Arizona may still be developing its online gambling industry, but it already has a thriving retail casino collection – there are 24 tribal casinos dotted throughout Arizona. At these Arizona casinos, you can find a wide range of slot machines, table games, and even live poker rooms (soon to be reopened as the pandemic dies down).
Let’s take a closer look at the retail casinos in Arizona.
Is Online Gambling And Sports Betting Legal In Arizona?
In Arizona, online gambling is still broadly illegal in that you can’t play poker or engage with classic casino games through online interfaces; however, the recent tribal compact and adjustments to state law have legalized online sports wagering.
Though the industry won’t launch until September 9, sports wagering is soon to be one of the most popular online activities in this state. The recent 2021 laws that legalized sports wagering in Arizona — HB 2772 and SB 1797 — also included a provision to expand the tribal casino limit in this state, allowing local Native American tribes to produce more retail casinos in the future.
For the time being, there is no word on legislative momentum for online casinos for online poker platforms. For now, Arizona residents are limited to sweepstakes sites like Chumba Casino and Global Poker if they want to enjoy these activities from the comfort of their couches instead of visiting one of the many Native American casinos.
Arizona Casino List
Apache Gold is open 24 hours a day and provides 410 slot games, table games for blackjack and three-card poker, and a 200-seat bingo hall. In addition to these games, visitors will find a collection of restaurants, a 145-room hotel, and a specialized lounge that’s perfect for weddings, conferences, and other entertainment events.
San Carlos, AZ
Apache Sky Casino is just an hour away from Phoenix and Tucson, and it offers 45,000 ft.² of casino space. Here, you’ll find 300 slot machines and a variety of table games open until midnight on Fridays. A casual bar and snack bar provide a couple of dining options for people staying the night or just passing through.
BlueWater Casino is open 24 hours a day and offers 500 slot machines plus blackjack and poker areas for fans of those card games. It includes four restaurants in total, as well as a 200-room hotel with views of the nearby river (hence the casino’s name).
Bucky’s Casino is open 24 hours a day and has 525 gaming machines with 16 distinct game tables where you can play varieties of poker and other games. There’s also a dedicated non-smoking poker room that hosts daily and weekly tournaments. A daily café and a cantina/sports bar provide a few dining options for visitors.
At Casino Arizona, you’ll find 900 slot machines and 50 tables for blackjack exclusively. In addition, you’ll find a bingo hall that offers 1,000 seats and hosts 16 sessions per week on average. Keno stations round out the game offerings here, but visitors will also find a wide range of restaurants, including a sports bar, steakhouse and lounge, buffet, and more.
Casino Del Sol is located close to Tucson and has over 200,000 ft.² of gaming space with over 1,300 slot machines. It provides several tables for games like blackjack and three-card poker, plus a dedicated poker room that includes daily and weekly tournaments and 20 big-screen TVs. The bingo hall also hosts daily tournaments and seats 600 people. Between the two attached hotels, there are nearly 400 guest rooms with a variety of amenities, plus six restaurants serving food ranging from Japanese cuisine to steaks and more.
Casino of the Sun is also near Tucson, Arizona and is open 24 hours a day, so visitors can check out 300 slot machines and electronic blackjack tables that cost $3 a seat. It offers a small range of restaurants like a buffet and a café, plus an 11,000 square-foot event center for parties or small concerts.
This hotel and casino has 656 slot machines and 18 gaming tables for both poker and blackjack. Also included are seven bars and restaurants offering everything from casual dining to night-time hot spots. The six-story tower hotel, which opened in 2018, includes 122 guestrooms and suites.
Camp Verde, AZ
Cocopah Casino offers 500 slot machines and a selection of video poker games. There are four blackjack tables and a bingo hall that plays every evening at 6:30 from Thursday to Monday. Also included are a handful of restaurants, a 4,000 square-foot conference center, a pool, a fitness room, a family entertainment center, and 94 guestrooms at the attached hotel. Cocopah Casino is open 24 hours a day.
Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel includes a handful of restaurants, a small hotel with 149 guestrooms, and over 1000 distinct gaming machines. Also offered are a series of table games and a poker room (smoke-free), plus a bingo hall that can fit 300 people in both smoking and non-smoking sections.
This Desert Diamond operation is open 24 hours a day and offers nearly 800 slot machines, plus blackjack and keno stations. At the Diamond Center, you’ll find a 2,400 seat space for concerts and other events, plus five restaurants including a grill and a buffet.
This casino-only operation recently underwent heavy renovations and opened in early 2020. With 1,200,000 ft.² and a 75,000 square-foot casino floor, it provides 1,000 slot machines, 48 blackjack tables, 36 poker tables, a bingo hall, and five restaurants, providing an all-encompassing and robust casino gaming experience.
