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Another Miami casino holds grand opening


Another casino makes its way to the Four States.  The Miami Tribe kicked off the grand opening of the Prairie Sun Casino on Friday at noon.

Though it might not include a hotel and massive scale of other casinos in the area, the Tribe says it is marketing to a smaller audience.

"We give it the personal touch, you can get a little lost in some of the bigger casinos," says Ben Barnes, the Miami Tribe Director of Tribal Gaming.

According to Miami's Chamber of Commerce opening and running your own casino in this competitive market is all about finding your own niche.

"Some of our casinos are more Vegas style, and this is more - I don't want to say Oklahoma style, but it's just a quieter atmosphere," says Michele Bolton of the Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Barnes says that is the whole point.

"Small casinos are better because we get to treat you like a member of our family," says Barnes.  "Your dollar goes farther, we get to know you, we get to know what you like, and be able to react to your needs as a customer, a lot fast and in a quicker fashion."

Bolton says despite the 13 casinos in a 30 mile radius of Miami she has yet to see a single one close.  She says they must be doing something right.

"They are all economic engines, they all support our community, they put money and jobs into our economy, and they are all great supporters of area schools, and organizations, and of the chamber," says Bolton.

With casinos and tourism currently bringing in the most money into Ottawa County the chamber says the more the merrier, so long as they find their market.

The Prairie Sun Casino says they are happy to be located off the beaten path one mile north of the Miami Tribe's community services complex.

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