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Regulators give final OK to Reno-Sparks' first new casino in 20 years

 Legends Bay Casino
Legends Bay Casino
Legends Bay Casino

State gaming regulators have given the final OK to open the first new casino in the Reno-Sparks area in more than two decades. 

The Nevada Gaming Commission's approval was the final hurdle Olympia Gaming needed to clear to open the new Legends Bay Casino in Sparks.

The project has taken more than 15 years to come to fruition.

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The company initially planned to break ground on a 1,000-bed hotel-casino in 2008, but those plans stalled due to the Great Recession.

In the intervening years, the concept for the project was pared down to just the casino.

However, Legends Bay will feature some unique offerings, including a sportsbook operated by Circa Sports, which runs the world's largest sports betting operation in Las Vegas.

It's also done away with the ubiquitous buffet, opting for a food truck hall and entertainment space instead.

Operators say they're looking to hire roughly 300 workers at all levels ahead of the casino's opening sometime in August.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.