Oklahoma Casino 35 Miles From Texas Opening This Spring

Written By Phil West on January 8, 2024 - Last Updated on January 11, 2024
Rendering of Choctaw Landing on a story about the opening of the casino, located in Oklahoma, this spring.

Texans are getting another gaming resort to play at just north of the border with Oklahoma.

The Choctaw Nation announced that Choctaw Landing, a 100-bed resort and casino located in Hochatown, will open with 600 slot machines and eight table games (including roulette, blackjack and poker) this spring.

Casino looks to bring in customers from four states

Texas does not allow commercial casinos, as the three casinos in the state are tribal-run. Texas online casinos are also illegal, as is sports betting in Texas.

Choctaw Landing General Manager Amy Davis told Indian Gaming that the casino expects to draw customers from four states.

“Choctaw Landing is an all-in-one exclusive resort destination and the perfect place to unwind. We are located just an hour north of the Oklahoma/Texas border and excited to open this new entertainment destination for Oklahomans and our friends and neighbors in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.”

Choctaw Landing will join its established sister resort, Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, in catering to Texas residents. Choctaw Landing is located two hours east of the Durant casino. In September, Choctaw Casino & Resort completed a remodel of 18 suites and 329 rooms in its Grand Tower, following a $600 million renovation project in 2021 that included construction of the 1,000-room Sky Tower and the addition of 3,300 new slot machines, 40 new gaming tables, a poker room, restaurants and pools.

Those improvements have made Oklahoma casinos even more appealing to Texas tourists who flock across the border to visit the WinStar and Choctaw facilities.

Casino investing millions into infrastructure improvements

Choctaw Landing will be the tribe’s eighth casino; Choctaw representatives say that two-thirds of their clients come from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and eight of 10 customers are Texas residents.

In addition to its casino, the Choctaw Landing complex will feature:

  • Three conference rooms and more than 4,300 square feet of meeting space
  • A hotel restaurant and three outdoor dining/bar options
  • A resort fitness center
  • A pool area with nine cabanas, two hot tubs and three fire pits
  • An outdoor amphitheater seating 125 patrons
  • A mercantile with groceries, a deli, a Starbucks and a 24-pump fuel station

Choctaw Landing will be located off Highway 259 in Hochatown, and according to Indian Gaming, “Choctaw Nation is investing $7 million for road construction at the Choctaw Landing intersection to allow for traffic lights and turn lanes, and is working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to make stormwater improvements, utility relocations, and widen Hwy 259, creating a three-lane road at the Choctaw Landing resort entrance and north to 259A.”

Indian Gaming also notes, “The opening of the $238 million Choctaw Landing resort will create more than 400 jobs in Southeast Oklahoma and will have an estimated $95 million economic impact on the region.”

The Choctaw Landing location, while just 35 miles from the Texas border, is also relatively close to some major North Texas and East Texas population centers. It’s 90 miles from Texarkana, the closest Texas metro area, a little more than 150 miles from Tyler, and also a little more than 150 miles from the edge of the vast Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. No specific opening date was mentioned in the report.

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Phil West is a longtime journalist based in Austin, Texas, whose bylines have appeared in The Daily Dot, Nautilus, Pro Soccer USA, Howler, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Chronicle. He has also written two books about soccer.

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