There are more than 100 casinos, many of which are run by the Kiowa, Choctaw, Comanche, Cherokee and Osage tribes. These casinos combined generate more than $2 billion annually.
Oklahoma is a unique state when it comes to gambling. It is the state with the most land-based casinos in the entire United States. All casinos in the state are owned by Indiginous tribes, mostly run from their own land. Unlike several other states, all sorts of casino games are being offered, including bingo, slots, blackjack, roulette, poker and craps.
All forms of gambling are completely legal in Oklahoma, as long as you do this in one of these Indiginous-owned casinos. Apart from the casinos, there are also a lot of bingo halls in Oklahoma. The biggest casino in the U.S., the WinStar World Casino and Resort, is based in the state as well.
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What Are the Biggest Casinos in Oklahoma?
The biggest casinos in Oklahoma are the WinStar World Casino and Resort mentioned above, followed by the Riverwind Casino Norman and the Choctaw Durant Casino and Resort. The WinStar World Casino and Resort, based in Thackerville, is 616,960 square feet in size. It features 88 table games, 55 poker tables and a whopping 7,400 different slot machines.
The Riverwind Casino Norman is a third of the size of the WinStar World Casino and Resort, boasting 219,000 square feet of casino floor, 27 table games, 17 poker tables and thousands of slots.
The third-largest casino in Oklahoma, the Choctaw Durant, also is about 219,000 square feet large, packed to the brim with entertainment, featuring 65 table games, 26 poker tables and over 4,000 slot machines.
Casinos in Oklahoma
The biggest casinos in Oklahoma are all Indian casinos, also called tribal casinos or Native American casinos. There are no commercial casinos whatsoever. Oklahoma also doesn’t have any casino cruise ships, riverboat casinos or racetracks where you can gamble on greyhound and/or horse racing.
Important Information for Oklahoma Casinos
If you want to visit one or more of the 100+ different casinos in Oklahoma, be sure to check out this part of our guide.
You can play slot machines, poker cash games, poker tournaments, roulette, blackjack, dice games, lottery games and other casino games in Oklahoma.
The legal minimum age to gamble at casinos in Oklahoma is 21 in some places and 18 in others. Check the website(s) of the casino(s) you want to visit to verify this. Smoking is prohibited in all Oklahoma casinos, but they do have external smoking areas in practically every casino. Alcohol consumption is allowed in every casino in Oklahoma but no free alcoholic beverages will be served.
Almost all Oklahoma casinos are open 24/7 and are only closed during certain holidays. As for the taxation of winnings, Oklahoma residents have to add their winnings to their annual income tax return while non-residents have to file the 511NR Income Tax Form whenever they win over $1,000. The standard federal tax of 24% is levied when you win $1,200 or more on slots or more than 300 times your bet with any other game of chance.
The Most Popular Games in Oklahoma
At the time of writing this Oklahoma casino guide, the most popular casino games in the state are the Colossal Wizards, Li’l Red, Spartacus Gladiator of Rome, Forbidden Dragons, Queen of the Wild 2 slots, No Limit Hold’em, Razz and Fortune Pai Gow poker games, American and European roulette, Spanish 21, Shoe Game, single deck, and double deck blackjack, craps and Sic Bo, and Keno.
Out of all betting types, horse race betting is the most popular.
The History of Casinos in Oklahoma
In the early 1800s, Indigenoys tribes moved en-masse to Oklahoma against their will. About a century later, in 1916, all types of gambling were banned in the state, but in 1982 horse racing was legalized.
Shortly after that, slot machines in race tracks were allowed as well and in 1987 the first high-stakes bingo game was organized. In 1992, all the tribes combined to sign a state compact that allowed them to offer bingo and lottery games and place slot machines in casinos built on their land.
Sports betting is still not legalized in Oklahoma.