SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN RESERVATION - highlights of the 2003 World Series of Poker played overhead on giant TV screens, hundreds of poker players tried their hands Tuesday in the expanded Casino Arizona at Talking Stick, according to the Arizona Republic. The casino debuted its new name and twice-as-large facility built by Chanen Construction Company, Inc. [www.chanen.com].
Chanen Construction Company builds casino in record time.
Forty-five poker tables moved north from the Casino Arizona at Salt River, near McKellips Road and Loop 101, to the Talking Stick location on Indian Bend Road. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community [www.saltriver.pima-maricopa.nsn.us/seal.htm]. runs both casinos.
The expanded facility includes nine 9- by 9-foot TV screens, 16 smaller plasma-screen televisions at eye level, and an 11- by 9-foot screen above the front door. It all fits into Talking Stick's new niche as a poker and sports-themed casino. The casino features 532 slot machines, 38 blackjack tables, 46 poker tables, off-track betting, and numerous food and beverage outlets. It will also play host to two weekly sports-talk radio shows and a weekly sports TV show, according to the Arizona Republic.
The new casino was built in record time by Chanen to allow for minimal interruption to activities at Casino Arizona at Salt River as poker tables and television equipment was moved to Casino Arizona at Talking Stick. Chanen President, Steve Chanen, commended the Salt River Indian Nation for its ongoing commitment to economic development. According to Chanen, “The new, expanded Casino Arizona at Talking Stick embodies the ongoing commitment of the Salt River Community to provide a premium entertainment experience that benefits the Community through infrastructure upgrades, quality education and improvements to healthcare.”