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Take it to the Limit

River Spirit Casino Resort is a luxurious multi-entertainment, gaming, relaxing and dining complex where you can feel like you’ve escaped on a cool getaway to Miami or the Caribbean.

Article
Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Posted
April 28, 2018

On the banks of the Arkansas River, a majestic complex towers proudly. River Spirit Casino Resort has undergone a rebirth in the last couple of years as a major expansion project took place on the property.

Approximately two years, 350,000-cubic yards of dirt, over 2,500 construction workers, and millions of dollars later, the River Spirit complex has been wowing locals, tourists, convention goers, visiting performers and others with all it has to offer.

From the moment you walk in, through every place on-site that you visit, River Spirit works to give you the sense that you’re visiting a beach resort. “You’ll think you’re walking into a hotel in Miami or the Caribbean,” says Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos. “It’s like nothing else you’ll find in the area, and it draws a lot of people who want a fun getaway that doesn’t include airfare.”

To create an island vacation feel here in Tulsa, River Spirit teamed with Margaritaville to bring the luxurious, beach-themed brand and its offerings to Tulsa. The result is an entertaining resort where you can feel like you’ve escaped on a cool getaway, even though you’re still in the heart of Oklahoma.

That resort feel includes giving guests a well-rounded experience. It’s not just about the gaming. And it’s not just about food either, although the site’s eight restaurants — Margaritaville, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Visions Buffet, Scoreboard Sports Bar, LandShark Pool Bar Tiki Bar & Tiki Grill, Fireside Grill, 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar, and Johnny Rockets — offer the gamut of casual to elegant meals.

The concert lineup at the Paradise Cove Theater is always on point, featuring both up-and-comers and old favorites to fit every musical palate. The resort will also be featuring plenty of events. “We didn’t want to just build a bigger casino or hotel,” Crofts says. “We needed to do something to raise the bar and bring people in.”

This 27-story, all-glass tower at River Spirit Casino Resort features 483 guest rooms, including 54 suites with luxurious features.
This 27-story, all-glass tower at River Spirit Casino Resort features 483 guest rooms, including 54 suites with luxurious features.

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Rooms
When you want an overnight treat, the luxury hotel tower is a great spot to stay. This 27-story, all-glass tower features 483 guest rooms, including 54 suites, with luxurious features. All the rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows providing guests stunning views up and down the Arkansas River. The Margaritaville tower also has a convenient fitness center, business center, retail stores and gift shop.

Bright and colorful in decor, the rooms also boast luxurious features such as granite, to help you feel like you are truly on a splurge trip to a tropical island.

Room sizes range from double queen and king to signature suites (1,030 square feet with a separate master bedroom and bath) and executive suites (1,365 square feet). The standard rooms are also offered in ADA setups.

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Check In
As you enter the resort, a huge screen creates a welcoming feel. The attached parking structure has optional valet service and is linked to the lobby by a climate-controlled walkway that makes it easy for customers to enter the casino area.

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LandShark Pool Bar, Tiki Bar and Tiki Grill
Swim up bars don’t just happen everywhere. Maybe the Caribbean, right? Belize, Acapulco, Miami? How cool is it that we have a version in our backyard? Bartenders wait behind a bar that bumps up against the poolside. Simply walk or swim over, order your drink and then sip to your heart’s content, never having to get out of the pool until you’re really ready to call it a day.

Cabana rentals are available for registered hotel guests and can accommodate six while cabana suites allow for a dozen of your friends or relatives.
‍Cabana rentals are available for registered hotel guests and can accommodate six while cabana suites allow for a dozen of your friends or relatives.

It’s a luxurious, fun way of spending time that you and your friends will enjoy treating yourself to, especially in the hot, hot Oklahoma summer. When chilly weather strikes in the spring and fall, guests can still enjoy a drink by the outdoor firepits.

But that’s not all you’ll experience with a stop at River Spirit’s resort pool area. Opposite the swim-up bar, there’s a patio where guests of the resort can relax, enjoy drinks and a meal poolside, while people watching.

Even if you’re not a guest of the resort, you can enjoy some time at the pool and bar area by purchasing a day pass. Access to the LandShark Pool Bar can be had by walking through the casino resort, or by the trail that winds behind the casino along the Arkansas River, making it easy for those who love to run or bike to stop in for a drink or snack.

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Gaming
The complex showcases a 50,000-square foot, themed casino which features an astounding amount of the latest and greatest gaming machines (over 850) and 27 rocking and rolling table games. It’s a sure bet they have your favorite. Get lost in the casino world with all the bells and whistles you could dream of. And who knows — it may just be your lucky night.

“We have machines where you play against the individual machine with jackpots up to $25,000 and $50,000,” says Crofts. “And there are linked-progressive machines, a series of machines that are connected to other casinos around the state of Oklahoma, and those jackpots can be as much as a million dollars or more.”

Whether you’re new to gaming or a total pro, their table games always deliver a thrill. Enjoy a game of blackjack, ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, and 21+3, plus popular favorites free-bet blackjack and baccarat. Craps tables open at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is also free ante on craps and high-stakes table games.

