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Tiyan casino continues to pay dividends

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Don't be surprised if you see the lights on over the weekends at the Tiyan casino. Apparently, they're still open to take your bets.

From once a year to possibly every weekend the Guam Liberation Historical Society is hoping to cash in. "We figure why waste the building? Why tear it down? When we can put it to good purpose. We think of it being a hall, a recreation area, something where we can put it to good use," noted Mayors Council of Guam executive director Angel Sablan. He said since the end of the Liberation Carnival, the casino remains in place and in use for card games and dice. "Every village has a fiesta. We there's a fiesta almost every weekend on Guam so as a money making endeavor for the villages we offer them the use of the building through the Guam Liberation Historical Society and it's been coming up pretty successful thus far."

He continued, "The first one was Barrigada right after the Liberation Day Carnival, Barrigada fiesta came up so we started using it then and the other mayors like the idea. Instead of them building a facility, pitch up a tent in their villages, this building is complete its air conditioned its enclosed its away from everything else - you don't have to worry about minors coming up to it because they won't be allowed so it was a win-win situation."

Matter of fact, including taxes from gaming machines and revenue from the casino, the Mayors Council of Guam in August received about a half million dollars. According to Sablan all that's' needed is for mayors to make the request to Adelup, saying, "They would have to request through the Governor to be able to have games of chance, cockfight and bingo during their fiestas and if the Governor approves then they are allowed to have these games.The only thing that has to be done as far as the law is concerned is the cockfight it has to be in the village where the fiestas at."

In terms of when the casino is actually operating, Sablan says its exclusive to weekends. Some of the villages have requested a 6pm on Friday to six am Sunday so it's a three day weekend affair.
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