Pay tables on video poker are outstanding, the best in Oklahoma. Jacks or better pays 9 on a full house and 6 on a flush, which along with the other standard payouts equals a 99.5% return on your gambling dollars. You do have to pay $0.50 to get this return, but if you bring enough $ in case of a bad start, those are VERY good odds. I have found only one other casino in OK with 9/6: the little Buffalo Run in Miami, although at Buffalo Run you can get these odds on single quarter play. And Choctaw Durant machines are progressive, meaning an even higher return on max bet (which Buffalo Run doesn't offer). In contrast, the Grand in Shawnee pays 8/6, Fire Lake in Norman 9/5, Downstream in Quapaw 8/5, and the Winstar a miserable 7/5! Of course, video poker is a game of skill, and the casino counts on you not making optimal plays, but if you are well versed on the game, Choctaw Durant and Buffalo Run are the places for you. We've dined at three restaurants so far: the grill, the buffet and Smashburger were all quite good for dining of their respective types. We were comped a free room, and found it clean and comfortable. (The comps are earned by my wife, who plays video keno. You'll never get good comps playing video poker; the casinos want you playing the more profitable [for the house] slots.)
I have no association with Choctaw Durant, When filing my taxes for 2016 I claimed over 50,000.00 in winnings. And yes I meant to write 50,000.00, I had a total of 18 handpays in 7 months, largest being a 22,000.00 jackpot. Note* you can win here but you have to play high limit, or at least max bet... LAR plano
Overall the Resort is awesome but if you are going to gamble, the SLOTS are TIGHT.
Sad to say, I am now a BELIEVER in the 40 hours of reading I did after losing my rear end and breaking the bank every trip this month... I know this after sometimes up to 3 trips a week in 2 years. I recently did a lot of studying (after leaving over $1,000 in just 3 trips LAST WEEK) and COMING HOME TO FINALLY read multiple reviews of "TIGHT SLOTS".
So today, I listened to the "More ACTIVE Gamblers" and headed to Winstar for the FIRST TIME EVER. I've never actually seen anyone at Choctaw hit the jackpot in person like they post on Facebook. TODAY at Winstar in just 1 hour, I WITNESSED jackpots hit of $2,000, $2,400 and $4,000. Those were the JUST THE ones that I ACTUALLY went and looked at. There were a half dozen more where they were filling out paperwork and too many people were there so I couldn't get a good look at all the numbers.
Overall today, in one little area at Winstar, and on one row, 2 slots got the message "Please wait for an attendant" AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE STILL READING... I was only in one little section at Winstar... Who knows what was going on elsewhere but all I heard today at Winstar was BELLS AND WHISTLES!!!!
Again, in TWO YEARS and way more than hundreds of hours at Choctaw I have NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN THIS IN PERSON! Even though there are thousands of people that still go to Choctaw, and just a handful that I've seen get "RED SPINS", the reviews say it all...
STAY AWAY.... The reviews I remembered the most that stuck in my mind about Choctaw (a place I never believed I would write a negative review on) are: "I never win on Slots between 10 am and 2 pm" "My husband and I have a budget of $500 a day and we can burn it up on High Stakes Slots in minutes only to lose it all" "I've seen their employees wipe out the ash trays and then wipe off the machines with the same rag" "Stay away from Slots and play cards or something else where your odds of winning are not changed by the TIME OF DAY" "I can walk in and listen to the bells ringing to tell you whether I'm going to win or lose" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sorry, Choctaw but my first trip to Winstar was a winner today!
I'll always remember hearing the bells ringing and cheers of all of those who hit REAL JACKPOTS right there in front of my eyes today if I ever consider coming back to your place.
WORD HAS BEEN GETTING OUT FOR YEARS THAT YOU MAKE MILLIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO DON'T LISTEN TO THE REVIEWS.... Granted the staff at Choctaw are awesome...
From the Security guys to the people who are there within minutes when the machines run out of paper (OFTEN), to those who walk around and help give you directions.
The resort/hotel: my wife and I travel frequently and stay in 4+ star hotels typically. Our room - a standard King in the new tower - was comparable to rooms costing 2-3 times as much throughout the country. Mind you, it's new so the luster is there. It was comfortable, tasteful and had nice technology touches. The view was boring, but that's just what you get in Southern OK. The pools were wonderful and surprisingly well done. We didn't encounter crowds, so that helped. Some of the people by the larger pool were a little trashy, but overall, that didn't impact us.
Casino: all the usual slot machine selections were there. I won a little on a couple, but got killed on most. That's typically my luck though on slots, so I don't know how loose their payouts are. Tables were great if you just get over the $.50 ante. Yes, you're giving up another X points to the house, but for casual gamblers, it's all luck anyhow, so it doesn't matter. We had super friendly dealers and won overall.
Restaurant selections are reasonable, buffet was ok. We aren't big drinkers, but that could be an issue for many. They don't - as of now - serve alcohol on the casino floor. It is smoking, but well enough ventilated that my wife and I weren't bothered. Crowds were minimal on a Monday night stay, and they were a mixed bag. Plenty of players that looked to be blowing their social security checks, but what casino doesn't have those? In general, the people were nice.
For $99/night, I would HIGHLY recommend a stay here. Short drive from Dallas and a fun getaway.
I read all of these terrible reviews before I went so my expectations were quite low. A friend talked me into going for a day and one night.
Well I loved the place! Stay in the new hotel and the new casino area if you don't like smoky, dark places. The old casino was scary dark, with old machines. I'd been told you win more, but I played $1.00 and went back to the nice new casino. Great lighting, new machines. Noise level very good. You can hear some machines and still have a conversation.
EVERYONE was polite, friendly and helpful. It was spring break, and they weren't prepared. Very understaffed, wait at the restaurants very long. But again politeness and apologies. I'm going back soon. :)
Is it Vegas no? But that might be a good thing. I could sit for a couple minutes at a slot without some staffer thinking I was loitering. It was ok to play slow here.