The 200,000-square-foot Saracen Casino opened to the public on October 20, 2020. (Saracen Casino)
The largest commercial project in the state of Arkansas opened its doors this month — and it’s owned by the Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Arkansas Governor William Asa Hutchinson II was present to celebrate the completion and debut of the 200,000-square-foot Saracen Casino on October 20th. The new venue is a workforce builder, currently employing 700, with plans to add another 100 employees soon.
Once the resort, featuring more than 300 rooms, a pool, and convention center, starts accepting guests, Saracen will employ roughly 1,100 employees.
While the Quapaw Nation doesn’t offer sports betting at its casinos in Oklahoma, patrons started placing bets on sporting events at its Saracen Casino Annex in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, in October 2019. The 15,000-square-foot annex, connected to the Saracen Q Store, was a temporary pop-up while Saracen Casino was under construction, with kiosks that permitted smaller wagers with maximum bets of $500.
The new Saracen Casino boasts 80,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 2,000 slot machines, 30 gaming tables, a sportsbook, and a poker room.
Masks are required to enter the casino, and guests will have their temperatures taken upon entering the casino. Slot machines have plexiglass dividers and table games have limited seating. Saracen Casino is open daily 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saracen Casino Resort is the Quapaw Nation’s third gaming operation. The Tribe additionally owns and operates Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma, and Quapaw Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
Today headquartered in Quapaw in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, on a 13,000-acre Tribal jurisdictional area, the Quapaw people inhabited Arkansas before forced relocation to Oklahoma in the 1830s. The casino is named after revered Quapaw Tribal leader, Chief Saracen, who was laid to rest in Pine Bluff in 1832 at age 97.