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Fort McDowell Casino

Fort McDowell CasinoFort McDowell Casino is located right off Beeline Highway (SR 87) and Fort McDowell Road, just north of Fountain Hills. Fountain Hills is about twenty-three miles north of Phoenix. Fort McDowell Casino is owned and operated by the Yavapai Indian Nation. An interesting story to the Fort McDowell Casino is that back in the 1992 the Fort McDowell Casino, along with several other Indian Casinos, were operating and waiting to sign a gaming compact with the state government in accordance with federal law. However, the governor of Arizona was against Indian gaming and with the help of the U.S. Attorney’s office, ordered a raid by the FBI on the Fort McDowell Casino on May 12. The Yavapai tribal members blockaded the access road to the casino and it ended up as a three week standoff. The Arizona governor was ultimately persuaded to sign a gaming compact with the tribe. It was an important victory because it paved the way for all the the Indian gaming casinos in Arizona and now May 12 is a tribal holiday.

Fort McDowell Casino Address

Location: 10424 North Fort McDowell Road - Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

Fort McDowell Phone Number

Phone: 480-843-3678 or 1-800-843-3678

Fort McDowell Hotel

Fort McDowell Casino does not have a hotel but there are plenty around it. There is the Copperwynd Resort and Club, the Inn at Eagle Mountain, the Scottsdale Courtyard Marriot, and the Radisson Hotel and Casino which is right next door to Fort McDowell Casino. The number for the Radisson is 1-480-789-5300 or 1-800-333-3333.

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Fort McDowell Casino Review

Fort McDowell Casino has six different restaurants that feature a variety of cuisines. Customers can enjoy American-style, buffet, breakfast, deli-style sandwiches, and steaks and seafood. On Friday nights there is an All-You-Can-Eat Seafood buffet.  All of the restaurants are easily accessible from the main part of the casino. Fort McDowell Casino also has the Lucky 7 Saloon which hosts concerts and entertainment.

Fort McDowel Casino Game Floor

Fort McDowell Casino has a game floor with 800 slot machines, a 270 seat Bingo hall, and over 30 gaming tables. The casino features a live Keno lounge that offers 23 different games of keno which are run every 3 to 5 minutes. There is even a fast-paced “Speed Keno” where a player can play 100 games for 10 cents a game.

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When it comes to Bingo, Fort McDowell Casino has quite a set-up. They have sessions starting at four times a day with a bonus late night session on Friday and Saturday nights. You can win up to $25,000 in a Matinee session and up to $50,000 in a nightly session.

Their Card Room features a “Spin the Wheel” option. If a player gets four of a kind or better, they may spin the wheel and win up to $400. But here is a cool bonus. If a player gets a Royal Flush in Hold ‘Em or Stud, they may spin the wheel for all the players playing in a promotional jackpot drop game. The winning player wins the entire bonus and all the other players win up to $50 each. The Fort McDowell Casino also claims to run tournaments every day at noon and at 7 PM.

Fort McDowell Casino features a wide range of slot machines and was the first in the United States to install the new E-Million Atronic Progressive machines and an automated roulette machine that uses a real wheel and ball.

Fort McDowell Casino has the largest smoke-free playing area in the state. They also feature a Winners Circle where members can earn points while they play. The Fortune Club offers cash back for playing slots with your membership card.  It seems that the biggest benefit from this club is that customers 55 or older get benefits and discounts every day. Fort McDowell Casino provides shuttle service to and from their casino. When it came to online reviews, there were a few negative reviews for Fort McDowell Casino. One such review stated that to play live blackjack, there was a 50 cent per hand fee. This apparently was not part of the usual wager before you get your cards. This was a flat out fee.  Another reviewer claimed that the slots were tight and that they didn’t give enough of a payout. You should remember though that this is a casino and every day could be a different day for the machines. But there was also a positive review from someone who played the late night bingo and had a great time. My best advice is always check it out for yourself.