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Major events in Oklahoma gaming history


Voters approve a measure authorizing pari-mutuel wagering


On August 30, the existing track Blue Ribbon Downs becomes the first to offer pari-mutuel wagering
The Creek Nation Casino-Tulsa Bingo opens


Midway Downs (Lincoln County Fair) and Will Rogers Downs (at Rogers County Fair) begin pari-mutuel wagering


Remington Park opens in September


Fair Meadows (Tulsa State/County Fairs) offers its first pari-mutuel race meet
Last year of pari-mutuel wagering at Midway Downs


Cherokee Bingo Outpost opens in Roland


Inter-track wagering begins in July
Voters approve a charitable gaming proposal in November
The first tribal-state gaming compacts are filed, most allowing for off-track pari-mutuel wagering, some for VLTs


Off-track wagering is authorized


Osage Casino Hominy opens


Osage Casino Pawhuska opens


Voters approve a state lottery
The legislature passes the State-Tribal Gaming Act and voters approve in November, authorizing electronic gaming machines at racetracks
The first of nearly 30 Class III new gaming compacts are signed
Osage Casino Sand Springs opens


Blue Ribbon Downs opens its casino in October, followed by Remington Park in November and Will Rogers Downs in December
The Lottery begins ticket sales in October with instant games
Pick 3 begins in November
Osage Casino Tulsa opens


Powerball sales begin in January
The Lottery launches Cash 5 in September
Will Rogers Downs resumes live racing for the first time since 2001
Osage Casino Bartlesville opens


Osage Casinos in Skiatook and Ponca City open


The Lottery adds Hot Lotto in January
Downstream Casino opens in July


Last year of racing and gaming at Blue Ribbon Downs; the facility closes for good in November
Hard Rock Casino & Resort opens, replacing the Cherokee Casino Resort in Tulsa


Mega Millions ticket sales begin in January


The Lottery adds Pick 4 in July


Salt Creek Casino opens in December


Prairie Sun Casino opens in May
Ioway Casino opens in June
The two Apache tribal casinos, Golden Eagle and Silver Buffalo, close in July
The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa opens in August
TeePee Casino opens in December


Jet Stream Casino opens in July


Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville opens in March

Casinos and casino-style gaming

The legislature passed the State-Tribal Gaming Act in 2004 and voters approved its provisions in the November election that year. The law authorized Remington Park, Blue Ribbon Downs and Will Rogers Downs to add video gaming machines to their facilities. The first track to open its casino was Blue Ribbon Downs in October 2005; that track closed in late 2009.

Remington Park – 750 electronic gaming machines
Will Rogers Downs – 250 electronic gaming machines

The gaming operations are regulated by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.  


Tribal gaming

There are 33 tribes in Oklahoma with Class III gaming compacts and they operate about 100 casinos (listed here) and additional small travel centers/plazas with gaming. For more information, visit the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association website.

Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma – Thunderbird Casino Norman, Thunderbird Casino Shawnee
Cherokee Nation – Cherokee Casinos in Ft. Gibson, Ramona, Roland, Sallisaw, South Coffeyville, Tahlequah and West Siloam Springs; Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma – Feather Warrior Casino Canton, Feather Warrior Casino Watonga, Lucky Star Casino Concho, Lucky Star Casino Clinton
Chickasaw Nation – Ada Gaming Center, Artesian Hotel Casino Spa, Black Gold Casino, Border Casino, Chisholm Trail Casino, Gold Mountain Casino, Goldsby Gaming Center, Jet Stream Casino, Madill Gaming Center, Newcastle Casino, Riverwind Casino, Salt Creek Casino, Texoma Casino, Treasure Valley Casino, Washita Casino, WinStar World Casino
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma – Choctaw Durant Casino and Resort; Choctaw Casinos in Broken Bow, Grant, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Stringtown and Stigler
Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Oklahoma – Firelake Casino and Entertainment Center, Grand Casino
Comanche Nation, Oklahoma – Comanche Nation Casino, Comanche Red River Casino, Comanche Spur Casino, Comanche Star Casino
Delaware Nation, Oklahoma – Casino Oklahoma, Gold River Casino
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma – Indigo Sky Casino, Bordertown Outpost Casino
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma – Ft. Sill Apache Casino
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma – Cimarron Casino, Ioway Casino
Kaw Nation, Oklahoma – South Wind Casinos in Newkirk, Braman and Kanza
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma – Kickapoo Casino Harrah, Kickapoo Casino Shawnee
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma – Kiowa Casino, Kiowa Casino Verden
Miami Tribe of OklahomaPrairie Moon Casino, Prairie Sun Casino
Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma – The Stables Casino
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma – River Spirit Casino, One Fire Casino, Creek Nation Casinos in Checotah, Duck Creek, Eufaula, Holdenville, Muskogee, Okemah and Bristow
Osage Tribe, Oklahoma – Osage Casinos in Bartlesville, Hominy, Pawhuska, Ponca City, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Tulsa
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma – 7 Clans Paradise Casino, First Council Casino, Lil Bit of Paradise Casino Red Rock, Lil Bit of Paradise Casino Newkirk
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma – High Winds Casino
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma – Stonewolf Casino, TeePee Casino
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma – Buffalo Run Casino
Quapaw Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma – Downstream Casino, Quapaw Casino
Sac & Fox Nation – Black Hawk Casino, Sac and Fox Casino Stroud
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma – Seminole Nation Casino, River Mist Casino, Wewoka Casino Trading Post
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma – Grand Lake Casino
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town – Golden Pony Casino
Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma – Native Lights Casino, Tonkawa Indian Casino
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes – Sugar Creek Casino
Wyandotte Nation, Oklahoma – Lucky Turtle Casino, Wyandotte Nation Casino

Oversight of tribal gaming compacts is the responsibility of the State of Oklahoma's Gaming Compliance Unit



The Oklahoma Lottery began ticket sales October 12, 2005, with four instant games. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Cash 5, Poker Pick and Pick 3.  

Lottery proceeds support improvements and enhancements for education purposes and programs at all levels of education from pre-K to higher education.

Oklahoma Lottery
3817 N. Santa Fe
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone (405) 522-7700


Pari-mutuel facilities

Pari-mutuel wagering was approved by voters in 1982 (subject to local approval) and the first pari-mutuel races were held at Blue Ribbon Downs in 1984. There are currently three racetracks in Oklahoma. Simulcasting was authorized in 1992 and off-track betting began in 1995. Remington Park currently operates two OTB facilities (one is only open during sales at the Heritage Place Sales.)

Remington Park
One Remington Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Fair Meadows
P.O. Box 4735
Tulsa, OK 74159

Will Rogers Downs
20900 S. 4200 Road
Claremore, OK 74017
Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 78
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone (405) 943-6472


Charitable gaming

The Oklahoma Charity Games Act authorizes bingo and breakopen tickets (pulltabs) as fundraising games for non-profit religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, educational and other organizations which have been operating as non-profits for at least two years prior to applying for a charitable gaming license.

Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission
3812 N. Santa Fe, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone (405) 521-3484


Last updated on March 18, 2016