Gold Eagle Casino celebrating 20th anniversary

By Collin Stockwell
February 21, 2016 - 9:15am

A big day is coming up for North Battleford's Gold Eagle Casino. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) is getting set to celebrate 20 years in the community on Mar. 1.

The month long celebration will start with a $2,000 cash give away, hot seat draws throughout the day, as well as free spin to play every 20 minutes.

Celebrations continue all month long with daily food specials, and a variety of live entertainment including Big Sugar, the Irish Rovers, the Amazing Kreskin and the Pride of the North West talent show.

Gold Eagle general manger Kelly Atcheynum has been with the casino for 19 years and has seen firsthand how much the casino has expanded.

“We’ve acquired the old Bonanza building…which is now the Kihiw restaurant, and the old friendship centre, which was known as Blackjacks, became the Events Centre.” Atcheynum explained.

Looking to the future Atcheynum added they would like to continue doing what has already made them so successful.

“Going forward we would like to stay competitive in the entertainment area for the Battlefords, as well as being one of the top employers in the Battlefords and continue giving back to the community.”

Atcheynum said the Gold Eagle Casino donates in a number of areas from local non-profits and sports to the Festival of Trees held during the holiday season.

The Gold Eagle Casino opened its doors in 1996 as the first SIGA casino in Saskatchewan.

Originally it employed 88 people and featured 128 slot machines.Now they’ve now grown to house 335 slot machines and employ over 350 full-time and part-time staff.

 

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