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Casinos in Phoenix: 6 Fun Places to Play the Day Away

Are you looking for the best casinos in Phoenix? Our list offers seven of the best places to enjoy some time while in the Valley of the Sun.

Our recommendations are all around the Valley. They are comfortable, full of energy, and have a wide range of games and sports.

Most also offer onsite rooms, restaurants, and plenty to see and do nearby.

Read on to learn more about some of the best casinos to enjoy while in the Phoenix Metro area.

Casinos in Phoenix

1. Gila River Resorts & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass

Wild Horse Pass is one of the two Gila River Resorts and Casinos in the Phoenix metro area.

The Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is a AAA 4-Diamond Awarded hotel that has been newly renovated with everything you would want during your stay. It features gorgeous and comfortable rooms, breathtaking views of the west valley, and oasis-style pools & cabanas.

The hotel has six restaurants ranging from inexpensive eats to top-of-the-line restaurants, including Prime Steak House, located on the 11th floor of the tower.

If you need a distraction, since we all know times can break bad at a casino, you can check out their live concerts, theater, and comedy shows.

We also like to take breaks and get some sunshine at one of their four swimming pools. Those traveling with family will also love the kid's area with a 111-foot water slide! On the roof, there is a restaurant and pool bar. Not to mention a "21 & over" adult party pool.

When you want to get out of the Wild Horse, you can try your hand at the Whirlwind Gold Club at Wild Horse Pass, the KOLI Equestrian Center, or the shopping outlets next door.

You will find it just off Interstate 10 at 5040 West Wil Horse Pass Blvd, in the city of Chandler.

2. Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Phoenix

Desert Diamond Phoenix

With over 75,000 square feet of game space, the Desert Diamond casino is one of our favorite of all the greater Phoenix casinos. You will find the newest slot machines, countless table games, a fantastic poker room, and everyone's favorite classic, bingo.

After some fantastic winnings, you are sure to be hungry! The Desert Diamond Casino has you covered with four amazing fine dining restaurants: Edge Bar, The Rock Bar, the Winners Sports Bar, and the Nineteen 86 Steakhouse.

There is also a great food court with special promotional daily dining deals if you want to keep your expenses down.

The casino also has a number of music, comedy, and live shows for those that desire a little off-the-casino floor entertainment.

Be sure to check out the lists of fun events and terrific daily deals! Some deals include food and drink promos, military discounts, and contests to win awesome memorabilia.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is about a 20-minute drive north of downtown Phoenix at 9431 West Northern Avenue in Glendale.

3. Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort

With more than 50 table games, 800 slot machines, and daily poker tournaments, this casino is one of the best of all the Phoenix casinos. They constantly have incredible promotions, such as a chance to win a car and progressive jackpots.

The Talking Stick Casino is home to the Arizona State Poker Championship, so make sure to spend a little time in The Arena Poker Room, which is open with tournaments all day long.

If you are hungry, you can choose from more than half a dozen restaurants right inside the casino.

They also feature a wide variety of live entertainment, including bands, shows, and comedians, so make sure to check it out and book ahead.

This is a 4-Diamond Hotel that has newly renovated comfortable rooms for a great night's rest. The rooms start at 500 square feet for a "basic" to an over 1,500 square foot "Three-Bay Suite" that highlights a wet bar and an integrated TV inside the master bed footboard! Plus, this hotel has plenty of Native American artwork featured throughout it.

It is about 35 minutes east of Phoenix at 9800 East Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale.

4. Harrah's Ak-Chin

Slots inside the Harrah's

It is no secret that Harrah is one of the top hotel chains in the USA, and this casino is one of the best. If you are a bingo fan, this is your place with numerous games and a fully smoke-free zone.

Not to mention that the Keno games give you a chance to win up to $100,000 a game! There are always special promotions and over 1,100 slot machines ranging from penny to high limit.

With a gaming area of 40,000 square feet, there are loads of live poker and different table games to choose from.

All Harrah hotels are top-of-the-line, and Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino is no exception, as it won the Tripadvisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence. With over 500 luxurious suites, be sure to expect only the best!

Several of the rooms include mobility tubs, large HD TVs, rainfall showers, and much more.

Also, the casino has fantastic restaurants, including a buffet, Copper Cactus Grill, Agave's, and others. Around Ak-Chin, there is shopping, golf courses, great shows, and events to enjoy.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino is located on the west side of the Phoenix metro area at 15406 N. Maricopa Road in Maricopa, AZ.

5. We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

This gorgeous casino has over 900 of the newest, most progressive, interactive slot machines available that even offer special bonus games.

Their "Roll To Win" roulette table is unlike any other in the world as it is semi-autonomous and has a 12-foot LED playing field. The high-stakes bingo hall holds almost 800 people and has live table games, card games, and more.

This is one of the casinos in Phoenix that has state-of-the-art rooms offering the best comfort and luxury. All rooms include high-speed internet, jetted tubs, and flat-screen TVs.

This casino has many fun events, such as live concerts and pay-per-view fights & sports. An added benefit is the top-rated golf course nearby. It's an amazing place to play!

For live entertainment, you will find live concerts, shows, and comedians on stage throughout the year.

If you want to chill out and relax, there are also wonderful outdoor pools and many things to entertain your kids too.

You will find it at 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road in Scottsdale, AZ.

6. Gila River Resorts & Casinos - Vee Quiva

Gila River Vee Quiva

The Gila River Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino is always an enjoyable experience with so much in just one location.

This is one of the casinos in Phoenix with inexpensive slot machines that allow you to play more and not spend as much. They have all the expected floor games and several nickel games too. Plus, there are several restaurants and even a self-serve drink station, so there is no need to wait on service staff.

People love all the great live entertainment featured at this casino. Since it is a smaller Phoenix area casino, it is more intimate with faster service.

The rooms are very comfy with large HD TVs. Some are even decorated with logos and jerseys from local professional sports teams. Be sure to check out the rooms that have adjoining pools!

It is located farther away from downtown Phoenix than the other casinos mentioned on this list, but it is worth your time and the drive to see some of the newest and best gaming around.

The Gila River Casino is about a 30-minute drive south of Phoenix and is located at 15091 South Komatke Lane in Laveen Village, AZ.

Arizona Gambling Rules and Restrictions*

  • All casinos are usually open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. However, this can change depending on the circumstances.
  • Most casinos offer an all-you-can-eat buffet. Some made changes recently, so make sure to confirm this option before you arrive.
  • The minimum age to gamble is 21 in Arizona casinos. This includes ones on tribal lands as well as state and federal lands.
  • Several casinos offer free shuttle services. You will want to check ahead and see when they are running and if they are free.
  • Most casinos offer free, or free for a limited time, parking. It is best to check ahead and see what they offer, as these can change depending on the day and date.
  • Kids are never allowed in the gaming areas. They are allowed in the hotel, pool, dining, and entertainment areas. Depending on their age, they may require the children to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Some of these casinos do not allow smoking because of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act. However, those on tribal land are not under the jurisdiction of that law and may allow them.

*These rules and restrictions are subject to change at any time. Make sure to double-check all laws before entering any of these casinos in Phoenix.

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