Washington Casinos – Best Places to Gamble in WA

The Evergreen State is rich both in natural beauty and casino gambling, as Washington State has 29 different casinos within its borders.

From Spokane to the Pacific coast, the Canadian border down to the Oregon state line, there is at least one casino within a relatively short driving distance for almost all of the state’s 7 ½ million residents.

The Tulalip Resort Casino has over 2,200 slot machines
The Tulalip Resort Casino has over 2,200 slot machines

The state’s variety of casinos range from a small plain building with only a few slot machines, all the way to a full-scale resort that is one of the biggest casinos in the USA.

Per Washington State’s gambling compact with the 28 Indian tribes that operate these 29 casinos, games allowed include blackjack, craps (with dice), baccarat, pai-gow, roulette, poker, sic-bo, Big 6, keno, off-track betting on the horses, and now sports betting.

While the table games in the state are similar to ones you’ll find in Las Vegas, the slot machines operate differently.

Instead of the typical Las Vegas-style slot machine with random number generators, the slots in Washington are called, “Tribal Lottery Machines.” Although similar in looks to a normal slot, they have a pre-determined pool of winners and losers, meaning you are competing against your fellow slot players at that particular casino for a slice of the winnings.

Washington’s count of 29 casinos is taken directly from the Washington State Gaming Commission, but does not include the numerous card rooms found around the state.

Washington State Casinos Map

(Each red star represents one of Washington State’s 29 different casinos)

As you can see from the map, the vast majority of the state’s casinos are located in the Seattle metropolitan area. In fact, there are only eight casinos in Eastern Washington.

Of the twenty casinos in Western Washington, there are seven casinos in the Seattle area, and six Tacoma casinos, (as defined by a casino within a one hour drive of downtown).

The pretty Skagit Hotel & Casino is a little south of Bellingham
The pretty Skagit Hotel & Casino is a little south of Bellingham

List of Casinos in Washington State

Here’s a list of Washington’s 29 different casinos in alphabetical order:

  • Angel of the Winds Casino
  • Chewelah Casino
  • Coulee Dam Casino
  • Emerald Queen Casino Fife
  • Emerald Queen Casino at I-5
  • iLani Casino Resort
  • Kalispel Casino
  • Legends Casino
  • Little Creek Casino Resort
  • Lucky Dog Casino
  • Lucky Eagle Casino
  • Mill Bay Casino
  • Muckleshoot Casino
  • Northern Quest Casino
  • Northwood Casino
  • Quil Ceda Creek Casino
  • Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
  • Red Wind Casino
  • Silver Reef Casino
  • Skagit Valley Casino
  • Snoqualmie Casino
  • Spokane Tribe Casino
  • Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort
  • Swinomish Casino and Lodge
  • The Point Casino
  • Tulalip Resort Casino
  • 7 Cedars Casino
  • 12 Tribes Resort Casino

If you’re keeping score, you’ll see there are only 28 casinos listed above, versus the 29 casinos listed by the Washington Gambling Commission. That is because the Muckleshoot Casino’s bingo hall is located across the street from the main casino and is therefore, technically, a different casino.

The new Quil Ceda Creek Casino has 1,500 slots and 16 table games.
The new Quil Ceda Creek Casino has 1,500 slots and 16 table games.

Casinos in Washington State with Hotels

While there aren’t any 5,000 room mega-resorts like the MGM Grand in Washington, there are some very nice casino resorts. However of the state’s 29 casinos, only 14 have hotels attached to the casino. However that’s soon about to change (see below).

As of now, here are all the casinos in Washington State with hotels:

  • Angel of the Winds Casino – 125 rooms
  • Emerald Queen Casino Fife – 102 rooms
  • Legends Casino Hotel – 218 rooms
  • Little Creek Casino Resort – 190 rooms
  • Lucky Eagle – 170 rooms
  • Northern Quest Resort & Casino – 250 rooms
  • Quinault Beach Resort & Casino – 158 rooms
  • Silver Reef Hotel, Casino & Spa – 206 rooms
  • Skagit Valley Casino – 131 rooms
  • Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort – 183 rooms
  • Swinomish Casino and Lodge – 98 rooms
  • The Point Hotel & Casino – 94 rooms
  • Tulalip Resort Casino – 370 rooms
  • 12 Tribes Resort & Casino – 80 rooms

More About Indian Casinos in Washigton State

* With over 2,200 slot machines, 35 table games, and poker room, the Tulalip Casino Resort is the largest casino in Washington. And with 370 rooms, it’s also the biggest casino resort in the state.

The BetMGM sportsbook at the Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma
The BetMGM sportsbook at the Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma

* Washington will have its 15th and 16th casino resorts opening soon.

The Muckleshoot is currently building an 18 story, 400 room hotel tower that is expected to open in 2022. Once completed, it will make the Muckleshoot the biggest casino/resort in Washington. In addition, the Quil Ceda Creek Casino (which opened in February 2021) has plans for a 150 room hotel.

* Because all of these casinos are located on tribal land, there are no standardized gaming age regulations. As such, some of these casinos require you to be at least 21 years old, while others allow you to gamble at 18. At the Tulalip, you are allowed to play bingo at age 16.

(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of Blake Handley, and the Skagit Hotel & Casino).