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Casino Arizona will host ‘Comic Bingo’

It’s time for bingo players and comic book fans to summon their superpowers and embark on a journey to Casino Arizona. September 12 marks the casino’s inaugural Comic Bingo event, which will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. This special night will be full of fun, games and prizes – including a free trip to New York City that includes two four-day passes to New York Comic Con.

Casino guests can present their Player Rewards Club cards when signing up to play and they’ll be entered into the drawing to win the New York Comic Con trip and other prizes, like comic store gift cards and signed memorabilia. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters and also sign up for a costume contest where they can win cash prizes.

“Our Late Night Bingo always offers guests a fun, high-energy environment. But, adding the comic book theme gives it an exciting twist,” said Ramon Martinez, public relations director for Casino Arizona. “We’re looking forward to seeing some creative costumes and making this a memorable event.”


Free country and latin dance lessons at Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona offers a fun after-work event where locals and visitors can learn a few new steps. The Arizona Room Patio Grill, a restaurant and sports bar located within the casino, features free dance lessons every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tuesdays, the Arizona Room heats up with Latin Fire Dance Nights. Instruction begins at 6 pm with dance pros Nikki Di Giorgio and Jason Schenck. Di Giorgio graduated as a musical theater major from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has performed at Casino Arizona and nearly every casino in Atlantic City; she also danced for Celebrity Cruise Lines’ European tour. Schneck has been dancing for more than 20 years and teaching for more than a decade. He was on a National Collegiate Championship Team and has performed at various venues around the Valley.

Latin dance styles will vary depending on the proficiency level of the room. The instructors will focus on a different dance each week, with styles including Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, Rhumba and Bachata. The lessons wrap up at 8 pm, but dancers can continue to try out their new moves from 8 pm – midnight, accompanied by live music from La Propuesta Band.

Country music takes over the Arizona Room on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Learn moves like the Texas Swing, West Coast Swing, line dancing and more. Instruction starts at 6 pm and is led by Lania Lee. Lee is the owner of Dance Lane and the organizer of the East Valley Kickers Meet Up. She has more than 20 years of dance experience and has taught numerous couples and individuals the joy of dancing. Try out your latest two-step from 8 pm – midnight as Daisy Train plays the top country hits.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to enhance our entertainment options,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “By offering dance lessons, we’re providing another way for our guests to have fun, kick back and enjoy themselves at Casino Arizona.”


Talking Stick unveils new online casino

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort have harnessed the excitement and fun of casino games into an online experience. This month marks the launch of TalkingStickCasino.com, a new website where visitors can play an array of slot games and online table games to win additional online credits and opportunities for prizes. Adults 21 and older can register for free and automatically receive 1,000 credits of play daily.

“Online games are hugely popular,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Now people specifically looking for online casino games, have a new option with TalkingStickCasino.com; furthermore, the online play could transfer into a real world prize as part of the introduction of this new offering.”

TalkingStickCasino.com does not involve the exchange of money. Participants play with and win credits. Each day of play, they begin with 1,000 credits. Should a player use their credits or wish to add more, additional credits can be added. Credits can be replenished twice a day, every 24 hours of play. During this period of time, 1,000 credits can be added to their account with a maximum of 2,000 credits.

Online slot games offered on TalkingStickCasino.com include such slots as Quick Hit Platinum, Big Vegas, Cash Wizard, Tiger Treasures, Cash Wave, Hot Shot, Pharaoh’s Dream and Vegas Hits. In addition to being available on the website, many of the games are also actual slot machines inside Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. A legend on the website near each game indicates whether it can be found at one of the properties or both. Additionally, online table games featured on the website include Three Card Poker, Blackjack, Six Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Raise It Up Stud, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Casino War, Crazy 4 Poker, Fortune Pai Gow and 4 Card Poker.

Further, players who are also members of the Player Rewards Club at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort can link their account to their play on TalkingStickCasino.com.  To sign up and instantly gain access to all the fun, visit TalkingStickCasino.com. As part of the launch the website will host the “Stay & Play” promotion.

From Jan. 12 to Feb. 18, visitors who register are entered for a chance to win a two-night overnight stay at Talking Stick Resort, floor seats at a Phoenix Suns game and $100 in Power PERC$, which are downloadable gaming credits. One winner will be handpicked on Feb. 18 and will receive the grand prize. As part of the promotion, four additional winners will be randomly selected and take home $250 in Power PERC$ for free slot play at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona. For more information on the promotion and new online casino, visit TalkingStickCasino.com.

Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest Casino Arizona jackpot winner on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000.

Bingo player takes home more than $90,000 at Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, announced a winner in its U-Pick progressive bingo game. Chandler resident Charlene Vance became the latest jackpot winner trying her luck at the property’s O-75 in 20 numbers or less on Aug. 25. She took home $98,000.

“We are no stranger to jackpots at Casino Arizona, but $98,000 is truly life changing,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona. “It is thrilling to be a part of such a significant event in a person’s life and further to have played a role in it. We couldn’t be happier for Charlene!”

A bingo favorite, U-Pick allows players to select eight numbers between one and 75. A jackpot occurs when a participant’s eight numbers are chosen within the first 20 numbers called. As a progressive game, the jackpot for U-Pick begins at $5,000 and is increased $200 each session until it is won. The jackpot is then reset once again.

Casino Arizona’s 1000-seat Bingo Hall features various options for fun. In addition to oversized flat screen monitors, the facility offers 16 weekly sessions and a variety of food and drink specials. Bingo games offered include Double Action 9-Pack, Bonanza, Magic Ball, Starburst Mini’s, Sizzling 7, Salt River and Double Action Coverall just to name a few.

For more information on Casino Arizona’s Bingo games and prizes, call (480) 850-7777 or visit http://www.casinoarizona.com/bingo.aspx.

Glory Awaits Window Art

Casino Arizona, Talking Stick present Mercury playoffs

Glory Awaits for the Phoenix Mercury, who today announced Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the club’s 2014 playoff run. The WNBA Playoffs will begin on Thursday, August 21. The Mercury’s postseason schedule has not yet been determined.

As part of the agreement, one lucky Mercury fan at each home Playoffs game will receive a shot at the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout. The promotion gives the fan a choice of shooting a free throw for $777, 3-point shot for $7,777 or a half-court shot for $77,777.

As the presenting partner, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is included on the Mercury’s “Glory Awaits” 2014 playoff logo, which is painted on the glass windows outside of the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center. An image of the logo painting is attached.

“Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is proud to be a part of the Phoenix Mercury’s bid to win the WNBA Finals,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Playoffs are an exciting time, not only for the team, but also for the fans and we are pleased to offer our support.”

The presenting partnership for the Mercury’s WNBA Playoffs run is an extension of a regular season agreement which also featured Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the team. The Mercury clinched the team’s ninth playoff berth in franchise history with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 22.

Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series are on sale now. Tickets for Round 1, Game 1 start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com, at the US Airways Center ticket office or by phone at 602-252-WNBA.

Mercury strike deal with Casino Arizona, Talking Stick

Today, the Phoenix Mercury entered into an exclusive, multi-year marquee partnership with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort that includes branding on the Mercury’s home and away jerseys. The new agreement also designates Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Mercury.

The partnership was announced this morning by Mercury President Jason Rowley, Mercury VP Ann Meyers Drysdale and Casino Arizona’s Senior Director of Marketing Peter Arceo, during a press conference inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center.

Highlighting the partnership is the appearance of the Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logo across the front of the Phoenix Mercury home and away jerseys, as well as on the team’s warm-ups. With the deal, the Mercury remains one of five WNBA teams with a corporate-branded jersey, after becoming the first team in WNBA history to sign a marquee partnership in 2009.

“The Phoenix Mercury is thrilled to announce our new marquee sponsorship with Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Mercury President, Jason Rowley.  “Having served as the presenting partner for the Mercury’s 2007 WNBA Championship run, Casino Arizona has been a loyal supporter of women’s basketball and we are excited to take that collaboration to an unprecedented level.”

Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort’s logo will also be featured on the Phoenix Mercury’s home court at US Airways Center, and incorporated into the team’s official logo. Images of the court and logo are attached. The new co-branded logo will appear on Mercury tickets and other collateral.

“The partnership between Casino Arizona and the Phoenix Mercury is truly an obvious fit,” said Peter Arceo, Senior Director of Marketing for Casino Arizona. “We both provide the ultimate entertainment in our respective fields. We are proud to be a part of all the excitement the Mercury will bring this season and beyond.”

In addition to marquee placement on player jerseys and on-court logo recognition, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort will receive brand exposure on the team’s website, in-arena signage and throughout various in-game promotions. During each Friday and Saturday home game, one lucky Mercury fan will compete in the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout for the opportunity to win up to $77,777.

