Oklahoma Casinos Multiply

Even as the entertainment industry tightens its belt, some businesses are still booming, such as Oklahoma casinos.

According to an Indian gaming industry report released in August, Oklahoma came in third behind California and Connecticut in gaming revenues in 2007, raking in nearly $2.5 billion.

A handful of projects have recently been completed or are in the works for the Sooner State.

Cherokee Casino Resort near Tulsa is in the middle of a $125 million project that will expand its property to include a concert space, convention and 19-story hotel tower.

The WinStar World in Thackerville near the Texas border is expanding to nearly three times its current 183,000 square feet.

Other attractions being added to the state’s gaming portfolio include the Downstream Casino Resort at the Interstate 44 junction of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas as well as a casino in the western part of the state near Hinton and another in south Tulsa.