Travel to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., for a Vegas-style weekend away. Located off US Highway 75 just beyond the Texas state border, Choctaw Casino Resort is hard to miss. In fact, it’s the only tall building in the area!
The sights, smells and sounds of the casino can be overwhelming. Enter the main foyer and a white buffalo statue grabs your attention. The bison is the center attraction in the casino’s 22-foot high water wall and fountain.
And then there is the smell. Smoking is allowed on the casino floor. A powerful ventilation system helps, but if cigarette smoke really bothers you, Choctaw Casino is not your place.
And what about those ringing bells? The casino floor itself is a maze of slot machines all ringing and whirling with light and sound. Talk about sensory overload! According to Choctaw’s website, the casino boasts having 3,500 slot machines and over 200,000 square feet of gaming space. That is almost twice the gaming space of the Bellagio in Las Vegas!
As a novice, I found Choctaw Casino challenging. One cent slots really aren’t a penny a play, and what’s up with progressive slots with a bingo line? You do have a choice of slots or table games like black jack, baccarat, poker, and Pai Gow. With a minimum bet at the black jack tables of $10, table prices discourage the timid.
While there may be no winning strategy for slot machines, they are certainly easier for the beginner. With options like 25 cent Poker slots, you can easily gamble for a couple of hours and only loss a few dollars.
Tip: If you aren’t a professional gambler, visit Choctaw Casino with a set limit on how much you are willing to lose. And to stick to that limit!
Like most casinos, Choctaw Casino offers the opportunity to join their players club. Consider the casino players club even if you only intend to visit once. Why? At the time I joined, I received ten dollars free play, and discounts on the buffet and my hotel room. But, if you value your privacy and don’t want to end up on another email list, take a pass.
Choctaw Grand Tower Hotel
Billed as an American Automobile Association four-star hotel, the Choctaw Grand Tower hotel met all my expectations. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and well-appointed. Unlike the casino, many of the hotel floors are non-smoking. Request an upper floor to distance yourself from the casino buzz. The resort also has two other hotel properties, Choctaw Inn and Choctaw Lodge, which cater to visiting families.
More than a Casino
Bring your swimsuit and enjoy the outdoor water park. Or if you just want to relax after a long night at the tables, the resort has a full service spa. The Choctaw Event Center serves as venue for the once-great bands on the casino circuit. Tickets to see headliner bands from the 1980s and 1990s are priced from $40 to $90. Visit the resort website for a listing of upcoming concerts.
If you tire of the resort, spend an afternoon shopping in downtown Durant. The Three Valley Museum (Fourth and Main Street) showcases local history but unfortunately is only open Monday to Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Be sure to check out the quirky statue in front of city hall at Third and Evergreen. Durant purports to have the largest peanut statue in the world!
When You Go
Choctaw Casino Resort is located at 3735 Choctaw Road in Durant, Okla. Contact the resort at 580-931-8340 or visit their online site at choctawcasinos.com.
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