Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Overview
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino has grown from a small Native American gambling operation in Hogansburg, New York into full-service casino resort since it first opened in 1999.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is owned and operated by the Mohawk Nation. It sits just inside the local Mohawk reservation borders, right beside the town of Bombay, NY.
The Casino first opened its doors to the public on April 12, 1999. The property underwent a $74 million casino expansion in 2011. A hotel was added in 2013. The property is now a full-service casino resort with a hotel, spa, numerous dining options and a lounge.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino is located in Upstate New York, just off New York State Route 37. It is just a stone’s throw from the Canadian-US border where the St. Regis River meets the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
$74 million casino expansion
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino now features 130,000 square-feet of gaming space. The casino has more than 1,600 of the latest slot machines, and more than 35 table games. There is also a Bingo Palace with room for up to 500 players.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino also features a modern slot ticketing system with cash out kiosks.
The table games on offer at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino include:
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Four Card Poker
- Let It Ride
- Pai Gow Poker
- Double-hand poker
- Spanish 21
- Double Deck Blackjack
- Mississippi Stud
- Blackjack Switch
- Money Wheel
Online casino adaptability
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino partnered with mobile casino gaming industry experts JOINGO to launch the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Mobile App in 2016. The app gives player’s club members the ability to:
- view account balances
- book hotel rooms
- make restaurant reservations
- buy concert tickets
- contact a casino host
The app is available for iOS and Android device users.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Mobile App does not currently offer real-money or free-to-play casino games. However, partner JOINGO does offer this functionality on other apps it has designed and released.
New York lawmakers were not currently considering any plans to legalize and regulate online casino gaming as of the first quarter of 2018. Should that ever change, the launch of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Mobile App and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino’s partnership with JOINGO suggests they would be ready for it.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino clearly has the infrastructure in place to jump on board a legal online casino market relatively quickly.
Online poker could be next
Two identical bills aimed at opening up a legal and regulated online poker market were introduced into the New York State Senate and Assembly in 2017, then carried over into 2018. Westchester Assemblyman and the State Assembly’s Chairman of the Committee on Racing and Wagering, J. Gary Pretlow, has said there is very little standing in its way. He also has claimed all of New York’s licensed casino and Racino properties are supportive.
This would likely include the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. In fact, its recent expansion suggests the property is interested in new revenue streams. At one time, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino hosted a seven-table poker room, but it has since been closed.
It would appear the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino has very little experience with online poker, However, its willingness to adopt emerging revenue streams should trump that.
Now a full-service resort and casino
Recent renovations have truly transformed the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino into a full-service resort and casino.
In 2013, the property added a luxury hotel with a host of amenities, including:
- Seven stories
- 150 rooms
- Heated indoor pool
- Fitness center
- Sweetgrass Spa
Additional accommodations include a Comfort Inn & Suites next door to the casino and a 19-spot RV Park on site.
The resort also boasts a number of different bar and restaurant options, including:
- Native Harvest Buffet
- Maple Room Steakhouse
- Rapids Food Court
- Sticks Sports Bar and Grill
- Cascades Lounge
- Great rewards
Points equal free rewards
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino offers free membership in its Winners Club player’s club. Players can earn points redeemable for:
- slot play
- concert tickets
- prize drawings
- spa services
- hotel rooms
Members also get exclusive mail offers and discounts on the property.
There are four levels of Winners Club cards based on point accumulation:
- One Base Point for every $10 bet on all slots or video poker games
- One Base Point for every $10 Bingo product purchased
- Base Points based on average bet, length of play, game type and skill level for table games