Bok Homa Casino celebrates 5th anniversary

Bok Homa Casino celebrates 5th anniversary

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A popular Jones County tourist attraction celebrated a special birthday Saturday.

The Bok Homa Casino turned five years old.

It opened on December 20, 2010.

It's owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and employs about 160 people.

But, that number is going to increase because of the recent addition of table games.

"We are actually increasing our payroll by about 50 people, so we're bringing a lot of new jobs to the area," said Sonny Johnson, interim president and CEO of Pearl River Resort. "And of course, that relates to more money spent at gas stations, restaurants and motels here in the area, so it is a big economic boost to the Sandersville area."

Legendary Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton made a personal appearance at the casino's grand opening in 2010.