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Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms Preps for Grand Opening

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The new, boutique Tortoise Rock Casino is gearing to open March 31 in quaint Mojave Desert enclave of Twentynine Palms, California, located just outside Palm Springs and nestled between Joshua Tree National Park and one of the country’s largest military training facilities—the United States Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

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After 10 months of construction, the eagerly awaited 30,000-square-foot gaming complex owned and operated by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will celebrate its grand opening with a private reception March 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 5 p.m., when guests (18 and older) are invited inside to try their luck on the 490 slot machines, 7 table games and live poker.

The kick-off event will feature live entertainment throughout the evening. Guests can also opt to purchase a special limited edition grand opening commemorative gaming chip.

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Tribal Chairman Darrell Mike of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, which also owns Spotlight 29 Casino in nearby Coachella, says the opening is important for many reasons. "Tortoise Rock Casino is not only a significant milestone for our Tribe, but we are also very happy to bring jobs and add excitement to entire high desert community," he said.

Tortoise Rock Casino's design highlights include features that are both beautiful and eco-friendly, such as drought-tolerant landscaping with high-tech recycling and water-reclamation features.

Tortoise Rock Casino will also offer quick bites at an affordable price at Oasis Grille, along with live music, sports viewing events and beverages at Shelly’s Lounge.

An estimated $1.4 Million dollars went to construction wages alone, with local contractors and crews given preference. Tortoise Rock Casino will employ more than 100 full and part-time employees.

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