Phoenix casino guide: Casino Arizona near Scottsdale

Dawn Gilbertson
The Republic |
Casino Arizona is smaller than its sister location, but the spacious stand-alone casino is popular with locals and winter visitors.

Casino Arizona tends to take a back seat to the flashier sister property Talking Stick Resort 5 miles north, but the spacious stand-alone casino is popular with locals and winter visitors. Bingo is a big draw, as are the buffet specials, steakhouse and showroom events.

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Casino: 100,000 square feet with more than 900 slot machines, 50 table games including blackjack, keno and a massive bingo hall.

High-limit gaming room: Yes.

Casino smoke scale: 3.5 out of 5, with 5 being the smokiest.

Buffet: The Eagles buffet is open daily. Specials include sushi on Mondays and Tuesdays, crab legs on Wednesdays and Thursdays and weekday dim sum at lunch.

Best place to eat in the casino: The spacious Arizona Room Patio Grill has a little something for everyone, with comfort food and craft-beer specials as well as live music, trivia and country-dance lessons. Sit on the patio when the weather cooperates.

Splurge restaurant: Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge features steak and seafood.

Late-night munchies: The Willows Restaurant is open 24 hours on the weekend. Salt River Cafe is a small cafeteria.

Best spot for a drink: The bar at  Arizona Room Patio Grill.

Best place to watch sports: The Willows Bar and Patio, which features big-screen TVs and video-poker machines while you watch.

Gift-shop essentials: Water and soft drinks not available in the gift shop.

Gift-shop souvenirs: Hand-dipped incense ($7.50), Arizona Cardinals scarf ($25), Casino Arizona golf shirt ($73).

Bonus attraction: Stop by the display of Native American art and crafts, including spirit dancers and pots, next door to the buffet.

Details:  524 N. 92nd St. 480-850-7777,

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