New Year Girl

Toast 2014 at these bubbly, luxe and fabulous NYE parties

Did you wait until the last minute to make plans for toasting the New Year? It’s not too late to add planning to your resolution list! In the meantime, we collected a list of loud, elegant and fabulous NYE parties perfect for finding someone to smooch at midnight — or to just dance away the final minutes of 2013.


Party Like It’s 1925 @ Sandbar

Grab your pearls and throw on that risqué ankle-bearing dress because the Sandbar is hosting a chic 1920s-themed New Year Eve party. Guests are invited to get all gussied up in their finest flapper dresses, suits and top hats, or other classic Roaring Twenties garb and kick off the New Year in classic style. Of course, this being the Sandbar, the party will still have a distinctively casual beach vibe, including a Coronitas toast at midnight, as well as $5 glasses of Champagne and live music all night long.  It’s sure to be the party of the decade, or any decade. 7200 W. Ray Rd., Chandler//21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix @

Bottles and Bow Ties @ The Mint

Break the bank this New Years Eve, or at least look like you did, at The Mint’s “Bottles & Bow Ties” party on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Scottsdale’s finest ultra-lounge invites you to don your finest duds and go all out at this exclusive New Year’s Eve bash with live music spinning all night long and a midnight champagne toast to ring in the New Year right. 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale @ 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

El Hefe Grand Opening

Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) will celebrate the grand opening of the contemporary Mexican restaurant-bar El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria in Tempe on NYE. The celebration will take place in the courtyard behind El Hefe and RHG’s newest venue, Public House on Sixth. 640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe @ 5 p.m.

“Luxe Life” New Years Eve w/ Audien @ Maya Day + Nightclub
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year in luxury with bubbles and beats. The nightclub will be decked out in gold and silver decor as we celebrate the first-ever New Years Eve at Māyā Day + Nightclub for a one-of-a-kind experience. DJ Audien will be returning to Māyā on December 31 after his performance at Sound Wave music festival in September to ring in the New Year. The DJ/producer has been producing tracks and remixes for a number of labels making a big mark on the Beatport trance charts. 7333 E. Indian Plaza @ 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @ Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

Join Whiskey Row to ring in the New Year! Enjoy live music by Ryan Bexley and delicious drinks all night. No cover and no dress code. 4420 N. Saddlebag Trail @ 11 a.m., DJ set @ 10 p.m.

One Night in Bangkok New Years Eve @ W Scottsdale
Guests will make their way up to the WET deck where paper lanterns will be strung from the balconies and palm trees along with a Buddhist shrine where the walls will be draped in red and gold. The evening will include live entertainment acts, gambling tables and the annual W ball drop that will help ring in the new year. Guests will also have the chance to win a trip to the W Bangkok with airfare included. 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale @ 5 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort encourages guests to relive the ’80s on Dec. 31 when it hosts “Studio TSR Strikes Back.” The property will kick off the festive celebration with a dinner followed by the sounds of Buster Poindexter and Las Vegas tribute band Loveshack. Fans will feel as though they traveled back in time as Poindexter belts out his popular renditions of “Hot Hot Hot,” “Bad Boy” and “House of the Rising Sun.” But the thrilling extravaganza will not end there. Loveshack is slated to command the stage, performing ’80s classics such as Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me” and The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat.”  Come out and relish in the decade that made leg warmers and shoulder pads must-have accessories.  A large snow and bubble shower will fill the room at the stroke of midnight. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 6:30 p.m. for dinner and the show. Concert @ 9 p.m.

Raven’s 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala

If you’re in the mood for an upscale New Year’s Eve soiree, try Talking Stick Resort’s Raven’s 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Attendees will be treated to a musical night of bliss in the showroom as Scottsdale-based band, SMASHT performs popular tunes from a variety of genres including Top 40, rock, pop, hip hop, disco and funk. DJ KILO is sure to keep the party going as he plays his mix of dance singles during the band’s intermission. In addition to an appetizer buffet, the evening will include a spacious dance floor, complimentary parking, drink specials and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guest must wear semi-formal to black tie attire. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Degree 270

