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News Gila River Casinos shut down again for Covid-19 June 18, 2020 - Gila River Hotels & Casinos shut down all operations at 2AM June 18 due to increasing COVID-19 cases and the death of a security guard at Lone Butte Casino. The closures come a month after reopening May ... Read more News Navajo Nation extends casino closures into July June 9, 2020 - The Navajo Nation has been greatly hurt by COVID-19 forcing the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise to extend the closure of its casinos until July. The Navajo tribal government is closed through July 5. ... Read more News Arizona tribes reopened six casinos in May! More soon! June 1, 2020 - Tribal casinos began reopening in Arizona on May 15thwith the Gila River casinos, Harrah's Ak-Chin and Fort McDowell. A total of six opened in May and five more will open this week. ... Read more News Talking Stick Resort, Casino Arizona reopen June 1 May 30, 2020 - Both casinos will reopen their doors at noon Monday June 1, 2020. All guests and employees must pass a temperature check before entering. Entry will be denied for temperatures above 100.4 degrees ... Read more News Desert Diamond Casinos reopen June 5 May 27, 2020 - The Tohono O'odham Nation will reopen its four Desert Diamond Casinos on Friday June 5 at 1pm. Details are still pending at this time. Tucson hotel rooms are available to book for dates beginning. June 29. ... Read more News Gila River Casinos reopened today May 15 May 15, 2020 - Gila River Hotels and Casinos reopened its three casinos today - Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Lone Butte casino in Chandler and Vee Quiva in Laveen, Arizona. Gila River's two hotels will reopen June 15th. ... Read more News Harrah's Ak-Chin reopens today May 15 May 15, 2020 - Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino in Maricopa is returning to limited operations today since closing for COVID-19 on March 17. The casino opens at 9 AM and the hotel opens for guest stays tonight. ... Read more News Fort McDowell Casino reopens May 15 May 14, 2020 - Fort McDowell Casino will reopen at 10 AM Friday May 15 with a phased-in program to comply with governmental health agency guidelines. Initial gaming includes slot machines and blackjack. Bingo opens May 22. Poker is ... Read more News $400M Desert Diamond Casino West Valley prepares for Feb 19 opening February 15, 2020 - The Tohono O'odham Nation will open its new $400 million, permanent West Valley casino at 8 PM on Feb. 19. The 75,000-SF casino will feature 1,000 slot machines, 48 blackjack tables, ... Read more News Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino reopens Agave's Restaurant January 26, 2020 - After a four month renovation, Agave's Restaurant has reopened at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. The new 3,869-sq-ft resestaurant seats 118 guests. ... Read more


