Bok Homa Casino celebrates its grand opening

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

SANDERSVILLE, MS. (WDAM) - The highly anticipated Bok Homa casino in Jones County opened it's doors Monday to a huge crowd and lots of fanfare.

"Mister Las Vegas," Wayne Newton helped officials from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians open the 27-thousand square foot casino in Sandersville.

Newton said he has had a long time working relationship with the Band of Choctaw Indians.

"I have had the great, great pleasure of being a part of this fabulous tribe for almost 16 years. I started with them when I was about thirty years old .... be nice now," said Newton.

The tribe also operates two other gaming facilities in Neshoba County Mississippi as part of their Pearl River Resort enterprise. The casino employs 300 people including more than 70 members of the Choctaw tribe.

Profits generated from the Bok Homa casino fund tribal government entities such as schools and hospitals.

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