Washington Tribe Plans to Fly Canadian Gamblers to Its Casinos

Washington Tribe Plans to Fly Canadian Gamblers to Its Casinos

Published: May 28, 2022

A Washington tribe is getting ready to offer a new service for gamblers in neighbouring Canada.

The Puyallup Tribe has partnered with Kenmore Air, a regional airline that operates seaplane and landplane routes. Together with the company, the tribe wants to give gamblers from Canada a lift to its two casinos, Emerald Queen Casinos in Tacoma and Fife.

The new partnership will launch in H2 2023 and allow gamblers from Canada to take a seaplane from Victoria, British Columbia, or the San Juan Islands and go directly to Tacoma. The Puyallup Tribe will also build a seaplane dock and a terminal in Tacoma.

The Ram, a restaurant situated on the waterfront, will continue operating, while a new one will be built inside the terminal. According to available information, it will be up and running by the time the service starts.

The Puyallup Tribe owns two gambling venues in the Tacoma region, while the Fife Emerald Queen Casino was opened in 1996. Currently, the property includes a 103-room hotel, as well as 25,000 square feet of event and meeting space. The casino floor features 2,300 slots and a sportsbook.

Matt Wadhwani, CFO of the Puyallup Tribe, said:

No one else in the Sound has an operation like this. The seaplane service will provide the tribe with a huge population that we can tap into. Emerald Queen Fife and Tacoma are only a little more than two miles apart.

About Tacoma Casino

The Tacoma casino, owned and operated by the Puyallup Tribe, was opened in May 2020, and its construction cost more than $510 million.

The resort includes a 155-room hotel, restaurants, bars, and a 250-seat sportsbook. There’s also an indoor concert space with a capacity of 1,800 attendees. On the other hand, the casino has 2,100 slots and 60 table games like blackjack and roulette.

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