casino property to SIGA, which, in turn, is responsible for the casino’s operation. The Border Tribal Council is responsible for facility development and incorporating the Community Development Corporation.
Zane Hansen, CEO and president of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, says, “This casino will have an immense impact in the local community and surrounding area, as do all SIGA casinos. Through our operations, we contribute to our local communities by creating jobs, helping drive tourism, supporting local businesses and making a positive impact through community investment and volunteering.” He adds, “To date, SIGA has invested more than $200,000 in sponsorships in Lloydminster and area.”
The casino will be open 17 hours a day, Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. (MST), and Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Gold Horse Casino joins SIGA’s family of casinos, which includes Bear Claw Casino and Hotel, Dakota Dunes Casino, Gold Eagle Casino, Living Sky Casino, Northern Lights Casino, and Painted Hand Casino.
SIGA shares responsibility for facility development and responsible for all casino operations. SIGA is owned by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.