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Choctaw Casino Durant Opens $600M Casino & Hotel Expansion

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CHOCTAW CASINO RESORT DURANT

4216 S. Hwy. 69/75
Durant, Ok 74701

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Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant is located in Southeastern Oklahoma about 95 miles north of Dallas. It is one of eight casinos owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant originally opened in 2006 with a 100,000-square-foot casino. Since that time there has been four major expansion projects. In 2010 a 12-story hotel tower was added. In 2012 a major upgrade of the Choctaw Lodge and Choctaw Inn was completed. In 2015 a new hotel tower, the Grand Theater, and The District family entertainment center were opened.

The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant opened a $600 million expansion of its casino, hotel, entertainment and restaurants on August 6, 2021. Details

Choctaw Casino in Durant is a tribal casino owned by the Choctaw Nation. There are also Choctaw Casinos located in Broken Bow, Grant, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Stigler and Stringtown.

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$600M Expansion Opened August 6, 2021

The fourth and latest expansion project at Choctaw Casino Resort Durant began in April 2019. Construction will cost $600 million and open to the public in August 2021.

KEY FEATURES include the 21-story, 1,000-room Sky Tower hotel with a 3-acre pool area, a larger casino space with 3,300 new slot machines, 40 new table games and 30 new poker tables, new dining and entertainment venues and upscale retail stores.

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Gaming

Open daily 24 hours
218,844 square-foot facility

SLOTS GALLERY
7,400 slot machines
Slot tournaments
Over 1,700 of the slot machines are in a nonsmmoking area

TABLE GAMES
Games include blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and pai gow.
Nonsmoking.

POKER ROOM
30 private tables in the new Sky Casino. Monthly and special tournaments.

RACEBOOK
Off-Track Betting - Opens at 11am daily

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Entertainment

CHOCTAW GRAND THEATER
Concerts by premier entertainers, conventions, and other events.
For more information, visit www.durantgrandtheater.com

GILLEY'S
Live music and dancing.

THE DISTRICT
Entertainment center with a gaming arcade, bowling and six movie screens.

Table Games
Table Games

Restaurants

1832 STEAKHOUSE
Fine dining with steaks and seafood menu
Open Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm, Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm.
Closed Mondays.
Reservations recommended. 580-920-0160 ext 1590 after 3pm.

GILLEY'S
Casual dining, bar, live entertainment and dance floor. Located in the Grand Casino.

GUY FIERI'S AMERICAN KITCHEN + BAR
Casual dining by Emmy-award winning chef Guy Fieri.

BAMBOO NOODLE BAR
Casual dining with asian cuisine.

BUTTERFILDS BUFFET
Casual dining venue named for the Butterfiled Stagecoach Line.
Brunch Sat & Sun 9am-2:30pm
Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
Dinner Fri-Sat 4pm- 0pm. Sun-Thu 4pm-9pm.

GRAND CAFE
Casual dining with American and internation food menu.

GRAND BAKERY
Dessert

STARBUCKS

SALT & STONE
Casual dining for steak and seafood in the Sky Tower

THE LEAGUE
Sports bar located in the Sky Tower.

FOOD COURT

Krispy Krunchy Chicken (Cajun-style)
Papa John's Pizza
Subway (Sandwiches)
Smashburger

BARS & LOUNGES

Mason Jar Bar
Red River Lounge
Platinum High Limit Bar
Tailgater's Lounge
The Reserve
North Brew
Prizm Lounge
Intermission
Lobby Bar

Resort Hotel

Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant is AAA Four-Diamond Rated and has two hotel towers with 1,700 total guest rooms.

Oasis at Grand Tower
700 guest rooms with Oasis Tropical Swimming Pools and Spa, Choctaw Wellness (Fitness) Center, Game Room, Putting Green and Hotel Business Center.

Aqua at Sky Tower
Opened August 2021
19-story hotel tower with 1,000 guest rooms and suites, 3-acre pool complex, private cabanas and four pool-side bars.

The Spa
Treatment 8:30 AM - 9 PM, Fitness Center 6 AM - 10 PM.

Choctaw KOA RV Park

75 pads
Pool, barbeques, patio, game room
Free Wi-Fi Internet access available on premium sites

3650 Enterprise Drive
Durant, OK 74701
(800) 562-6073

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New $600M Choctaw Casino Durant is targeting North Texans

August 25, 2021

Native American casinos in South Oklahoma draw heavily from cities in North Texas. Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant is only 14 miles from the Texas border and 90 miles from Dallas.

