Residents looking for a daylong getaway can sign up for Leisure Travel Services’ bus trip May 4 to Choctaw Casinos in Durant, Okla.

“We just wanted to try something new, something different,” said Judi Bellamy, manager of Leisure Travel Services. “(People) love it. They don’t have to drive, so that keeps them from having to drive a long distance and then gamble and come back.”

This is the travel services first time to the Choctaw Casino and people who sign up will leave Fort Hood at 5 a.m. and depart the casino at 6 p.m. Bellamy said the drive is about three hours.

Residents will have the entire day to spend at the casino, which features poker, slots, bingo, off-track betting and table games as well as live music.

In the past, Leisure Travel Services has taken Fort Hood soldiers and their families twice to WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., and on an overnight trip to the Paragon Casino in Marksville, La.

The minimum number of people to sign up for this trip is 35 and the max is 53. Cost is $5 per person, and the trip is limited to people 18 years and older. Each person will receive $10 in free play on their Club Card and a $6 discount buffet coupon. If you have never registered as a player at Choctaw Casino, you will receive an additional $10 in free play.

“Do something different,” Bellamy said. “Come, have fun and win some money.”

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