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Casino resorts offer adult and family fun

For risk-takers, gamblers, gamers or folks who want a touch of Las Vegas without driving hours away, Yavapai County offers three premier casinos.

Bucky's Casino, which calls itself "Northern Arizona's premier resort casino," commands a spectacular view overlooking Prescott and the surrounding mountains.

Located adjacent to the luxurious Prescott Resort and Conference Center, 1500 E. Highway 69, visitors to Bucky's enjoy non-stop table and slot machine gaming including progressive jackpots, seven-card stud, Texas hold 'em, Omaha, blackjack and Keno.

Elegant dining is available at the Resort, and casual meals are served at Bucky's Café. Shuttle service to the resort and casino is available.

The resort offers swimming, weight training and a health club. The resort's salon offers whirlpool, sauna, massage, facials, pedicures, manicures and total makeovers.

For information about Bucky's Casino or the Prescott Resort call 800-967-4637, or 1-800-756-8744.

Across the street from Bucky's at 1505 E. Highway 69 is the smaller but equally fun Yavapai Casino. Open 24-hours a day, it offers gambling, dining and the Yavapai Cantina Sports Bar.

For more information about the Yavapai Casino, call 1-800-756-8744.

Another premier casino and resort, Cliff Castle Casino, is located in the Verde Valley. From Interstate 17, take exit 289 at historic Camp Verde.

In addition to gaming that includes slot machines, blackjack and live poker, the casino offers several restaurants including the Storytellers Gourmet Steakhouse and live entertainment at the Dragonfly Lounge. Indian ruins, golf courses and trout fishing are within an easy drive of the casino.

The casino is family friendly. For children there is a video arcade, Kids Quest childcare facility and a 20-lane bowling center. Concerts play at the 3,500-seat outdoor Stargazer Pavilion Theater.

Overnight lodging is available at The Lodge at Cliff Castle.

For more information about Cliff Castle Casino, call 800-381-7568.

For gamblers who want to travel outside of Yavapai County, the Phoenix area offers a plethora of family owned and world-class casinos and gaming clubs. To learn about individual casinos in Phoenix and the surrounding area, type "Phoenix casinos" on an Internet search engine and scroll down the list.

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