Arizona’s Newest Casino We-Ko-Pa Opens Its Doors

After the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its doors last week, Arizona ‘s newest casino is officially welcoming visitors, citing an ambition to lift the bar at such establishments in the city.

The new 166,341-square-foot building, owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, replaces the original Fort McDowell Casino that initially opened as a bingo hall in 1984.

Eight years later, the Yavapai Nation claims it “successfully held off the attempts of federal agents to seize their slot machines, protecting their right to operate a casino on their reservation and provide livelihoods for their tribal members”.

The casino also features a range of dining establishments, event venues, Native American design elements and other attributes designed to optimise convenience, safety and enjoyment, in addition to providing a complete complement of slot machines, tables, bingo and gaming facilities.

Bernadine Burnette, president of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation said: “We’re proud that we were Arizona’s first casino and are now the state’s newest casino.

“Gaming has been a part of our tribal community for the past three decades and has allowed us to provide financial security for our members and employees.

“Our upscale new casino will allow us to take gaming to an entirely new level while keeping a Native American look and feel – with design elements of earth, water, fire and basket-weaving that are so important to our culture.”

At the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, gaming options include 850 slot machines, a 400-seat smoke-free bingo hall with 50-inch monitors, 22 action-packed blackjack tables, and a five-table poker room with live games and tournaments.

Furthermore, 100 percent smoke-free are all gaming areas, hotel rooms and public spaces, dining outlets and entertainment venues. Furthermore, complete compliance with all mandated COVID-19 precautions means taking the temperatures of patrons and only granting entry to those with temperatures of 100 degrees or less, a mask requirement, having adequate sanitation stations, facilitating social distancing, and restricting occupancy of elevators and outlets.

The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is connected to a new four-story covered parking system, and since it opened in 2006, the current 246-room hotel has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award every year. The casino shares its name across the street with the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.