For this reason, the Choctaw Nation invested $600 million into expanding and upgrading its casino and hotel in Durant, Oklahoma. The new resort opened August 6 with a casino floor that doubled in size and now features 7,400 slot machines and 100 table games. A second hotel tower was also added that increases the number of rooms to 1,700.

Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant | Stakes Raised - Courtesy of Choctaw Casinos & Resorts, Aug 17, 2021. Available from YouTube

The population of North Texas is double that of Oklahoma, so it is no surprise that Texans represent a major share of gamblers in Oklahoma casinos.

Some experts estimate Texan gamblers spend $2.5 to $3 billion annually in Oklahoma. That amount of revenue is essential to the economy of the Oklahoma's tribal casinos. Texas is not likely to legalize its own casinos in the near future, however if someday it does, many of the casinos in Oklahoma would become unprofitable.

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Choctaw Casinos & Resorts partners with the professional rodeo association

August 12, 2021

This week the Choctaw Casinos & Resorts announced a three-year promotional partnership with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association® (PRCA). Choctaw Casinos & Resorts is now an "Official National Partner of the PRCA" and a sponsor the bull riders of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and other Oklahoma rodeos.

Choctaw Casinos branding will appear on the bull rider jerseys, back numbers, and PRC and NFR advertising at more than 700 events per year. The casinos will be endorsed by select PRCA riders.

The Choctaw Casinos & Resorts partnership with the PRCA extends through 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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Choctaw Casino Durant opens $600M expansion tonight!

August 6, 2021

Choctaw Casino Durant will officially open its $600 million casino and hotel expansion at 6 PM tonight. The event will be celebrated with a $1 Million Grand Opening Giveaway Weekend.

The newly expanded Durant casino has added 3,300 new slot machines for a total of 7,400. Table games now exceeds 100 and the poker room has added 30 more tables.

In addition to the larger casino, Choctaw Durant has added a 21-story hotel tower named Aqua Sky Tower, which increased the total number of hotel rooms to 1,700. Both the new and old towers have swimming pools with private cabanas. New restuarants have been added, as well as new entertainment venues.

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Choctaw Casino Durant nears completion of $600M expansion

July 10, 2021

The $600 million expansion of the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant began construction in April 2019 and is now nearing completion. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for August 5th with the public opening with a firework show is scheduled for August 6th.

The expansion of the Durant casino resort will add a 21-story, 1,000-room hotel tower, more dining venues, a larger casino floor and entertainment venues.

The new casino space will feature 3,300 new slot machines, 40 new table games and 30 new poker tables. The new and the old casinos will be connected by the upgraded District family entertainment center.

The wall of the new casino and the hotel tower will be decorated with artwork by Choctaw tribal members. The new hotel tower will also include many other amenities including a 3-acre pool area.

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Choctaw Casino Durant's $600M expansion opens Aug 6, 2021

June 4, 2021

After months of delays for material shortages, Choctaw Casian Durant is preparing to open its $600 million expansion on August 6th.

Choctaw Casino director of resort marketing, Brien Caldwell, gave this insight:

"We are on schedule. We're gonna be opening, our grand opening is in August.

"Like most people in the industry, we did experience a couple delays mainly just due to material shortages as well as this past February with the cold snap, that was just a slight delay."

The new additions to the casino will include an expanded gaming floor with 3,300 new slot machines, 40 new table games and a new poker room with 30 tables. New dining and lounge venues will include the 1832 Steakhouse, The League sports bar, Prizm Lounge center bar and The Reserve whiskey bar.

The new additions to the hotel will include a new Sky Tower with 1,000 guest rooms and Aqua at Sky Tower, a 3-acre pool complex with a family section and an adult-only section. Aqua will also include 50 cabanas and four pool-side bars.

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Choctaw Casino & Resort's "Raise the Game" Expansion preview

November 16, 2020

Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma has released this video preview of the features and amenities coming to Durant in the $600 million expansion opening in August 2021.

Choctaw Casino & Resort- Durant Expansion - Courtesy of Tutor Perini Building Corp., Nov. 11, 2020. Available from YouTube

This expansion project began in April 2019 to add more gaming space, more restaurants, another hotel tower and a conference center.

