The state of Oklahoma is widely known for the outdoor recreation and recreational activities it can offer residents and visitors. The state boasts beautiful lakes, mountains and camping areas as well as first-class museums and cultural events. Oklahoma is rich with culture, too. With several Native American reservations, the State of Oklahoma is a true cultural experience. It is within these reservations that Oklahoma casinos thrive.
The word “Oklahoma” is from the Choctaw Indian word “okla humma”, which means the “land of the red people”. Oklahoma is located in the western south-central United States. Kansas, Colorado and Missouri border the state to the north, Texas to the south, New Mexico to the west, and Arkansas to the east. The capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, which is the center point of the state and the most heavily populated city within the state. Oklahoma ranks 28th in population in the United States and about 3.4 million people reside there.
Oklahoma offers both residents and visitors a wide range of recreational activities. The state boasts more man-made lakes than any other state in the United States. This makes outdoor sports such as boating and fishing very popular. In addition, the Arbuckle Mountains and many state parks draw visitors to outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.
In addition to the outdoor recreation that the state offers, Oklahoma is well known for its casinos. Oklahoma casinos can be found on Indian reservations across the state. While gambling is not legal outside of the reservations, the casinos within the reservations draw a large amount of tourists. With a change in gambling laws in the state, the Indian casinos are booming, since they are now able to offer gamblers Blackjack, Poker and Las Vegas-style slot machines. Craps and Roulette are still not allowed in Oklahoma casinos, but that could change.
Many of the visitors to Oklahoma casinos are Texans. Gambling is not legal in Texas and the other closest casinos are located in Shreveport, Louisiana where the drive is much longer. The two largest and most popular Oklahoma casinos are the Choctaw Casino and the WinStar Casino. The Chickasaw Nation, which is just north of the north Texas Metroplex area, operates both of these casinos, Oklahoma casinos are located throughout the state and are expected to raise billions for the state. Oklahoma casinos offer easy gambling access to visitors that live near the state.
Article written by Adel Awwad