Wizards Casino Closes, Blames Smoking Ban & Economy
Story and Photo by Janet Grella
A reader tipped The B-Town Blog this morning that Wizards Casino in Burien was closing today. After an investigation, we found out that is indeed true â€“ the doors are closed, and Wizards employed 130 people.
“The city’s (Burien) been great to work with,” said General Manager Pat Hosier.
The decline of Wizards “started with the smoking ban in 2005, where the Casino lost 17% of their customers, and didn’t make them up, and then the economy finished us off,” explained Pat.
We hope to sit down with Pat in the near future to discuss the decisions that went into closing a business that’s been in Burien since 1998.
Wizards was located at 15749 Ambaum Blvd. SW, next to Hi-Line Lanes.
The Wizards website mentions nothing about the closure.
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