Phoenix casino guide: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino

Dawn Gilbertson
The Republic |
Workers at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino

Wild Horse Pass is the perfect spot for an East Valley gaming getaway. The casino is smaller than the one at Talking Stick but the layout is the most Vegas-like, with a video-poker bar in the center and restaurants ringing the gaming floor. There's a food court and fine dining. The pool isn't flashy but it has plenty of lounge chairs, cabanas are available to rent and bottled water is free. Nightlife includes concerts and a dance club. Spa treatments and golf are available nearby at sister hotel Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort. Nearby attractions include Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse, Phoenix Premium Outlets and Bondurant Racing School.

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Opened: 2009.

AAA rating: 4 diamonds (out of 5).

Rooms: 242.

Room with a view:  Ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the pool.

Resort fee: None. Wi-Fi and parking, including valet parking, are complimentary.

Pool scene: Pool, hot tub, cabanas and a bar and grill with prices that won't break the budget. Bottled water is complimentary.

Golf: 36 holes at Whirlwind Golf Club at nearby Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.

Spa: None, but the luxury Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort is across the street.

Casino: 100,000 square feet with 956 slots, 65 table games and poker.

High-limit gaming room: Yes, poker.

Casino smoke scale: 2.5 out of 5, with 5 being the smokiest.

Buffet: None.

Best place to eat in the casino: Ling & Louie's is an Asian-style chain with a great happy hour.

Splurge restaurant: Shula's Steak House, named for former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, is on the mezzanine above the casino. Guests who finish the 48-ounce porterhouse join a special club.

Late-night munchies: Cafe 24/7 in the casino serves comfort food including meatloaf, bananas foster pancakes and macaroni and cheese.

Best spot for a drink: Reflections Lounge is a classy spot just off the casino near the lobby.

Best place to watch sports: Center Bar, where you can watch games and play video poker and video slot machines.

Gift-shop essentials: $2 for soda and bottled water.

Gift-shop souvenir: $8 clip-in hair feather.

Bonus attraction: A display of guitars from artists who have performed at the hotel's showroom. In the lineup: blues legend B.B. King, who performed there in 2011.

Details: 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. 800-946-4452,

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