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The final beam is put in place on an expansion project at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant.
Guests can expect luxurious bedding and appointments in the new hotel tower.
A model of one of the new suites.

Choctaw Casino Resort expanding Project includes cinemas, bowling alley, hotel tower

By Linda Miller

Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant already is a destination.

With 330 hotel rooms, a natatorium, fitness center, business center, several restaurants, full-service spa and three retail outlets, it’s not unusual to see families playing in the pool in the summer, girlfriends on a weekend getaway or couples enjoying a romantic dinner.

Not to mention the attraction of 3,500 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 57 table games, as well as an amphitheater and several other entertainment venues that draw well-known performers

But more is coming.

A recent ceremony placing the final beam on a new hotel tower moved an expansion project closer to completion.

Along with additional conference space and a hotel with 231 rooms, 55 suites and a full-service spa with a hair and nail salon, the project includes a new event venue that will accommodate 3,000 guests. Rock band Aerosmith will be the first to perform there on June 27.

When the expansion is completed in fall 2015, visitors will be treated to an additional 600 slot machines, more food and beverage choices and an entertainment center with a 20-lane bowling alley, arcade, laser tag and four state-of-the-art movie theaters.

“One of the things that is important to us is the economic impact that we have here in Durant, Oklahoma,” said Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “We’ve had over 400 people working on this particular site. Once we finish, we will hire more than 300 people — that’s over 700 employment opportunities for our people here in southeastern Oklahoma.”

Previous phases in the expansion included a remodel of the south casino, an updated Oasis indoor/outdoor pool area and additional food and beverage options, including a Smashburger restaurant.

Other dining choices are Butterfields Buffet, 1832 Steakhouse, Gilley’s, Tomatillo Mexican Grill, Blue Moon Café and a food court with several fast-food restaurants.

The resort also offers accommodations at the Choctaw Inn, Choctaw Lodge and Choctaw RV Park.
For reservations or entertainment schedules, go online to choctawcasinos.com/Choctaw-durant or call (888) 652-4628.

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