In Arizona, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation formally welcomed guests to its new We-Ko-Pa On line casino Resort on October 29, 2020. Situated in Scottsdale, the brand new 166,341-sq ft on line casino replaces the Fort McDowell On line casino that first opened its doorways to the general public in 1984 as a bingo corridor.
The federally acknowledged tribe held a groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-million greenback on line casino on June 29, 2018, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2020.
Commenting on the opening in an official press launch, president of the federally-recognized Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Bernadine Burnette stated…
“We’re proud that we have been Arizona’s first on line casino and are actually the state’s latest on line casino.
“Gaming has been part of our tribal neighborhood for the previous three many years and has allowed us to supply monetary safety for our members and staff. Our upscale new on line casino will permit us to take gaming to a wholly new stage whereas conserving a Native American appear and feel – with design components of earth, water, hearth and basket-weaving which might be so essential to our tradition.”
Touted as a “modern ambiance and visitor-centric expertise that increase the bar for Valley casinos,” the brand new on line casino affords the same old gaming facilities, slots, tables, bingo, and many others., together with numerous eating choices and occasion venues. The venue connects to the present AAA 4 Diamond 246-room resort and a brand new four-story lined parking construction.
Together with the 14-year-old resort, there may be additionally the present, upscale We-Ko-Pa Golf Membership, which boasts two award-winning golf programs; the Scott Miller-designed Cholla Course and Saguaro designed by Invoice Coore and Ben Crenshaw, positioned throughout the road from the on line casino on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land.
In response to the web site, gaming choices on the new on line casino provide a complete of 923 slots, together with 55 within the Excessive Restrict Lounge and 44 all through 4 on line casino bars, a wide range of reside desk video games equivalent to Blackjack, Final Texas Maintain’em and Three Card Poker, together with a brand new, smoke-free 760-seat bingo corridor and a five-table poker site with big-screen HDTVs.
The property additionally affords a complete of 9 eating and consuming choices together with tremendous eating on the upscale Ember restaurant that includes high quality steak and seafood, informal all-American at Ahnala, 24/7 fast eats at The Market, a snack bar positioned within the bingo room, a sports activities bar-themed restaurant, and opening November 23, The Buffet, with reside cooking stations. A lounge/bar within the Excessive Restrict Lounge, on line casino middle lounge/bar, and video poker bar spherical out the providing.
People who smoke can make the most of 4 outside areas designated only for them, whereas all different areas together with gaming, resort rooms, public areas, eating and leisure venues are smoke-free. Moreover, the on line casino operates in “full compliance with all mandated COVID-19 precautions consists of taking patrons’ temperatures (solely granting entry to these with 100-degree temperatures or much less), requiring masks, offering ample sanitation stations, encouraging social distancing, and limiting elevator and outlet occupancy.”
The tribe’s present on line casino, which featured 150,000 sq. ft of gaming house with 23 desk video games, together with a 10-table poker site and a 1200 seat bingo corridor, remained open throughout building of the brand new on line casino.
On the 2018 groundbreaking, Burnette stated…
“We stands out as the smallest tribe within the Valley, however we constructed the primary excessive stakes bingo corridor within the Phoenix space three many years in the past and immediately we’re taking one other big leap ahead. This thrilling challenge will set a brand new customary for high quality leisure within the Northeast Valley whereas offering financial safety to our tribal authorities.”