Poker room opens in Gretna

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By Alice Du Pont

The grand opening for Creek Entertainment Gretna was held Dec. 17 under clear skies. The chill in the air did nothing to undermine the excitement in the air as hundreds attended t.
"This is a great day for Gretna. This is a new beginning for bringing growth to our city and jobs, not just for Gretna citizens for people in this area. We are looking forward to a growing and prospering city," said city manager Antonio Jefferson.
The ribbon cutting was held shortly after 5 p.m. with local elected officials, members of the Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Counsel holding the red ribbon. Also unveiled was the State-of-the-Art poker room which boasts 22,000 square feet and 20 poker tables.
Throughout the day a variety of events were held including barrel racing, live music, and multiple area vendors.
Tobacco Road Band, a country music band from Tallahassee, provided entertainment as well as Medicine Tale, a Poarch Indian group of singers and drummers from the reservation at Atmore, Ala.
Ryan Exum, general manager for Creek Entertainment Gretna, and Gretna Mayor Clarence Jackson were pleased with the turn out Saturday.
"I'm so happy to see all of you here to support this effort. This is a place where people can come and enjoy the entertainment. It is a place we are all proud of and proud of our partnerships,"Jackson said, just before the red ribbon was cut.
Lines were long at the barrel racing window to place bets. Nancy, a woman from Tallahassee said she enjoyed the sport and was happy when Gretna opened several weeks ago.
"I enjoy barrel racing and I follow the circuit. I used to be a barrel racer myself so I know the sport fairly well," she said. Her husband, she said, was inside playing poker.
As an added incentive, for opening day, six, 42 inch flat screen and a 55 inch flat screen televisions were given away as prizes in the drawing. Two bus loads of Poarch Indians, including three princesses, attended to the grand opening.