Nation | Tribe: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
We-Ko-Pa Casino opened Oct. 29, 2020. The 166,341-square-foot casino features 1,100 slot machines, 12 table games, 5 poker tables and a sportsbook. There are six restaurants, AAA Four Diamond hotel with 245 rooms, conference center and golf course.
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WE-KO-PA CASINO OPENED OCT. 29, 2020
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is located off route 87 on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation about 20 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
WE-KO-PA CASINO REPLACED FORMER FORT McDOWELL CASINO
The former Fort McDowell located at 10424 North Fort McDowell Road in Scottsdale was shut down Oct. 26, 2020 and replaced by the We-Ko-Pa Casino. which opened Oct. 29, 2020. The Fort McDowell Hotel remains open.
The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. In 1984 the tribe began its first gaming operation when it opened Ba'Ja Bingo. In 1992 the operation expanded by adding slot machines and renaming itself the Fort McDowell Casino. After 28 years Fort McDowell Casino was permanently closed on Oct. 25, 2020 and was replaced by the We-Ko-Pa Casino on Oct. 29, 2020.
WE-KO-PA CASINO - OVERVIEW
WE-KO-PA CASINO - GAMING
WE-KO-PA CASINO - RESTAURANTS & BARS
WE-KO-PA CASINO - OTHER
Open 24 hours daily
Casino size: 166,341-square-feet
Non-smoking property (4 outdoor smoking lounges)
Slot machines - 900
Play Blackjack, Free-bet blackjack, Spanish 21, Pai Gow poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Three-card poker and Push Your Luck
Open 24 hours. Non-smoking. Five tables. Play Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo and Spread Limit games.
Bingo hall - 770 seats
Ember - fine dining restaurant
Ahnala - American cuisine & coffee bar
The Market - quick serve items
WKP Sports & Entertainment - sports, gastropub and craft beers/p>
Daubs - Bingo Snack Bar
Casino Center Bar - lounge/bar
WKP SPORTS - live entertainment
AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Hotel
246 rooms and suites
Exclusive Sleep Number Beds
100% smoke-free rooms
Located immediately adjacent to the casino
WASSAJA CONFERENCE CENTER
Space for small events, meetings, weddings, conferences and events as large as 2,000 guests.
Two award-winning golf courses, Cholla Course and Saguaro Course, are located a short distance from We-Ko-Pa hotel.
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November 6, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort celebrated its first anniversary last Friday having opened October 29, 2020. The first year ended with many noteable and outanding accomplishments.
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation issued this statment:
"For more than 37 years, our tribal nation has taken great pride in offering excellence in gaming, and we're thrilled to continue this legacy in our beautiful new facility.
"We'd like to invite everyone to celebrate our one-year anniversary and experience the magic of We-Ko-Pa for themselves."
- Bernadine Burnette, President Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort First Year
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort was named "Best Casino" for 2021 by PHOENIX Magazine
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort was a finalist in AZRE Magazine's 2021 Real Estate and Development Awards
Ember, a fine-dining steakhouse, won Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2021
Opened Dining Studio at Dragon Wok & Noodle and Las Tapas.
Signed new state-tribe gaming compact to modernize casino games and add sports betting.
Introduced two new table games including craps and roulette.
Opened The Mint slot room with 75 new slot machines.
Partnered with Betfred Sports to operate retail sportsbook (future)
New plans for growth and change will continue in the coming year at We-Ko-Pa. A new sportsbook with Betfred Sports will launch soon along with the opening of Amore, an Italian venue in the Dining Studio.
February 14, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is a finalist for this year's AZRE Magazine Real Estate and Development (RED) Awards. The magazine recognizes We-Ko-Pa for its "state-of-the-art construction and its contemporary, elegant design."
The RED Awards are considered by many to be "the Academy Awards of Arizona's commercial real estate industry."
The awards recognize Arizona's best commercial real state projects in a variety of categories. The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is nominated in the Hospitality category.
This year's award winners will be announced March 11th and all finalists will appear in the March/April 2021 publication of AZRE magazine.
February 14, 2021
Golfweek, the renowned US golfing magazine, rates the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club as the #1 Best Course in Arizona. The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa is rated the 7th Best Course.
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November 1, 2020
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its new casino on Friday Oct. 29 at 6 PM. An immediate celebration began with promotions running through the weekend. Each guests received a chance to win a share of $360,000 in cash and prizes.