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Emerge Spa and Salon
This world-class, full-service spa and beauty salon is an ideal way to treat yourself with some serious pampering. From dressing rooms with a personal locker to a relaxation room where you can savor a quiet moment between treatments, you’ll feel superbly cared for. It’s not limited to guests, either. “We offer spa day passes for $25 where a guest can enjoy the relaxation room, locker rooms, steam room, sauna and whirlpool,” says Crofts.

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Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant, bar and retail outlet. With multiple bars on two sprawling levels, you won’t be able to miss the seaplane swooping overhead or the volcano erupting lava into a giant blender. Outstanding live music shows, plus two outdoor decks overlooking the Arkansas River, make Margaritaville one of Tulsa’s truly original attractions.

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Visions Buffet
If you haven’t visited Oklahoma’s largest casino buffet, then let us tell you what you’ve been missing. Outstanding seafood is waiting just for you. You’ll also savor flavorful meats and veggies that rival many stand-alone restaurants in Green Country, and some of the tastiest desserts around. Believe us, whatever you’ve got a craving for, it’s here and it’s delicious. Remember, it’s a buffet, so come ready to chow down on all your faves.

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Fireside Grill
Whether you’re craving salads, sandwiches, burgers, steak, fish, chicken, pork or seafood, this casual dining spot features delectable meals you won’t regret ordering. The chef and kitchen staff use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, including vegetables and herbs they grow themselves and local meats that are smoked in-house. They make just about everything, including the salad dressings, from scratch. And the menu fuses flavors from traditions such as Southern, Cajun, and Southwestern to tantalize your taste buds.

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Johnny Rockets
Founded on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape from the complicated world, Johnny Rockets opened its first restaurant in 1986 on the iconic Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Now an international restaurant franchise, Johnny Rockets offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, never frozen 100 percent beef cooked-to-order burgers, fries and hand-spun shakes.

The restaurant features a modern twist on the classic diner with comfortable seats and areas perfect for gathering, friendly approachable service, and music that combines iconic classics with pop culture.

Johnny Rockets operates more than 350 franchise and corporate locations in 32 countries around the world.

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5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar
There aren’t a lot of places where you are guaranteed to get live music seven days a week, but the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar is one of them. Regular acts perform during the week, with country on Sundays, soft rock on Mondays, and soul on Tuesdays. Wednesdays are Ladies Night, and Thursdays feature Latin music and Top 40 hits with DJ Johnny Bananas. Fridays and Saturdays are when the guest bands play, with both local and regional acts hitting the stage to light up your night.

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Scoreboard Sports Bar
Seriously, when a sports bar has a 103-inch TV called the Godzilla-tron, it’s already lapping most of the competition before they leave the starting gate. But Scoreboard isn’t just about having a ton of big screens. They’ve always got fantastic food, icy cold beer and great customer service. Plus, how many sports bars are smack dab in the middle of the casino?

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Meetings and Conventions
The benefits of hosting a meeting at River Spirit are clear. “We can offer everything in one location — several restaurants from which to choose, a casino, spa, resort pool and concert venue,” says Crofts. “Convention guests don’t ever have to leave the premises to have everything they need and more.” The resort provides 30,000 square feet of event and meeting space including a ballroom, a pre-function area overlooking the pool deck and river, and conference and board rooms with state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Expect to be swept off your feet from the moment you enter the dramatic red entry doors of the state’s only Ruth’s Chris. Their signature style is to serve steaks sizzling. The cut of meat you order is prepared to your taste in an 1,800-degree broiler, then delivered to your table on a 500-degree sizzling plate, which guarantees every bite is warm and delicious throughout your meal.

Alongside excellent service, the menu offers a wide range of choices, including signature USDA Prime steaks that satisfy to the last bite. The classic filet is always a great choice for a tender, delicious steak. They also feature bone-in signature cuts from a bone-in filet to an awe-inspiring 40-ounce tomahawk rib-eye.

Ruth’s Chris also offers high-quality seafood, such as Chilean sea bass and sizzling blue crab cakes, along with a variety of fresh salads and appetizers, homemade sides and decadent desserts. The white chocolate bread pudding with three spirited sauces makes for a perfect ending. And the sweet potato casserole is always a favorite. Some guests will order it with ice cream for dessert.

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Paradise Cove
Whether it’s sports, music, interactive theater, comedy or other types of performance you’re looking for, the Paradise Cove can offer it all. The showroom offers theater-style seating for 2,500 plus VIP suites and lounge. There’s not a bad view in the house. Its design eliminates outside sounds like wind and rain for an optimal sound experience. “The venue expands up to 3,000 seats for sporting events as well,” says Crofts. “We have the latest, state-of-the-art lighting, sound, audio and visual. Paradise Cove is built like a performing arts center with rising aisles of seats similar to venues such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center or the Hollywood Bowl in smaller form.”

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LOCATOR
River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
888-748-3731
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