Eagle Mountain Casino is ringing in 20 years in Porterville, California, off South Tule Road. Now the Tule River Indian Tribe is looking to relocate the property to a parcel of land it owns near Porterville Airport.
Currently the casino offers gaming, including table games like blackjack and poker and over 1,200 slot machines, plus on-site dining with a steakhouse, buffet and food court. The relocation would open space for a planned 250-room hotel as well as a 20,000-square-foot convention center.
The tribe's paperwork is pending with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The current gaming facility employs 500, and it's anticipated a relocation and expansion would create more jobs in the San Joaquin Valley of Tulare County, in central, inland California.
Established in 1873, the Tule River Indian Reservation is estimated to cover almost 85 square miles of rugged foothill lands of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Eagle Mountain Casino is celebrating its two decades of operation with its "20-20-20 Anniversary Giveaway" running all year long, on the 20th of each month. Twenty "Lucky Hot Seat Winners" will win a share of $20,000 through playing any slots or table games — with their Summit Club Card, and during set hours, to be eligible. Next up: August 20, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.