Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by walrusboss, Jul 25, 2014.
Nice places other than winstar or Durant????
I think the Riverwind in Norman is supposed to be decent. I know there are some options up in Tulsa, as well, but I haven't been there. Google may be your best friend on this one
As my name implies, I can give you some ideas. I've been to nearly every one.
First off, most of the casinos charge 50 cent ante on EVERY hand at the table games. Not an issue if you are playing $200 per, but kills your odds at $10.
Some casinos, such as Blackhawk Casino in Shawnee (I've never been) don't charge these at all, while others, such as River Spirit in Tulsa have certain times they don't charge. These special times change all the time so you will just have to call the pit before you go.
Also, no dice in OK. Only allowed to have diceless craps, which uses playing cards to depict the faces of each die. Nothing like real dice, IMO.
My favorites are:
River Spirit, Tulsa
Grand Casino, Shawnee
Durant is nice, but very small. I think they only have 1 pit of table games.
Riverwind is kinda trashy and a rip off, but they do good business due to location.
Hard Rock in Tulsa is also a pretty good option.
This isn't Oklahoma, but the Kansas Star in Mulvane (southern Kansas on I-35 near OK border) is pretty nice, and they have dice and no antes.
Downstream in the NE corner of state is pretty nice. Two hotel towers.
I went to Kiowa Casino across from Wichita Falls about a year ago. wasn't bad. I live close to Winstar and there's no comparison, but I would go back to Kiowa.
Yep, Kiowa and Comanche Red River Casinos are alright, but the Blackjack does suck. Stay away from the VP as it pays off a Bingo pattern.
Yeah I forgot about this one. I've been wanting to check it out but don't travel that way very often. What's the casino gaming like?
First thing I noticed is no free alcohol drinks for Gamblers.
Yep. And 3:2 beer in the bar. Bleh.
No dice and no free booze? Why did we take this place away from the American Indian again? Sounds awful.
No dice (but you can still play craps using cards), no free booze, AND a 50 cent ante for all blackjack hands. Unless you are okay with playing with huge house advantages, pretty much makes low limit blackjack impossible.
That said, Hard Rock Tulsa (a Cherokee casino) is very nice...reminds me of a Vegas casino (probably bigger than some!). There are small casinos in about every county in NE Oklahoma but many are slot only.
From Dallas, I'd rather go to Shreveport, La than drive the shorter distance to Sucklahoma!
Lots of slots, seems like more LV style than the bingo. Have to pregame in the room as booze isn't free. No craps, and I won't play ante BJ, so no clue. I actually prefer the small casinos around there over DS.
Typical Texan that can't accept that OK is just northern TX!
Our state liquor laws are antiquated to be mild about it, no bottle service even at clubs and definitely no free booze at casinos, and our wonderful former governor and treasurer did their best in the compact to give the state back to the tribes for sure and they showed their gratefulness in refusing his family making a road across tribal lands to help his familys business LOL. I have been to most every casino and the best I would rate as Grand Casino in Shawnee, Downstream which has the best poker room by far and River Spirit, all the rest of the big ones try to be Vegas but fail badly and many of the smaller ones are basically a situation where they started with one double wide and just keep adding (Newcastle is the best at that).
Always remember why we have so much wind here, Texas sucks and Kansas blows, Texans are just jealous their legislature wont allow them to gamble since they already have so much of their money tied up in the Oklahoma casinos.
I like OK, just not the gambling there. Winstar is way nicer than any Shreveport casino except for the gaming and booze. They have good concerts and it's easier for me to get to than any of the big concert places on the D side of DFW. I will not put one penny into play though.
There's nothing to be jealous about Oklahoma or Louisiana. There's no comparison to Vegas but they could make changes to make it more attractive.
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