Chips Casino in Washington Closes

Casino owner Michels Development says the casino closed because of “continuing costs and flat revenues.” The company also faulted increased minimum wage laws and healthcare reform.

Last week, Chips Casino, in La Center in Vancouver, Washington, closed its doors after more than 16 years in business. Company spokesman John Bockmier said a lack of revenue forced the closure.

“It’s a situation of continuing costs and flat revenues,” Bockmier said. “Minimum wage has gone up every year, affordable health care is now obviously another expense, and sewer cost is going up in the city. It was a simple matter of they weren’t making enough money so they had to shut it down.”

The casino, located on the Pacific Coast Highway, opened in October 1998 under the aegis of Michels Development. The adjoining Palace Casino, also owned by Michels, will remain open.