Legends Resort & Casino is owned and operated by Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB). CNB is the tribally owned holding company that is the sole shareholder of Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE), a leading regional gaming operator with 10 properties in Northeast Oklahoma, including nine Cherokee Casinos and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. CNE also owns and operates the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.


Building on the company’s growth throughout the region, Legends Resort & Casino will be CNE’s second commercial gaming operation. Legends Resort & Casino will be more than a $300 million entertainment destination located off Hob Nob Road on land just north of the bustling Interstate 40 between Weir Road (exit 83) and Bradley Cove Road (exit 84).


Over the course of our history, CNB has succeeded by doing business the right way – through thoughtful planning, building partnerships, and always honoring commitments. CNB’s culture of success and innovation has led to rapid growth, and our commitment to ethical operations has earned the respect of industry partners.


With robust plans for best-in-class gaming, a four-star hotel, and amenities and attractions inspired by the unique beauty of the Arkansas River Valley, Legends will offer something for everyone. Stay tuned for development updates over the coming months.

Cherokee Nation Businesses

Cherokee Nation Businesses is a world-class entertainment powerhouse known for being an exceptional community partner. We operate debt free with more than $1 billion in assets and have a track record of no layoffs or facility closures. We do things right.

  • Prioritize safety & security first
  • Manage responsible operations
  • Buy, hire & source locally
  • Possess financial strength & stability
  • Take pride in being the employer of choice
  • Listen & respond to community needs


Legends is a strategic consultant to Cherokee Nation Businesses with renowned expertise in creating unforgettable entertainment and hospitality experiences.


Three Decades of Excellence in Gaming

As a company, we have never performed layoffs, filed for bankruptcy or permanently closed any casino in our 30 years of operation. Even during COVID-19, we gave employees paid leave.

Today, we operate 11 casino gaming properties in markets that are very similar to Pope County. Our hospitality consulting arm is often leveraged by other non-competing tribes and companies who are looking to open casinos.


An Outstanding Community Partner

We are more than just a gaming operator — we are a dedicated and trustworthy community partner with the experience needed to make Legends Resort & Casino a success. We have proven our commitment to Pope County through our office in downtown Russellville (located at 314 West B Street), which has supported many local organizations, events and fundraisers since opening in September 2019. The office has also served as the go-to destination for residents seeking more information about our development.


The future is legendary for Pope County.