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WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, Okla. – Less than one year after opening the doors to its new casino, Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs is moving forward with an upscale seven-story hotel tower as planned.

Quick Facts Cherokee Casino West Siloam Original Opening

April 21, 1994 – Employee Night

April 29, 1994 – Public opening

Originally – 21,000 square feet

Number of employees at opening – 79 Expansions and Renovations

February 2005 – Modular building opening

Casino – 36,000 square feet

Dec. 7, 2006 – Groundbreaking on 240,000-square-foot facility

Nov. 1, 2007 – first steel beam erected

Jan. 7, 2008 – hotel announcement

Nov. 10, 2008 – new gaming floor opened to public

Dec. 17, 2008 to Jan 17, 2009 – demolition of old casino

Sept. 2, 2009 – construction begins on seven-story hotel tower

Facility size as of Jan. 1 – 136,252 square feet; hotel will be 103,194 square feet

Parking Spaces

Regular: 650

Handicapped: 35

E-Games and Cards

Electronic Games – 1,275

Compacted Games – 915

Non-Compacted Games – 360

Poker tables – 12

Table games – 19

Bingo eliminated May 15, 2005

Amenities Dining

River Cane Buffet

River Cane Café – 24 hour

Flint Creek Steakhouse Entertainment – Seven-stage, dance floor, bar; 240-seat venue Employees – 734 West Siloam Springs Smoke Shop

March 8, 1994

2,160 square feet

Feb. 8, 2008 – new smoke shop opens; connected via corridor to the current facility and includes a two-lane drive-thru and features 150 games and a self-serve beverage station

Electronic Games – 149

Compacted – 82

Non-compacted – 67

Employees – 8

Total Employees – 742

When the original casino opened in 1994, it was operated by 79 employees. While the casino currently provides more than 740 jobs, the addition of the hotel is expected to create 60 more. That brings the total to more than 800 employees, which is 100 times the amount of the original workforce 15 years ago.

“Nearly one year ago we created a gaming destination that is the best in its class in the region, but today marks the beginning of the transition into a great tourist destination,” said David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which operates Cherokee Casinos and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. “By building the hotel, we’re not only creating more jobs for Cherokees and local citizens, but we’re also creating a new revenue stream to help further advance the Cherokee Nation and generate more business for West Siloam Springs and the surrounding communities.”

As part of the construction of the casino, the hotel foundation was poured in 2008. Currently, more than 600 tons of steel are being delivered as crews start construction. Once complete in spring 2010, the hotel will be the tallest building on U.S. Highway 412 between Tulsa, Okla., and Springdale, Ark.

Towering beside the casino, the more than 100,000-square-foot hotel will be highlighted by a Chevron glass front. The hotel’s amenities will include 140 luxury rooms and seven suites of varying size, three meeting rooms, a fitness room and an upscale coffee shop.

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs moved into its current $125 million facility in November 2008. The casino features three restaurants, a nightclub and more than 200,000 square feet of gaming, including more than 1,200 electronic games, 19 table games and a newly opened poker room with 12 tables. Slated for an October opening is a banquet room that will seat up to 500 people and be available for events this holiday season.

Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the retail, gaming, entertainment, hospitality and cultural tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation. CNE operates casinos in Tulsa, Claremore, Roland, West Siloam Springs, Fort Gibson, Sallisaw and Tahlequah, as well as the Cherokee Travel Plaza, two Cherokee Outpost convenience stores, six retail tobacco shops, four gift shops, two golf courses and three hotels. CNE currently employs more than 3,400 people throughout northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs is located off U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59 in West Siloam Springs. For more information, visit www.cherokeestarrewards.com or call (800) 754-4111.