Tunica-Biloxi Tribe involved in video gaming project in Georgia

Artist's rendering of proposed video gaming facility at the Panola Slope development in Georgia. Image from WSB-TV

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana recently acquired land in Georgia where a video gaming establishment is being planned, WSB-TV reported.

Through a company named Red Alligator, the tribe paid $6 million for the site in DeKalb County, the station reported. Plans for the Panola Slope development include a "barcade" with up to 425 video gaming machines, the most that would be allowed anywhere in Georgia.

"We're well known for our food in Louisiana, we're trying to bring that to DeKalb County, a great time, great entertainment," Vice Chairman Marshall Sampson, who serves as CEO of Red Alligator, told WSB.

The tribe will not be filing a land-into-trust application for the site and won't be pursuing other forms of gaming there, Sampson said. But some officials in the county are questioning whether they should have approved the project.

"It looks like they're in the casino business rather than in the Dave & Buster's business," commissioner Jeff Rader told WSB, referring to the restaurant and the video game franchise that Panola Slope is being compared to.

Casino-style gaming is illegal in Georgia.

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