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Osage gaming officials preparing for Aug. 29 Tulsa casino opening

TULSA, Okla. – Osage Nation gaming officials are continuing their work to prepare the new Osage Casino Hotel here for an Aug. 29 opening.

“Everything is on pace with Tulsa (casino and hotel project), I hope you saw this beautiful facility (while driving by),” Osage Casinos CEO Byron Bighorse told the Gaming Enterprise Board at the June 20 meeting.

The casino is also hosting a private opening event for enrolled Osage tribal members one day prior to the public opening. The preview event includes opportunities to play the new casino games and to tour the Tulsa casino/ hotel on Aug. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Attendees must show their ON membership cards and may bring one guest with them. All attendees must be at least 18 years old.

The Tulsa casino and hotel is expected to bring 200 new job positions to the region’s economy and a July 12 job fair for the Tulsa casino/ hotel positions is planned at the Osage Casinos Executive Offices from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. located at 1211 W. 36th St. N. just west of the casino property.

Kyle Revard, casino human resources director, said Tulsa casino managers and Gaming Commission staff will be present at the job fair where on-the-spot interviews and offers will be conducted. Those offered jobs will also be subject to on-the-spot drug testing to expedite the hiring process, he said, adding “we’re excited and ramped up, ready to go for hiring at Tulsa.”

According to the casino’s online job listings, available Tulsa positions include: hotel room attendants, cocktail servers, short-order cooks, restaurant servers, laundry attendants, front desk agents, bartenders, table games dealers and supervisors, housekeepers and maintenance technicians.   

Elizabeth Hembree, ON Gaming Commission director, said the three-person Gaming Commission board approved new table games that will be offered at the new Tulsa casino, as well as armed security training plans during the June 6 meeting. Bighorse said the casino has certified personnel to conduct the armed security training internally for armed officers to be stationed at Tulsa and the other casinos.

Once the Tulsa Osage Casino Hotel opens, the current casino (which opened in summer 2005) will be demolished. For more information on job listings and photos of the casino construction process, go online to www.osagecasinos.com.