New Online Casino In The Works For Santa Fe

The town of Santa Fe is home to one gaming venue that was lacking following the announcement of the recent Nambe Falls casino closure. Now, it looks like the New Mexico area may soon be adding a casino when the Pueblo of Tesuque Tribal Council announces that it plans to open a new venue alongside the Sante Fe Opera.

Pueblo of Tesuque plans to a new gaming venue adjacent to the opera house, off highway 84/285. The tribal council believes that casinos will create jobs in the community as well as spur local development. Mark Mitchell is the governor of Tesuque Pueblo, who states that the casino has been a vision of the tribe for many years and will be very important to help create funds for education about reservations.

According to, the planned casino will see its first phase include 750 slot games plus table games. The goal is to open next fall. In the next phase, the tribe will add resort-style hotels and facilities.

Locating a casino near the opera house appears to be a cause for concern. The General Manager of Opera Santa Fe, Charles Mackay, stated that there had been discussions with the tribe about the casino for almost a year now and the place was linked, basically due to unknown elements. The Santa Fe House is alfresco, which creates a unique experience for visitors, with live performances and beautiful views of the area.

One of the casinos in the state, the Camel Rock Casino, is also operated by the Pueblo of Tesuque. According to Mitchell, the tribe will shut down the gaming site when a new casino opens next to the opera house. For new casinos, the tribe has plans to start breaking ground in January.

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