Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) in Prior Lake, Minnesota, southwest of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. With 4,200 employees, the SMSC - including Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino - is the largest employer in Scott County.[1]

History[edit]

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe.

The SMSC opened Little Six Bingo in 1982, which became Little Six Casino in 1990 following the passage of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 and the signing of a gaming compact between the SMSC and the State of Minnesota. The SMSC and other Minnesota tribes were the first in the United States to negotiate and sign tribal-state compacts with a state government related to gaming.[2] Mystic Lake Casino Hotel opened in 1992. It is named after the lake of the same name located nearby. Its success has helped fund SMSC goals, including economic diversification and improvements to tribal infrastructure and services from the 1990s to the present.

In 2012 the SMSC initiated a 10-year cooperative agreement with Canterbury Park in neighboring Shakopee, Minnesota, to support increased purses for live horse races and joint marketing opportunities between Canterbury Park and Mystic Lake.[3] In 2013, the first full racing season under the agreement, Canterbury Park completed its longest season since 2006, with a purse distribution that was double the amount paid out to the horse owners in 2011.[4]

Attractions[edit]

In addition to 150,000 square feet of gaming space, Mystic Lake offers a 600-room hotel, an adjacent RV park with 122 spaces, and 67,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. It also features seven restaurants, three bars/lounges, and a coffee bar. The 2,100-seat Mystic Showroom has hosted notable performers including Kellie Pickler and Jay Leno.[5] The Meadows is a championship golf course adjacent to Mystic Lake with 80 bunkers, 13 holes with water, 20 fountains, and a 2,500-foot stream with four waterfalls.[6]

Awards[edit]

The SMSC Gaming Enterprise, which includes Mystic Lake and Little Six, received a “Best Places to Work” award from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal in 2012[7] and 2013[8] and a “Top 100 Workplaces” award from the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2013.[9]

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