Throughout our World’s Best series, we have been taking a look at the biggest, best, and more prominent hotels and resorts across the world; those that seem to shout indulgence and resplendence from their rooftops.
We have been spending our time discovering these establishments and all of the great facilities and amenities they offer, so it would be remiss of us to celebrate these awe-inspiring marvels and leave out one that hosts the largest casino in the world.
WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma, USA began life as a bingo hall in 1991, later being expanded to include electronic games and boasting 190,000 square feet of space in 2003. Three years later an 18-hole golf opened and since then, multiple expansions mean that the resort now boasts a multitude of facilities, earning itself the title of the largest casino in the world.
Nine city-themed gaming plazas rest upon almost 400,000 square feet of gaming floor, proudly displaying 100 table games and 8,500 electronic games – the largest game collection to be found anywhere across the globe, a 55-table poker room, high stakes rooms, a betting parlour and, of course, sticking to its roots with bingo.
WinStar proves that you don’t have sit in the likes of Las Vegas or Macau to be a giant in this industry. What appeals to visitors with the sheer size of WinStar casino is that they can truly lose themselves there – with so many electronic games and tables, players can switch it up and head to a different room hoping for better luck, perhaps, somewhere else.
The differing plazas embody a theme from cities scattered across the world, so guests are free to switch up their gaming by travelling to another continent. The plazas consist of New York, Paris, Rio, Beijing, Cairo, London, Madrid, Rome and Vienna and showcase a selection of statues and other décor to make guests feel as though they have travelled far – the outside facades have to be seen to be believed. Be it a night with friends at bingo or a serious high-stakes session at the poker table, WinStar World Casino certainly has enough space to accommodate all.
And when you’re away from the resort, at home, and you’d like to take part in the action, WinStar Social Casino offers a huge selection of egames and tables to take part in. With the giants of the online casino world joining Casino.com accepting PayPal, you could easily spend hours playing games with no worry of the doors closing, issues with funds or even having to dress up for the occasion.
Don’t think for a minute that the casino is the only reason you should visit WinStar, for there is an array of other amenities and facilities designed to attract, from several restaurants to a host of rooms across three towers, a spa and large entertainment centre hosting some of the world’s finest musicians, shopping and two championship golf courses.
Choose from stylish rooms at the pool tower or casino tower and expect amenities such as walk-in rainfall showers, 24-hour room service, a coffee maker and fridge, in-room video checkout, pool or woodland views and plush furnishings.
Hosting the likes of Bob Dylan, Sting, The Beach Boys, Pitbull and Maroon 5, to name a few, the 3,500 seat Global Event Center also offers VIP packages and backstage access so visitors can upgrade their visit. And the fun doesn’t stop there with live performances in the more intimate and elegant Rotunda Bar, to be enjoyed alongside cocktails old and new.
From fine dining to casual, quick bites and a selection of lounges and bars, the dining options here are varied and plentiful. For the high-rollers and fine-diners, Mickey Mantle’s and Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse offer the top-end cuisine, and cocktails, of the resort. At the former, expect plates such as Atlantic grilled salmon, Texas poutine, French onion soup and filet mignon alongside featured cocktails and wine offers.
Located so close to the border of Texas, it is no surprise that this resort boasts a top-quality Texan steakhouse to dine at. From a lobster bisque to snow crab claws and a prime New York strip to double cut lamb chops, this place knows how to serve up hearty, sumptuous cuisine. Other eateries boast traditional English pub favourites, Mongolian grills, Tex-Mex, a pizzeria, Italian kitchen and more.
And in between the dining, entertainment and betting, WinStar offers up even more to keep guests entertained, relaxed and smiling on their trip away. Whether it is teeing off on one of the two 18-hole championship golf courses, recharging at the spa with a selection of luxurious treatments, keeping energised at the fitness centre, reclining at the pool or splashing out at one of the many boutiques and shops, guests are sure to feel fulfilled at every turn.
Address: 777 Casino Ave, Thackerville, OK 73459, United States
Phone: 1 800-622-6317
Please gamble responsibly (18 UK) – check age restrictions before participating