Riverwind Casino

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Riverwind Casino
Riverwind casino logo.jpg
Riverwind Casino.jpg
Location Norman, Oklahoma
Address 1544 West Hwy 9
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
Opening date Summer 2006 (casino[1])
February 2009 (hotel[1])
No. of rooms 100 (9 suites)
Total gaming space 216,000 sq ft (20,100 m2)
Signature attractions Showplace Theater
Notable restaurants Chips N Ales
Burger King

Panda Express
Rick's Pizza
Season Food Court
Taco Bueno
Willows
Casino type Land-based
Owner Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
Website http://www.riverwind.com/

Riverwind Casino is a casino located in Norman, Oklahoma that opened in 2006. The 219,000 square feet (20,300 m2)[2] casino, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation is one of the largest in the state. In addition to the casino floor, the facility also has two restaurants, a lounge, a food court, several bars, valet parking and a 1500-seat theatre that hosts concerts. Riverwind also opened a 100-room adjoining hotel in February 2009. The casino is located in at the Interstate 35/State Highway 9 west junction.

Games[edit]

Riverwind casino houses over 2,700 slot machines and 20 gaming tables such as blackjack, Mississippi stud, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Card-Based Roulette and Ultimate Texas Hold'em and 17 poker tables.[2] It also has an off-track betting area. The casino also hosts numerous poker tournaments throughout the year, and "Players Club" members can earn multiple rewards such as entries and invitations to members-only events and free play offers.

Music and entertainment[edit]

Riverwind features musical and entertainment acts on many occasions during the year. In addition to the 1500-seat Showplace Theatre, the smaller 77-seat River Lounge,[2] located near the northeast entrance, also features regular live musical performances as well as a full service bar. Recent well-known performers at the Showplace Theatre include Styx, Kool & the Gang, Bad Company, Rick Springfield, Kenny Rogers, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, The Beach Boys, Hootie and the Blowfish and more.

Dining[edit]

Along with several full-service bars and a food court that features Panda Express, Burger King, Taco Bueno, and Rick's Café, Riverwind Casino has two restaurants. Willows Buffet (Oklahoma's largest buffet[3][4]) is open for lunch and dinner during the week, and breakfast buffets are available on the weekend. Additionally, Chips 'N Ales is a pub-style restaurant that is located at the south end of the casino. Chips 'N Ales has a personal TV at each booth in the restaurant, dart boards and a stage where live acts perform on the weekends.

Events[edit]

Riverwind Casino hosts unique community events regularly throughout the year such as benefits for The Toby Keith Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well as casting calls for popular TV shows such as Minute to Win It.

Riverwind Hotel[edit]

Riverwind Hotel and Casino

Opened in February 2009, the 100-room Riverwind Hotel is adjoined to the casino by a skybridge. Guest rooms have a contemporary design and include free wireless internet service and large flat screen TVs. In addition, full service in-room dining is available, and the hotel offers four meeting rooms available for rent which can be used for banquets, meetings, or parties. The property employs 1,300 full and part-time staff members.[citation needed]

Riverwind Casino was designed by The Hnedak Bobo Group of Las Vegas and Memphis. The Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce has also developed non-gaming projects that have had a significant impact. Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce built a $1.7 million sewage treatment plant for Goldsby and a $2.1 million water tower for Newcastle.

On December 1, 2006, the casino hosted Mel Gibson for a prescreening of his movie Apocalypto.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Riverwind Casino & Hotel in Norman - Full Profile With Information on the Live Music, Games, Events, Dining and More
  2. ^ a b c Oklahoma Casinos - Riverwind Casino. Oklahoma Casino Guru.
  3. ^ Goff-Parker, Kevan (July 27, 2006). "Oklahoma casino's unique design integrates aspects of state". The (Oklahoma City) Journal Record. 
  4. ^ "Road Trip" (PDF). Indian Gaming. Indian Gaming Magazine: 48–51. September 2006. 

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Coordinates: 35°10′52″N 97°30′01″W / 35.18111°N 97.50028°W / 35.18111; -97.50028