Hard Rock To Bring $150 Million Casino To Lake Texoma in 2026

Written By C.J. Pierre on January 18, 2024
Photo of Hard Rock Casino logo and Lake Texoma where the hotel operator plans on opening a casino in 2026.

Hard Rock International is planning to build a new hotel and casino near the Texas-Oklahoma border. The project is coming thanks to a partnership between the company and Oklahoma City developer Pointe Vista Holding. It will be the second Hard Rock property in Oklahoma.

Construction will begin in March, with a planned mid-2026 opening. The new development is touted as being the only resort venue serving all of North Texas and the entire state of Oklahoma with a broad assortment of amenities.

It will be the third large casino in close proximity to the Texas-Oklahoma border.

Hard Rock Hotel and Residences to include casino, 189-room hotel

The new Hard Rock Hotel and Residences is joining the Pointe Vista master-planned development, spanning 2,700 acres, with 19 miles of shoreline along Lake Texoma. The resort community will feature a casino, a golf course, an enclosed waterpark, a family entertainment center, an amphitheater and more.

Todd Hricko, senior vice president and head of global hotel development for Hard Rock, says the area is ideal for summer activities on the water, conventions, events and excitement-filled days and nights year-round.

“We’re excited to expand our award-winning hotel portfolio and bring our unique brand of hospitality and entertainment to Lake Texoma and the Pointe Vista development. We’re especially thankful to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt for his support of our new Hard Rock development in Pointe Vista.”

The Lake Texoma hotel is expected to cost upwards of $150 million. However, it is still being designed, so that number could change. Officials with Hard Rock say the venue will have “the signature guitar” at the main entryway of the hotel, with 189 rooms and 25 suites, as well as 168 residential rentals.

The project also will include an 18,000-square-foot conference center and event lawn. The development is expected to create more than 9,000 jobs.

New Lake Texoma hotel and casino to sandwich two other Oklahoma casinos

The new Lake Texoma hotel and casino will give North Texas residents an additional option for gambling.

The WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville is the self-proclaimed “World’s Biggest Casino.” It is owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation. The venue offers nearly 10,500 slot machines and over 100 table games. The property also features a 2,000-room hotel with 19 restaurants and bars, retail shopping options and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Meanwhile, the Choctaw Nation owns the Choctaw Casino & Resort-Durant located in Durant. The large Native American casino in Southeast Oklahoma features around 7,400 slot machines and over 100 table games. The venue recently finished renovating, adding luxury rooms and more space, making it a desirable overnight stop for Texans. Durant is approximately 95 miles away from Dallas-Fort Worth.

Oklahoma casinos across the Texas border are continuing to thrive as a result of retail casinos remaining illegal in the Lone Star State. Texas is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue as all efforts to legalize resort-style casinos have died at the statehouse.

The only Class III casino in Texas is the Lucky Eagle Casino, which the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas operates. The other Texas tribal casinos are the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Tigua). Both of these operate under a Class II gambling license.

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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayTexas. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino, sports betting and online gambling news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career, most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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