Introduction to Arizona Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Arizona slot machine casino gambling consists of 25 American Indian tribal casinos offering slot machines, video poker, video blackjack, and video keno.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Arizona*
The minimum legal gambling age in Arizona depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo and Pull-Tabs: 18
- Lottery: 21
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 21
In 1993, 21 tribes established an approved gaming compact with Arizona. Much later, in 2017, the Hopi tribe obtained an approved gaming compact.
These gaming compacts limit the total number of Vegas-style gaming machines to 20,576 in the state, occasionally adjusted for population growth. At the time of this writing, there are about 15,600 gaming machines in operation.
The maximum bet on gaming machines is $25.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Arizona
It is legal to own a slot machine privately in Arizona.
Gaming Control Board in Arizona
In 1995, due to the growth of tribal gaming in Arizona, the state legislature created the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) a few years after the successful negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts.
ADG’s purpose is as an independent regulatory body with expertise in gaming. This tribal gaming oversight is in partnership with Arizona’s 22 American Indian tribes with tribal-state compacts.
In 2015, ADG’s responsibilities expanded to include oversight of pari-mutuel wagering, racing, boxing, and mixed martial arts events conducted in Arizona.
Casinos in Arizona
Arizona has 25 American Indian tribal casinos and non-tribal pari-mutuel wagering without slot machines.
The largest casino in Arizona is Casino Del Sol having over 1300 gaming machines.
The second-largest casino is Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley Resort having 1,136 gaming machines.
Commercial Casinos in Arizona
Pari-mutuel wagering of races is available in Arizona, but these facilities do not offer slot machines.
Tribal Casinos in Arizona
The 25 American Indian tribal casinos in Arizona are:
- Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos, 90 miles east of Phoenix.
- Apache Sky Casino in Winkelman, 70 miles north of Tucson.
- BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, 160 miles west of Phoenix.
- Bucky’s Casino in Prescott, 91 miles southwest of Flagstaff.
- Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, 15 miles northeast of Phoenix.
- Casino Del Sol in Tucson.
- Casino of the Sun in Tucson.
- Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde, 50 miles south of Flagstaff.
- Cocopah Casino & Resort in Somerton, 13 miles southwest of Yuma.
- Desert Diamond Casino – Sahuarita, 20 miles south of Tucson.
- Desert Diamond Casino – Tucson.
- Desert Diamond Casino – West Valley Resort in Glendale, a northwestern suburb of Phoenix.
- Desert Diamond Casino – Why in Ajo, 125 miles southwest of Phoenix.
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Lone Butte in Chandler, 10 miles southwest of Phoenix.
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva in Laveen, 10 miles southwest of Phoenix.
- Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, 25 miles southeast of Phoenix.
- Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino Resort in Maricopa, 25 miles south of Phoenix.
- Hon-Dah Resort Casino in Pinetop, 190 miles northeast of Phoenix.
- Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson, 90 miles northeast of Phoenix.
- Paradise Casino Arizona in Yuma, 244 miles west of Tucson.
- Spirit Mountain Casino in Mohave Valley, 120 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
- Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, 15 miles northeast of Phoenix.
- Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, 40 miles east of Flagstaff.
- Wekopa Casino Resort in Fountain Hills, 25 miles northeast of Phoenix.
- Yavapai Casino in Prescott, 91 miles southwest of Flagstaff.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Arizona slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering Arizona is:
- North: Utah Slots
- East: New Mexico Slots
- South: Mexico’s states of Sonora and Baja California
- West: California Slots and Nevada Slots
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Arizona.
Our Arizona Slots Facebook Community
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts in Arizona? If so, join our Arizona slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to freely join this closed Facebook Group community.
There, you can meet online and privately share your slots experiences with local slots enthusiasts about playing slot machines in Arizona. Join us!
Payouts and Returns in Arizona
The tribal-state gaming compacts between Arizona and its tribes have placed limits on theoretical payouts for gaming machines based on the type of game.
The minimum theoretical payout limits for Class III machines, during the expected lifetime of the game and including bonus games, are:
- Games-of-chance (Vegas-style slot machines): 80%
- Games-of-skill (video blackjack and video poker): 83%
- Video keno: 75%
Return statistics are not publicly available.
Summary of Arizona Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Arizona slot machine casino gambling consists of 25 tribal casinos with 15,600 Vegas-style gaming machines offering slots, video poker, video blackjack, and video keno.
Annual Progress in Arizona Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino Resort has fallen to the third-largest casino in Arizona with 1,135 slot machines, with Casino Del Sol Resort now taking second-place with one more slot machine than Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Phoenix.
Otherwise, the Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills has re-opened as the Wekopa Casino Resort.
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