Phoenix casino guide: Desert Diamond Casino

Dawn Gilbertson
The Republic |
Desert Diamond Casino is the Valley's newest casino.

The Valley's newest casino, in the shadow of University of Phoenix Stadium and Westgate Entertainment District, is the place to gamble after a game or concert. But don't expect to order a drink, play blackjack or grab a fancy meal. Desert Diamond, which opened in December 2015, does not yet have the type of state gambling license that allows table games or alcoholic beverages, and it has just one restaurant, called the Food Court. The casino is a riot of neon, with contemporary art and disco lighting. The casino is temporary — it will be replaced when a planned casino hotel debuts in a few years.

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Casino: 40,000 square feet, featuring nearly 1,100 slot machines.

High-limit gaming room: No.

Casino smoke scale: 3 out of 5, with 5 being the smokiest.

Buffet: None.

Best place to eat in the casino: The only option is the Food Court restaurant, which serves breakfast, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.

Splurge restaurant: None.

Late-night munchies: The Food Court is open 24 hours.

Best spot for a drink: There's video-poker bar at the back of the casino, but you can't order alcohol.

Best place to watch sports: The video-poker bar has six flat-screen TVs.

Gift-shop essentials: None.

Gift-shop souvenirs: None.

Bonus attraction: None.

Details: 9431 W. Northern Ave. 623-877-7777,

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