Head up to the 14th floor at Talking Stick Resort and join the party in nightclub Degree 270. Guests are in store for a night of nonstop fun as a live DJ is plays the latest top radio hits. The festive celebration will include dancing on the club’s large dance floor, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale @ 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona also is recapturing the essence of the ’80s and everyone is welcome to attend! Come celebrate the New Year with a festive dance party in the Showroom featuring famed tribute act, The Whip-Its. Characters, Dieter and Ivanka Hump, a European dominatrix who dons a whip and leather get-up, will have audiences laughing hysterically as they tell jokes in between musical numbers. Audiences will groove and sway as the performers sing classic ’80s anthems like Blondie’s “One Way or Another,” Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” and so many more. A dinner buffet, balloon drop, champagne toast and two complimentary drinks are included in the package. 524 N. 92nd St., Phoenix @ 6:30 p.m. Dinner @ 7 p.m. Concert @ 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve @ Arizona Room Patio Grill

End the year in the best way possible with live entertainment and delicious delights in the Arizona Room Patio Grill. Guests can prepare to dance the night away as the four-member live band, Sapphire Sky performs a number of festive tunes. The New Year’s Eve bash will include a dinner buffet, complimentary appetizers, champagne toast at midnight and one drink ticket. 524 N. 92nd St., Phoenix @ 6:30 p.m.

Patricia Tate

Patricia Tate – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Patricia Tate – Vice president and CFO, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona

Tate joined Casino Arizona in 2004 as its finance controller, responsible for financial statement presentation and treasury administration. Her current role as the CFO and vice president includes all her previous responsibilities, along with management of the cage, count, finance, purchasing, compliance, and information technology departments within the enterprise, which includes Casino Arizona and its sister property, Talking Stick Resort.

Surprising fact: “I live in Laveen, three miles from the house I grew up in and where my parents still live today.”

Biggest challenge: “Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in several male-dominated industries, and the biggest challenge has been being judged before my ideas were heard.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>



Arcadia High School junior Jessica DuBois has been selected as the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

DuBois, 16, is a member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, which is located in south Scottsdale. She has been involved in a variety of educational and community service programs since joining the Club more than five years ago and is an active community volunteer, logging more than 90 hours of service in recent months.

Jessica - 2013 YOYAt the Club, she is a dedicated member of several programs, including:

  • Smart Girls, which is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem program for girls ages eight to 17 designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. She also serves as a mentor to younger girls entering the program.
  • What’s Hip, which is an eight-week program for high school girls covering issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol use, self-esteem, and fashion, among others. The program culminates with a fashion show at the Rose Lane Branch.
  • eCrew, which is a program developed in partnership with Arizona State University, C4 Systems, where General Dynamics’ engineers mentor Club members and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to potentially become engineers and business leaders.

The Youth of the Year program has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 60 years and is the highest honor given to members of the organization. This annual program begins in January when each of the Scottsdale Clubs’ nine area branches, which are located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods, crown their own Youth of the Year honoree. Each of these members are chosen based on their dedication to the Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, leadership, poise and public speaking ability.

From there, each of the nine branch Youths of the Year undergo a two-month judging process, which culminates with the kids being honored and then giving a speech during the Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction, the non-profits biggest fundraising event of the year.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala, which took place on March 9 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, included a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

Katie 1During the gala, DuBois shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse one day – a dream much closer thanks to her Youth of the Year prizes, which included a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved.

Her eight fellow branch Youths of the Year were also rewarded during the gala, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions. They included: Ariana Alvez, Samantha Elder, Amari Gonzales, Dani Haboush, Alexa Jenouri, Marissa Masters, Kristofferson Walker and Lane Yazzie.

2013 Gala Title sponsors were Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, with other major sponsors including General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Go Daddy, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

This event caps off a whirlwind 12 months for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, which also included:

  • The Clubs’ Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, finishing construction and hosting the grand opening of its new $50,000 Teen Center, which includes a performance stage, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.
  • The Club’s Red Mountain Branch, which also serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, being honored with a National Award of Merit for Program Excellence in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • The Club’s Vestar Branch, which serves youth from the Desert Ridge and North Phoenix areas, being named the top branch in the nation by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Kitchell celebrates Casino Arizona Bingo Hall Expansion

Bingo fans have a new place to play — thanks to the new 1,000-seat bingo hall built by Kitchell — at Casino Arizona at the 101 and McKellips in Scottsdale.

The 26,000 SF addition represents the reintroduction of bingo into the gaming operations of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), which also owns and operates the Four-Diamond rated Talking Stick Resort.

Tucson-based Seaver Franks Architects designed the state-of-the-art Bingo Hall.

“The Community is pleased to offer a new venue of entertainment for our guests,” said SRPMIC Vice President Martin Harvier. “Our partners on the project have built and designed a facility that will be enjoyed by all.”

