The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino first opened its doors on June 10, 2008. This casino is owned and operated by Alberta’s Nakoda First Nation. The resort is located just 35 minutes west of Calgary, on the Trans-Canada Highway at the junction of Highway 40 heading to Kananaskis. The resort is a close to the towns of Canmore and Banff.
This casino has more than 250 slot machines — many from Scientific Games. Fifteen tables feature popular casino table games, including roulette and blackjack. There is a dedicated poker room and an off-track betting office at Stoney Nakoda Casino. You can dine in two separate restaurants and even stay in the attached hotel.
On this page you will find all you need to know ahead of a trip to the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. There is a brief history of the casino below. This is followed by a look at all the gambling options. Slots, table games, poker and off-track betting are all covered. Loyalty rewards, promotions and entertainment options are explained at the bottom of this page.
Alberta’s Nakoda First Nation operates the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino in Kananaskis. The Nakoda First Nation consists of three bands — Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley. The name Nakoda means a friend or an ally. The name “Stoney” was given to them by explorers, due to the fact that they used fire-heated rocks to boil broth in rawhide bowls.
The casino opened in the summer of 2008, and within a year the hotel part of the casino was completed and began to welcome guests. This facility uses the tagline “The basecamp of the Rockies.”
The casino floor features 70,000 square feet of gambling space. You will find more than 250 slot machines. This casino offers Alberta’s only hybrid games by Scientific Games. This dealer-assisted electronic system allows players to bet on up to four games at once from a single terminal.
There is a major focus on jackpot slot games at this casino, with the Hot Hot Jackpot a popular choice. Other popular games on the casino floor include Triple Strike — where it is all about those sevens — and Double Dollar, where you line dollar symbols for the biggest wins. Robin Hood and the Monopoly-themed games are also available.
Video lottery terminals are available as well, allowing you to choose from a range of Class II games, including many additional slots.
You can enjoy slots on Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. till midnight, while the hours are extended until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Players will find a mix of table games at the casino. In total there are 15 tables with games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat and other offerings such as three card poker (where you can enjoy side bets with big prizes) and Extreme 21.
Table games can be played from 7 p.m. until midnight on Sunday to Thursday. The hours are extended here as well to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Cash games are available seven days a week in the separate poker room. Either join a game in progress or speak to a games manager to enquire about getting a game set up.
Alongside the cash games are a series of poker tournaments throughout the week. The weekly Saturday night poker tournament has a buy-in of $35 ($30 + $5) and starts at 7 p.m. Be in place at 6:45 p.m. to register or pre-book your seat by contacting the poker room beforehand.
The last Saturday of every month sees the “Special Poker Tournament” take place, with a buy-in of $105 ($100 + $5).
There are also regular poker leagues. As well as playing in the tournament, you earn points toward a leaderboard. Some of the initial buy-ins for all the league events will be withheld to offer a much larger prize pool for the championship game at the end of the league series.
You can enjoy off-track betting at the casino seven days a week in the Sidelines Lounge. Here you will be able to watch and wager on the best nationwide and international horse racing action on 12 TVs. Simulcast racing allows you to place all your favorite bets such as win, place, show, daily doubles, exactas, trifectas and more.
You can sign up to the Alberta-wide Winner’s Edge loyalty program at Stoney Nakoda. You can sign up either at the desk or head to the Winner’s Edge kiosk on site.
Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy as part of the program:
On the casino website you will find adverts featuring special discounts in the local area if you stay at the resort. Examples include 20% off a helicopter ride, 10% off a round of golf and 15% off if you want to go rafting.
Check out some of the special promotions on the website and across the resort’s social media pages. Good examples include the chance to win three times your normal loyalty points when you play on any carded slot machines or electronic table games. Look out for the chance to win thousands of bonus points when you introduce a friend to the Winner’s Edge program.
The hotel at this resort is a great spot for a getaway with the family — it also works for a romantic weekend away or for a meeting/business trip. The hotel has 92 guest rooms as well as 18 suites. Each room offers a spacious floor plan and a view of the sunrise or surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Amenities at the hotel include complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, room service, plush duvets and pillows, enhanced workstations and comfy office chairs, free daily newspaper, in-room coffee/tea station and tiled showers with separate soaker tubs. All rooms include TV/internet service. Rooms are all nonsmoking.
There are two dining options at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino:
The Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino makes for an ideal casino getaway in a wonderful, picturesque setting. The more than 250 slots in the casino ensure that you have a choice of the latest titles — plus retro/traditional reel slot options. You can play all the classic table games at this casino. Fans of poker can find a cash game or a tournament to enjoy. Horse racing fans can check out the off-track betting experience. Note that unlike the bigger Calgary casinos, this venue is not 24/7.
There is more than just gambling at this resort. You can enjoy the a la carte menu at two locations. Options range from a quick breakfast to a sit-down three-course meal. If you want to make a weekend of it, book a room at the hotel, where you will enjoy a stunning view of the Rockies.