Downstream Casino Resort offers the excitement of Vegas
Downstream Casino Resort in the northeast corner of Oklahoma offers gambling, live entertainment, fine dining and a peek at Quapaw tribal history and culture.
QUAPAW — It rises out of nowhere, this clay-colored tower of a building in the northeastern corner of the state, where Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri rub elbows.
69300 E Nee Road, Quapaw
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Nothing else of any size is near, so even from the Will Rogers Turnpike, Downstream Casino Resort makes an impression. It's just the beginning.
From the European-style traffic circle at the edge of the property to the landscaped drive leading to the resort, Downstream was never intended to be just another hotel and casino. Quapaw tribal members decided it would be big, it would be stylish, and along with all the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip, it would give visitors a peek at the history and culture of the tribe.
The Quapaw Tribe already owned a small casino, similar to the dozen others in the area. Downstream would shine, in appearance, service and philosophy.
"We wanted to compete with the Cherokees and Chickasaws and all those other guys," said tribal Chairman John Berrey. He and others traveled the United States, checking out resorts and bringing back ideas for a beautiful, high-class resort.
Two years ago — 10 months and 26 days after ground was broken — the resort opened with 2,000 gambling machines, 32 table games, a poker room and rooms for high-limit table games and slots in the casino. The centerpiece of the casino is Devils Promenade, an elevated bar and lounge. Its pulsing funnel of light can be seen from every corner of the casino.
What's missing but not missed is an overdose of Vegas neon and glitz.
The resort is more luxurious and earthy, with granite, wood and natural rock. A two-sided rock fireplace glows year-round in the lobby, where visitors are greeted by a large metal vessel with a distinct swirl pattern. The swirl was an important design in Quapaw pottery, and it is included in design and decor throughout the resort.
Water is another important element for the Quapaws, whose tribal name means downstream people. Waves can be seen rolling across wallpaper and other accents. Red oak, another significant material for the tribe, figures prominently in the hotel and casino.
Throughout the hotel, the conference center and the rooms are photos of the Quapaw people. Borrowed from the tribal museum and enlarged, the photographs give visitors a look at Quapaw history.
The high-tech casino is just steps from the lobby, but the thrills don't intrude on the lobby's ambience. Tournament poker players are alerted with electronic paging systems. Music is centralized in the bar areas. An $18 million ventilation system sucks out air in the casino six times an hour. That means there's new air every 10 minutes. The casino is virtually smoke-free.
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