Celebrating Five Years of Growth and Giving: Kalispel Casino’s Anniversary Milestone

Cusick, WA, (April 5, 2024) — Kalispel Casino, the leading entertainment destination in the Pend Oreille River Valley, is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This milestone is not only a celebration of the casino’s success as a center of entertainment and employment but also underscores the Kalispel Tribe’s commitment to philanthropy and community engagement.

Since opening its doors in April 2019, Kalispel Casino has seen remarkable growth. From its initial offering of 120 slots, the casino now boasts 161 slots, along with an expanded gaming floor that reaches nearly 5,000 square feet. The variety of gaming options has grown to 59 titles, two pool tables, and a shuffleboard table, catering to a diverse audience seeking entertainment and fun.

“Decades ago, our elders set aside this property for economic development,” said Curt Holmes, Executive Director of Kalispel Casino and Governmental Affairs. “In the 1970s, we opened our first business near to where the casino stands. It was called Sntumi (sin-too-me) in our Salish language meaning a ‘place where you buy.’ Kalispel Casino is a continuation of our elders’ vision for economic development and self-sufficiency, here on our home reservation. And it’s become so much more than that. Now when you walk in, you see your friends and neighbors. It’s a gathering place where people come to have fun in Pend Oreille County.”

Kalispel Casino is celebrating its official anniversary on Friday, April 12, and Camas Rewards members can get 50 cents off per gallon of fuel at all Kalispel-owned Chevron Stations and participate in Anniversary Hot Seats. Later in the month, Camas Rewards members can play in the casino’s largest giveaway to date with the $5K a Day giveaway running from April 22-26.

A Catalyst for Employment, Economic Growth and Philanthropy

When Kalispel Casino opened its doors in April 2019, it immediately became a significant part of the economy in Pend Oreille County, and it employs 64 people with competitive wages and benefits. Since the casino opened, the Kalispel Tribe has donated approximately $1 million to organizations in Pend Oreille and Bonner Counties. These donations have benefited local food banks, schools, healthcare programs, cultural programs, recreational organizations, and American

Legion units, demonstrating the Tribe’s and casino’s strong commitment to supporting the community.

A Legacy of Entertainment and Engagement

Kalispel Casino’s diverse entertainment offerings and the significant jackpots paid out — totaling over $4,575,442 in 2023 alone — demonstrate its appeal to a broad demographic, including guests from Newport, Cusick, Spokane, neighboring cities, and even international visitors from Canada. This widespread appeal is a testament to the casino’s success in creating a welcoming and engaging atmosphere for everyone, establishing it as an integral part of the community.

As Kalispel Casino looks to the future, it remains dedicated to its mission of providing entertainment, supporting the local economy, and contributing to the welfare of the community. The Tribe’s unwavering commitment to these values promises to drive its success and legacy for years to come.