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Tribal casino opens without gambling license

Posted at 3:30 PM, Dec 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-20 17:30:39-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A southern Arizona tribe has opened the doors of a long-planned casino, but the sprawling Phoenix-area property will be missing a key component - casino games.
    
The Tohono O'odham Nation unveiled its new Glendale-area casino Sunday despite lacking the necessary certificates from the Arizona Department of Gaming. State officials have refused to issue a certification for Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.
    
As a result, there won't be any high-roller table games with a dealer. Guests looking to play the slots will instead have access to bingo-style games that look like slot machines.
    
A federal judge recently denied a request for an injunction compelling the state to stop blocking the casino. The project has faced opposition from state and federal officials since it was announced in 2009.