The Ilani Casino Resort is a casino operated by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and located near La Center, Washington. The Cowlitz Tribe was a landless tribe awaiting approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take land into federal trust. The casino opened on April 24, 2017, after a lengthy legal battle over the tribe’s right to establish a reservation to build the casino on. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe was formally recognized by the U.S. federal government on February 14, 2000, consisting of 3,700 members. In the 2000s, the newly recognized Cowlitz Tribe began planning for a casino and hotel complex.
An estimated 15,000 people attended the casino’s opening day. Ilani is the premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination in the Pacific Northwest and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The design of the 368,000 square-foot casino resort project the culture of the Northwest and pay tribute to the heritage of the Cowlitz Tribe.
The 34,200 m2, $510 million Ilani Casino Resort is located approximately 40 km north of Portland, Oregon. It has 2,500 slot machines, 75 table games and several bars and stores. Players will enjoy playing latest and hottest video slot titles that include 88 Fortunes, Fu Dao Le, Queen of the Nile, Pharaoh’s Fortune, Golden Rooster, Friends and many others.
The table games include favorites like blackjack, roulette, midi baccarat, craps and pai gow poker.
For non-smokers, the casino features a smoke-free gaming space that covers a floor area of 32,000 sq ft featuring 1,159 slot machines and 12 tables games including Spanish 21, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em and blackjack.
Guests can join the reward program known as Momentum that offers a variety of amazing rewards and benefits.
Ilani Casino Resort is projected to attract 4.5 million visitors annually and bring $200 million to the Cowlitz Tribe. The casino opened with 15 restaurants. The casino’s architect and interior designer is Friedmutter Group, a Las Vegas-based firm specializing in gambling projects.
Ilani Casino Resort recognizes that for most people gambling is a social or recreational activity, something that is fun and entertaining.
For others, gambling causes problems and becomes uncontrollable and is no longer a choice. Ilani Casino Resort believes that it is their responsibility to be sensitive to their guests and by proactively addressing problem gambling.