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Best Oklahoma Casinos win 2020 Awards

October 6, 2020

Four Oklahoma casinos were recognized in this year's Best of Gaming Awards presented by Casino Player Magazine. These include Choctaw Casino Resort Durant, Downstream Casino Resort, River Spirit Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

River Spirit Casino Resort won Best Casino and finished third in Best Hotel and Best Overall Gaming Resort.

Choctaw Casino Resort Durant received the most top 3 awards including first place for Best Overall Gaming Resort and first place for Best Hotel.

OKLAHOMA
2020 BEST OF GAMING AWARDS

BEST OVERALL GAMING RESORT

1. Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

2. Downstream Casino Resort

3. River Spirit Casino Resort

BEST HOTEL

1. Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

2. Downstream Casino Resort

3. River Spirit Casino Resort

BEST CASINO

1. River Spirit Casino Resort

2. Choctaw Casino Resort Durant

3. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

For the complete report, visit 2020 Casino Player Magazine Awards.

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Choctaw Casinos & Resorts reopen June 1

May 24, 2020

All Choctaw gaming properties and hotels will reopen Monday June 1st. They were closed March 16 to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The Choctaw Casinos Facebook page reads: "We are developing a comprehensive health and safety plan to prepare for re-opening and to ensure the health and safety of all guests and associates. Operations and amenities will be limited at first but more details to come."

GUEST SAFETY MEASURES
Guest occupancy will be limited to allow safe distancing.
New health procedures will follow public guidelines.
Masks will be worn by employees and available to guests.
No valet and shuttle service will be available until further notice.

CASINO
Slot machines will operate with safe distancing between players. Poker and table games will limit players to every other seat. Every other table will be closed.

RESTAURANTS & BARS
All restaurants and bars will have reduced seating for safe distancing.

ENTERTAINMENT
Live entertainment and concerts are temporarily suspended. Cinema, bowling and arcade will operated under reduced capacity.

HOTELS
Hotels will reopen with enhanced room sterilization. Pools and spas will allow fewer guests.

REOPENING JUNE 1, 2020

CASINOS & RESORTS

Choctaw Casino Resort Durant, Durant Oklahoma - (800) 788-2464
Choctaw Casino Pocola, Pocola, Oklahoma - (800) 590-5825
Choctaw Casino Grant, Hugo, Oklahoma - (580) 326-8398

CASINOS

Choctaw Casino Broken Bow, Broken Bow, Oklahoma - (580) 584-5450
Choctaw Casino Idabel, Idabel, Oklahoma - (580) 286-5710
Choctaw Casino McAlester, McAlester, Oklahoma - (918) 423-8161
Choctaw Casino Stringtown, Stringtown, Ok - 580-346-7862

CASINO TOO!

Choctaw Travel Plaza Casinos Too! locations in Antlers, Atoka, Broken Bow, Durant, Grant, Heavener, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Poteau, Stigler, Stringtown, and Wilburton

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Choctaw Casino Durant will open Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar

March 9, 2020

A new restaurant, Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar, will open in April at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant.

The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24/7 and seat 277 guests. Its location is at the south end of the casino where the dining area and outdoor patio will view The Oasis Pool.

Guy Fieri: "I've shot Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in Oklahoma and all over Texas and let me tell you, this part of the country knows good food. And in Durant, in particular, you've got some good folks looking for real deal, scratch-made food, great cocktails and a big-time party and the Choctaw Casino & Resort brings the heat!"

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La Cantina celebrates new menu at Choctaw Casino Durant

July 1, 2019

The La Cantina restaurant at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant is celebrating its new menu with a "Grand Opening Fiesta" on July 4-7 from 4PM to 8PM.

The new menu at La Cantina will be celebrated with free prizes and live Latin music over the 4-day holiday weekend. The casino will also hosts its annual fireworks show at dusk July 4th. The "Let Freedom Ride" promotion is a chance for reward members to win $300,000 cash or a new red, white or blue Corvette.

The La Cantina restaurant is open daily 11AM-10PM. The bar is open until 2AM.

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Choctaw Casino Durant Breaks Ground on $600 Million Expansion

April 29, 2019

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrated the groundbreaking of a new $600 million expansion project at their Durant casino that will add 1,000 hotel rooms, more gaming space, a parking garage, more restaurants and new retail space. The construction will be completed by August 2021.

