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Cliff Castle ranked No. 1 casino for a decade

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Cliff Castle Casino has been ranked the No. 1 casino in Arizona for an entire decade. Casino management, the Yavapai-Apache Nation – plus each and every one of the casino team members – are happy to be a part of Cliff Castle’s continuing success.

The casino has been voted best casino in Arizona 10 years running in Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2009, Arizona Business Magazine’s statewide, popular business opinion poll edition.

“I want to see this casino continue to succeed and I am looking forward to providing continuing leadership that will guide the operations and service to the highest level of excellence,” said Trudy Clark, general manager.

Cliff Castle Casino, an 114,000-square-foot multi-amenity facility, is frequented by visitors from northern Arizona and the Phoenix area, along with thousands of others from around the country each year.

Cliff Castle is owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation and is located in Camp Verde. The casino offers live-action poker, blackjack and more than 660 gaming devices. The casino provides a family friendly atmosphere.

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Thomas Beauty, Yavapai-Apache Nation chairperson, said he feels humbled at being able to share the tribe and the casino’s success. “We are a giving people.” And that’s true on many levels.

“Since the opening of the casino, the social and economic environment on the reservation has grown from non-existent to healthy and stable. Because of Indian gaming, the Yavapai-Apache Nation has had the opportunity to diversify its economy and establish a variety of tribal enterprises such as Yavapai-Apache Sand & Rock, Distant Drums RV Resort and The Lodge at Cliff Castle.”

Also, since 2000, the tribe has given $800,000 to high school students in the Verde Valley, among other donations as part of a key provision of Proposition 202, calling for tribes to share gaming revenue. Beyond that, the tribe donates an additional $200,000 a year to various nonprofits in the area.

Visitors can enjoy fine dining at Storytellers steakhouse and family dining at The Gallery, The Gathering Restaurant & Bar and Johnny Rockets. Entertainment options include outdoor performances at the 3,500-seat Stargazer Pavilion, live entertainment at the Dragonfly Lounge, a 20-lane bowling center, Kids Quest childcare facility and a video arcade.

Hotel accommodations are available at the adjacent Lodge at Cliff Castle. Free bus and shuttle services are available from the Phoenix area, Prescott/Prescott Valley, Cottonwood and Flagstaff.

Located just east of I-17 at exit 289 – a 75-minute drive from Phoenix – the casino is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information about Cliff Castle Casino, call the Castle Club at (928) 567-7999.