Large, New Casino with more pizzazz than substance
Talking Stick Resort is the flagship of the Salt River Pima Indian Community's casinos. It is quite new with the new Diamondbacks spring training facility nearby. They are definitely catering to the Scottsdale community with fancy nightclubs, lounges, bars, and restaurants. As for the gaming options, they are not very strong. All the slot machines are the latest and greatest, with low paybacks. The video poker is slightly better than their McKellips location, but still worse than the rest of the competition, which is also abysmal. Decent sized table games pit, but smaller than McKellips as well. They have slot versions of Craps and Roulette with real automated dice and wheels respectively. The best part of this casino is the poker room. It is the largest in the state and always has action. They even have a couple of bj tables to play at while you wait. The poker room is the reason to come here. I heard the rooms are quite nice, but expensive. I ate at the buffet. It is large and great in quality. However, it is quite expensive. It also serves breakfast. The customer service here is decent; the people are nice, but not involved and idle in their work. The casino is quite beautiful, but a bit dark, except by the side with the giant windows with a nice view of the desert and mountains. This casino is great to go to if you are looking for a resort experience or to play poker, but not if you want a good gamble.