Talking Stick Resort is a luxurious Las Vegas style casino located a mere 12 miles from Phoenix, in Scottsdale, Arizona. There are two golf courses on the property, designed by legendary course architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.
Aside from golf, you will also find 11 bars and lounges, two retail outlets, a concert showroom, as well as a resort-style pool with cabanas and day beds available for rent. Needless to say, there is no shortage of entertainment options and amenities here. Owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, this resort casino is a landmark in the state of Arizona.
You can find progressive jackpots for both Pai Gow and 3-Card Poker. During our last visit, these jackpots were sitting at $246,000 and $150,000, respectively.
The minimum bet at blackjack here is only $5 unless the room gets busy, at which point they will bump that minimum to $10 on most tables. In the high limit room, minimum bets start at $25. Maximum betting in this casino for table games on the main casino floor is set at $1,000 most of the time. However, you can split and double down on the same bet.
There is also a progressive side bet offered on many blackjack tables for making a straight with your first two cards, and they do not need to be in order. For example, it you get a 4 followed by a 3, that is a winner. And any subsequent straight cards you receive that don’t bust you, increases your payout.
There are 150+ video poker machines to choose from. The paytables on the games at Talking Stick are not very good. You will find video poker machines that pay out much better when visiting more prominent gambling locations like Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The variety of games available at Talking Stick are not great either. You will primarily have to choose from basic GameKing machines with the standard VP variants. If video poker is your game of choice, this casino will not be a viable option for your play.
There are over 800 slot machines here. A number only outdone in the local area by Talking Stick Resort’s sister property, Casino Arizona, which has over 900. Here are some of the newest games on offer:
*There are also 12 electronic craps units with dimensional dice
Talking Stick Resort has an impressive 49 poker tables, making it the largest poker room in Arizona. It’s a room fit to accommodate the Arizona State Championship Tournament, which is hosted here every August and has a $1,000,000 prize pool.
Daily tournaments are held at 11:15 AM and 7:15 PM. You will find massage therapists working from 12pm to 12am daily, offering table-side massages starting at $15. And an added perk in this poker room is that you not only earn $1/hour in comp, but you can cash those dollars out for cold hard cash!
You won’t find bigger limits anywhere else in the area. On any given day, a $40/$80 Mix game is running strong. That game includes such options as Badugi, Archie, Badacey, Super Stud8, 2-7 triple draw, Big O, and many, many more.
If you happen to be a mid-stakes player, this room certainly has what you need. Limit Hold’em is offered from 3/6 all the way to 40/80, Spread Limit Hold’em is offered from 2/3 to 5/10, Spread Limit Omaha High is offered from 2/3 to 25/25, Stud Hi/Lo / Omaha Hi/Lo is offered from 8/16 to 20/40 and Omaha Hi/Lo is offered at 4/8.
There are an abundance of promotions ranging from bad beat jackpots, to hourly splashpots on weekdays, high hands, royal flush payouts, football score tickets during NFL games handed out every quarter, and on the 2nd Monday of the month, Mad Mondays, where every 15 minutes the highest hand in the room gets $250 from 12pm to 12am!
An important restriction to be aware of when playing poker in Arizona is the betting limitations. You can never bet more than $500 at a time, in poker, in this state. There is also a 3-raise maximum in multiway pots. The only exception is if you are heads up by the third raise. In that case, there is no limit on the number of raises.
Talking Stick Resort is a 15 story property with 496 Deluxe rooms, which includes Luxury Suites, Executive King Suites, Club Level Rooms, 2 Bay Suites and 3 Bay Suites. Most rooms include a large balcony. All rooms have a minimum of 500sq feet of living space, offer complimentary wifi, include an LED smart TV with cable, and have floor to ceiling windows.
Deluxe rooms start at $139/night on weekdays, and $189 on weekends. The poker room rate starts at a very reasonable $89/night on weekdays and $129/night on weekends.
Deluxe King – Rates start at $139 on weeknights and $169 on weekends. If you opt for the scenic room, add $15 on weekdays and add $30 on weekends.
Signature King – Rates start at $169 on weeknights and $219 on weekends. If you opt for the scenic room, add $15 on weekdays and add $30 on weekends. From here on up you’ll have a large balcony to enjoy.
Executive King – Rates start at $209 on weeknights and $259 on weekends.
Club Level King – Rates start at $214 on weeknights and $264 on weekends. Club Level guests receive a complimentary shoe shine, nightly turndown service, upgraded linens and a complimentary newspaper (available upon request). Guests also receive complimentary access to the Tower Club Lounge for both morning and afternoon receptions. Each morning, enjoy a light breakfast offering a rotating selection of foods, accompanied by a variety of fresh juices, coffee, espresso, and tea selections. Each afternoon, enjoy a selection of light appetizers and snacks, accompanied by complimentary beer, wine or champagne.
2 Bay Suite – Rate is $699/night. This spacious suite offers 1,000sq feet which includes a living room, dining room, bedroom and 1.5 bedrooms. You also will enjoy an oversized balcony overlooking the pool, with entrances both from the living room, and the bedroom.
3 Bay Suite – Rate is $999/night. This spacious suite offers 1,500sq feet which includes a living room, dining room, bedroom and 1.5 bedrooms. You also will enjoy an oversized balcony overlooking the pool, with entrances both from the living room, and the bedroom. An added touch to this suite is the 32-inch LCD HDTV ingeniously displayed within the king bed’s footboard.
Talking Stick Resort offers 6 unique restaurants. The Arena Poker Room also has its own kitchen and menu offered to seated players.
Orange Sky – Orange Sky is the signature fine dining restaurant at Talking Stick Resort with one of the best sunset views in Arizona and an award-winning wine list. Located on the 14th floor of the hotel, Orange Sky has floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a sweeping view of Scottsdale’s beautiful orange sunsets. Hence the name, Orange Sky.
Blue Coyote Cafe – This 24 hour casual dining option offers indoor and outdoor seating and a large menu selection features items for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Southwestern flair. There is also a full Sushi menu offering sashimi, nagiri and rolls.
Blue Coyote Cantina – The Cantina offers a more upscale atmosphere than the Café. Here you’ll find a Southwestern inspired menu and fun weekly specials like $2 Taco Tuesdays from 4pm to 10pm, $1 Oyster Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm and Sunday NFL Viewing Parties.
Black Fig Coffee and Birstro – This 24 hour express service eatery is a one stop shop for coffee, tea, soups, salads, pizza, appetizers, sandwiches and cookies. It’s a great late night option for fast premade items, and close enough to the main casino bar that you could continue watching the game and drinking your beer while waiting for something to be cooked.
Ocean Trail – This restaurant is a favorite of casino guests. It offers a 19 seat bar and a few tables with modern lines and colors throughout. This is a very trendy spot, Ocean Trail offers fantastic Cajun style boils, clam chowder and raw oysters. The hot New Orleans style dishes are cooked on open cooking stations right in front of you at the bar, and you can dictate your spice level preference as well. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
Wandering Horse Buffet – This award-winning buffet offers the best of Italian, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean and American cuisines. There are live cooking stations, a carving station, a brick oven pizza kitchen and delectable desserts as well. Sunday brunch for adults is $33.95 and for kids is $16.95. Lunch Monday – Thursday is $13.95 for adults and $8 for kids. Dinner Monday – Thursday is $20.95 for adults and $14 for kids. Breakfast Friday/Saturday is $11.95 for adults and $6 for kids. Lunch Friday/Saturday is $13.95 for adults and $8 for kids. Dinner Friday/Saturday is $33.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids.