For the gaming enthusiast or someone just looking to have a good time, there are seven casinos in the Phoenix, Arizona area. These include the following 2 Chandler casinos: Gila River Casino – Lone Butte and Wild Horse Pass, the following 2 Scottsdale casinos: Casino Arizona at McKellips Salt River and Talking Stick, and the Town of Maricopa’s Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Laveen’s Gila River Casino – Vee Quiva, and Fountain Hills’ Fort McDowell Casino.
Technically, these casinos are not a part of the cities mentioned. They are adjacent to the cities mentioned and are located on Native American reservations. For instance, the Casino Arizona facilities are part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community which is made up of two reservations. The tribes also conduct other business activities and many, particularly the ones located in the Scottsdale area, have completed successful nearby real estate developments. They also are active in sponsorships and charitable endeavors. All of these casinos with the exception of Harrah’s Ak-Chin are located in Maricopa County. Harrah’s Ak-Chin is located in Pinal County, near the Town of Maricopa and the City of Casa Grande.
The casinos generally offer slot machines including hi-limit slots, blackjack tables, keno, and poker rooms. Some even include bars, restaurants, and live music or entertainment. The casinos are regulated by the Arizona Department of Gaming. Tribes are required by signed compact with the state to pay up to 8% of gaming revenues to the State of Arizona. The 2003 compact capped the number of casinos in the Phoenix area, prohibiting additional casinos.