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“Hate the smoke, but have better luck here.”
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Thunderbird Casino
Ranked #12 of 32 things to do in Norman
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Norman, Oklahoma
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Hate the smoke, but have better luck here.”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I loved the fact that I rarely lose big money here and I like their cash-back rewards. Pretty standard as an Oklahoma Indian Casino goes but the smoke is horrible. Every time I go, I have to wash everything I have worn as soon as I get home. It is the smokiest place I have ever been in besides a bar or a bingo hall! The employee's are nice. No fancy here, just slots and gaming tables and basic grill.

Visited July 2013
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norman,ok
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246 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“This casino is not owned by the Chickasaw tribe which is good”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

As i live in norman and the closest gaming is riverwind, or goldsby gaming it is good that the shawnee tribe has a casino within a 30 minute drive. As goldsby gaming is close i normally donate my casino budget there. As the casinos are not regulated by any state or national gaming authority and the tribes can turn on or off the servers at will with no oversight legalities i decided to try thunderbird. They have closed off some of the area, put in some new machines and it is roomy. They also have a small table gaming section and unlike the riverwind bunch they do not charge the crazy 50 cent a hand "ante" as they call it here to play so you are not renting the chair like you do at riverwind. I don't play cards at riverwind due to this add on charge which in essence you are renting a chair for 30 dollars an hour with no comps so i don't bother. Anyways when i was out there this last friday they had the servers turned on and i walked out the door with twice the amount i walked in there with and got a lot of play for my money so it was a very enjoyable experience. And as a plus they do a one percent return which is really bad in comparison to the rest of the united states but better than nothing like you get a riverwind and goldsby gaming. Good Luck and remember that if they tribes decide to turn off the servers and not pay out any bingo cards while you are playing there is no sense in chasing your losses as oklahoma is all class 2 gaming and the payback percentage is NOT regulated by law.

Visited March 2013
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Ada oklahoma
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“low rent and smoky”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

low rent casino, smoky as can be, left smelling like a cigarette, seemed that the employees didnt want to be there and didnt care. It reminded me of a rapidly thrown together place to cash in on the gambling explosion in oklahoma. other casinos are classy and clean.

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Trent T
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Gainesville, Texas
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352 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
“Bad location and tight slots”
Reviewed 11 November 2012

This is very hard to get to from the Metro area and the slots are so tight it's not worth the drive out there. You would think they would have loose slots to try and get the Metro business?

Visited November 2012
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Piney Creek, North Carolina
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“norman casino”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

we had a very good time there, the bloody mary we ordered was very good and I won some money what else can I ask

Visited July 2012
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