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Nation Tribe: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85264

(480) 789-5300
(855) 957-9467

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is located off route 87 on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation about 20 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The former Fort McDowell located at 10424 North Fort McDowell Road in Scottsdale was shut down Oct. 26, 2020 and replaced by the We-Ko-Pa Casino. which opened Oct. 29, 2020. The Fort McDowell Hotel remains open.

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We-Ko-Pa is nominated for design awardFebruary 14, 2021 - We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is a finalist for this year's AZRE Magazine Real Estate and Development (RED) Awards. The magazine recognizes We-Ko-Pa for its 'state-of-the-art construction and elegant design.'.. Read moreWe-Ko-Pa is Golfweek Magazine's Best Arizona CourseFebruary 14, 2021 - Golfweek, the renowned US golfing magazine, rates the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club as the #1 Best Course in Arizona. The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa is rated the 7th Best Course... Read more

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We-ko-pa Casino celebrates grand openingNovember 1, 2020 - We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its new casino on Friday Oct. 29 at 6 PM. An immediate celebration began through the weekend by giving guests a chance to win some of the $360,000 in cash and prizes... Read more Headlines continued..


The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. In 1984 the tribe began its first gaming operation when it opened Baja Bingo. In 1992 the operation expanded by adding slot machines and renaming itself the Fort McDowell Casino. After 28 years Fort McDowell Casino was permanently closed on Oct. 25, 2020 and was replaced by the We-Ko-Pa Casino on Oct. 29, 2020.



  • $120M construction cost
  • 166,341 square-foot facility


  • 1,100 slot machines
  • Bingo with 760 seats
  • Upscale high limit slot room
  • Table games
  • Live poker


  • Fine-dining restaurant
  • Buffet with 300-seats
  • Sports bar
  • Patio lounge
  • Coffee shop


  • Entertainment stage
  • Four-story parking garage

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Open 24 hours daily
Casino size: 166,341-square-feet
Non-smoking property (4 outdoor smoking lounges)

Slot machines - 900

Table Games
Play Blackjack, Free-bet blackjack, Spanish 21, Pai Gow poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Three-card poker and Push Your Luck

Poker Room
Open 24 hours. Non-smoking. Five tables. Play Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo and Spread Limit games.

Bingo hall - 770 seats

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Restaurants and Bars

Ember - fine dining restaurant

Ahnala - American cuisine & coffee bar

The Buffet

The Market - quick serve items

WKP Sports & Entertainment - sports, gastropub and craft beers/p>

Daubs - Bingo Snack Bar

Casino Center Bar - lounge/bar


Wekopa Resort & Conference Center

AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Hotel
246 rooms and suites
Exclusive Sleep Number Beds
100% smoke-free rooms
Located immediately adjacent to the casino

Space for small events, meetings, weddings, conferences and events as large as 2,000 guests.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Two award-winning golf courses, Cholla Course and Saguaro Course, are located a short distance from We-Ko-Pa hotel.

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We-Ko-Pa is nominated for design award

February 14, 2021

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is a finalist for this year's AZRE Magazine Real Estate and Development (RED) Awards. The magazine recognizes We-Ko-Pa for its 'state-of-the-art construction and its contemporary, elegant design.'

The RED Awards are considered by many to be 'the Academy Awards of Arizona's commercial real estate industry.'

The awards recognize Arizona's best commercial real state projects in a variety of categories. The We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is nominated in the Hospitality category.

This year's award winners will be announced March 11th and all finalists will appear in the March/April 2021 publication of AZRE magazine.

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We-Ko-Pa is Golfweek Magazine's Best Arizona Course

February 14, 2021

Golfweek, the renowned US golfing magazine, rates the Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club as the #1 Best Course in Arizona. The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa is rated the 7th Best Course.

Golfweek is a leading industry source that ranks golf courses based on a 1-10-point rating system. Golfweek uses over 750 professional raters to rank the top courses in the country.

The Top Ten Arizona Courses according to Golfweek are:

  1. We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro) - Fort McDowell
  2. Quintero - Peoria
  3. Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain (Saguaro Tortolita) - Marana
  4. Wickenburg Ranch - Wickenburg
  5. TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) - Scottsdale
  6. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes - Maricopa
  7. We-Ko-Pa (Cholla) - Fort McDowell
  8. Troon North (Monument) - Scottsdale
  9. Ventana Canyon (Mountain) - Tucson
  10. Troon North (Pinnacle) - Scottsdale

Golfweek is owned by Gannett's USA Today Network.

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We-ko-pa Casino celebrates grand opening

November 1, 2020

We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its new casino on Friday Oct. 29 at 6 PM. Holiday bingo game. An immediate celebration began with promotions running through the weekend. Each guests received a chance to win a share of $360,000 in cash and prizes.

The new casino is a 166,341 square-foot facility costing $120 million. Gaming includes 900 slot machines,table games, poker room and a bingo hall. There are also nine restaurants and bars.

