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Gilbert AZ Now Has a New Casino - Open Since June 30, 2023 - A Review by An Arizona Gambler

Mark Hake
SanTan Mountain Casino, Gilbert AZPhoto byGila River Casinos

The Santan Mountain Casino opened its doors on June 30, 2023, in Gilbert, Arizona, to great fanfare and gamblers' interest.

Although the crowds were huge, I went to the casino opening and found it very exciting. It was actually hard to find an open slot machine. This was despite the fact that the casino claims to have 813 slot machines.

Bubble Craps Popular But Not Present

As a result, I ended up playing at the crap's table, which had a $10 minimum bet, for a short while.

However, I had been looking for what is called a "bubble craps" machine, but could not find one. That is the kind of craps game where two individual dice are tumbled within on plastic "bubble."

Crap players like this since it is their own individual game and there is no timer or forced time limit during which you have to make your bets. The dice results are unique to your own game, and not shared with anyone else.

Moreover, you aren't subject to the vagaries of a crap roll as happens on the craps table.

I approached a security guard and asked if they had a bubble craps machine. He said, surprisingly, that was one of the most asked questions he had gotten all day.

I was also surprised about this. The Gila River Casino has a bubble craps machine in its Lone Butte casino.

The closest they have to this is a circular "stadium" digital craps game. The screen is circular and you sit at digital desks showing your own craps game. But the drawback is there is 20 second time limit to both put your money in and make all your bets.

The Rest is Great

This is a unique casino, especially given the fact there are floor-to-ceiling windows on three of four sides of the casino. You can look out and see what time of day it is - unusual for most casinos.

Moreover, the sports betting arena and the restaurants are all first-class and new. Everyone loves this.

But I have to admit I was disappointed in Gila River Casino's San Tan Mountain casino for not having a bubble craps machine.


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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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