News Navajo buy historic Flagstaff steakhouse and land December 12, 2019 - The Navajo Nation has purchased 14 acres of land and an historic steakhouse in Flagstaff for $5.2 million. Future casino gaming is a possibility but not confirmed. The immediate plan is to ... Read more News Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will hire 1,300 new employees December 4, 2019 - Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will hire 1,300 new employees for its newly expanded casino opening on Feb. 19, 2020. Job positions include food and beverage, ... Read more News New West Valley Casino will open Feb 19, 2020 November 25, 2019 - Construction of the $400 million Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is in its final stage. When this 2.3 million-square-foot casino opens Feb. 19, 2020, it will be one of the largest casino in Arizona. ... Read more News Casino Del Sol opens new Estrella hotel November 20, 2019 - After 18 months of construction the Casino DelSol has opened its second hotel. The new Extrella at Casino Del Sol is six stories tall with 151 rooms, and features an outdoor pool with a 100-foot slide, ... Read more News Twin Arrows Casino will open I-40 Travel Plaza September 28, 2019 - Navajo Blue Travel Plaza will open in late Fall at Twin Arrows Casino Resort to provide travelers with 24/7 fuel, food and beverages, Navajo products and tourist information. ... Read more News Gila River opens Arizona Cardinals-branded hotel room September 25, 2019 - As part of the Gila River - Arizona Cardinals partnership, Gila River has opened an exclusive Cardinals-themed hotel room at both Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva resorts. ... Read more News Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tucson take early step toward new casino September 12, 2019 - A future casino in Tucson took an important step forward when the City of Tucson voted 7-0 to support the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's efforts to move a 15-acre, possible casino site into ... Read more News Gila River Casinos named official partner of AZ Cardinals September 9, 2019 - Gila River Hotels & Casinos has partnered with the Arizona Cardinals as the team's "Official Hotel and Casino". Fans will be treated to the largest casino promotions in 25-years of ... Read more News $400M West Valley Casino will open late 2019 August 13, 2019 - An all-new, larger casino will replace the current Glendale casino by the end of the year. The new gaming floor is 75,000-sq-ft, double the existing size, and new games are blackjack, poker, live bingo. ... Read more News Casino Arizona Opens CAZ Sports Bar July 7, 2019 - The new CAZ Sports Bar is a great gathering place for those seeking great food, drinks and sports on 46 large tv screens. ... Read more News Pascua Yaqui Tribe Wants Third Tucson Casino July 6, 2019 - Pascua Yaqui leaders are negotiating with Tucson City officials to build a new casino on tribal land West Grant Road and Interstate 10. The agreement would be subject to federal approval of ... Read more News We-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates "topping out" milestone June 7, 2019 - Construction on the new We-Ko-Pa Casino reached the halfway milestone as the final beam was hoisted into place. The new casino will replace the Fort McDowell Casino when it opens in ... Read more News Both Casino Del Sol and Casino of the Sun expand event space June 6, 2019 - Casino Del Sol has added 9,600-square feet to its existing Conference Center, and Casino of the Sun has opened an all-new, 11,000 square feet event center next to its casino ... Read more News Fort McDowell Casino will be replaced by We-Ko-Pa Casino in Summer 2020 June 5, 2019 - Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until next year when it is replaced by the opening of the all-new We-Ko-Pa Casino which is currently under construction. ... Read more News Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino opens George Lopez's restaurant May 8, 2019 - Gila River's Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino opened a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant over Cinco de Mayo weekend. It is George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen. ... Read more News Top 10 Arizona Casinos 2019
April 21, 2019 - A list of the Top 10 Arizona Casinos in 2019 has been selected by the readers of Ranking Arizona. This year's list starts with Casino Arizona as #1 followed by Cliff Castle Casino, Twin Arrows ... Read more
News Ak-Chin Completes 3-Year, Multimillion-Dollar Expansion April 14, 2019 - All the construction and renovations have been completed on this major expansion project to change the Ak-Chin into a resort and a casino. ... Read more News Estrella at Casino Del Sol reaches Construction Milestone February 21, 2019 - A new hotel under construction is named Estrella at Casino Del Sol. Last Friday marked the halfway point towards completion when the final steel beam ... Read more News Arizona Bill Would Legalize Sports Betting at Indian Casinos January 24, 2019 - A State Senate Bill has been introduced to legalize sports betting at Arizona Indian casinos. It specifically excludes commercial venues because that violates tribe gaming compacts. ... Read more


News Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino completes 12-story hotel tower, expanded casino, new parking garage November 10, 2018 - Ak-Chin Casino has recently completed construction an a 12-story hotel tower with 232 guest rooms ... Read more News Talking Stick Resort named 2018 Casino of the Year October 18, 2018 - The International Entertainment Buyers Association has recognized Talking Stick Resort as their 2018 Casino of the Year. This is the 48th year of giving these awards. ... Read more News Twin Arrows Casino will add Travel Center September 20, 2018 - The Navajo have broken ground on consturction of a travel center with a gas station, convenience store, and a service center for trucks. It will open in summer 2019. ... Read more News Construction progress on Desert Diamond West Valley Casino September 19, 2018 - The West Valley casino recently held a topping off ceremony for the construction of this new gaming venue. The event was a major milestone towards completion ... Read more News ASU signs 5-year sponsorship deal with Gila River Casinos August 22, 2018 - Gila River Hotels & Casinos has sign a promotional partnership with the Arizona State University's 26 varsity sport teams. The casinos will be promoted at all ASU games. ... Read more News Casino Del Sol breaks ground on 151-room hotel July 16, 2018 - Casino Del Sol is building a new, six-story hotel adjacent to the casino. It will feature 151 guest rooms, a larger conference center and a new RV Park with 90 spaces. ... Read more News We-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates ground breaking June 29, 2018 - The Yavapai Nation broke ground today on its new 166,341 square-foot casino. Construction will take two years and is expected to be finished in early 2020. The new, larger facility will replace the 35 year old Fort McDowell Casino. ... Read more News Fort McDowell will build a replacement casino June 15, 2018 - The Yavapai Nation will build a new 166,341 square foot casino to replace the existing Fort McDowell Casino. The new casino will open in the spring 2020. ... Read more News Ak-Chin opens new pedestrian bridge to UltraStar Center
March 27, 2018 - The new Ak-Chin Circle Pedestrian Bridge opened Mar 27th providing guests easy access between the casino and the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center. ... Read more
News Cliff Castle Casino Hotel opens Feb 23, 2018
02.09.2018 - The new hotel tower will be Verde Valley's first six story tall hotel and features 122 guest rooms. ... Read more


