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Graton Resort and Casino unveiled before Nov. 5 opening

  • From left, Greg Sarris, chairman of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Lori Nelson, VP of communications for Station Casinos, and Joe Hasson, general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino, lead the press on a tour of the casino Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

The scale and scope of the Graton Resort & Casino came into sharp focus Wednesday when its doors were thrown open to the media for the first time.

The event was part of a well-orchestrated marketing campaign for the casino that is gathering steam in advance of the facility's planned Nov. 5 opening.

“What you see is $825 million worth of work,” said Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which owns the casino.

Graton Resort And Casino Tour

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“What you see is what $825 million buys you,” he said, standing by the six-lane, glass-enclosed valet entrance on the casino's north entrance. Nearby was a small fleet of black Cadillac Escalade SUVs bearing the casino logo. Sarris' voice competed with the sound of construction machinery hurrying to finish the job.

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