The groundbreaking was April 25th and was attended by tribal leaders, city officials, industry representatives and community members. A ceremony was led by Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma who told the gathering:

"Today is a special day for the Choctaw Nation as we embark upon an expansion journey that will result in a top-tier entertainment offering for our region and will spur economic growth for Durant and our state, plus new employment opportunities for our tribal and community members. The expansion will go a long way in meeting the demands of our growing customer base by delivering exciting new enhancements and luxury amenities for all who visit."

When the new hotel tower is completed, the Durant casino will have 1,650 total guest rooms. It will be the largest hotel in Oklahoma.

The expansion will also create another 1,000 new jobs. That will add to the current 2,500 employees.

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Choctaw Casino and Resort announces a 2-year expansion plan

November 14, 2018

1,000 new employment opportunities are expected to be created by the Choctaw Casino and Resort expansion project. The Choctaw Casino and Resort is located in the city of Durant. By creating 1,000 new jobs it is expected to create a boost to the local economy in Durant.

On Tuesday the plans for the new expansion project at the Choctaw Casino and Resort were announced. Plans include a new hotel that will be developed. The new hotel will offer 1,000 rooms for guests. The expansion project will also include pools, a lazy river, shopping, conference center, and multiple dining venues. In addition, more gaming space at the casino and additional parking in the new parking garage.

The casino first opened in 2006. At that time the casino was 100,000 square feet. In 2010 a new 12 story tall hotel tower was opened. In 2012 renovations were completed at the Choctaw Lodge and Choctaw Inn. The District family entertainment center, Grand Theater, and an additional hotel tower and spa were opened in 2015.

This will be the fourth expansion project that the Choctaw Casino and Resort has undergone.

The latest expansion project came about to due to a market study that was conducted. The study showed that there is a need for more entertainment options in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas.

It is estimated to take 2 years to complete the project. The Choctaw Nation is hopeful to begin construction next year in the spring.

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News Headlines Continued

2020

News Choctaw Casino Durant nears completion of $600M expansion July 10, 2021 - The $600 million expansion of the Choctaw Casino in Durant began construction in April 2019 and is now nearing completion. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug 5 with the public ... Read more News Choctaw Casino Durant's $600M expansion opens Aug 6, 2021 June 4, 2021 - After months of delays for material shortages, Choctaw Casian Durant is preparing to open its $600 million expansion on August 6th. The new additions will include an expanded gaming floor with ... Read more News Cherokee and Choctaw close all casinos to conserve energy amid killer cold weather February 17, 2021 - As the energy supply ran low in Oklahoma caused by crippling cold weather, all Cherokee Nation temporarily closed ll casinos Tuesday to conserve energy. ... Read more

2020

News Choctaw Casino & Resort's "Raise the Game" Expansion Preview November 16, 2020 - Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Oklahoma has released this video preview of the features and amenities coming to Durant in the $600 million expansion opening in August 2021. ... Read more News Best Oklahoma Casinos win 2020 Awards October 6, 2020 - Four Oklahoma casinos were recognized in this year's Best of Gaming Awards presented by Casino Player Magazine. These include Choctaw Casino Durant, Downstream Casino, River Spirit Casino and Hard Rock Tulsa. ... Read more News Choctaw Casinos & Resorts reopen June 1 May 24, 2020 - All Choctaw gaming properties and hotels will reopen Monday June 1st after closing March 16, 2020. Masks will be required of employees but not guests. Occupancy levels in the casinos and restaurants will be limited for distancing. ... Read more News Choctaw Casino Durant will open Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar March 9, 2020 - A new restaurant, Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar, will open in April at Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant. The 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24/7 and seat 277 ... Read more

2019

News La Cantina celebrates new menu at Choctaw Casino Durant July 1, 2019 - The La Cantina restaurant at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant has a new menu to be introduced at its "Grand Opening Fiesta" scheduled July 4-7. ... Read more News Choctaw Casino Durant Breaks Ground on $600 Million Expansion April 29, 2019 - Construction has begun on a major expansion in Durant that will add 1,000 hotel rooms, more gaming space, new dining and entertainment venues, retail space and a parking garage. ... Read more

2018

News Choctaw Casino and Resort announces a 2-year expansion plan November 14, 2018 - This Choctaw Casino will breakground next Spring on a 1,000-room hotel, pool, conference center, new dining venues, more gaming space at and additional parking. ... Read more

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