Choctaws plan to expand Casino

By: Staff and Wire reports
By: Staff and Wire reports

DURANT, Okla. (AP) - The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma plans to build a hotel atop its newly expanded casino, part of a project that also will add 3,000 more electronic gambling machines to the facility.

The American Indian tribe finished its most recent expansion of
the casino in January 2006, but the tribe's gaming director, Janie
Dillard, says the Choctaws built too small.

The planned expansion will include the dismantling of the
current casino and the addition of 300,000 square feet.

The 10-story, 350-room hotel is seen as the first phase in the creation of a destination resort. The project also will include a
large pool area that will feature a lazy river, a swim-up soda bar
and a water slide.

Construction is expected to begin in January and should be
finished sometime in 2010. Later plans call for the addition of a
780-space parking garage.

Dillard says the complete expansion will be done in four or five
phases through 2015.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    TO J.W. IF YOU WOULD HAVE WATCHED OR READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE YOU WOULD HAVE NOTICED THAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO EXPAND THE ARENA AS WELL. SO THEY CAN GET BIGGER NAMES FOR CONCERTS.
  • by TX Location: Texoma on Nov 26, 2007 at 01:03 PM
    Im not a big gambler, but I have been to Vegas a few times and Ive really enjoyed it. I went to WinStar this weekend and I DID NOT enjoy it. First the fifty cent tax on each bet, what a rip off. The food at the buffet was like warmed up leftovers from the nite before. Most of the people I saw where probably there spending their rent money.The employees were nice, but I wont be going back EVER!!
  • by ANONYMOUS on Nov 26, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    AS A "70 YEAR OLD WOMAN" SO YOU NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO OTHER THAN PUTTING PEOPLE DOWN FOR WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? THERE ARE OTHER THINGS IN THIS WORLD TO WORRY ABOUT. I APPLAUD THE CHOCTAW NATION FOR BRINGING MORE JOBS TO THIS AREA, BUT I GUESS THAT YOU DON'T SEE IT THAT WAY. WORRY ABOUT OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ OR SOMETHING TO THAT AFFECT. LAY OFF OF THE CHOCTAW NATION.
  • by ANONUMOUS Location: DURANT on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    How can you set there and say that about Chief Pyle? He has made the Choctaw Nation what it is today. It generates tons of jobs for Durant and the surrounding areas. He is doing what is best for his business and it's employees. Until you totally understand what he does and why he does it I don't think that anything should be said. And you "heard wrong". I don't know who you "heard" that from, but it was totally wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2007 at 10:15 AM
    As a "70 yr old woman", you think you would have grown out of the SHE SAID/HE SAID stuff by now. As for your friend, if they work for the Casino and don't agree with whatever is going on, THEN QUIT AND SAVE US THE HEADACHE!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on Nov 26, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    How can you say it is the Choctaw's fault if someone goes out there and spends THEIR OWN MONEY??? They don't make you go out there by force, it's your own choice. You might as well tell the Casino's in LAS VEGAS just how bad they are too. Blame people and the choices they make, not the Casino.
  • by Terrie Location: Durant on Nov 26, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    As an x-employee I will tell you that for the price they charge for meals in the restraunt that is pretty much operated by x-convicts. They can afford to build bigger and better. I use to work in the restraunt and was cheated I don't know how many times on my hours and on my tips.The whole place is crooked not only did this happen to me it happen to several other co-workers and they left too.So not only do the machines rip you off so do the people working in the office. I hope chief pyle will soon open his eyes up to those employees he has working in the HR department and as head department managers and realize they are not all they are cracked up to be.
  • by J.W. Location: Durant on Nov 26, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    Amazing,simply amazing.. Must be nice that they have so much money to just throw away.I usually don't have anything to say about anyone and stay to myself, as I am 70yr old woman but this article just irritates me to no end,I heard from a good friend who works for the casino that the reason Pyle is tearing alot of this down and rebuliding is because the x-Asst Chief Bailey, had,a hand in the modeling of the one they have now and anything he had a hand in doing Chief Pyle wants it torn down and redone, what a waste of money....What did he do that was so terrible,I was even told that most the shows Bailey had scheduled were even cancled only because Bailey had them scheduled,And too that the arena was going to be destroyed as well because it was Bailey idea to have the Arena.I think if you are going to tear it down leave it down as it has already destroyed marriages, friendships etc by the gambeling that goes on,And my lord who can afford to eat in that restraunt.
Sherman 4201 Texoma Pkwy (903) 892 -8123 Ardmore 2624 S. Commerce (580) 223-0946
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 11809651 - kxii.com/a?a=11809651
Gray Television, Inc.