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Bet on a Good Time

Located north of downtown Tulsa, Osage Casino’s newest resort offers plenty of decorative nods to “Prairie Chic” heritage, an expanded gaming floor, 141-room hotel and a see-it-to-believe-it pool.

Michele Chiappetta
July 28, 2018

Just 4 minutes from downtown Tulsa, a spectacle of entertainment and glitz awaits you at the Osage Casino and Hotel.

“We have had an immensely successful location in Tulsa that opened in 2005,” says Byron Bighorse, chief executive officer of Osage Casino. “However, with that location being open for more than a decade, we decided it was time for a facelift, which then led us to look at new construction. The new construction also allows us to expand our gaming floor, add a hotel, and build an event center.”

The expanded casino space will bring in the flavor of Osage design, says Bighorse. “We call it Prairie Chic,” he says. “We wanted this location to embody Oklahoma and feature nods to the Osage heritage. The casino is decorated with a warm color palate using browns, tans, reds and gold colors with an array of blue and turquoise accents. Inside, we have the Osage emblem near the door and original Osage art hanging, completed by Osage artists. While showcasing Osage heritage, we wanted to look contemporary as well. Our restaurants have mosaic tile to give a modern feel.”

Among the upgrades and expansions will be a gaming floor with over 1,600 slot machines and 16 gaming tables. The casino will sport a parking garage and a 141-room hotel with six hospitality suites, and a pool, something the casino is proud to offer. “The pool is one of the most exciting amenities the hotel has to offer,” says Bighorse. “In fact, some rooms open directly onto the deck.”

The pool can accommodate as many as 240 people, and includes a chaise lounge tanning ledge, 15-person hot tub, adjacent fire pit and poolside bar. “We wanted to have this outdoor space match the high-quality, world-class event space and casino that our guests will find inside,” Bighorse says. 

There are over 140 rooms plus six hospitality suites in the Osage Casino and Hotel.
There are over 140 rooms plus six hospitality suites in the Osage Casino and Hotel.

According to Bighorse, offering an Osage Casino and Hotel in the downtown Tulsa area makes a lot of sense. “Downtown is where the fun happens,” he says. “There are a variety of great restaurants, bars and entertainment options, but there isn’t a casino downtown. Being only four minutes away, we are the closest gaming destination. With this new location, our casino will be a convenient option for people who have had dinner or gone to a show downtown and would like to do something fun afterward.”

One of the coolest features of the Osage Casino and Hotel rebuild is the inclusion of The Nine Band Brewing Co., which makes the casino the first in the area to have a brewery inside it. The Allen, Texas-based brewery will brew its award-winning, specially crafted beer on-site in large vats and a 20-barrel Prospero brewery system. The brewery also will have an adjacent bar for guests to watch aspects of the brewing in progress.

When hunger strikes make sure to check out Thunder Bar and Grill, Stonecreek Kitchen and Roni Peppo’s Pizza Kitchen.
‍When hunger strikes make sure to check out Thunder Bar and Grill, Stonecreek Kitchen and Roni Peppo’s Pizza Kitchen.

“Osage Casino and Hotel is thrilled to be partnering with Nine Band Brewing Co.,” says Bighorse. “We wanted something different in our casino while following the craft brew trend. When we first met with Nine Band, it was obvious they had a great product and would be a great fit for our new location. Being able to introduce this beer to Oklahoma is an exciting opportunity. We think Nine Band will fit in well with the local craft brew scene, and we think Tulsans will absolutely embrace their flavors.”

The brewery will craft a variety of flavors on-site, including Nine Band Pale Ale, Cactus Cat Kolsch, Hoop Snake Hefeweizen, Blue Lacy Brown Ale, Toad Choker Barley Wine, Hellwind IPA and The Badge Honey Blonde. In addition, seasonal flavors such as 28th State Stout, Ghost Cow Oktoberfest and June Bug Summer Wheat will be available.

When hunger strikes make sure to check out Thunder Bar and Grill, Stonecreek Kitchen and Roni Peppo’s Pizza Kitchen. “We will serve anything from pizza and sandwiches to a full buffet,” says Bighorse.

There will be convention rooms and meeting spaces as well for both businesses and private events. The banquet space holds up to 400 people, with breakout rooms that can seat up to 150.

There will also be a new 2,000-seat event center for concerts. “The entertainment venue will be open in early 2019,” says Bighorse. “We have a really great lineup of confirmed performers that will be announced after the grand opening.”  

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