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Travel to Bucky’s Casino in Prescott Arizona

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This is it!  The last Wednesday of the year, and, the last of a series of articles on Arizona tribal Hotel-Casinos.

For the culmination of the last four weeks, we decided to get out of town and head for Prescott, Arizona, less than 2 1/2 hours northwest of Phoenix. (more…)

Traveling to TUCSON’s Casino Hotel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

We’re coming down to the last two Wacky Casino Wednesday’s featuring casinos with hotels here in Arizona.

This week we’re featuring the only casino/hotel in southern Arizona.


From a tent containing a bingo hall established in1984 to a $120 million hotel- casino, the Tohono O’odham nation completed its newest casino project in 2007 including its first hotel.

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

Located adjacent to the Tucson International Airport, Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the second largest tribal area in Arizona.  Another Desert Diamond Casino without a hotel property is located I-19 & Pima Mine Rd., approximately 10 miles south.

The 323,000-square-foot casino-hotel is located at 7350 S. Nogales Highway.  A 149 room hotel is connected to the 165,000 sq. ft. casino by an 8,000 sq. ft. conference center.


The casino complex boasts over 1000 slot machines

  • 500 Seat Bingo Hall
  • 35 Seat Keno Room
  • Separate non-smoking slot machine room
  • Separate non-smoking poker and table game room

** Note: Smoke Alert!!!  After visiting several casinos over the last few weeks, all which allow smoking on the gaming floor, my opinion is that The Desert Diamond Casino ventilation system is not as adequate as the previous properties we have reviewed.


Monsoon Night Club

Hours: Friday & Saturday 8:00PM


The Steakhouse

Cost: Prime Rib/Steaks: $16.95-$29.95

Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 Days a Week

The Buffet
Cost: Lunch $9.99, Dinner $12.99

Monday Seafood Buffet $16.95

Sunday  Brunch $14.95

Lunch: $8.85
Dinner: $10.85

Food Court

Diamond Grill / Diamond Wok

Cost: Grill – Average Entrees 4.95   Wok – Average Entrees $5.95-7.95

Hours: 24 Hours


As an added benefit to your wallet, there is no lodging tax – a savings of 12.5% per room.

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look


Heated outdoor pool

Exercise facilities

Near the pool

Near the pool


King and double rooms are available along with Executive Suites and Luxury VIP suites with one or two bedrooms.

Rooms include:

  • Contemporary decor
  • 32″ flat panel television (42” flat panels in suites)
  • Large work desk
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Refrigerator

Traveling to the city of Maricopa, Arizona’s only Casino/Hotel

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

We’re back with Wacky Casino Wednesday!  That’s Wacky Wednesday’s featuring casinos with hotels here in Arizona.

This week we’re featuring another casino that’s been around for a while with a hotel property that has a familiar name.


Traveling to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

It is Wacky Casino Wednesday! and we’re featuring the newest Resort Casino to open in the Phoenix area. (more…)