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Poarch Creeks Debut $65M Expansion of Year-Old Casino

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The Poarch Band of Creek Indians debuted its casino in Montgomery, Alabama, just last year in December 2014. But the tribe waited to hold the grand opening ceremony, and the celebratory event on December 1 was timed perfectly to unveil its $65 million expansion.

The venue now boasts 65,000-foot gaming floor, three restaurants with 10,000 feet of dining space, a swimming pool, a salon and a barbershop.

Formerly known as the Creek Casino Montgomery, the gaming destination has been rebranded as Wind Creek Montgomery.

"I cannot adequately express how proud I feel today, when big plans and big dreams have finally come to fruition," Chairwoman Stephanie Bryan said in a press release.

A 123-room hotel is scheduled to open later this month at the casino.

"Today [the December 1 grand opening] has been a long time coming, we started this project with a vision back in 2011, actually what would be Wind Creek Montgomery. We bounced around. We built out Wetumpka, across the river first and foremost. I'm glad we waited because we have a beautiful property to open today to the community of Montgomery," said Jake Carlton, property general manager of Wind Creek Montgomery.

The casino has helped create more than 250 full and part time jobs with an expected annual payroll of $22 million.

The Poarch Creek Indian (PCI) Gaming Authority runs three gaming facilities in Alabama, including: the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Creek Casino Wetumpka, and Wind Creek Montgomery.