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Residents of Saskatchewan city not willing to throw dice on proposed casino

ESTEVAN, Sask. - Residents of Estevan, Sask., have voted to reject a proposed $30 million First Nations casino in the community.

The vote on the plan by the Little Pine First Nation was held Thursday in conjunction with a byelection for a vacant city council seat.

More than 1,800 people cast ballots against the concept.

The result is not binding on council, but Mayor Roy Ludwig says it's unlikely the facility will be built because many residents said before the election that they felt Saskatchewan has enough casinos.

Wayne Semaganis, chief of the First Nation, was not immediately available for comment.

Semaganis said in a media interview earlier this month that he would respect the wishes of Estevan residents on the casino proposal. (CJLR)

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