Finally an end to all of the lawsuits against the Tohono casino in Glendale Arizona. I haven’t been to the Desert Diamond Casino in the west valley yet. Mostly because I don’t really like bingo style slot machines. The lawsuits between the State of Arizona and the Tohono O’odham Nation have been holding up both the casino’s Class III gaming license as well as their liquor license.
Both parties announced an agreement to bring an end to their dispute regarding the Desert Diamond Casino. Under the agreement, the Tohono O’odham Nation will be able to move forward with Class III (Las Vegas-style gaming such as slot machines, house-banked poker, and black jack) at its West Valley casino under an amended tribal-state gaming compact.
The State of Arizona will process Desert Diamond Casino’s Class III gaming certification and liquor license in the normal course of the regulatory process. In exchange, the tribe agreed not to conduct Class II or Class III gaming anywhere else within the Phoenix metropolitan area during the term of the agreement.
The state and the tribe will amend their existing compact to confirm that Tohono may conduct Class III gaming at only one gaming facility on its West Valley land as part of the agreement even though the tribe intends on acquiring additional land adjacent to the current casino.
I am excited to see what the Tohono O’odham Nation’s final plans will look like for their resort and casino. Hopefully they will also be bringing some amazing concerts and entertainment to the West Valley as well. Fingers crossed it will be amazing. I will definitely be checking it out as soon as their licenses have been approved.