Gold Horse Casino opened its doors yesterday in their soft opening.

The non-profit casino located in Lloydminster is 33,000 square-feet and boasts an events room, 250 slot machines and 18 electronic table games, which are the first in Saskatchewan.

There is also a viewing area from an upper floor, called the Sky Box.

The doors are open to the public now, and the official grand opening event is scheduled for January 17-19.

“The soft opening was great,” says Sr. Operations Manager, Justina Father. “We had a great turn out, lots of smiles and everyone was enjoying the building. It looks wonderful. We’ve got lots of great comments.”

Gold Horse Casino also has a central bar, where guests can relax and take in the bright lights and sounds. There is a restaurant with a vast menu that will satisfy all diners.

“This is an opportunity for employment,” says Father. “We have about 200 employees here. This is also an opportunity to offer entertainment in the local area, so that people don’t have to drive to another city.”

Revenue from the casino will find its way back to the surrounding communities and the province.

The casino is operated in partnership with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Border Tribal Council and the land is leased from Little Pine First Nation.