Hottest Casinos in the Valley

Editorial StaffSeptember 29, 2021
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The Valley’s gaming industry has never been more diverse or dynamic. Double down with our Valleywide guide.

Photo courtesy We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

Endowed with four on-site restaurants and two superb 18-hole golf courses that showcase the clean desert beauty of the McDowell Mountain foothills, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort belongs in a conversation of its own when it comes to gaming-friendly staycations. Must-do experiences: take those black jack winnings and splurge on the crab Oscar upgrade for your bone-in ribeye at Ember, the resort’s ritzy new chophouse; and keep an eye peeled for slumbering coyotes on the back nine arroyos at Cholla, perhaps the finest public golf course in the Valley. 10438 WeKoPa Way, Fort McDowell, 480-789-4957, wekopacasinoresort.com

Casino Arizona

Put your precious coinage in the Lord of the Rings slot machine at this gamers’ mecca and card room in Scottsdale. Amenities include fine dining at Orange Sky, top cover bands at The Showroom and the Valley’s liveliest day pool. If you win big, treat yourself to a sports massage in the resort’s upstairs spa – the highest-elevation rub in the Valley. 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, 480-850-7777, casino-arizona.com

Desert Diamond West Valley Casino

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale gets a serious kick in the caboose with this ever-evolving gaming palace from Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation. Slots and electronic bingo are in the offing, along with the new Nineteen 86 Steakhouse featuring craft brews and cocktails. Future amenities include a spa, hotel, table games and more as the casino continues its ambitious $400 million expansion. 9431 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, 623-877-7777, ddcaz.com

Fort McDowell Casino

Gamble on fun at this shrine to all things slots, with 900 gaming machines and all the table games you could want. Refuel at one of the casino’s five on-site restaurants, from sushi to burgers. Find live entertainment at Lucky 7 Saloon. Every April, the casino hosts a Pow Wow as part of its annual Native American arts, crafts and food sale. 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell, 800-THE-FORT, fortmcdowell-casino.com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino

This slot-encrusted jewel of the South Valley has everything you need for a well-rounded weekend of indulgence, including Chop, Block & Brew steakhouse, the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, a swim-up pool bar and sundry bingo, Keno and table-play options. Also cool: The hotel and casino features an impressive array of art pieces and installations created by indigenous artists. 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, 480-802-5000, caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

It’s one of our favorite casinos in the Valley, with a great pool scene with private cabanas. Gaming fiends can get their fix in the casino, followed by live entertainment at Chrome Nightclub. Dining options include Shula’s America’s Steak House, but if you win big, Top 5 Valley restaurant Kai (page 46) is a free, five-minute shuttle away. 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 800-946-4452, wingilariver.com/index.php/wild-horse-pass

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