Oklahoma Casinos – Best Places to Gamble in OK

By Steve Beauregard

Since Oklahoma voters approved Las Vegas style casino gambling on Indian land in 2004, the gambling business in the Sooner state has exploded.

According to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, there are over 71,000 slot machines/video poker machines in the state, along with over 4,600 bingo seats. In fact, there are currently 102 casinos in Oklahoma.

These casinos range from small, plain buildings with nothing but a few banks of slots, all the way to luxurious, spacious Las Vegas-style resorts.

The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma
The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma

Some of the biggest casinos in the U.S. are in Oklahoma, including the number one largest casino in the entire country, (The WinStar Casino & Resort in Thackerville).

Other than the panhandle, there are casinos in every section of state, including several in, or within easy driving distance of Oklahoma City, Norman, and Tulsa.

To attract Texas gambling dollars, there are several clusters of casinos in the southernmost part of the state near the Texas border. To attract gamblers throughout the region, (from Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas), there’s even a cluster of casinos in the rural far northeast part of Oklahoma. For example, tiny Miami, Oklahoma has six casinos itself.

There’s a wide variety in the size, scope and offerings of these Sooner-state casinos. Some casinos are strictly slot and bingo joints in small, non-descript buildings. The Madill Gaming Center in Madill, Oklahoma, for example, has just 2,071 square feet – the size of a typical suburban home.

(Related: Top 10 largest casinos in Oklahoma)

On the other hand, the state is increasingly seeing more and more casino/hotel resorts – the kind with 1,000 plus room hotel towers attached to spacious casinos offering all the typical games you’d expect: blackjack, pai-gow, craps, roulette, etc. These act as destination resorts, with offerings that include beautiful golf courses, large concert arenas and a selection of fine restaurants.

(Here’s a map showing –in red – just some of the state’s 102 casinos.)

List of Top Gambling Venues in Oklahoma

Comanche Red River Casino Devol196747 OK-36, Devol, OK 73531www.comancheredrivercasino.com
Comanche Spur Casino Elgin9047 U.S. Highway 62, Elgin, OK 73538www.comanchespurcasino.com
Comanche Star Casino Walters263171 Highway 53, 263171 OK-53, Walters, OK 73572www.comanchestarcasino.com
Comanche Nation Casino Lawton402 SE Interstate Dr, Lawton, OK 73501www.comanchenationcasino.com
Choctaw Casino Idabel1425 SE Washington St, Idabel, OK 74745www.choctawcasinos.com/idabel
Choctaw Casino McAlester1638 S George Nigh Expy, McAlester, OK 74501www.choctawcasinos.com/mcalester
Choctaw Casino Pocola3400 Choctaw Rd, Pocola, OK 74902www.choctawcasinos.com/pocola
Choctaw Casino Stringtown893 US-69, Stringtown, OK 74569www.choctawcasinos.com/stringtown
Chisholm Trail Casino Duncan7807 US-81, Duncan, OK 73533www.chisholmtrailcasino.com
Choctaw Casino Resort Durant4216 US-69, Durant, OK 74701www.choctawcasinos.com/durant
Choctaw Casino Broken Bow1790 S Park Dr, Broken Bow, OK 74728www.choctawcasinos.com/broken-bow
Choctaw Casino Grant1516 US-271, Grant, OK 74738www.choctawcasinos.com/grant
Cherokee Casino Sallisaw1621 W Ruth Ave, Sallisaw, OK 74955www.cherokeecasino.com/sallisaw
Cherokee Casino Tahlequah3307 Seven Clans Ave, Tahlequah, OK 74464www.cherokeecasino.com/tahlequah
Cherokee Casino Roland109 Cherokee Blvd, Roland, OK 74954www.cherokeecasino.com/roland
Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs2416 US-412, West Siloam Springs, OK 74338www.cherokeecasino.com/west-siloam-springs
Buffalo Run Casino Miami1000 Buffalo Run Blvd, Miami, OK 74354www.buffalorun.com
Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Claremore20900 S 4200 Rd, Claremore, OK 74019www.cherokeecasino.com/will-rogers-downs
Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson107 N Georgetown Rd, Fort Gibson, OK 74434www.cherokeecasino.com/fort-gibson
Ada Gaming Center1500 N Country Club Rd, Ada, OK 74820www.adagaming.com
Muscogee Creek Nation Casino3420 W Peak Blvd, Muskogee, OK 74401www.creeknationcasinomuscogee.com
Texoma Casino Kingston1795 US-70, Kingston, OK 73439www.mytexomacasino.com
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Catoosa777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com
Sac & Fox Casino Stroud356120 926 Rd, Stroud, OK 74079www.snfcasino.com
SaltCreek Casino Pocasset1600 US-81, Pocasset, OK 73079www.saltcreekcasino.com
The Stables Casino Miami530 H St SE, Miami, OK 74354www.thestablescasino.com
Riverwind Casino Norman1544 OK-9, Norman, OK 73072www.riverwind.com
Newcastle Casino2457 Highway, 62 N Service Rd, Newcastle, OK 73065www.newcastlecasino.com
Quapaw Casino Miami58100 E 64 Rd, Miami, OK 74354www.quapawcasino.com
Remington Park Racetrack Casino Oklahoma City1 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111www.remingtonpark.com
River Spirit Casino Resort Tulsa8330 Riverside Pkwy, Tulsa, OK 74137www.riverspirittulsa.com
Riverstar Casino Terral11801 E2160 Rd, Terral, OK 73569www.theriverstarcasino.com
Kickapoo Casino Harrah25230 US-62, Harrah, OK 73045www.kickapoo-casino.com/harrah
Kickapoo Casino Shawnee38900 W MacArthur St, Shawnee, OK 74804www.kickapoo-casino.com/shawnee
Lucky Turtle Casino Wyandotte64499 US-60, Wyandotte, OK 74370www.luckyturtlecasino.com
Kiowa Casino & Hotel Devol198131 OK-36, Devol, OK 73531www.kiowacasino.com
Madill Gaming Center902 S 1st St, Madill, OK 73446www.madillgaming.com
One Fire Casino Okmulgee1901 N Wood Dr, Okmulgee, OK 74447www.creeknationcasinoonefire.com
FireLake Casino Shawnee41207 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801www.firelakecasino.com
Gold Mountain Casino Ardmore1410 Sam Noble Pkwy, Ardmore, OK 73401www.mygoldmountaincasino.com
Creek Nation Casino of Eufaula806 Forest Ave, Eufaula, OK 74432www.creeknationcasinoeufaula.com
Grand Casino Hotel Resort Shawnee777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee, OK 74804www.grandresortok.com
Grand Lake Casino Grove24701 S 655 Rd, Grove, OK 74344www.grandlakecasino.com
High Winds Casino Miami61475 E 100 Rd, Miami, OK 74354www.highwindscasino.com
Osage Casino Bartlesville222 Allen Rd, Bartlesville, OK 74003www.osagecasino.com
Osage Casino Hominy39 Deer Ave, Hominy, OK 74035www.osagecasino.com
Osage Casino Pawhuska2017 E. 15th St &, OK-99, Pawhuska, OK 74056www.osagecasino.com
Osage Casino Ponca City64464 US-60, Ponca City, OK 74604www.osagecasino.com
Osage Casino Sand Springs301 Blackjack Dr, Sand Springs, OK 74063www.osagecasino.com
Osage Casino Tulsa951 West 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74127www.osagecasino.com
Seven Clans Red Rock7500 US-177, Red Rock, OK 74651www.sevenclans.com/red-rock-gasino
Seven Clans Perry511 Kaw St, Perry, OK 73077www.sevenclans.com/perry-casino
Lucky Star Casino Concho El Reno7777 US-81, El Reno, OK 73036www.luckystarcasino.org/concho
Lucky Star Casino Clinton10347 N 2274 Rd, Clinton, OK 73601www.luckystarcasino.org/clinton
Treasure Valley Casino Davis12252 Ruppe Road, Davis, OK 73030www.treasurevalleycasino.com
Washita Casino Paoli30639 OK-145, Paoli, OK 73074www.washitacasino.com
WinStar World Casino And Resort Thackerville777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK 73459www.winstar.com
River Bend Casino and Hotel Wyandotte100 Jackpot Pl, Wyandotte, OK 74370www.riverbendcasino.com
Cash Springs Gaming Center Sulphur23 West Vinita Street, Sulphur, OK 73086N/A
Choctaw Casino Stigler1801 E Main St, Stigler, OK 74462N/A
Indigo Sky Casino & Resort Wyandotte70220 US-60, Wyandotte, OK 74370www.indigoskycasino.com

