The final phase of the expansion at the Choctaw Nation’s Choctaw Casino Hotel in Pocola, Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border, recently was completed. The final phase added 145,000 square feet of casino and hotel space, an updated Center Stage meeting room for bingo and shows and a 600-space covered parking garage. Previous expansions concluded in December, and added gaming space with 2,100 slots, a high-limit gaming area and a 12-table pit featuring blackjack, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, live craps and live roulette. The property includes a seven-story hotel with luxury suites. The total expansion represents an injection of million into the area economy.
New dining options include Seven Ponies steakhouse, Oak Tree Lounge, Trophy’s Bar & Grill and Coffee Café. The new Branches Trading Company will offer retail. A new Gilley’s restaurant and honky-tonk will open on July 4.
The Class III casino opened in a strip mall in 1994, and expanded six years later when the tribe added 87,600 square feet of gaming space, located at 3400 Choctaw Drive, and had a staff of 300. With the latest expansion completed, the facility will employ 850 people.
The Choctaw Nation operates eight other casinos.