We-Ko-Pa Casino replaces the Fort McDowell Casino was shut down permanently at midnight on Oct. 26, 2020.

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We-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates 'topping out' milestone

June 6, 2019

Tribal leaders and members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation gathered at the construction site of the new We-Ko-Pa Casino to celebrate the placing of the final steel beam. The event marks the half-way point for construction that began June 29, 2018 and will finish in the summer of 2020.

The ceremony decorated the final beam with a flag of the United States and a flag of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The beam also carried a project banner, an artificial Christmas tree, and signatures of the Yavapai Nation tribal leaders and elders, project leaders, casino employees, tribal members and construction crew.

The beam was then hoisted into position on top the new Porte Cochere.

Bernadine Burnette, President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, said during the ceremony

'Every beam we lay, and every milestone we achieve, brings us one step closer to realizing our dream of creating an unrivaled entertainment, gaming and dining destination for Valley residents and visitors to the area.

'The casino's topping-out ceremony is a celebration for all of us - the tribal council, our tribal members, our loyal and valued guests, and all the employees who so proudly represent our culture. It's truly a monumental day for the Yavapai Nation.'

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Fort McDowell Casino will be replaced by We-Ko-Pa Casino in October 2020

June 6, 2019

A replacement for the Fort McDowell Casino, named the We-Ko-Pa Casino, is currently under construction at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The new casino will be connected directly to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel by a garden court atrium.

Plans for this $120 million casino were announced by the Yavapai Nation in June 2018 followed by a groundbreaking June 29, 2018. A grand opening is expected in the summer of 2010.

The new We-Ko-Pa Casino will be larger than the Fort McDowell Casino with 166,341 square-feet of smoking and non-smoking gaming space, 1,100 slot machines, high-limit slots room, 760-seat bingo, table games and a live poker room.

The new construction will also add a four-story parking garage, covered valet parking, new restaurants, sports bar, patio lounge and gift shop.

The existing Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until the new We-Ko-Pa Casino opens in 2020. At that time the Fort McDowell Casino will close. There are currently no future plans for that building, however, the tribe has planning groups reviewing options to determine the best opportunities for its use.

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Fort McDowell Casino reopens May 15

May 14, 2020

Fort McDowell Casino will reopen at 10 AM Friday May 15 with a phased-in program to comply with federal, state and local health agency guidelines. Not all facilities will be open at first, and many will be limited in capacity.

All guests and workers will be temperature checked at entry for temperatures of 100F and under. There will also be occupancy limits, hand sanitizer stations, and stringent COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols throughout the properties.

Slot machines will operate with extra spacing for social distancing. Blackjack tables will be open. Bingo will begin May 22, however Bingo Buses are currently suspended. Poker is delayed pending guidance from government health agencies.

The hotel also reopens May 15. Room reservations resumed new bookings on Monday May 11.

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We-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates groundbreaking

June 29, 2018

The Yavapai Nation held a ground breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction on a new $120M casino. This all-new casino will connect to the We-Ko-Pa Hotel and will replace the Fort McDowell Casino when finished in 2020.

The Fort McDowell Casino first opened as a bingo hall in 1984 and expanded its casino games over the past 35 years. The new casino will be named the We-Ko-Pa Casino to consolidate its brand with the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center and the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

Construction will begin this summer and take two years to complete. The expected opening for the new casino is late spring or early summer of 2020.

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Fort McDowell will build a replacement casino

June 15, 2018

A ground breaking ceremony will be held on June 29 for the new casino owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The ceremony will be held at 9 A.M. Members of the tribe, Arizona state officials, and members of the nearby communities are expected to attend.

When completed the casino will be 166,341 square feet. Plans include a garden court, fine dining, a sports bar, an entertainment venue, and other amenities for guests to enjoy.

The new casino will be a replacement for the current casino owned by the tribe. Fort McDowell Casino is 150,000 square feet. The original building will remain. However, plans for the building have not been announced.

The current casino location will remain open while construction continues on the new gaming venue.

The cost for the new casino has not been released. However, officials for the tribe have stated that the cost for the casino would be multimillion dollar.

The project was developed as a way to strengthen the economic independence for the tribe. Revenue made from the casino will go to support tribal members. As well as benefiting the surrounding communities.

Nearly 30 years ago the tribe built the first bingo hall in the Phoenix area to offer high stakes games.

Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of summer. The grand opening is estimated to be by the spring of 2020.

The new casino will be located east of Phoenix by 30 mins off of the Beeline Highway.

