The weekend was not without hiccups for River Spirit Casino and Resort in Oklahoma. This was after an unknown person called the casino early Saturday claiming that there was a bomb hidden in one of the casino’s bathrooms. According to a report by KJRH television station, guests from both the casino and the hotel were asked to leave the premises to leave room for a thorough search to be carried out.
However, the establishment was re-opened a few moments later after the search proved futile. The threat was confirmed by a spokeswoman working for the nation Monday in a statement to Casino.org. She added that the incident had caused the closure of the casino from 3 to 5 am. The incidence is still under investigation by the Jenks Police Department.
Earlier in May and June, the resort had to shut its doors for thirty days after floods from the Arkansas River destroyed part of the resort. KTUL television station reported that the underground vaults, as well as the parking lot and entry to the garage, was flooded during the incidence.
Fortunately, the hotel, restaurants, and casinos were not affected by the flooding. River Spirit is owned by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and has not less than 3000 gaming slots and several gaming tables. The 27-story hotel is home to 483 rooms and one of the most important rooms in the establishment.
According to casino.org, despite all these misfortunes, River Spirit is still popular amongst the citizens of Oklahoma, and it is likely that the establishment is going to get more revenues. This month, it was ranked as the most popular destination for uber users, a position it had gained in 2017 as well. Pat Crofts, CEO of Muscogee Nation casinos, was quoted by Tusla World saying that they were so thrilled to receive such a ranking and they hoped to do even better in the coming year.
River Spirit is not the first to have received a bomb threat this year. Early this year, there was a reported bomb threat at the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois. During the incidence, the casino and businesses close by were forced to close down for a few hours that day as the area bomb thoroughly searched the place.
Again, no bomb was discovered, and no trace or trail has been uncovered. It’s also not clear whether the security system was able to capture the incidence. Fortunately, in this case, a thirty-year-old man was arrested on February 12 at the Floating Casino in Fox River in connection to the bomb scare. Mustad Muadinov was charged with disorderly conduct and arraigned at the Illinois Court. There his lawyer tried to defend him that he did not actually mention the word bomb and that everything he did on that day was misinterpreted.
The judge in charge of his case found him guilty last month and now awaits sentencing. According to the news by Chicago Sun Times, Muadinov faces jail time of between two to five years.