The new casino is a 166,341 square-foot facility costing $120 million. Gaming includes 900 slot machines,table games, poker room and a bingo hall. There are also nine restaurants and bars.
We-Ko-Pa Casino replaces the Fort McDowell Casino was shut down permanently at midnight on Oct. 26, 2020.
June 6, 2019
Tribal leaders and members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation gathered at the construction site of the new We-Ko-Pa Casino to celebrate the placing of the final steel beam. The event marks the half-way point for construction that began June 29, 2018 and will finish in the summer of 2020.
The ceremony decorated the final beam with a flag of the United States and a flag of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The beam also carried a project banner, an artificial Christmas tree, and signatures of the Yavapai Nation tribal leaders and elders, project leaders, casino employees, tribal members and construction crew.
The beam was then hoisted into position on top the new Porte Cochere.
Bernadine Burnette, President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, said during the ceremony
"Every beam we lay, and every milestone we achieve, brings us one step closer to realizing our dream of creating an unrivaled entertainment, gaming and dining destination for Valley residents and visitors to the area.
"The casino's topping-out ceremony is a celebration for all of us - the tribal council, our tribal members, our loyal and valued guests, and all the employees who so proudly represent our culture. It's truly a monumental day for the Yavapai Nation."
June 6, 2019
A replacement for the Fort McDowell Casino, named the We-Ko-Pa Casino, is currently under construction at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The new casino will be connected directly to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel by a garden court atrium.
Plans for this $120 million casino were announced by the Yavapai Nation in June 2018 followed by a groundbreaking June 29, 2018. A grand opening is expected in the summer of 2010.
The new We-Ko-Pa Casino will be larger than the Fort McDowell Casino with 166,341 square-feet of smoking and non-smoking gaming space, 1,100 slot machines, high-limit slots room, 760-seat bingo, table games and a live poker room.
The new construction will also add a four-story parking garage, covered valet parking, new restaurants, sports bar, patio lounge and gift shop.
The existing Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until the new We-Ko-Pa Casino opens in 2020. At that time the Fort McDowell Casino will close. There are currently no future plans for that building, however, the tribe has planning groups reviewing options to determine the best opportunities for its use.
May 14, 2020
Fort McDowell Casino will reopen at 10 AM Friday May 15 with a phased-in program to comply with federal, state and local health agency guidelines. Not all facilities will be open at first, and many will be limited in capacity.
All guests and workers will be temperature checked at entry for temperatures of 100F and under. There will also be occupancy limits, hand sanitizer stations, and stringent COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols throughout the properties.
Slot machines will operate with extra spacing for social distancing. Blackjack tables will be open. Bingo will begin May 22, however Bingo Buses are currently suspended. Poker is delayed pending guidance from government health agencies.
The hotel also reopens May 15. Room reservations resumed new bookings on Monday May 11.
June 29, 2018
The Yavapai Nation held a ground breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction on a new $120M casino. This all-new casino will connect to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel and will replace the Fort McDowell Casino when finished in 2020.
The Fort McDowell Casino first opened as a bingo hall in 1984 and expanded its casino games over the past 35 years. The new casino will be named the We-Ko-Pa Casino to consolidate its brand with the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center and the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Construction will begin this summer and take two years to complete. The expected opening for the new casino is late spring or early summer of 2020.
June 15, 2018
A ground breaking ceremony will be held on June 29 for the new casino owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The ceremony will be held at 9 A.M. Members of the tribe, Arizona state officials, and members of the nearby communities are expected to attend.
When completed the casino will be 166,341 square feet. Plans include a garden court, fine dining, a sports bar, an entertainment venue, and other amenities for guests to enjoy.
The new casino will be a replacement for the current casino owned by the tribe. Fort McDowell Casino is 150,000 square feet. The original building will remain. However, plans for the building have not been announced.
The current casino location will remain open while construction continues on the new gaming venue.
The cost for the new casino has not been released. However, officials for the tribe have stated that the cost for the casino would be multimillion dollar.
The project was developed as a way to strengthen the economic independence for the tribe. Revenue made from the casino will go to support tribal members. As well as benefiting the surrounding communities.
Nearly 30 years ago the tribe built the first bingo hall in the Phoenix area to offer high stakes games.
Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of summer. The grand opening is estimated to be by the spring of 2020.
The new casino will be located east of Phoenix by 30 mins off of the Beeline Highway.
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