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RISE UP – WinStar opens new hotel tower and other casino projects

Oklahoma’s landscape near I-35 and the Texas state line is reaching skyward, thanks to the vision of the Chickasaw Nation.

WinStar World Casino and Resort, one of the largest in the world, recently opened its second hotel tower, an 18-story high rise with 500 guest rooms, along with more dining options, an outdoor pool and garden oasis, a new gaming area and additional slot machines.

It may not be the largest in terms of square footage, but WinStar does have more electronic games than any other casino in the world, according to the Chickasaw Nation.

And it’s still big. Walking from one end of the casino to the other requires strong legs and comfortable shoes, but there are thousands of places to sit, play and rest along the way and several self-service beverage stations, restaurants and cafes when a little nourishment is needed.

WinStar’s exterior replicates international cities while the inside features eight gaming plazas – Paris, Beijing, Rome, Madrid, London, Vienna, Cairo and New York City.

Opened in early November, the new Pool Tower North reflects a European design with curves and columns along with more contemporary elements and sweeping patterns sprinkled in the mix. The combination makes the entire area light and bright and at the same time warm and welcoming.

Hotel amenities include the Terrace View Café, open 24 hours and offering casual American dining; Rotunda Bar; a large pool with two hot tubs, six private cabanas and a fire pit; and lush landscaping.

A third hotel tower, similar in size to Tower North, is expected to open in 2014. Both towers will share a grand entrance with the existing 12-story WinStar World Casino Hotel.

“This is a significant milestone in our efforts to upgrade what we believe is a world-class destination,” said Chickasaw Nation Gov. BillAnoatubby. “This new hotel and other expansions also continue to enhance the positive economic impact WinStar has in this area.”

Along with the new hotel tower, another recently completed project added more than 56,000 square feet to the London Gaming Plaza near the new hotel. The expansion included the addition of Casino 360o, a game room with lighted message board and jackpot celebrations; the supersize Gran Via Buffet; and Regal High Stakes with 62 electronic gaming machines and 10 table games.

The hotel and London Plaza expansion added about 450 jobs to the area, bringing the total number of employees at the casino and resort to 3,500, said Gov. Anoatubby.

In 2007, WinStar began preparing to double the size of its existing casino, a 190,000-square-foot facility with 2,100 electronic games.

WinStar currently has more than 7,400 electronic games and 120 table games, a 3,500-seat concert venue, Mist night club, two hotel towers, an inn, an RV park, spa, shopping and more than a dozen eateries.

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