Land-based casinos in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada had to wait until June 4 to reopen their doors. They were all shutdown in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The neighboring state of Arizona got the jump with casino reopening dates in mid-May. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa was open for business on May 15. That same casino reported a $40,000 jackpot for one of its slot machines. In early June, a middle-aged man won big on a triple-reel dollar slot. Following a spin, the machine was lit up with bright lights and music. The $40,000 figure flashed across the screen.
Local resident Tyler Del Cotto described the experience with the statement: “I was getting donuts in the Duncan Donut line. And as I got my order and go walk out the door, I heard someone yelling ‘Woo!’ I walked over and by the looks of its, he had 40,008 credits so he was down to his second to last spin.”
Since the reopening on May 15, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has remained busy. Social distancing practices remain in place along with other health and safety precautions. The winner of this jackpot chose to remain anonymous. The casino did confirm the large sum of money won playing slots.
Jennifer Schwegman is a senior public relations consultant for Harrah’s Ak-Chin. She stated: “Unfortunately, the person didn’t sign a waiver so we can’t release information on their identity.”
“It’s a good day to win $40,000 dollars. I guess I shouldn’t have been the one buying the donuts.” Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is located in Maricopa, Arizona. This is roughly 30 minutes from the Phoenix metro area. The parent company is Caesars Entertainment, based in Las Vegas. The casino also offers an online casino site for mobile play.
The casino floor was recently expanded with more slots and table games. It also added a new Bingo hall as part of the expansion. This was before the coronavirus shutdown in mid-March.
Some of the property’s specifics in the slot lounge include:
As a Caesars’ property, all play at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is rewarded as part of its customer loyalty program, Caesars Rewards. This card is valid at any Caesars’ casino. New members are eligible to receive $25 in Free Slot Play at this casino when creating an account.
This Harrah’s also offers a hotel with luxury accommodations. There are various dining and entertainment options.