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Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant Won Academy of Country Music Casino of the Year

May 22, 2019

ACM Honors

DURANT, Okla. (May 22, 2019) – The Academy of Country Music® announced the Industry Award and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ™. Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant won “Casino of the Year- Small Capacity.” This is the fifth year they have been nominated and their first win.

“We are ecstatic to be recognized by the Academy of Country Music and win this prestigious award,” states Frank Deal, assistant general manager at Choctaw Casino & Resort- Durant. “It means so much to our team. They work so hard every year to bring the best entertainment to southeastern Oklahoma and provide our guests with an experience they couldn’t get anywhere else.”

The casino will receive the award at the ACM Honors event on August 21 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

Below is a complete list of the Industry Awards  winners for the 54th  Academy of Country Music Awards:


  • CASINO OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant, OK
  • CASINO OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • DON ROMEO TALENT BUYER OF THE YEAR: Nicole More – Wilson Events, Inc.
  • FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR: Faster Horses – Brooklyn, MI
  • NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Joe’s on Weed St – Chicago, IL
  • PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Ed Warm – Joe’s Bar
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY: Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – MEDIUM CAPACITY: Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
  • VENUE OF THE YEAR – LARGE CAPACITY: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

The Academy of Country Music Industry Awards are voted on by all professional members of the Academy.

The Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino & Resort hosted several country performers, including 16-time ACM Award winner and host of this year’s ACM Awards, Reba McEntire. Other performers who have graced the stage include, Male Artist of the Year, Thomas Rhett; Group of the Year, Old Dominion and Female Artist of the Year, Kacey Musgraves. The theater will host other ACM winners Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Tim McGraw later this year as well as the ACM Artist of the Decade, Jason Aldean on Saturday, May 25.


About ACM Honors

ACM Honors  is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards, Industry Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award. The 13th Annual ACM Honors will take place Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show is executive produced by Pete Fisher, and written and produced by Lisa Lee. For more information, visit www.ACMcountry.com.


About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant is a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination in Southeastern Oklahoma. The resort boasts new features and amenities as a result of a two-phase expansion project completed in 2015. The addition of the Spa Tower brings the total number of guest rooms to 716. The recently unveiled multi-purpose, three-level convention/entertainment venue offers over 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, seating for more than 3,000 people, and the Oasis Pool area with four tropical pools and private cabanas. The resort’s newest amenity is the region’s premier entertainment complex, The District. At The District, visitors can enjoy Tailgaters sports bar, 20 bowling lanes, a 40-game arcade, and a state-of-the-art movie theater. For more information, visit www.ChoctawCasinos.com.





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