The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, is heavily marketed as being just an hour’s drive north of Dallas. This makes a lot of sense, as the Dallas metropolitan area is home to over 7 million people, and over 80% of the 300,000 people that visit the Choctaw Casino Resort each year are from Texas, so the marketing campaign is working.
This resort is owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, one of the largest Indian tribes in the nation, with lands in excess of 10,000 square miles and a quarter million people living on them.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma have been very successful in business of late and now generate almost a billion dollars in revenue each year, and operate a total of 7 casinos. The Chocktaw Casino Resort in Durant, where the tribe is headquartered, is the crown jewel of their properties.
The property started off as the Choctaw Casino Bingo, opening on the site in 1987, the first Choctaw casino to be built. Back then the games that were offered at Indian casinos in Oklahoma were limited, but the very next year, in 1988, a wider variety of casino gaming was permitted, and the Choctaw were quick to take advantage of the new laws.
As the business grew, the property was expanded, starting in 2006 with the building of a $60 million resort, now known as the South Casino, and the name became changed to the Choctaw Casino Resort. In 2010, the Grand Hotel Tower and the North Casino was completed, replacing the old bingo hall, giving this property not one but two large casinos and significantly expanding its hotel and other facilities.
When it was all said and done, the Choctaw ended up with over 218,000 square feet of gaming space in its two casinos, both over 100,000 square feet. These properties are located alongside one another, and guests can easy move between them, expanding the variety of gaming that they are able to access while visiting this resort.
The property, and the Grand Tower in particular, is of a very modern design and resembles some of the most popular hotel casinos in Las Vegas, although on a smaller scale. This may not have cost billions to build and have thousands of hotel rooms, but this is by no means a small resort, they have spent $360 million on it so far, and their 431 room hotel complex does make it a resort of significant size, just not large by Vegas standards.
The Features of the Choctaw Casino Resort
This resort is not only large but of a very high quality as well, earning a four diamond designation by AAA and being highly rated overall. There are 4 different hotels here, the Grand Tower, the newest addition, the original Spa Tower, The Choctaw Lodge, and the Choctaw Inn, all located together on this property.
There’s also an RV Park with 77 premium sites and a large common building, and offers RV guests all the comforts of home in addition to their RVs.
Rates at the hotel start at $99 a night, if you book well in advance, and there’s several types of standard rooms to choose from. All of the rooms here are non smoking, and although the hotel does still announce that they have smoking rooms available as well, you can’t book them anymore which suggests that they are a thing of the past, for now.
Smokers are likely to avoid this resort, but they presumably are able to keep the hotel booked up with non smokers, so we could even call this a niche hotel, and non smokers will certainly be delighted over this.
The rooms here are nice, perhaps not as luxurious as you would expect from a four diamond hotel, but they certainly do stand out in this area of the country, and there’s certainly nothing of this quality at hotels and motels in the small city of Durant. Some casino guests do stay offsite though and the resort offers free shuttle service to and from the casino.
You can also bring your pets here, as the Choctaw Lodge is pet friendly, for a small additional cleaning fee. Aside from the rooms, the resort offers several choices of suites for those guests who prefer additional space and luxury.
Dining options are headlined by the 1832 Steakhouse, a four star restaurant with more affordable prices than you usually see at restaurants serving food of such high quality.
Butterfield’s Buffet offers a great selection of food, specializing in Tex Mex and Southern comfort dishes, with fabulous deals for casino players presenting their Rewards cards. Bamboo Noodle Bar offers a tasty selection of cuisine from several Asian countries.
The Blue Moon Café offers the style and delicious food of 1950’s style diners. Gilley’s offers musical entertainment as well as a food menu. Jackpot Java serves up Starbucks coffee. Krispy Krunchy Chicken dishes up Cajun style chicken meals.
There’s also a Papa John’s on site serving their famous pizza with the freshest ingredients. Smashburger smashes rather than grinds their beef for their burgers, creating a unique taste. The Parrot Beach Bar and Grill serves both food and beverages poolside. There’s also a Subway and the Tomatillo Mexican Grill.
There are 5 other bars and lounges to enjoy your favorite beverages at. The Oasis provides a large pool area with cabanas and other features. There’s a full service spa on hand as well as a fitness center. The District provides entertainment for the whole family, with an arcade, a bowling center, a laser tag arena, a sports bar, and a food court.
The Choctaw Grand Theater provides an ongoing array of live entertainment, with some of the biggest names of the past performing. There’s also 4 retail shops that you can browse.
Overall, there’s lots to do here besides gamble, although the gambling certainly is the headline event.
The Casino at Choctaw Casino Resort
This is a very big casino when you combine the two casinos, the North and the South, which are both large. With a combined 218,000 square feet of gaming space, this is one of the largest casinos in the country.
4,100 slot machines await you, and they boast the most exhilarating slot experience in the Southwest. Players who enjoy jackpots will find plenty of exciting ones to play here, and they have all of the latest and greatest slots to try.
There are 8 different table games here to play, including the very popular casino games of Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette, as well as Mini Baccarat, Emperor’s Challenge Pai Gow, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, and Ultimate Texas Holdem.
These games are all very easy to learn if you’re not familiar with them and their friendly dealers and floor staff are always glad to lend a hand in understanding and enjoying any of their games if needed.
Those who enjoy playing the game of poker and want an experience that is far more rich strategically than casino poker will find a 30 table poker room on hand here, on its own exclusive floor with a dedicated staff on hand to ensure your maximum enjoyment.
There’s also a racebook here featuring horse racing from all the major tracks in the country. They take bets on their terminals here 24 hours a day.
Their Rewards Club offers four different membership levels, and everyone here is treated like a VIP. Players start out with $10 in free play for joining and then receive a wide variety of perks and discounts as they play.
The Choctaw Casino Resort is a well run facility that does a huge amount of business in this part of the country, and have quickly risen to become one of the Southwest’s premier casino resort destinations.