Phoenix Visitors Can Add Vegas-Style Casino Gaming to List of Activities

Phoenix, Arizona visitors looking for great weather, manicured golf courses, gourmet restaurants and sublime shopping excursions can now indulge in Las Vegas-style gaming at the Valley of the Sun’s seven exciting casino locations.

Live blackjack and poker, the newest video slots, casino bingo, video poker and more are offered at Indian gaming venues surrounding Phoenix. Here are the locations and some information on each.

*Fort McDowell Casino – Located just north of Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, this casino adjoins the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Spa and the nationally-recognized We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Home to more than 800 slot machines, live poker and blackjack, this location boasts the popular “Lucky 7 Saloon” with live entertainment several nights a week. Fort McDowell is also known for bringing in nationally-known music groups to perform on their outdoor stage.

*Casino Arizona – two locations in Scottsdale. — Casino Arizona at Salt River – McKellips Rd. and the Loop 101. More than 1,000 slot machines, 50+ blackjack tables, Keno and a showroom featuring the Vegas-style “Showstoppers Live” revue bring in locals and visitors alike. A highlight of the casino interior is its outstanding collection of Native American pottery and other art and artifacts.

*Casino Arizona at Talking Stick – Indian Bend Rd. and the Loop 101. This location features the Talking Stick Golf Club, 600+ slots machines, 42 blackjack tables, an expansive poker room and a “high limits” gaming area. Visitors can also enjoy their favorite sporting events on Arizona’s largest TV screens. A new 400+-room resort is slated to open on this site in 2010.

*Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort – Located in Maricopa — about 45 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport — this casino is the only one in Arizona to be associated with a national gaming enterprise. Visitors here include members of Harrah’s popular Total Rewards Club(TM) player promotion club who can make reservations through the Harrah’s website. In addition to slot machines and video poker, this casino offers live poker, keno, bingo and more.

*Gila River Casinos – three locations near Chandler. — Wild Horse Pass Casino – Home to 875 slot machines, live poker, blackjack and keno, this destination also offers a 1500 seat high-stakes bingo room. Located just off the I-10 freeway, Wild Horse Pass is close to the popular Rawhide Western Town, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and the Whirlwind Golf Club. A new “WHP” is currently under construction and should open in Fall of 2009.

*Vee Quiva – This casino offers a newly-remodeled poker room, 500-seat bingo hall and more than 675 slot machines. The smallest of the three casinos, Vee Quiva is located 15 miles south of the I-10 in Laveen, Arizona.

*Lone Butte Casino – Opening on November 20, 2008, the new $60 million Lone Butte Casino will offer visitors a 120,000 square-foot gaming destination featuring 850 slot machines, poker, casino bingo and live blackjack with limits from $5 — $500. Located off the Loop 202 freeway at Kyrene Road, Lone Butte will be home to six restaurants plus the Cascades Lounge with live entertainment Thursday – Sunday.