The cities and plains of Oklahoma are sprinkled with a number of casinos (102 to be exact), ranging from tiny truck stop slot machine rooms, all the way to the largest casino in the United States.
Here is a list of the top ten largest casinos in Oklahoma. The Sooner State casino market is constantly growing and expanding, and thus, this list is likely to change from year to year. After all, the number one biggest casino on our list was nothing more than a bingo hall just a few years ago.
All of these casinos are owned by Indian tribes. Since the 2004 vote, when Oklahoma voters passed legislation expanding Indian casino gaming, a new casino land rush has seen glitzy casinos spring up in nearly every corner of the state.
The list below is in order of size – specifically square footage.
We want to go strictly on square footage of casino space, but unfortunately, casinos do not have any official standard or requirement to list their square footage devoted to gaming. As such, I believe some of these casinos are counting hotel rooms, restaurants, clubs, etc, in their “casino square footage.” Others, like the WinStar, only count actual gaming floor space as casino square footage.
1) WinStar World & Casino Resort
The Thackerville resort boasts 400,000 square feet of casino space. It’s by far the largest casino in Oklahoma. In fact, it’s the second largest one in the world, and the biggest one in the United States.
According to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Commission, there are 71,750 electronic gaming machines (slot machines, video poker machines, etc.), in the state. Winstar has 8,600 of them, meaning that the massive casino near the Red River has over 10% of the state’s in slot machines.
In addition to the 8,600 electronic gaming machines, the WinStar’s various themed casinos have a total of 100 live table games. There’s also a popular 55 table poker room. In addition to an RV park and golf courses, the WinStar has 1,400 hotel rooms.
2) Choctaw Casino Resort
WinStar’s rival to the east in Durant is no slouch, with 300,000 square feet of casino space, placing it among the biggest casinos in the United States.
In fact, with three hotel towers packed with 1,700 hotel rooms (300 more than WinStar), the argument can be made that Choctaw is the largest casino resort in Oklahoma.
Either way, you’ll find 7,400 slot machines/video poker games here, along with 100 live table games, a racebook, and 25 table poker room. There are also 16 restaurants, including Choctaw’s Butterfields Buffet.
3) Riverwind Casino – Norman: 219,000 square feet. 2,700 electronic games, and 20 table games.
4) River Spirit Casino – Tulsa. In addition to its own spacious casino floor, River Spirit has an attached Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino. The two casinos have a combined 200,000 square feet of gaming space, 3,200 electronic games, along with 19 table games, and an race book area.
5) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa – Actually located just outside of Tulsa, in Catoosa, Oklahoma, the Hard Rock has 170,000 square feet of gaming space, along with a 454 room hotel.
Currently, the Hard Rock has 2,600 slot machines and video poker machines, 36 table games, along with a poker room.
6) Cherokee Casino – Roland. They claim 170,000 square feet, but that main include all space. The casino has 850 electronic games and 9 table games.
7) Grand Casino Hotel Resort – Shawnee: 125,000 square feet. 2000 electronic games, some table games and a poker room.
8) Newcastle Casino – 83,000 square feet of confirmed gaming space. 2,900 gaming machines, but just 14 table games.
9) Downstream Casino Resort – Quapaw: 70,000 square feet of gaming space. It boasts 1,600 slots, several table games and a modest poker room.
10) Buffalo Run Casino & Resort – Miami: 70,000 square feet of casino space. This is the largest of the six casinos in Miami, Oklahoma.
Honorable Mention goes the the Indigo Sky in Wyandotte: 45,000 square feet of gaming space, but 1,250 gaming machines.
Other Bigger Casinos in Oklahoma
The information above has been obtained from either the state of Oklahoma’s official travel site, or the casino itself. In other words, take them with a grain of salt.
There are some larger casinos that do not list their square footage and therefore are not included here.
This would include the Comanche Red River, the Choctaw Casino Hotel – Pocola, the First Council Casino Newkirk, and Osage Casinos (Tulsa, etc.) – none of which give square footage figures at all.
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the Oklahoma Travel Commission. Riverwind Casino photo courtesy of Riverwind’s media blog)