“This is an exciting day for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Kitchell’s Native American Division Vice President Brad Gabel. “We are thrilled to have played a role in bringing this facility to life, a great entertainment addition to the area. Good luck to all the bingo players out there!”

Kitchell, which has constructed several buildings for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, applies its innovative approaches to quality assurance, safety, value engineering and environmental protection — among other industry-leading practices — to a wide range of construction and program management projects in the hospitality, healthcare, corrections, utility, renewable energy, retail, performing arts and academic communities.

Its specialized divisions and subsidiaries include commercial, healthcare, Native American, custom homes, FDI planning consultants, environmental services and American Refrigeration Supplies.


Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

From Dusk ’til Dawn: Your Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Same bar, same bartender, night after night — what’s the fun in that? Whether you’re planning a memorable evening or more interested in creating a scandalously forgettable night, try something new (with someone new) with this nightlife guide as your source.

From theaters and comedy clubs to bars, clubs and the live music scene, this Scottsdale nightlife guide covers it all:

Entertainment Venues:

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
(480) 850-7777
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-4422
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
4720 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-1664
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St.
(480) 248-2000
The Saguaro
4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
(480) 308.1100
Studio Movie Grill
15515 N. Hayden Rd.
(480) 991-3106
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
(480) 850-7777
iPic Theaters
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 483-3232
iPic Theaters, Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Stand-Up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 882-0730

Bars & Clubs:

Scottsdale Nightlife Guide W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 970-2100
Jackrabbit Lounge
4280 N. Drinkwater Blvd., #100
(480) 429-4494
Spanish Fly
4341 N. 75th St.
(480) 949-8454
7340 E. Shoeman Ln.
(480) 970-5000
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd., #F-230
(480) 483-3232
4312 N. Brown Ave.
(480) 265-6989
7340 E. Indian Plaza
(480) 970-1112
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St.
(480) 889-5580
El Santo
7301 E. Butherus Dr.
(480) 949-8454
The Mint
7373 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 947-6468
Salty Senorita
3636 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 946-7258
7540 E. 1st St.
(480) 421-0500
Tea and
Champagne Lounge
15257 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 588-2244
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide

Live Music Venues:

Culinary Dropout
7135 E. Camelback Rd., #125
(480) 970-1700
Chaser’s Nightclub
8005 E. Roosevelt St.
(480) 945-4985
World Wine Bar
7137 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) WINE-004 (9463)
Old Town Tavern
7320 E. Scottsdale Mall
(480) 606-8113
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
(480) 945-5551
Martini Ranch
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
(480) 970-0500
5th and Wine
7051 E. 5th Ave.
(480) 699-8001
The Rogue Bar
423 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 947-3580
The Roxy Lounge
7443 E. 6th Ave.
(480) 970-1222
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix
(602) 716-2222
Scottsdale Nightlife Guide Scottsdale Nightlife Guide
Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch
(480) 444-1234

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012


Arizona Casinos - AZ Business Magazine September/October 2011

Arizona Casinos Add New Amenities, Including Night Spots

When AiRIA nightclub opened at Gila River Casinos Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in 2009, a new trend in tribal gaming in Arizona came full circle.

There was now a hip, Las Vegas-style nightclub at an Arizona casino. It represented the last piece in the puzzle.

“Gaming guests want more than what’s been offered to them in the past,” says Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. “They want an all inclusive entertainment experience to include dining, gaming, nightlife, shows and hotel accommodations. We have the ability to offer all of those amenities in one place and have created a premier gaming destination in the Valley.”

The industry has come a long way since 16 tribes signed compacts and 10 casinos opened their doors in 1994. The trend is now to make casinos a destination, and not just a place to plunk down a few bucks on the tables or spin the reels on the slot machines – and then go home.

There are now hotels with upscale suites, Vegas-style entertainment, golf and spa packages, fine dining and even family activities.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is one of those destinations. There are 242 rooms (including 20 suites) and the property was recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award. Guests can enjoy a meal at the renowned Shula’s American Steak House, play 18 holes at Whirlwind Golf Club, and see performers such as Jay Leno, Sinbad or Michael Bolton in the Ovations Live! Showroom.

With all those amenities, there is one thing guests won’t find at the three Gila River Casinos properties: a buffet. And that’s by choice.

