If you're looking for places to gamble in Oklahoma, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices. Casinos and bingo halls literally dot the landscape, and it's often difficult to know which towns or cities offer the best facilities. Who offers the biggest payouts? Where is the bingo competition the fiercest? Who has the most table games?
As I've traveled all over the state looking to strike it rich, I have encountered the same problems. That's why I started making notes during my trips in order to compile a list of some of the best locations to gamble in Oklahoma.
While there are plenty of other fine gambling destinations in the state, the towns and cities mentioned below offer excellent casinos and a dose of much-welcome hospitality. Feel free to explore the state at your own leisure, but rest assured that you can't go wrong with these choices.
Clinton, Oklahoma - Sitting smack dab in the middle of historic Route 66, Clinton is known for several things. First, it's home to the Oklahoma version of the Route 66 Museum. Second, their high school football team, The Red Tornadoes, have won an impressive 14 state championships. In addition, this city of nearly 9,000 is the birthplace of country superstar Toby Keith.
If you're in the mood for bingo, Clinton offers two facilities to keep you satisfied. The first is the Cheyenne & Arapaho Social Service, and the second facility is the Cheyenne & Arapaho Adult EDU (both are located on Route 66). Each location serves another purpose during the day, but nightfall finds them packed full of eager bingo players.
If casino games are your thing, then head on over to the Lucky Star Casino on 101 North Indian Hospital Road. They have around 250 slot and video poker machines, and you can gamble till your heart's content in a spacious 13,000 square foot environment.
Shawnee, Oklahoma - Besides being the birthplace of Brad Pitt, this city of almost 29,000 is also the home of the very first Sonic Drive-In franchise. And if you happen to visit in September, you might notice a large number of Japanese youngsters about. This is due to an annual exchange program with their sister city of Akita, Japan (Shawnee junior-high students visit Japan in July).
And if it's gambling that you're looking for, you don't need to travel any further than the Fire Lake Casino (located at 41207 Hardesty Road in Shawnee). They're open 24 hours a day, and have 50,000 square feet of gaming available. A race book is offered, as well as 700 slot machines and a 650 seat bingo hall. There's also an entertainment center to help you get your country music fix.
Tulsa, Oklahoma - With nearly 400,000 residents, Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. Located in the lush "Green Country" of Northeastern Oklahoma, this city is considered the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma (with opera, ballet companies, and numerous art museums). In 2005, it was selected as one of "America's Most Livable Large Cities."
There are a number of Indian gaming venues available in Tulsa. The largest casinos are Osage Million Dollar Elm, Creek Nation Casino, and Cherokee Casino and Resort. If you like horse racing, you can bet on the ponies at Fair Meadows and Will Rogers Downs. And if bingo is more your thing, then check out one of the following: Integrity Gaming, Intertribal Indian Club, Sheridan Village Bingo, South Memorial Sertoma Club, Travelers Bingo, and Super T Bingo.
Wyandotte, Oklahoma - Located in far Northeastern Oklahoma in Ottawa County, Wyandotte is a small town of around 363 residents. Besides being a very friendly community, it is also home to the tribal headquarters of the Wyandotte Nation.
In addition, several casinos and bingo halls are located in this small town. The Lucky Turtle Casino features 80 slot and video poker machines. Border Town Bingo and Casino offers 500 slot and video poker machines, as well as 650 seats for bingo. Eastern Shawnee Tribal Bingo specializes in the game that we all know and love, and the Eastern Shawnee Travel Plaza offers slots, video poker, and a race book.
Oklahoma is a beautiful state with lots of natural history and sights to see. The fact that you have a chance to win a little money while you're looking around makes it even better. If you've never been to "America's Frontier Lake State" before, I would highly recommend that you make the trip. And while you're at it, drop in on the towns and cities mentioned above. I'm sure that they'll be glad to see you.