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The casino has 85,000 square feet of gaming space, 2,520 electronic bingo machines and five eateries.
An attached 20-story hotel will open in February.
Within minutes of the doors flinging open, customers grabbed seats at the gambling machines.
A 16,000-gallon salt water tank that will house sharks in a few months centered the appropriately named Tanked bar.
Smiling waitresses walked by with trays of beers, soda and cocktails.
A ventilation system churned the air with the hopes of keeping the casino forever smelling smoke free.
The machines, with names like Wheel of Fortune and Cash Spin, play rapid-fire games of bingo, say tribe officials.
But swirling displays mimic the experience of playing a slot machine.
A few machines, named Texas Hold 'em, replicate the experience of video poker.
Others have levers to pull for the ambiance of old-fashioned slot machines.
The tribe can not offer table games without a compact with the state of Alabama.
The towering hotel on the banks of the Coosa River dominates the quaint Wetumpka skyline where residents offer divergent views of whether the sizeable casino law will be good or bad for the community.
Bryan Taylor, a Republican from neighboring Prattville, said the casino will drain more from the economy than it gives.
Now it can never be spent at taxpaying local businesses and restaurants," Taylor said of the casino's profits.
Annie Myers said the casino will provide jobs and entertainment in the sleepy riverside town.
The Poarch Band is the the state's only federally recognized tribe.
The tribe has three bingo casinos, one each in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery.
Wind Creek replaced a smaller casino market macau casino in the Wetumpka site.
The Poarch Band at times has been at legal odds with Oklahoma Creeks and the state of Alabama over the Wetumpka project.
Oklahoma Creeks claimed the Poarch construction projects defaced sacred tribal land.
The state has a pending federal lawsuit claiming that the casino is a nuisance to the community and the machines are illegal under both state and federal law.
The Poarch Band has maintained they were respectful in the development of the historic site and that the state has no standing for action on tribal ground.
Tribal Chairman Buford L.
Rolin said the opening day response exceeded expectations.
The Wetumpka casino is larger than the tribe's original flagship Wind Creek casino wind creek casino wetumpka new years eve Atmore.
Rolin said after the success of Atmore, they sought to go even bigger in Wetumpka.
With the casino located on the outskirts of Montgomery, the tribe hopes to catch part of the lucrative Birmingham and Wind creek casino wetumpka new years eve market, persuading gamblers from those cities to stop here instead of driving to Mississippi casinos.
Some of them were already there.
Sixty-year-old Darnell Wesley of Fayettville, Georgia made the drive to check out the casino, arriving in time for the 11:30 a.
Wesley, who said he has been "everywhere" to gamble, said the casino matches his expectations.
He said he'll visit again.
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