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Oklahoma casino completes major renovation

3 January 2011

IDABEL, Oklahoma -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Choctaw Casino in Idabel, Oklahoma, has completed a comprehensive multi-million dollar, 17,000-square-foot renovation and remodeling project. The Idabel Casino is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has more than 400 slot machines, including progressives, high-stakes and penny slots.

Located at 1425 Southeast Washington Street, the design goal of the project was to create a unique cultural space that is indigenous to Idabel and inspired by the Choctaw tribe's native origins, incorporating a rustic, Western mountain-forest theme. Highlights include both interior and exterior upgrades, such as the addition of an on-site bar and grill and entertainment venue, new lighting, new carpet, a new stage for entertainment, a totally redesigned casino floor layout, modernized gaming and lobby areas, displayed artwork from local artists that depict the local logging industry and the pioneers who first settled in Idabel, and newly planted Dogwood trees, which are native to the Idabel region of Oklahoma.

"There was a desire and need to provide a refreshed, quality environment for local gamers, which was a key consideration for the design of the newly remodeled facility. In addition, our goal was to provide a high quality food and beverage and entertainment experience," said Janie Dillard, executive director of gaming for Choctaw Casinos. "We are certain the 'new' Choctaw Casino will keep our players coming back to Idabel for years to come."

Project team members include Oklahoma City-based Benchmark Construction Services as the general contractor, as well as Heidi Wood, project director for Choctaw Casinos, Steven Loyd, operations director for Choctaw Casinos, and Amy Ward, general manager of Choctaw's Idabel Casino. Additionally, the assistance of the entire Idabel employee team played a major role in the unveiling of the newly remodeled facility. The upcoming grand opening is scheduled for mid-January.

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