Vegas style gaming, liquor allowed at Desert Diamond Casino in Glendale

Posted at 10:20 AM, May 17, 2017

The state of Arizona and the Tohono O'odham Nation are settling their dispute involving a West Valley casino near Glendale. 

The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley will have a Class III gaming certification and liquor license, meaning the casino will be a full "Las Vegas style" environment.

This certificate means slot machines, poker and black jack games will be allowed; craps, baccarat and roulette will not be played as those games are not allowed at Arizona casinos, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming. 

It also blocks the tribe from opening any more gambling operations in the Phoenix area. 


The tribe opened the casino in 2015 but the Governor Ducey administration denied it a license to operate full-fledged gambling. The casino instead has bingo-style slots and no card tables, and no state license to serve alcohol.

The tribe and the state have been locked in an ongoing battle in federal court over the casino.