“We’re seeking to modernize the traditional image,” Hudson says. “The shift is to offer the public a wide variety of dining options and to give guests choices.” Besides Shula’s, there’s Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill (Asian cuisine with an American twist) and casual dining that includes a Fatburger.

Arizona CasinosCasino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort is the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s newest and biggest property. The tribe’s first property, Casino Arizona at Salt River, can actually be credited with starting the entertainment trend. When it opened in 1998, its Showroom – a cabaret-style venue for hosting a variety of live entertainers – also made its debut.

“In planning Talking Stick Resort, we wanted to set a new standard for Arizona destination resorts with exceptional service, entertainment, dining, ambiance and amenities, and that is exactly what we have done,” says Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for the resort. “We already had the best gaming in town, now we’ve added world-class dining; our Orange Sky restaurant has won rave reviews with its … incomparable views.”

Talking Stick Resort’s amenities include proximity to shopping and spring training baseball (the new Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies facility), a 497-room luxury hotel, golf, live entertainment and seven restaurants including the upscale Orange Sky Restaurant.

“Our Showroom and Salt River Grand Ballroom have already welcomed incredible headline performers like Dwight Yoakam, Smokey Robinson and Brian Wilson,” Martinez adds. “And the property has been recognized for its service by receiving the AAA Four Diamond rating in its first year of operation.”

Presently there are 25 tribal casinos in Arizona, with the Navajo Nation’s first gaming operation in the state – Twin Arrows Casino – scheduled to open in 2013 just outside of Flagstaff. While not all of them feature the amenities found at the Gila River and Casino Arizona properties, most are also changing their marketing strategy to make their location a “staycation” destination as well.

“Casinos are not immune to the current economic challenges that other businesses must contend with,” says Mark Brnovich, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “However, many are using this time to better position themselves for the economic rebound. We are seeing tribes make significant investments in updated facilities and technologies to provide more entertainment options for their patrons.”

Apache Gold:

This casino 70 miles from Phoenix outside of Globe is a popular destination for Valley residents who want to get away from the city, shoot a round of golf, spin the reels on the slot machines and stay the night at the hotel or the RV park.

Bucky’s and Yavapai Casino:

This is a popular convention destination for Valley businesses wanting to escape the city and meet instead at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. It features two restaurants and entertainment at the Yavapai Cantina.

Casino del Sol:

A 215-room resort and conference center is scheduled to open in November at this Tucson casino. The current property boasts the popular Ava Amphitheater, which plays host to varying musical acts. Amenities will include six restaurants – including a new buffet – an arcade for teens, a 44,500-square-foot convention center and a 1,120-car multi-level parking structure.

Cliff Castle Casino:

One of the hotel packages offered is called Wine and Down, a one-night stay which includes a bottle of wine from a Verde Valley vineyard. Family features include Shake, Rattle & Bowl, a 20-lane bowling center and Kids Quest, supervised child care. Entertainment venues at Cliff Castle, located in Camp Verde, are the Dragonfly Lounge and the outdoor Stargazer pavilion. There are four restaurants – including a Johnny Rockets – and three lounges.

Fort McDowell Casino:

One of the best golf courses in the state makes Fort McDowell a popular destination. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, a  three-time national winner of Golfweek’s “Best” award, features two 18-hole courses designed by Ben Crenshaw, Scott Miller and Bill Coore. Golf and lodging packages are available at the Radisson Resort. Fort McDowell also features the Eagle View RV Resort.

Harrah’s Phoenix-Ak Chin:

The addition of 152 rooms this summer pushed the number to 300 at the casino in the city of Maricopa. Harrah’s offers free entertainment in the Oasis Lounge, features four restaurants – including a buffet – and golf packages at nearly Southern Dunes Golf Club.

Hon-Dah Resort-Casino:

Location, location, location. Nestled among the pines of the White Mountains in Pinetop, Hon-Dah is a year-round popular destination. Cool off in the summer; hit the slopes in the winter. Lodging includes a hotel and RV park. There is entertainment in the Timbers Lounge and the Showroom. At the Indian Pine Restaurant, guests can eat at the buffer or order off the menu.

“Tribal gaming has a great economic element to it and that is diversification,” says Valerie Spice, acting executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. “With the funds from gaming tribes are able to diversify their amenities and thereby their business portfolio. All of these offerings coupled together raise the bar on the level of sophistication and quality entertainment that tribal properties can offer; not to mention the ripple effect these investments have on our local business economy.”

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 Arizona Business Magazine September/October 2011