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Osage Casino officials report good first month for new Tulsa casino

TULSA, Okla. – Osage Casino officials reported having a good first month of business for the newly opened Tulsa hotel and casino property while work continues on adding parking lot spaces and a new event center.

“Things are very good next door, you’re going to be pleased to hear some very, very good results for our first 50 days,” Osage Casino CEO Byron Bighorse said of the new Tulsa casino and hotel during the Oct. 24 Gaming Enterprise Board meeting. The new Tulsa casino property opened its doors on Aug. 29 along North 36th Street next to the former casino that opened in 2005.

Construction crews are continuing work on a parking lot that will be built where the former casino stood. After the new Tulsa casino opened and before demolition efforts started in September, the 2005 structure became a two-day training room for area law enforcement entities and casino security staff on responding to an active shooter situation, according to a KTUL-TV article.

Due to confidential business and proprietary information, Bighorse did not discuss specifics of the new casino’s business, which are discussed during the gaming board’s executive session portion of their meetings as allowed by Osage law.

In related news, gaming board chairman Mark Simms informed the meeting attendees the Osage Casino Central Services would remain at its current office space on the former Tulsa Airpark property west of the new casino amid prior meeting discussions that central offices would relocate to downtown Tulsa approximately five miles south of the casino. 

Construction work also continues on the casino’s new event and entertainment center, which is on the north side of the property near the banquet and meeting rooms that are open for special event reservations. For example, the 2018 Osage Oil & Gas Summit is scheduled Dec. 12-13 at the casino.

The new event and entertainment venue will be called Skyline Event Center and stretches across 15,000 square feet, according to an opening day casino map provided by Tulsa casino staff.