Press Release

Release Date: April 12, 2007

by Kerri McDonald



NEW ORLEANS – The organizers of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) announced the Chickasaw Nation’s Riverwind Casino as the 2007 Global Gaming Expo G2E Institute winner for the Best Architectural Design for a Casino/Resort under $200M.

The award was presented during the fifth annual Casino Design Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 11 at the Wyndham New Orleans at Canal Place in Louisiana. Riverwind officials and members of the Memphis based Hnedak Bobo Group, the firm that designed the casino, were on hand to receive the award.

“Congratulations to the design team. They should be very proud of this accomplishment,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Riverwind is an exceptional facility from the design of the building to the entertainment offerings to the hospitality of the employees and it is an honor to be recognized.”

The Casino Design Awards are the only honors that specifically recognize excellence in the field of casino design, architecture and construction. The awards are presented annually at G2E Institute, where winners receive the “Gaming Vision” award.

The Hnedak Bobo Group said Riverwind’s design “represents a new wave of casino architecture” and “giving a nod to the geographic location of the structure, the design team developed an ethereal ‘prairie wind’ concept which encompasses Oklahoma’s native landscape.”

Riverwind Casino was the only Oklahoma facility to receive a design award, and was among a group of winners stretching from California to Las Vegas to New York.

The Global Gaming Expo is the international gaming trade show and conference “by the industry and for the industry.” Organized by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in the fall of 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming/entertainment industry.

The Hnedak Bobo Group has also designed state-of-the-art facilities for the Gaylord Palms Resort, Harrah’s, FedEx, Pfizer, Marriott and the University of Tennessee.