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Vee Quiva Pays Largest Pai Gow Jackpot in Arizona History

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino have linked the Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpot at each property to create the largest progressive table games jackpot in Arizona. The progressive wager gives players an opportunity to win all or part of a large, incrementing jackpot and it has paid off for lucky Phoenix resident Xo Carroll who won $518,315 last night at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino. This is the largest Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpot payout in Arizona history.

Gila River Casinos is the first in Arizona, and only the second casino operator in the country to offer players a progressive jackpot funded by tables at each of their properties. The progressive jackpot system creates higher jackpots for players, and increases the excitement of one of the more popular table games. Since its inception, the Pai Gow progressive jackpot has paid out over a million dollars to lucky winners at all three Gila River Casinos’ properties.

Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ is a popular title offered by Bally Technologies who provides the global gaming industry with innovative games, table game products, systems, mobile, and iGaming solutions. The company introduced the ability to link Fortune Pai Gow Progressive™ jackpots across properties early in 2012, and Gila River Casinos is the first in Arizona to offer a multi-property linked progressive.

Top 5: Arizona Casinos - Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Casinos (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Casinos — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Fort McDowell Casino

10424 Ft. McDowell Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
800-THE-FORT (843-3678)
fortmcdowellcasino.com
Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, black jack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.


Casino Arizona At Salt River

524 N. 92nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
Offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants of flavorful virtue.


Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


Cliff Castle Casino

1555 W. Middle Verde Rd.,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-7900
cliffcastlecasino.net
You’ll find slot machines, poker, blackjack and other gaming options. Lodging and dining are also offered. Everything at Cliff Castle Casino is catered for comfort, from its spacious aisles to its extra-padded seats. The casino also includes a gourmet steakhouse, a gift shop and a 20-lane bowling center.


Lone Butte Casino

1200 S. 56th St.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Minutes from the Chandler/Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Metropolitan Phoenix Casinos — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Casino Arizona At Salt River

524 N. 92nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-850-7777
casinoarizona.com
Offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants.


Casino Arizona At Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480-850-7777
casinoarizona.com
The most distinct resort and entertainment destination recently opened in Scottsdale. Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa; eight world-class restaurants; 10 entertainment lounges, including a 750-seat showroom; a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor; and two pools.


Fort Mcdowell Casino

10424 Ft. McDowell Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
800-THE-FORT
fortmcdowellcasino.com
Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, black jack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.


Lone Butte Casino

1200 S. 56th St.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
800-WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Minutes from the Chandler/Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
800-WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff.

“(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an attorney with Andante Law Firm, whose speciality is construction laws in Indian country. “Whether it’s design, construction, or brokering the real estate deals, cash flows into the industry as a whole.”

In Tucson, a new 44,500 SF convention center and a 1,120-car parking structure opened at Casino del Sol in November. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino increased its guest capacity to 300 rentable rooms, and renovated its restaurant in July.

As several Arizona tribes reveal major hospitality and casino construction projects, one thing is a sure bet — 2012 is shaping up to be another jackpot year.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reports that trial casino revenues steadily declined from 2008 to 2010, but returned to the green in 2011. During this period, hospitality and casino construction in Indian country slowed.

Talking Stick Resort, which opened its doors on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2010, was the last significant Native American casino and hospitality project in almost a year.

Today, several sizable construction projects in Indian country are underway or open for business. The largest, a multifaceted undertaking by the Gila River Indian Community, includes a new 90-room hotel and the demolition and remodel of Vee Quiva Casino in West Phoenix, plus a new conference center, 130-room hotel and restaurant at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler.

The Gila River Indian Community, going all in, also is reportedly opening a new hotel at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa, which is a short distance from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The construction venture at Vee Quiva is still in its developmental stages, according to Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. It is expected to open in the summer of 2013 at a cost of $135M.

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of a strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh our casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” says Anthony Villareal Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team chairman.

After its reconstruction, Vee Quiva Casino will total nearly 175,000 SF — almost double its original size.

Further north, the Navajo Nation broke ground last March on Twin Arrows Casino outside of Flagstaff, its first casino in Arizona.

The 320,000 SF, $150M casino, scheduled to open in July, will include a hotel and conference center. General contractor is Hunt Construction and the architect is Friedmutter Group.

Some casinos, on the other hand, already have their cards on the table. Casino Del Sol and Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened their newly renovated facilities in 2011.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe renovated and expanded Casino Del Sol’s hotel and convention center in Tucson to the tune of $75M. The additions included 215 new rooms, a conference center, a parking structure and a spa. It is the second phase of the tribe’s ongoing hospitality and casino refurbishment project. McCarthy Building Companies served as GC and LEO A DALY was the architect.

McCarthy project manager Kurt Nyberg says construction went smoothly because the tribe first commissioned his company in 2003.

“What helped with this expansion is that the Casino Del Sol had gained building experience when both firms worked on the original casino project,” Nyberg says, “so the process was not entirely new from the owner’s perspective.”

Another big player in Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, finished its hotel and restaurant renovations in July after 11 months of construction. Lead designer Jason Ploszaj of RSP Architects says the construction was vital, because the “hotel was turning away guests nightly.”

The expansion, a $20M, 5-story hotel tower, doubled the number of rentable rooms at the Maricopa resort.

