A new casino located in Amador County was filled with thousands of guests who wanted to witness the soft opening of this brand new facility. Harrah’s Northern California Casino is scheduled to open and start working in the second half of May, but the soft opening was a reason good enough for lovers of land-based casinos to visit this casino. In fact, the number of guests that showed up was way more than the casino allowed, so hundreds of people were simply turned away by the California Highway Patrol.
As soon as cars reached the Coal Mine Road, which is the place where they were hoping to enter the casino, CHP officers greeted them with a disappointed smile on their faces as the visitors had to turn their cars around and go back.
Although the casino is already popular, some of the locals are worried that it is going to make traffic congestions in the area. This may not happen every day, but it is possible that the traffic may be increased during holiday seasons.
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s North California, JC Rieger, stated that they had anticipated congestions and that is why they had partnered up with California Highway Patrol in the first place. However, locals are not sure whether this is going to help them in the future.
Harrah’s North California is a big casino with more than 900 parking spots. However, that was just a number during the soft opening as every single spot was occupied only a couple of minutes after the casino opened its doors at 4:30 on Monday. Nevertheless, Rieger stated that it wouldn’t always be like that and that the operation levels would level that out.
More than 400 full-time jobs will be offered at the casino, and it had already brought in $20 million before it was opened. Furthermore, it is estimated that the casino will bring in $8 million every year now as soon as it starts working full-time.
The soft opening of the casino gave visitors a taste of what is to come. The majority of visitors were happy with what the casino had to offer in terms of games and other services, but some of them did not like the crowd during the soft opening. The officials believe that the crowds will shrink down in just a couple of weeks and that it was just the opening hype that brought so many people to the casino on Monday.
If you are brave enough to visit the casino during its official opening weekend, you can do that on May 17. The festivities will last all the way through May 19. On the other hand, you could wait a couple of days and they pay the casino a visit as the crowds are going to level down after a while, and you will be able to experience the casino as well as all the services and games offered in it.
The casino features a total of 20 table games where you can play California Roulette, pai gow, and craps. Furthermore, there are 950 gaming machines such as slots, progressive slots, poker machines, and more. It is open 24/7 and offers self-parking. It is located on a 71,000 sq ft and features restaurants such as Louie Oliver’s and The Marketplace, where you can order Mexican, Asian, and American food. The casino came to life as a result of a partnership formed between Buena Vista Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation.