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First Council Casino opens Feb 29th

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February 25, 2008

NEWKIRK - The new First Council Casino will open this week at 5pm on February 29th.  It is located on the northern side of Newkirk, Oklahoma, and two miles south of Arkansas City, Kansas.

This $60 million casino is owned and operated by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, who also own the Seven Clans Paradise Casino near Ponca City.


  • 900 slot machines

  • Poker room - 8 tables

  • Blackjack - 8 atables

  • Restaurants - four-star buffet restaurant and food concession area

  • Future plans - resort-style hotel and spa

The Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise reports:

"The exterior of the property features a five -story, Vegas-style digital sign. Guarding the territory on the hill behind the casino stands a steel silhouette sculpture of a tribal hunting party on horseback, hunting buffalo across the prairie."

"New York-based Kuhlmann Design Group, known for bringing natural elements into large public spaces, designed the interior. First Council Casino boasts natural native grass arrangements in the dining room, a silhouette leaf-motif in lighting, textiles and signage, and a warm palette accented with turquoise and copper. The carpets are plush, and the bar is two-inch thick granite."

General Manager Jim Stuart says, "First Council casino will offer spacious room for gaming play and beautiful dining and bar areas. Nothing was overlooked in the design and function of the casino. The player will enjoy superior service, top quality food venues and a lively bar and entertainment area. Our players will be first at First Council Casino. The interior design of our Casino in unlike any found in North Central Oklahoma and rivals many of the finest casinos in the country."

"Less than an hour drive from Wichita, Kansas, First Council Casino offers first-class excitement for a discriminating adult crowd that loves to have a great time, any time," says Ken Norman, Oteo-Missoura Development Authority.

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