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WinStar World Casino

WinStar Resorts
Address 777 Casino Avenue, Thackerville, OK 73459
Opening date 2004
Number of rooms 1395 on main casino complex (395 in Resort Tower, 500 in Pool Tower North, 500 in Pool Tower South)
100 rooms in The Inn at Winstar (offsite property)
Total: 1495
Total gaming space 519,000 sq ft (48,200 m2)
Notable restaurants Panda Express, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, Palladium Sports Lounge, Gran Via Buffet, The Grill, Red River Grill, El Fenix, NYC Burgers & Dogs, Matador's Pizzeria, Khan's Fire Mongolian Grill, Chips 'N Ales, Terrace View Cafe, Capisce Ristorante Italiano, Le Paris Bakery and Cafe[1]
Casino type Land-based
Owner Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
Previous names WinStar Casinos
Renovated in 2009-current
Coordinates
Website www.winstarworldcasino.com

WinStar World Casino and Resort is a hotel and casino located near the Oklahoma–Texas state line, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the Red River, at Exit 1 off Interstate 35 and Winstar Boulevard in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The casino opened as the WinStar Casino in 2004, and was expanded (with a 395-room hotel tower) and renamed the WinStar World Casino in 2009, with its 519,000 square feet (48,200 m2) of casino floor making it the largest casino in the state of Oklahoma.[2] In August 2013, WinStar Resorts completed a major expansion project, which added a new 1000-room second hotel tower that was divided into two phases; this also added a new casino that is attached to the tower. As a result of the completion of this expansion, the casino overtook Foxwoods Resort Casino to become the largest casino in the United States based on gaming floor space. WinStar has over 7,400 electronic games, 46 table poker rooms, 76 table games, Racer's[3] off-track betting, High Limit Room, Keno, and Bingo. [4]

Location and history

WinStar World Casino is located about 120 miles south from the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and one hour north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and attracts many people from the North Texas region as well as Oklahoma residents. The casino’s 3,500 seat Global Event Center has been home to some popular entertainment attractions including Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Adam Lambert, Weezer, Lil Wayne, ZZ Top, Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Tony Bennett, and Davy Jones, who gave his final concert at WinStar on February 19, 2012.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Design

WinStar was conceived by noted designer Larry E. Seitz whose work includes Sands Casinos, Trump Taj Mahal, Grand Casinos in Mississippi, Barona Casino, Buffalo Run, Chisholm Trail, Grand Princess, SS Norway, Casino Panama, Costa Rico Casino, Stellaris Casino Aruba, and the Paradise Island Casino among others. Additionally Hotels created for the brands Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott, Crown Plaza, Melina, Loews, Holiday, Ramada, InterContinental, and independents worldwide. Restaurants and Clubs have been produced internationally. Special effects, commissioned art, and sculptures were constructed and implemented by Dallas-based ValueWorks and produced by their suppliers in the U.S. and around the world. The exterior of the building was detailed by Lyndon Stromberg, who also worked on the The Venetian and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as well as the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas and Planet Hollywood in New York City. The long façade exterior of WinStar World Casino features replicas of London's Parliament Building, Rome's Coliseum and the Arc de Triomphe from Paris.[22]

Hotel information

WinStar World Casino is home to the 12-story, 395-room WinStar World Casino Hotel that’s adjacent to the gaming floor. On August 6, 2009, the 395-room hotel tower held a grand opening celebration that featured performances by American Idol Winner Kelly Clarkson and American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Meeting rooms that have varied capacities of 10-200 people, a resort-style pool with a custom-built waterfall grotto, the Spa Habitat, and the Cloverleaf Boutique gift shop also opened on this date. WinStar World Casino also offers a variety of restaurants, many of which are open until late night hours, including Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.[23] The second hotel tower, the Pool Tower North, opened in August 2013, while the third hotel tower, the Pool Tower South, opened in early 2014. Both towers have a capacity of 500 rooms each and are adjacent to each other. The Inn at WinStar has 100 rooms, and is accessed from the casino and the RV park by a 24-hour shuttle service.There are around 99 table games at the WinStar World Casino. Table games include blackjack, Mississippi stud, midi baccarat, poker, ultimate Texas hold'em etc.The 19000 sq ft poker room has 46 poker tables.There is a restaurant Red River Grill inside the poker room.[24]

Offsite areas

WinStar Golf Club

The WinStar Golf Club features a 225-acre, 27-hole golf course designed by former PGA Tour Pro, D.A. Weibring which holds elite golf tournaments each year. In addition, the WinStar Golf Academy, a 4,850-square-foot (451 m2) facility, offers private golf lessons and clinics by world class instructors. Practice areas include an outdoor grass putting range, 2 indoor/outdoor heated hitting bays, 8 covered outdoor hitting bays, and 2 PGA Tour AboutGolf simulating studios. The facility is also home to a Science and Motion putter fitting center and practice studio, custom club fitting center, and a golf ball fitting studio. Additional amenities include a fitness room, mindfulness and stretching rooms, the Academy lounge and recreation room, and locker rooms and showers. Visitors are also able to shop at a brand-sponsored pro shop. The site of the 2015 World Long Drive Championship[25]

WinStar RV Park

WinStar RV park is a 200-space RV Park that is available to people visiting the casino. A shuttle service to the casino is available to guests in the RV Park.

Bull riding

In 2011, the Professional Bull Riders brought their Built Ford Tough Series bull riding tour to the WinStar World Casino with an event at an outdoor arena constructed near the casino itself. The event was sponsored by WinStar World Casino and has been held annually under the name "WinStar World Casino Invitational". The 2011 event was the first outdoor event on the BFTS since 2005.

References

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