12.02.2017 Glendale $400 million casino finally begins construction 12.01.2017 Hopi Tribe Signs Casino Gaming Compact 11.09.2017 Casino Del Sol, Casino of the Sun plan major expansions 10.09.2017 Wild Horse Pass Casino is upgrading its hotel 08.02.2017 Gila River Casinos will donate unclaimed jackpots 07.24.2017 Glendale $400 million casino gets "final approval"


12.19.2016   Casino Del Sol Welcomes Improvement in Gaming Compact
10.16.2016   Apache Sky Casino to Open January 2017
08.10.2016   Ground Broken for Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Expansion
05.06.2016   AZ Gaming Association Looses Two Tribes
03.29.2016   Court Sides with Tohono O'odham Casino
02.19.2016   Proposed Yavapai-Prescott Indian Casino and Resort Moves Forward
02.04.2016   AZ Tribal Casino Revenue Rose Last Quarter
01.31.2016   Ground Breaking at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel


12.20.2015   Desert Diamond Casino Opens without License
12.12.2015   Desert Diamond Casino to Open
11.10.2015   Court Sides With Desert Diamond Casino
10.30.2015   Diamond Desert West Valley Resort Installs Gaming Machines
08.10.2015   New Tax Added to Alcohol sold at Navajo Casinos
07.27.2015   Judge rejects Arizona Requests to Stop Glendale Casino
07.10.2015   Tohono O'odham Sues AZ Over West Valley Casino
06.24.2015   West Valley Resort Casino Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Doug Ducey
04.23.2015   Gov. Ducey is Against West Valley Casino
04.22.2015   Comments on plan to stop the Glendale casino


12.03.2014   West Valley Resort Casino Begins Construction
12.02.2014   Phoenix Sports Complex to Be Renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena
09.15.2014   Petitions Submitted to Stop Glendale Casino
09.02.2014   West Valley Casino and Resort Breaks Ground
08.11.2014   AZ Tribe Wins Gamble in Political Card Game
08.06.2014   Glendale to Consider Proposed Agreement Between Casino and Tribe
07.29.2014   Bill Introduced to Stop Glendale Casino
07.15.2014   City of Glendale Gives Approval for Casino
07.04.2014   Tribe Wins in Favor of Glendale Casino Project
04.01.2014   $1.7M Dollar Jackpot Won at BlueWater Resort & Casino
03.27.2014   Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe to build New Casino
03.18.2014   West Valley Resort and Casino Faces More Opposition


12.09.2013   Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Delay Repayment of $200 Million Debt
08.27.2013   Bingo Jackpot Won at Desert Diamond Casino
07.23.2013   Tohono O'odham Denied Legal Fee Compensation
07.02.2013   Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Expands Liquor Service
06.29.2013   Alcohol Allowed In Navajo Nation AZ Casinos not NM
06.25.2013   West Valley Casino Approved in Ruling By Judge
06.20.2013   Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino prepares to Open
05.20.2013   Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Prepares to Open
05.08.2013   Judge sides with Tohono O'odham and Glendale Casino
01.15.2013   Study Shows Impact on Arizona From Indian Gaming


