Monday, October 10, 2016

Winstar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma

We’ve spent the past few days doing a bit of playing at Winstar Casino, just north of the Red River in Oklahoma. This is a huge casino, and quite a bit has built up around it. A lot of money goes through this place. Although I did not measure it, I would say that it is about half a mile from one end to the other, so you can really get your exercise wandering through this place.

Donna and I have visited a number of casinos over the years. We really prefer casinos in Nevada as we feel they provide the best bang for your buck. I can even tolerate the casinos in Shreveport, which no longer have any good games for the serious gambler. But Winstar takes greed to the next level. There are no good games at this casino, and even those venturing above 95% or so return have reduced points. I did find some quarter and above 9/5 Jacks or Better, but as I indicated, points accumulate dreadfully slow on these machines. On one machine I played, I calculated that it took $30 coin-in to get a single point.

But the casino itself is nice and well maintained. There are some really lovely architectural features throughout the place, such as statues, ceiling reliefs, and so on. There are plenty of eateries, some offering a good deal here or there, but most with inflated prices. We did find a good happy hour at Toby Keith’s, so we spent quite a bit of time there drinking 25-ounce draft beer.

The entire casino seems to be well maintained. I found the restrooms, for example, to be pretty clean. Hand sanitizers are located throughout the building. Interactive displays, including maps, are also available at strategic locations throughout the property. One of the things I really like about this place is the self-service beverage stations located roughly in each city section, where you can serve yourself soft drinks, tea, and coffee (including decaf).

The casino is divided into city sections. For example, you have Madrid, New York, Paris, London, Rome, Beijing, and perhaps one or two others. The place seems to be a popular stop on the entertainment circuit, and a number of big name acts were set to appear about the time we were there, such as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Toni Braxton, and the Temptations. Crowds from the Metroplex are certainly drawn to this place.


Start of the Madrid section of the cadino.

I doubt I’ll return. This is not my kind of casino. Besides, I’m a desert rat, and there’s just too many trees and too much grass here for me. I’ll continue to wend my way west to Nevada whenever I can. A gambler can still get an even break out there if he knows where to look. 

Below are some of the ceiling reliefs I found quite attractive.


Rome


Close up of Rome


Beijing


Madrid



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