“In order to better serve guests, Harrah’s decided that after more than 10 years of success, and expansion of 152 new hotel rooms was necessary to refresh the hotel experience,” Ploszaj says.

For more information on casino and hospitality construction visit, ciic.construction.asu.edu

 

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012

Verona Chophouse

Verona Chophouse: Tuscan-Inspired Menu, Vegetarian Offerings Make For Fine Dining Experience

One might ask why a vegetarian would dine at a restaurant that bills itself as a “chophouse,” but with such a large variety of delectable meatless dishes, the better question to ask is why more vegetarians don’t frequent it?

Located inside Gila River Casinos’ Lone Butte Casino in Chandler, Verona Chophouse revamped its menu and added more than 20 new Tuscan-inspired dishes that are sure to awaken your taste buds.Verona Chophouse, Lone Butte Casino

When our group of three was ushered in, we were greeted not only by the host, but also by the pasta room where pasta is handmade daily. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.

As we were escorted to our table there was a tantalizing aroma coming from the restaurant’s new sizzling pasta station in the outdoor patio area where a chef makes the Italian sizzling skillets. A water fountain and trees make for a serene ambiance in the patio. There’s no need to worry about the heat, the misters will abolish those concerns.

Instead of browsing through the menu endlessly, our waitress went through it entirely and highlighted house favorites which eased the ordering process.

For our appetizers we selected the Verona Trio, which included Bruschetta, spinach artichoke dip, crab stuffed mushrooms and fried calamari. I sampled only the meatless items, but they did not disappoint.

I just about finished the Bruschetta by myself. The Italian baguette was toasted to perfection, topped with Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olive oil; the fresh basil set off a taste explosion in my mouth.

The spinach artichoke dip was hands down the best I have ever tasted. I am not a fan of greasy food and many times it’s not negotiable when you throw cheese into the mix, but the dip had the benefit of great taste, without the greasy side effect. It was the perfect blend of spinach and artichoke with neither flavor overpowering the other. Instead, they created an ideal fusion of flavors. I almost wanted to ditch the garlic bread and eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon, but I restrained myself. We were at a classy place after all.

Verona Chophouse, Lone Butte CasinoExecutive chef Brian Lawlor was gracious enough to make me an order of crab-stuffed mushrooms sans the meat. It was easily a table favorite even among the meat alternatives. The bread-crumb coating, which contained roasted peppers, zucchini, onions and parmesan cheese among other ingredients, was gently crisped on the outside, while nice and moist on the inside. The succulent flavor of the mushroom was a perfect complement to the bread concoction.

One of our dining partners who sampled the fried calamari said it is one of those appetizers that are either hit or miss depending on the restaurant. He added, however, that Verona did not disappoint. “It was lightly breaded, seasoned, and had just the right consistency,” he said.

Given the choice of soup or salad I opted for the Tuscan tomato soup, which was my dinner favorite. Freshly ground pepper gave it just the right kick. My mouth watered as I took the first spoonful. I could have walked out of the restaurant after that, completely and over-the-top satisfied, but curiosity got the best of me so I stayed for the main course.

My entrée choice was the wild mushroom fettuccine. It was a mushroom lover’s dream brought to life. Portobello, shiitake and domestic mushrooms were sauteed with fresh spinach and roasted garlic cream sauce and combined with fresh handmade fettuccine. The fettuccine was light and tasty. If anyone ever says boxed pasta is just as good as homemade, they’ve clearly never tried fresh, handmade pasta. I paired by meal with a glass of Lungarotti Pinot Grigio, its bold taste complemented the entrée perfectly without overpowering it while leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

A fellow dinner partner ordered the Linguini Pescatore. It was a combination of jumbo shrimp and mussels tossed in a white wine garlic sauce. He said it was not overwhelming, adding that the Roma tomatoes and parsley added a nice taste.

Amazingly enough, we actually had room for dessert, and were treated to the array of Verona’s desserts. We sampled the cannoli, spumoni, tiramisu, crème brûlée and chophouse chocolate cake.

The cannoli, a crisp shell filled with Mascarpone creme, chocolate chips and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, was a fine selection. Spumoni is a great choice if you forget to save room for dessert because of its light texture. Layers of cherry, chocolate and pistachio ice cream were topped with brandied cherries, whipped cream, pecans and hot fudge drizzle.

The Chophouse chocolate cake had a bolder taste. It was filled with butter cream and covered in dark chocolate ganache. If you love sweets, this is the dessert for you.

My favorite dessert was the crème brûlée, which was not overwhelmingly sweet, just as I like it. To conclude our visit to the Verona Chophouse, we were served a “special” coffee, which is custom blended for the restaurant. The Italian blend was developed to match the menu and went great with the desserts. It was rich and smooth on its own. There was no need to add cream or sugar, a testament to how flavorful it was.

Our experience at Verona was wonderful. The staff was friendly, attentive and accommodating. Chef Lawlor personally delivered our dishes and explained how each was prepared and what ingredients he used.

We already have made plans to return for the Sunday brunch, which features a buffet and live jazz music.

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If You Go

Verona Chophouse

Lone Butte Casino
1077 E. Kyrene Road, Chandler
(520) 796-8952
www.wingilariver.com

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