QUAPAW, OK - The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave final approval to a gaming
compact between the Quapaw Tribe and the state of Oklahoma for off-track
wagering at the new Downstream Casino. The approval was published in the Federal
Register on Tuesday.
Casino spokesman Sean Harrison said the horse-racing book will open at 11am
daily with simulcasts of thoroughbred, quarter horse and harness racing
broadcast on 15 televisions. There is seating for about 60 people, and food
service is available from the Buffalo Grille restaurant.
"It's a real nice set-up," Harrison said. "We're proud to open it up, and we're
excited about tomorrow (Wednesday). We have everything that many Oklahoma
casinos have to offer at this point."
The first simulcast on Wednesday came from Delaware Park racetrack. Nine other
tracks were also scheduled for that day. The casino also will schedule special
events during major races like the Kentucky Derby, Harrison said.
The new Downstream Casino Resort is located in Oklahoma at the border with
Missouri and Kansas about five miles west of Joplin, Missouri.
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