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Choctaw Casino Resort

4216 S Hwy 69/75, Durant, OK 74701

Based in Durant, Oklahoma, The Choctaw Casino Resort is operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Facilities

The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant has over 7,400 slot machines at the venue. There are also a variety of table games, as well as a poker room with 25 tables. 

The casino also has a racebook, located in The League, which covers 18 different tracks across the US.

There is also a dedicated non-smoking area in the Sky Casino. This section of Choctaw Casino Resort has 3,200 slot machines and 100 table games for customers, including craps, roulette, baccarat, pai gow and blackjack. 

History and Renovations

The original venue, Choctaw Casino Bingo, was built in 1987. 

This would be expanded almost immediately in 1988 when the state of Oklahoma passed a law to allow three classes of gambling, alongside the Indian Gaming Act. Choctaw Casino Bingo was one of the first venues to enact the law, adding slot machines, video machines and table games.

At its height, the Choctaw Casino Bingo held 700 electronic machines, table games and a bingo hall with 600 seats. 

The new Choctaw Casino Resort was opened on March 8, 2006, for $60m. This venue underwent almost immediate renovations due to the popularity of the casino, expanding the gaming floor by 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2), effectively doubling it with the addition of the North Casino section.

In February 2010, the Choctaw Nation built yet another casino building at the resort, this one known as the Grand Casino. This would also be the location of the Grand Hotel Tower, which was constructed on top of the casino. After this additional casino was opened, the original Choctaw Casino Bingo Hall closed down.

The Spa Tower would be opened in 2015, which would increase the rooms available to customers by a further 286. In September that same year, the Nation opened The District which would operate as a non-smoking entertainment center.

The next tower, the Sky Tower, was opened August 2021 and had 1,000 hotel rooms over 21 floors. This expansion also added Aqua, a swimming facility that included two swimming pools, water slides, a swim-up bar and hot tubs.

The latest renovations were started in 2023, which saw The Oasis close for maintenance and the construction of additional features. This area has pool areas, water slides, jacuzzis, cabanas, and dive-in movies being shown on an inflatable screen during the summer months.

Tribal Information

The Choctaw Nation was recognized as a sovereign nation under the Treaty of Hopewell as early as 1785, which was signed by the Congress of the United States, the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw people.  

The Choctaw people are perhaps most well-known for their altruistic efforts in sending aid to people in Ireland during the Great Irish Famine, despite the tribe only recently completing the Trail of Tears. Since then, the Choctaw Nation has maintained close ties with Ireland. 

The Nation was also famous for working as Choctaw Code Talkers during both World War I and World War II, who could send communications to one another without the enemy forces being able to decode them.

The Choctaw Nation Tribal Headquarters are based in Durant, with the building opened in June 2018. The current Chief is Gary Batton, who was sworn into office on April 28, 2014. He is supported by Jack Austin Jr, sworn in on April 29, 2014, and was previously the Director of the Choctaw Nation Recovery Center in Talihina, Oklahoma.

To assist with the Choctaw Casinos, the Nation founded the Choctaw Nation Gaming Commission (CNGC). This is to ensure that operations comply with Tribal, Federal and State regulations. The CNGC is also responsible for issuing licenses, monitoring compliance and tracking revenues.

As part of the CNGC licensing process, operators will hold different coloured licenses depending on what stage of the process they are at. For example, a light blue license will indicate a temporary license pending approval, while yellow licenses are issues to non-cash handling employees of casinos.

Corporate Partners

Live Nation: On October 25, 2023, Choctaw Casino Resort Durant signed a partnership with Live Nations to allow the company to book and manage concerts at the Choctaw Grand Theater at the resort.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA): On August 10, 2021, the PRCA partnered with the Resort as part of a multi-year deal that would see Choctaw as an Official National Partner and sponsor of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Choctaw would receive endorsements with select PRCA athletes, branding on the bullfighters' jerseys, sponsorship of the NFR back number announcement and custom content in PRCA and NFR advertising.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University: Signed on November 1, 2021, Choctaw Casino and Resort Durant became the official partner of the Savage Storm athletic department, covering 12 departments.

The Texas Rangers: As part of a multi-year extension to the partnership that was originally signed in 2010, the venue would become the Official and Exclusive Casino and Resort of the Texas Rangers.

Non-gaming facilities

Hotel

The Choctaw Nation has several different amenities where guests can stay at the Casino Resort. These include the Sky Tower, opened in 2021, this tower has 1,000 hotel rooms and suites over 21 floors; the Grand Tower, which has 330 rooms and suites over 12 floors; the Spa Tower, opened in 2015, this tower has 286 rooms and suites; and the Choctaw Inn, which has 101 hotel rooms.

RV Park

The Nation also runs a nearby RV Park that guests can use, which includes full hookups, laundry and shower facilities, WiFi and a covered table and grill.

Restaurants 

There is a full range of restaurants at Choctaw Casino Resort Durant, from fine dining at 1832 Steakhouse to casual dining and food courts. 

Entertainment 

There are regular live entertainment events held at venues within Choctaw Casino Resort, including live DJ’s, bands and other acts.

Aqua

The Aqua facility spans three acres and has two pools; a family-friendly one and an adult-only one. There are waterslides, 50 cabanas, three outdoor bars, restaurants and a natatorium. The Oasis facility is temporarily closed for renovations.

Spa & Fitness Center

The Spa at Choctaw Casino Resort offers a collection of massage, facial, body treatment and salon services, including hair, nail and makeup services.

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