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Dave Olson, Published March 24 2014

Expansion in the cards: Dakota Magic Casino ups ante

Hankinson N.D. -- Dakota Magic Casino is a busy place; lots of people, lots of gaming.

To make space for additional machines and to provide visitors with more elbow room, the casino will soon embark on a “significant” expansion project, according to Weston Quinn, chief financial officer at Dakota Magic.

Quinn said the casino is in the process of selecting an architect for the project. He declined to talk about the anticipated cost of the work or the square footage involved.

He did identify areas that will see improvements as part of the project, stating the majority of the new space will be devoted to gaming.

The casino’s lounge also will be expanded, and the casino will get a circular bar in the center of the operation, Quinn said.

An additional restaurant is also a possibility.

Quinn said that based on what prospective architects have said, construction will start no sooner than 2015.

Construction will take a year and a half to two years to complete, he added.

“It has to be done in phases because we don’t want any disruptions on the gaming floor,” Quinn said.

The project is the latest of several upgrades the casino has made in recent years, he said.

“In the last five years, we’ve actually done a lot to this property; we built a wastewater treatment plant and a water treatment plant. That was $10 million for those two things,” Quinn said.

The casino and hotel added about 42 rooms about three years ago and about twice that number were renovated.

A new administrative building was also built.

A major goal of the latest project is to enhance the guest experience, said Anthony Bertino, corporate marketing officer for the casino.

“We have 166 rooms now, so we have to increase our amenities,” he said, adding that the casino will also get a new entrance, which will make it easier for guests to get around.

Quinn said the casino’s nonsmoking gaming room will also be expanded.

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