River Spirit Casino to open March 31
At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, March 31, Creek Nation Casino – Tulsa will close its doors and just hours later the new River Spirit Casino will be unveiled to the public, Director of Marketing Jennifer Cross announced.
“We are excited to bring this one-of-kind gaming, entertainment and dining experience to Tulsa and the surrounding areas,” said Cross. “River Spirit Casino truly rivals many of the casinos on the strip in Vegas.”
Tribal and local dignitaries will commence the occasion at 9:00 am on March 31 with a blessing conducted by Amos McNac and flute music provided by Scott Harjo. Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Representative Cherrah Quiett will deliver the invocation.
A representative from Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor’s office will read the proclamation exclaiming March 31 to be “River Spirit Day.”
Speakers at the ceremony will include: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief A.D. Ellis; Thomas Yahola, Speaker of the House; Mike Flud, Chief of Staff; Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association; Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber; and Mel Thomas, General Manager of River Spirit Casino.
The ceremony will conclude with the traditional cutting of the ribbon, and River Spirit Casino will officially welcome the public at 10:00 am.
The first 1,000 patrons who present their new Infinity Players Club card on March 31 will receive a River Spirit Casino commemorative Opening Day poker chip.
The official grand opening festivities are scheduled for the weekend of May 1, 2009, a three-day-long celebration including entertainment by Blues Traveler and a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro giveaway.
River Spirit Casino, Tulsa’s $195 million casino project at 81st & Riverside, showcases 300,000 square feet of gaming space and is one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma. With 2,745 high-tech electronic machines, 24 table games and 15 poker tables, River Spirit Casino offers the most current technology and latest games available. The facility features four world-class food and beverage venues including the largest casino buffet in Oklahoma, a fine dining establishment, a 24-hour café and state-of-the-art sports bar. Another exciting feature is the one-of-a-kind circular lounge, which provides FREE live entertainment six nights a week. River Spirit Casino also offers a prestigious High Stakes Lounge, Players Club, Gift Shop, exciting promotions and events, huge cash payouts and excellent customer service.
As an active community partner, River Spirit Casino provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and surrounding towns, adding 650 new jobs to the city for a total of 1,300 employees. Proceeds for gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and healthcare.