The Tulalip Resort Casino is 37 miles north of Seattle
By Steve Beauregard
One normally doesn’t think of “Seattle” and “casinos” together, but the Emerald City actually has a pretty busy casino market.
While Seattle proper has just over 660,000 residents, the Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue Washington areas have over 3.7 million residents combined, making it the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Many of these 3.7 million people, (along with millions more visitors), flock to one of many of the numerous Indian casinos that are within an easy drive of Seattle. Gamblers wanting to get their gambling fix can choose among one of seven casinos within an hour’s drive of the city.
Here’s a list of the seven Seattle area casinos. Please note that this “one hour drive” figure is for a normal commute. I’ve listed Google maps’ estimates for driving times, but driving times can increase greatly depending on time and day driving on Seattle’s notoriously congested roadways.
Because I only wanted to include casinos within an hour of town, this list only includes casinos very close to Seattle. Some are located in the Tacoma area, but limiting this list to casinos within a short driving range precludes the inclusion of nice casino resorts south of Tacoma, and far north of Seattle.
(Each color represents one of the seven Seattle-area casinos)
Tulalip Resort Casino (Yellow pin on map) – 37 miles north of Seattle, this resort just north of Everett is listed as a 40 minute drive normally, but up to 2 hours on a Friday afternoon.
This is perhaps the most Las Vegas-style casino in the Puget Sound area. And in fact, with a self-described 192,000 square feet of casino floor space, the Tulalip Resort Casino is one of the largest casinos in the United States.
It boasts 2,200 slot machines and video poker machines, a bingo hall, 35 table games, and large poker room.
The AAA Four Diamond resort has 370 hotel rooms, a spa, seven restaurants, an amphitheater, and 110 store outlet mall.
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
Phone (888) 272-1111.
Quil Ceda Creek Casino (Black pin).
Owned by the same tribe as the Tulalip resort, this casino-only property is three miles south of its larger, more glamourous sister resort.
The functional casino is 34.1 miles north of Seattle, or roughly a 35 minutes to 2 hour drive, depending on traffic.
The Quil Ceda Creek Casino has 1,000 slot machines, some table games, and three restaurants.
Suquamish Clearwater Casino (Red pin) – Technically this is the closest casino to Seattle, at just 17 miles from downtown. But since you take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, it will take you about and hour 15 minutes to an hour and a half to drive here (including ferry time).
Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
This waterfront resort has 22,500 square feet of casino space, complete with 1,200 slots and table games, including the rare $1 minimum craps and roulette. This is not your 24 hour a day Las Vegas-style casino, in that table games are open from 10 AM to 3AM (5AM on weekends).
The Suquamish has an 8 table poker room, and keno room, along with six restaurants.
The resort also includes a 183 room hotel and it’s nearby White Horse Golf Course
15347 Suquamish Way NE
Suquamish, WA 98392
Phone: (360) 598-8700
Snoqualmie Casino (Blue pin) –The most eastern of all the Seattle-area casinos, it bills itself as the closest casino to Seattle, which isn’t really true (see the Suquamish Casino description above).
The Snoqualmie is, however, just 26.7 miles east of the city. And due to its location, away from the Seattle metropolitan area, it’s one of the faster drives, at just about 30 minutes away on Interstate 90.
Although it doesn’t have a hotel attached to it, it looks like a mountain lakeside lodge. The casino space holds 1,700 slots, 54 table games and a smallish 5 table poker room.
The resorts large showroom plays host to big acts like Jay Leno, Ringo Starr, Sara Evans and the like.
Address and Phone
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualie, WA. 98065
(Related: Casinos near Tacoma)
Muckleshoot Casino (Brown pin) – 29 miles south. 40 minutes to an hour.
This Indian casino southwest of Seattle is one of the largest. In fact, by machine count, it is the largest casino near Seattle, with 3,100 slot machines and video poker machines. The spacious 340,000 square foot building is also home to 70 table games, a 32 table poker room, keno and even off-track betting.
The Muckleshoot does not have a hotel, however it does have bars, entertainment venues, and seven restaurants, not including a candy shop, Starbucks and hot dog cart.
Across the street sits a building home to Muckleshoot Bingo.
2402 Auburn Way S.
Auburn, WA. 98002
Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino (Light Green pin). Located in Fife, Washington, this casino is 28.7 miles south (30 minutes to an hour 40 minutes) south of Seattle. There are no table games here, just slots.
Emerald Queen Casino I-5 (Dark Green pin) – 31 miles off of Interstate 5. (30 minutes up to an hour and 50 minute drive)
This casino is 3.2 miles to the west of its sister property in Fife.
It does not have a hotel, however unlike the Fife location it does have table games, (along with thousands of slot machine/video poker terminals.)
Again, these are the casinos within an hour’s drive of downtown Seattle. Other nearby casinos, like the Red Wind Casino at Nisqually (57 miles south, but almost always over an hour drive), and the Skagit Casino Resort, at 72 miles north, just barely missed the cut.
Seattle area Card and Poker Rooms
In addition to the seven Seattle-area casinos listed above, the area is home to several card rooms. These small casinos have poker tables, and usually some blackjack and other table games, but do not have slots. Nor do they give you the typical casino experience.
Nevertheless, the strictly card room only casinos include:
Roman Casino, Wizards Casino, Silver Dollar Casino, Riverside Casino, Fortune Casino, Great American Casino (Everett, and Tukwila locations), Freddie’s Casino, and Lucky Dragonz.
Other cardrooms near Seattle have closed, but still appear on some Seattle casino websites, causing some confustion. Please note that the following Seattle area casinos have closed: Diamond Lil’s in Renton, and the Golden Nugget Casino in Tukwila, and the Great American Casino in Kent.
(Photos courtesy of Blake Handley, and Michael Dunn via Flickr.)