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Fort McDowell Casino reopens May 15May 14, 2020 - Fort McDowell Casino will reopen at 10 AM Friday May 15 with a phased-in program to comply with governmental health agency guidelines. Initial gaming includes slot machines and blackjack. Bingo opens May 22. Poker is.. Read moreWe-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates 'topping out' milestoneJune 6, 2019 - Construction on the new We-Ko-Pa Casino reached the halfway milestone as the final beam was hoisted into place. The new casino will replace the Fort McDowell Casino when it opens.. Read moreArizona
Fort McDowell Casino will be replaced by We-Ko-Pa Casino in October 2020June 5, 2019 - Fort McDowell Casino will continue to operate until next year when it is replaced by the opening of the all-new We-Ko-Pa Casino which is currently under construction... Read moreWe-Ko-Pa Casino celebrates ground breakingJune 29, 2018 - The Yavapai Nation broke ground today on its new 166,341 square-foot casino. Construction will take two years and is expected to be finished in early 2020. The new, larger facility will replace the 35 year old Fort McDowell Casino... Read moreFort McDowell will build a replacement casinoJune 15, 2018 - The Yavapai Nation will build a new 166,341 square foot casino to replace the existing Fort McDowell Casino. The new casino will open in the spring 2020... Read more

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FORT McDOWELL, Ariz., Nov.2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On October29, the new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort opened its doors,unveiling a contemporary ambiance and visitor-centric experiencethat raise the bar for Valley casinos.

In addition to offering a full complement of slot machines,tables, bingo and gaming amenities, the elegant new casino featuresa wide variety of dining establishments, event venues, NativeAmerican design elements and other attributes designed to maximizethe comfort, safety and enjoyment of all who visit the casino andstay at the adjacent AAA Four Diamond hotel.

A gaming and dining jackpot

Gaming options include 850 state-of-the-art slot machines; a400-seat smoke-free bingo hall with 50-inch monitors; 22action-packed blackjack tables, and a spacious poker room featuringfive tables with live games and tournaments.

Foodies will delight in the multitude of fine and casual diningoptions. The upscale Ember restaurant features the highestquality steaks and seafood prepared over wood-fired grills, whilethe WKP Sports and Entertainment sports bar offers creative pubfare and craft beer along with live entertainment and gamingactivities. The Market quick-serve restaurant provides on-the-gooptions 24/7, and the Ahnala Mesquite Room at the adjoining hotelfeatures American-style comfort food. The new casino resortalso offers private dining areas, patios, a piano lounge andseveral other bars.

All gaming areas, hotel rooms and public spaces, dining outletsand entertainment venues are 100 percent smoke-free, with fourcomfortable outdoor areas designated for smokers. Inaddition, full compliance with all mandated COVID-19 precautionsincludes taking patrons' temperatures (only granting entry to thosewith 100-degree temperatures or less), requiring masks, providingample sanitation stations, encouraging social distancing, andlimiting elevator and outlet occupancy.

Serving the community for more than 36 years

The sophisticated new 166,341-square-foot casino replaces theoriginal Fort McDowell Casino that initially opened in 1984 as abingo hall. Eight years later, the proud Yavapai Nationpeacefully – and successfully – held off the attempts of federalagents to seize their slot machines, protecting their right tooperate a casino on their reservation and provide livelihoods fortheir tribal members.

'We're proud that we were Arizona's first casino and are now the state'snewest casino,' said BernadineBurnette, president of the Fort McDowell YavapaiNation. 'Gaming has been a part of our tribal community forthe past three decades and has allowed us to provide financialsecurity for our members and employees. Our upscale newcasino will allow us to take gaming to an entirely new level whilekeeping a Native American look and feel – with design elements ofearth, water, fire and basket-weaving that are so important to ourculture.'

The first-class We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort is connected to a newfour-story covered parking structure and the existing 246-roomhotel that has received the coveted AAA Four Diamond award everyyear since it opened in 2006. The casino shares its name with theupscale We-Ko-Pa Golf Club across the street that boasts theconsistently award-winning Saguaro and Cholla courses.

For more information about the new casino, visitwww.wekopacasinoresort.com.

About We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort

Owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, thespectacular new 166,341-square-foot We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort boastsstate-of-the-art gaming, a variety of specialty fine and casualdining restaurants, and live entertainment. The attached AAA FourDiamond hotel offers 246 luxurious guestrooms and suites;25,000 square feet of meeting space; relaxing spa treatments at theAmethyst Spa & Boutique; and two resort-style outdoorpools.

The new casino resort's proximity to the two highly acclaimedcourses at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and numerous outdoor activities atFort McDowell Adventures make it the ideal destination for avacation, business function or special event.

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is an 889-member NativeAmerican tribe that calls CentralArizona's upper Sonoran Desert home. Located to thenortheast of Phoenix withinMaricopa County, Arizona, the40-square mile reservation is a small part of the ancestralterritory of the once nomadic Yavapai people, who hunted and gathered foodin a vast area of Arizona's desertlowlands and mountainous Mogollon Rim country.

President BernadineBurnette
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
[email protected]

Mary Ketterling
General Manager
[email protected]

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