Arica, Chile Plans Second Casino

The manager of a casino in Copiapo, northern Chile, has released new details about its planned second property in Arica, the country’s northernmost city near the border with Peru. It is slated to open in 2017.

Hotel will be added in 2018 

The largest casino in Arica, Chile is expected to be open in the second half of 2017, according to the World Casino Directory.

The $100 million property, which will add a five-star hotel in a second phase, will be part of the Luckia Casino brand, owned by Spanish gaming group Empresa de Generación Eléctrica de Arequipa S.A. It will feature a 2,900-square-meter (31,000-square-foot) gaming floor with 350 slot machines, 12 gaming tables as well as a bingo area with 60 seats.

The new casino will be just 100 meters (109 yards) from the municipal casino and one of the country’s 17 casino license holders, Casino de Arica. But Arica Mayor Salvador Urrutia says the proximity of two casinos could turn this area into a Chilean version of Las Vegas.

EGASA is the current manager of the Antay Casino Hotel in the city of Copiapo in northern Chile.

Project Development Manager Peter Müffeler said the planned new property represents the largest investment in the city recent years, and is “the largest in the history of Arica.

“We are confident of the enormous tourism potential of the region and its close relationship with the neighboring countries of Peru and Bolivia,” he said, according to G3 newswire.