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SouthWind Casino Braman construction underway

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Kaw Nation has begun construction on a new casino in Braman, Okla., near the closest exit on Interstate 35 to the Kansas border. The groundbreaking took place on Tuesday.

“This is very exciting for the Kaw Nation and it has been a long time coming. The opportunity on I-35 is amazing. We’re happy and looking forward to it. This is all about making money for the nation and the programs it supports,” said SouthWind Casino General Manager Pam Shaw.

Work is underway on a modular smoking casino, which will be complete in August. This will have 100 Class 2 video-game style games. Construction for a permanent smoke-free casino will begin this summer and take 90 days for construction, opening in the fall. This will have 275 games, table games and a café.

Shaw said that these two are currently expected to combine to create more than 100 jobs.

Afterwards, a larger casino with smoking allowed would be built in the same area with 500 games, table games and off-track betting. This would open in a couple years.

Shaw said that the smoke-free casino will remain for those who want to play in that environment.

Shaw emphasized the stages in which SouthWind Casino Braman will be built.

“Kaw Gaming Inc. is doing its due diligence building for the market. We’re building in phases. It’s definitely the right approach,” Shaw said.

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