11.15.2012   Casino Arizona opens new bingo hall


09.15.2011   Casino Del Sol Resort given Green Certification
09.14.2011   Expansion underway at Casino Del Sol
05.02.2011   Violations at Casinos Investigated
03.22.2011   Twin Arrows Casino Breaks Ground
03.11.2011   Tohono O'odham Casino plans still in question
02.03.2011   Phoenix casino bill signed by AZ governor
01.26.2011   Phoenix Metro may have new casino
01.26.2011  Tribe and State battle over new casino


12.27.2010   Navajo's Twin Arrows Casino to begin construction (near Flagstaff)
11.15.2010   Casino del Sol begins 10-story hotel construction
11.12.2010   Navajo will build $120 million Twin Arrows Casino in AZ

09.21.2010   Glendale sues feds over casino
09.21.2010   Gila River Indians sue to block Glendale casino
08.28.2010   Navajo prepares to build 2 new casinos
08.02.2010   Casino del Sol and Mr. An to open new restaurant
07.23.2010   Glendale Indian casino plan moves forward
07.15.2010   Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Begins $20M Expansion
07.15.2010   Vee Quiva Casino has winner of $1.1 million MegaJackpot

06.25.2010   Yuma woman hits $942,000 jackpot at Quechan Casino Resort
05.24.2010   Navajo building 5 new casinos
04.16.2010   New Talking Stick Resort and Casino opens its doors

03.25.2010   Tohono O'odham sues for Glendale casino approval
03.18.2010   AZ House approves Glendale casino bill
03.15.2010   Judge sides with Glendale against Indian casino
03.04.2010   Navajo plan new casino near Twin Arrows

02.09.2010   Southwest Indian Art Fair March 27-28
02.01.2010   Sol Casinos Hotel and Convention Center will break ground.
01.27.2010   Sen. Kyl opposes Glendale casino plan
01.26.2010   Gov. Brewer asks tribe to withdraw Glendale casino plan
01.15.2010   Vee Quiva Casino pays $282,708 MegaJackpot


12.22.2009   Ak-Chin extend Harrah's casino management contract
11.24.2009   Cliff Castle Casino introduces 3-D slot machines
11.18.2009   Bluewater Resort Casino 63rd Annual Thanksgiving Regatta
09.29.2009   $200 Million Wild Horse Pass Hotel Casino opens Oct 30
09.28.2009   Talking Stick Resort to open early 2010
07.30.2009   Tohono O'odham sues Glendale over casino opposition
07.17.2009   Cliff Castle voted 'Best Casino' for 10th straight year
06.25.2009   J.D. Power ranks top Arizona Indian casinos
06.14.2009   New Wild Horse Pass Casino Resort will open November
06.04.2009   Proposed Glendale Indian Casino clears hurdle
04.03.2009   Fire Rock's success spurs plans for 3 new casinos
04.01.2009   New Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino opens Nov 1
03.02.2009   Gila River tribe opposes Glendale casino

02.22.2009   Proposed Glendale Indian Casino
02.02.2009   AZ largest casino resort planned for Glendale
01.02.2009   Fort McDowell Nation bids for MLB baseball training site


11.14.2008   Lone Butte Casino opens Nov 20th
10.31.2008   Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino construction reaches milestone
10.18.2008   Salt River's newest Casino Resort reaches milestone
10.07.2008   Lone Butte Casino adds high-limit bets
10.01.2008   Navajo open new hotel in Monument Valley

09.29.2008   Quechan Casino Resort on schedule for mid-2009 opening
09.24.2008   Casino Arizona is rising near Scottsdale
09.15.2008   Navajos lease slot-machine rights to AZ Indian casinos
08.25.2008   Yaqui sues to close new Tucson poker room
08.07.2008   Cocopah Casino has $40,000 winner
05.28.2008   New Casino Arizona 2010 - update
05.06.2008   Sky Ute Casino Resort Construction (Colorado)
04.07.2008   Cliff Castle Casino ranked #1 in state
01.28.2008   Navajo Will Lease Slot Machines to Other AZ Casinos


12.20.2007   Desert Diamond Casino Opens Hotel
12.05.2007   New Casino Arizona Resort Begins Construction Along Loop 101
11.19.2007   Groundbreaking for New Wild Horse Pass Casino
11.15.2007   Groundbreaking for New Lone Butte Casino
10.26.2007   Archaeologists Oppose New Yuma Indian Casino

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