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New Tulsa casino to open March 31

27 March 2009

TULSA, Oklahoma -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- 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, according to Director of Marketing Jennifer Cross.

"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.

Parking at River Spirit Casino will open at 8 am on March 31. Additional parking with free shuttle service will be available north of the casino to accommodate the anticipated large amount of traffic. Complimentary valet parking at River Spirit Casino will begin at 11:00 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.

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