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Top-10 largest Indian casinos25 August 2008
With the release of Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report last week and the opening of the new Casino of the Wind at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut later this week, we thought this would be the perfect time to dig into our bank of data and find out what are the 10 largest Indian casinos in the world.
Here are the results:
10.) Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel (Jackson, Calif.) – 257,789 square feet
The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians owns and operates the facility that houses 48 gaming tables, 15 poker tables and more than 1,500 slot and video poker machines and sits about a one-hour drive west from Sacramento. And to save money on hotel costs, you can make that drive and then spend your sleeping hours in the casino's brand new RV park.
9.) Chumash Casino Resort (Santa Ynez, Calif.) – 280,000 square feet
Slots are king at the Chumash Casino Resort with a selection of 2,000 machines to choose from. There's also a 14-table poker room that's open 24/7 and offers a variety of games, including Five Card, Omaha High/Low, Hold 'em and full weekly tournament schedule. In addition there's the Samala Showroom that can seat 1,000 bingo players at once.
8.) Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino (Lakeside, Calif.) – 310,000 square feet
This San Diego-area casino prides itself on offering "the best Blackjack rules in the country" with single- and double-deck games and high table limits (up to $10,000 and more). There are also $25 video poker games and $500 slots.
7.) Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel (Morton, Minn.) – 325,000 square feet
Jackpot Junction has two floors and is big on video slot machines, offering more than 1,300 to choose from with a range of penny to $25. In addition to the dizzying amount of slots and table games there is also a live poker room. There are also regular and matinee sessions of Bingo and the Highstakes Lounge located on the second floor features slot machines and blackjack.
6.) Viejas Casino (San Diego, Calif.) – 327,000 square feet
If you can't find something to pique your interest here, you simply don't have a gambler's bone in your body. Not only are there 2,500 slots, 10 different table games and a 20-table poker room that hosts daily tournaments, but there is also a bingo pavilion with smoking and non-smoking areas and electronic touch pads. And for horse racing enthusiasts there's an off-track betting area with a dozen 50-inch flat screen televisions and 45 personal monitors. In addition, the private Turf Club offers table service for food and beverages, 10 personal booths, eight four-person tables and five big screen TVs.
5.) Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket, Conn.) – 344,000 square feet
With more than 380 table games to choose from and 7,200 slot machines, it's easy to see why more than 40,000 guests visit Foxwoods on a daily basis. There's also a state-of-the-art World Poker Tour poker room that boasts 114 tables and attracts players from around the world as well as the Ultimate Race Book, where you can bet on everything from thoroughbreds and harness to greyhounds and jai-alai. Oh, and don't forget to visit the 3,200-seat High Stakes Bingo Hall.
4.) Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Conn.) – 364,000 square feet
The actual square footage at Mohegan Sun as we write this is 300,000, but this Friday the first portion of its $925 million expansion -- Casino of the Wind -- will open, and at the 64,000 square feet it pushes Mohegan into the fourth spot of our list. The new casino will offer a 42-table poker room, bringing live poker back to Mohegan for the first time in five years. There will also be more than 650 slot machines and 28 table games, as well as Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Casino of the Wind is just part of Project Horizon - a multi-million dollar expansion that calls for a new 920-room hotel, featuring 261 House of Blues-themed rooms and an exclusive members-only House of Blues Foundation Room. Upon full completion in 2010, Project Horizon is expected to add more than 1.4 million square feet to Mohegan Sun's existing structure.
3.) Island Resort & Casino (Harris, Mich.) – 408,520 square feet
There's a full variety of table games as well as live poker and keno. Also on the gaming floor you will find close to 1,500 slot machines, including video, reel, wide-area progressives, dual screen bonus games and in-house progressives. The Bingo Hall is open seven days a week and there are weekly and monthly poker and slot tournaments as well as a monthly themed Blackjack Party Pit tournament.
2.) San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino (Highland, Calif.) – 480,000 square feet
Bingo was the main attraction here when the San Manuel opened in 1986 and the casino has stayed true to its roots as it features a 2,500-seat Bingo Hall that has 15 games every night as well as matinee games with low buy-ins. There are also 2,000 slots, gaming tables and a smoke-free poker room with tableside food and beverage service.
1.) Potawatomi Bingo Casino (Milwaukee, Wisc.) – 780,000 square feet
A $240 million expansion was just completed two months ago here, making the Potawatomi not only the largest Indian casino in the world, but the largest employer in Milwaukee County. More 4 million visitors annually make their way through the massive casino area that houses 3,100 slot machines. But if you're looking for a more exclusive experience try the premier player's club – Solstice Lounge – and its soft leather chairs, HDTVs, food, full bar, slot machines, blackjack and European roulette.