While Louisiana Casinos Remain Closed, Oklahoma Casinos Reopen
It won't be long before casinos across the region begin to reopen. We actually found one in Oklahoma that is back open for limited gambling.
Tonkawa Hotel and Casino
The Tonkawa Hotel and Casino in Tonkawa, Oklahoma opened at noon on Friday. This casino is about 500 miles from Shreveport Bossier on the border with Kansas. This reopening does include a limit of 300 guests and you must wear a face mask and get your temperature checked at the entrance. Also, no table games are open and only some of the slot machines are operating.
7 Clans Casinos
The First Council casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma opens Saturday, May 2nd for an "invitation only" VIP guest list. This phased in approach will be happening over the next couple of weeks at the other 4 locations. The hours at the Newkirk Casino will be 4pm until midnight. Table games are not opening at this time. This casino is also about 500 miles from the SBC near the Kansas border.
We don't expect any of the casinos in Shreveport Bossier to be open before June 1st, but other casinos in Oklahoma are gearing up to open in mid-may.
We checked several of them to find out the plan.
The health and safety of our patrons and employees continue to be of paramount importance. Therefore, we have extended the temporary closure of the casino, all retail stores and casino restaurants through May 15.
Ada Gaming Center
The health and safety of our patrons and employees continue to be of paramount importance. Therefore, we have extended the temporary closure of the casino through May 15.
Artesan Hotel Casino and Spa in Sulpher Oklahoma
Thank you very much for your loyalty and your understanding as we navigate this difficult time. The temporary closing will be effective through May 15.
Apache Casino Hotel Lawton Oklahoma
As of today through next week, we will remain closed. Thank you for your patience while we continue to prepare for reopening. In a few more days we will announce a date to reopen.
Black Gold Casino Wilson, Oklahoma
Black Gold Casino’s temporary closure has been extended through May 15, 2020. The safety and health of our employees, patrons and community continue to be the highest priority.
Black Hawk Casino Shawnee, Oklahoma
After careful evaluation and consideration of the current government recommendations and guidelines related to COVID-19 both Blackhawk casino and Sac and Fox Casino- Stroud will tentatively further suspend operations until May 15h.
Border Casino Thackerville, Oklahoma
Border Casino’s temporary closure has been extended through May 15, 2020. The safety and health of our employees, patrons and community continue to be the highest priority.
Tonkawa Hotel and Casino in Tonkawa, Oklahoma
Opened at noon on Friday for limited hours. Workers and guest must wear a mask and they are limited to 300 guests inside the casino at one time.
All of the locations of the Cherokee Casinos will be closed until at least May 15th. No announcement has been made on a reopening date yet.
All of the Choctaw Casino locations will be closed until at least May 15th. A decision is expected to be made in the next week about a possible reopening date.
Comanche Nation Casinos
Will remain closed through at least May 15th. No details yet on a possible reopening date.
Hard Rock Casino Tulsa
This is part of the Cherokee Nation casinos and will be closed until at least May 15th
All are closed, but management is working on the reopening plan possibly by May 16th.
Sac and Fox Casinos
The Sac and Fox Casinos has extended the temporary closing of all of its casinos until May 15h.
Seminole Nation Casinos
Closed until further notice.
The decision to reopen the casinos is up to each Indian tribe. But they will all be putting new health and safety protocols in place.
Temperature checks of guests will likely be done with thermal cameras at the entrances. Guests with a temp over 100 degrees will not be allowed to enter.
All employees will be wearing masks and gloves. Guests may also be required to wear them too. Some slot machines will now automatically turn off after each guest and can not be turned back on until it is cleaned. Also, if you sit down at one machine, the two machines next to that machine will turn off.
Some casinos are considering putting up Plexiglas dividers between machines and seats at table games.
KFOR reports a sign company in Vegas has been busy making these dividers for casinos across the country. James Swanson of Screaming Images in Las Vegas tells the TV station:
We built a little cubical area thing that is non-invasive, does not have to be screwed into the table. Its real easy to assemble. Its inexpensive, its just a temporary solution for them to get thru until everything can go back to normal again,