Related reading: Oklahoma online casinos

Casinos in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma’s official site lists over 110 casinos, however this is misleading, as one of their listed “casinos”, Fair Meadows, is actually just a horse racing track that only offers betting on horse races. There are no slots, nor table games, so we don’t consider that to be a casino.

However some horse racing tracks in the state do have a casino. This includes places such as Remington Park Racetrack & Casino in Oklahoma City, which we count that in the list 102 casinos in Oklahoma. As a side note, Remington Park is the only casino in Oklahoma City, although there are several others on the outskirts of town.

They also count casinos like the new Margaritaville as a casino, when in reality it is a casino located within a casino – the River Spirit Casino Tulsa. Therefore we don’t count this as a separate casino.

(Related: List and map of Tulsa Casinos)

Some websites claim that Oklahoma has 124 casinos, per an Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association report. However this figure includes bingo parlors and horse racing and other places without casino games. In addition, I’ve gone through this list of 124, and noticed several duplicates. We’re talking situations where a casino was listed once for it’s electronic games, and once again for its bingo game. Other casinos on the list were no longer in operation.

Oklahoma Casino Revenue

As further evidence that the state is increasingly a big player in the gambling market, Oklahoma casinos generated gaming revenue of over $4.4 billion a year. This data comes from the respected Casino City’s Indian Gaming Report, written by Alan Meister.

Oklahoma and federal Indian gaming law gets sort of complicated, however there are basically two classifications of gaming in the state: Class II and Class III.

Class II gaming includes bingo, electronic bingo, pull tabs and the like.

Class III gaming is more of the Las Vegas style of gaming that we all know and love: slot machines, traditional video poker, and table games, including blackjack, Three-Card poker, Texas Hold’em and the like.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside Tulsa, OK.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just outside Tulsa, OK.

(Related: Closest casinos to Dallas, Texas)

Other Oklahoma Casino Tidbits

* Oklahoma casinos have approximately 71,000 electronic gaming machines. The Oklahoma Gaming Compliance Unit (the state’s version of the Nevada Gaming Commission), reported that the state’s 102 casinos had a total of 40,667 slot machine/video poker machines, which are class III games. In addition, Casino City’s Annual publication says that the state has approximately 30,000 of the Class II electronic bingo and other electronic games.

* The various Indian tribes paid $128 million in fees to the state of Oklahoma as part of their gambling compact.

* The most success Indian tribe operator of casinos in Oklahoma is the Chickasaw Tribe. Their casinos include the aforementioned WinStar, which has 400,000 square feet of gaming space and is the largest casino in the USA.

* In fact, based on most recent figures supplied by Oklahoma’s Gaming Compliance Unit, Chickasaw Nation casinos provide 35% of the state’s gaming revenue.

(Photos courtesy of Brad Holt and Danzil Raines via Flickr).