Dakota Dunes Resort & Casino

The Dakota Dunes Casino and Resort is a true Vegas-style casino located on the historical Whitecap First Nation territory. It is located on a hilltop at the height of the South Saskatchewan River Valley Basin, just 20 minutes south of Saskatoon. The casino is open from 10am through 2am daily — extended to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. It offers top-class entertainment, fine dining, and the opportunity to stay at a newly built hotel. Dakota Dunes is part of the SIGA Group that operates seven different tribal casinos in Saskatchewan.

Head into the casino and you will be met by 85,000 square feet of gaming space. There are more than 600 slots to choose from. Regular live table games are available, as well as ‘The Circuit’ which features electronic table gaming. You can also enter the High Limit gaming room for high-stakes action.

On this page you will find everything you need ahead of a trip to the Dakota Dunes Resort and Casino. Below is a brief history of this casino. This is followed by a detailed look at the gaming options. Then the loyalty scheme is explained, including regular promotions for players. Information on the hotel and resort facilities is at the bottom of this page.

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History of Dakota Dunes Casino and Resort

This casino first opened its doors in 2007, announcing its presence by shining the ‘Teepee of Light’ into the night sky – seven 4,000-watt spotlights creating the teepee effect. The resort features the casino, a restaurant, and an 18-hole golf course. Dakota Dunes Golf Links has hosted events on the PGA Tour Canada. This resort caters to both business and leisure travellers.

The largest change to the Dakota Dunes came in 2020, when its hotel was opened.

Slots at Dakota Dunes Casino

Progressive jackpots are popular with slot fans around the world — especially those that offer prizes that are big enough to change your life. This is certainly the case at Dakota Dunes, where you have the chance to become an instant millionaire.

The million-dollar prize is on offer when you play to win the ‘Smoke Signals’ progressive jackpot. This pay-out starts at one million dollars and can rise all the way up to two million (the jackpot is guaranteed to pay before it hits $2 million dollars). As well as this mega prize you can also lay your hands on the ‘Rider Nation Progressive’ jackpot, which has a top prize of $100,000.

These are not the only progressives available. You can win impressive prizes on classic games such as Zeus, Dancing Drums, Jinse Dao, and a series of Quick Hit games. In total, you can usually expect to see slot jackpot prizes totalling more than a million dollars paid out monthly at this casino. Check out the social media pages of Dakota Dunes to see just how often players claim big five figure wins. Games like Lightning Link, America Original, and Grand Dragon add bonus games with big win potential into the mix

Dakota Dunes features a mix of reel (traditional) slots, video slots, and video poker machines. Within the range of the 620 slots there is something for everyone. There is a wide choice of denomination and win-line combinations, allowing for players with many different gambling budgets to enjoy the action.

Table games at Dakota Dunes in Saskatoon

Players can enjoy a range of casino table games at Dakota Dunes. Both the classics and variations on the popular games are available.

For example, ‘Free Bet Blackjack’ adds a twist and extra strategy to the standard blackjack format. This has different rules: with all hands a push on dealer 22. The free bets come into play for double-down and splits. ‘Bonus Spin Blackjack’ offers a side bet where you can spin an electronic bonus wheel when hitting blackjack, with the chance of winning a progressive jackpot.

You can of course, enjoy standard blackjack and double deck blackjack alongside other casino classics such as baccarat. Progressive Three Card Stud combines poker hand ranks with casino game action; this game also features a progressive jackpot side bet.

You can enjoy table games from midday through 2am all week, except on Fridays and Saturdays when they shut down at 3am. There is no dedicated poker room at this casino.

The Circuit electronic table games

If you like your table games with a modern edge, you can opt to play at ‘The Circuit’. This is e-gaming at its finest with 18 terminals set up, allowing you to play roulette, baccarat, and blackjack,all with a live dealer. These e-games have a minimum bet of $2. Look out for Three Card Poker, which will to be added into the mix soon.

Players Club loyalty scheme

The loyalty scheme at the casino is simply called the Players Club. This is a shared program that runs across all the seven casinos that are part of the SIGA group.

You can sign up for the free membership at the Players Club desk. You will instantly receive $10 in free slot play. You then insert the card into the machine you are playing (or show it to the dealer when playing table games) to start earning points.

For every 1,000 points you earn (you earn one point for every dollar wagered) you get $5 in free play. Other rewards as part of the club include:

  • Qualifying for free slots play
  • 10% off dining at the casino restaurant
  • Discounts at the hotel
  • Free soft drinks while you play at the casino
  • Entry into members-only draws and promotions
  • Advance purchase on entertainment tickets
  • 10% off entertainment tickets during pre-sale

With the scheme being run across all seven of the SIGA casinos, you can earn points at another casino and then redeem them when you get to Dakota Dunes. You could also do the opposite and redeem the points you earn here at any of the other six SIGA casinos.

There are both reoccurring and one-off promotions at the Dakota Dunes. Some of them are linked to the loyalty scheme (for example, earning triple points before 3pm on a Monday or a Tuesday). Others vary throughout the year. Examples include prize drawings for your birthday month, prize draw entries for play on Wednesdays, and promos linked to national holidays.

Dakota Dunes Casino & Resort amenities

Dakota Dunes Resort

The new hotel at the resort features 155 rooms. Each room features floor to ceiling windows, offering the perfect view of the natural landscape, the golf course, or the picturesque South Saskatchewan River Valley Basin. The rooms are designed in tribute to the Whitecap Dakota Nation, offering unique bedside artwork, with soothing neutral tones and rich wood furnishings.

Amenities in each room include ultra-comfortable beds, plush duvets and pillows, deluxe amenities, workstations, coffee and tea, a mini-fridge, high-speed wireless Internet access, and 55″ LED televisions. All guests have access to the indoor rooftop pool and the hot tub.

Dining

There are three dining options at the Dakota Dunes Casino. Here is a rundown of each:

  • Arrowhead Grill Restaurant: This restaurant is open from 5pm through 9pm daily. A look at the menu shows a selection of classic and original dishes. Tuck into the SIGA burger, made up of grilled butcher’s-cut beef, cheddar cheese, smoky bacon, sliced tomatoes, red onion, kosher dill, and leaf lettuce, all served on a potato scallion bun. If that hasn’t gotten your taste buds active, other dishes on the menu include a steak sandwich, a Caesar salad, a classic Denver sandwich, fish and chips, and steak and egg.
  • Moose Woods Home Fire Grill: This restaurant features a rich farm-to-table menu featuring the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients and finest cuts of meat. The restaurant features a large outdoor terrace, signature dishes, a variety of seating options (including booths), with every detail designed to reflect the ‘rich heritage of the Dakota Unceded Territory’.
  • Tim Hortons: An ideal location to pick up light foods such as pastries and paninis, as well as their signature, premium blend coffee.

In summary – how does Dakota Dunes Casino and Resort compare?

Dakota Dunes Casino and Resort makes for the ideal Saskatchewan getaway. It is located just minutes from a city, but you would never know it from the tranquil setting. Casino gamers can enjoy an excellent range of slots. The latest titles are combined with provincial progressive jackpots. Table game fans have double the opportunity, with both traditional live games (with some variety thrown into the mix), as well as the electronic table games available at ‘The Circuit’. The Dakota Dunes Casino features two restaurants and a fast-food outlet at Tim Hortons. The addition of a 155-room hotel has turned this venue from a casino into a full-fledged resort.

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