The Ak-Chin Resort and Casino has 40,000 ft.² of casino space with over 1,100 slot machines and video poker stations. Also included are 28 game tables for blackjack, three card poker, and more, as well as a bingo hall and keno stations. This casino includes a variety of restaurants, a lounge for live entertainment, and a 529-guest room hotel with a 3,000 ft.² spa.
Hon-Dah Resort Casino features 20,000 ft.² of gaming space with 876 slot machines and seven table games. It also includes RV-specific parking spaces and a single restaurant that serves traditional American food and a buffet. The RV park has 258 sites, but you can also check out the 126-room hotel that includes two luxury suites.
Also called Gila River Hotel Casino, this location is open 24 hours a day and offers 800 slot machines. You’ll also find 20 table games ranging from blackjack to three-card poker to Pai Gow poker, plus a handful of restaurants and lounges so there’s always a place to grab a tasty bite.
Check out Mazatzal and you’ll find nearly 120,000 ft.² of casino space designed to fit 400 slot machines and 8 distinct table games ranging from blackjack to three-card poker to Push 22. An additional hotel features a pool and jacuzzi, a gaming lounge for folks under the age of 21, as well as two restaurants and a spirits lounge.
Paradise Casino offers 500 slot machines and daily bingo sessions in its dedicated bingo hall. Visitors can also check out a pair of restaurants open from 10 AM to 2 AM daily.
Spirit Mountain Casino is open 24 hours a day and offers 250 unique gaming machines. It’s a small casino overall, featuring just a snack bar and no restaurants. It includes an RV resort, making it a perfect casino location for people seeing the country in their mobile homes.
Mohave Valley, AZ
Talking Stick Resort is an expansive casino location with 240,000 ft.² of space. It offers 700 slot machines, 50 table games, a poker room, and keno. Alongside the gaming options, you’ll find a showroom with concert seating for over 2,000 people, nearly a dozen different restaurants and bistros, and a nearly 500-room hotel with 15 luxury suites and executive parlors.
Twin Arrows is owned by the Navajo and includes a spacious hotel complex. In total, the casino offers over 267,000 ft.², 90 hotel rooms and suites, a conference center, and a wide range of slot machines and table games. A 160-seat bingo hall and an expansive poker room round out its offerings.
This casino opened in 2013 after extensive renovations and is now 70,000 ft.² with 1,000 slot machines. It features 16 table games, including a space for Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, plus nearly a dozen different restaurants and a 6,000 ft.² event center that’s perfect for special events, dinner banquets, concerts, and more. There’s also a small but luxurious 90-room, three-story boutique hotel with an outdoor pool and fitness center.
At We-Ko-Pa Casino, you’ll find a nearly 170,000 ft.² facility with 1,100 slot machines and a bingo hall with 760 seats. It also includes an upscale, high-limit slot room, plus a section for table games and another dedicated room for live poker. Fine dining options range from a patio lounge to a sports bar to a buffet with 300 seats.
Fort McDowell, AZ
This recently expanded casino is due to complete construction on a new 11-story hotel tower by fall 2021. At this time, it offers 100,000 ft.² of gaming space with 1,000 slot machines, 44 gaming tables, a poker room for Omaha and Hold ‘Em, plus a variety of restaurants and cafés. A 242-room hotel and a huge selection of entertainment venues and lounges round out the experience here.
This casino center is open 24 hours a day and has 2,300 ft.² for 80 slot machines and a non-smoking progressive jackpot gambling room. A sports bar, a café, and a restaurant serve visitors to the casino and the hotel across the street, the Prescott Resort.
Live Sports Betting In Arizona
Thanks to Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent tribal compact with Arizona Native American tribes, sports betting has finally become legal in Arizona. The state government is looking to launch this new industry on September 9. To this effect, the state laws already have emergency status provisions to help sports betting quickly get off the ground.
Rules and regulations should be figured out within the next two months. In addition to online sports betting, Arizona residents will be able to enjoy retail sports betting at casinos and race tracks. Sportsbooks seeking retail licensure will need a partner.
If things go smoothly, sports wagering should launch on the expected date in September. There are 20 licenses currently up for grabs and popular operators are already scrambling to launch ahead of their competitors. Regulations have to be set by September 1st by the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Arizona Gambling FAQs
21 or older, which is also the age you need to be to place a sports wager once these platforms are fully launched.
The Arizona Department of Gaming. The ADG also oversees daily fantasy sports, sports betting, horse race betting, and retail casino activities.
All casinos in Arizona are owned by various Native American tribes or tribal casino conglomerates. There are no commercial casinos in this state.
Yes, although the operator currently only provides daily fantasy sports. It’s likely to pursue sports wagering licensure ASAP.
As with DraftKings, FanDuel is only legally offering DFS at this time. But it’s sure to apply for sports betting licensure as soon as it can.