Idaho Casino Opens First-Ever Tribal Game Testing Ground

Bettors in Idaho now have access to a one-of-a-kind gambling experience. The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Idaho opened its “Discovery Den” on New Year’s Eve. Guests can go to the newly opened area to access new gaming products before they are released to the public.

Located in Worley, ID, the Coeur d’Alene Casino is owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The casino resort features tens of thousands of square feet of gaming area for guests to enjoy. Adding the new “Discovery Den” creates another attraction for guests to enjoy. It is believed that the testing area is the first of its kind in tribal gaming.

The “Discovery Den” features new gaming products from some of the biggest casino games developers. Included in the testing area will be games designed by Scientific Games, Gaming Arts, Everi, Konami, AGS, and Bluberi. Games in the “Discovery Den” will be rotated on a quarterly basis.

Due to the gambling laws in Idaho, only bingo-based gambling machines will be allowed in the testing area. Still, guests will be able to try new games before they hit the market. The feedback from guests will also provide companies with valuable feedback on their products before they are released. “Discovery Den” also offers the casino an advantage over other tribal casinos in the state without a game testing area. It can also prove vital in competing with the top online legal casinos in Idaho.

About the Coeur d’Alene Casino

The Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort has been operated by the Coeur d’Alene tribe since 1993. The casino floor spans over 100,000 square feet and features over 1,600 video gaming machines. Bettors can also enjoy high-stakes bingo. Guests who frequent the casino and resort can take advantage of their rewards program. First-timers can take a virtual tour of the property online.

In addition to the large casino floor, guests can also stay in one of the 300 rooms and suites available. There are also seven restaurants and cafes for guests to enjoy. Dining options range from deli-style experiences to fine dining. Outside of the casino, there are plenty of other attractions for guests to take advantage of. The luxury spa spans over 15,000 square feet. There is also the Circling Raven Golf Club next door.

The resort also offers over 40,000 square feet of space for meetings, conferences, and even weddings. There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi for guests to use. The hotel also offers pet-friendly rooms so guests can bring man’s best friend along with them. Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort is located in the Northwestern Idaho countryside.

Benefits of Testing Ground

The newly opened 2,200 square foot “Discovery Den” is just the latest attraction at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. It will offer guests the opportunity to test the latest and greatest gaming machines. State gaming laws prevent the use of slot machines and live table games. As a result, the guests are limited to playing bingo-based terminals that operate similarly to slot machines.

Participating developers will also benefit from the testing area. The feedback from quests will provide developers with valuable feedback on new game designs before they are released elsewhere. So far, the casino has partnered with Gaming Arts, Scientific Games, Everi, AGS, Bluberi, and Konami. Creators are limited to testing games that fit Idaho’s regulations. However, if the testing area is a success, casinos in other states could open similar gaming areas.

Developers need a testing area for several reasons. Creating new games for the current generation of gamblers is important to keep them interested. However, developers have also struggled to create games that attract younger generations. Gaining insight from the current generation could prove invaluable for making games for decades to come.

Idaho Gaming Laws

Idaho features several one-of-a-kind casino experiences such as those offered by Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort. However, the state also has fairly restrictive gaming laws that limit gambling operations throughout the state. For instance, state officials have refused to enter into Class III gaming compacts with Idaho’s federally recognized tribes.

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) defines tribes’ rights to operate different types of gaming operations on their land. Under a Class III license, a tribe could operate traditional slot machines and gaming tables. However, because Idaho state officials refuse to allow Class III compacts, tribes are limited to Class I and II operations. Under Class I and II licenses, tribes can only operate bingo-style games, lotto games, and pull tabs and punch boards.

Idaho also does not allow sports betting. Online gaming options are also limited in “The Gem State.” As a result, residents have to travel across state lines to access those styles of gaming. Luckily, plenty of neighboring states offers players the chance to win real money from both online gaming and sportsbooks. Otherwise, bettors can enjoy the gaming options offered at one of the state’s seven tribal casinos. Idaho also has a fairly large array of lottery games, but all tickets must be purchased at in-person shops.


A groundbreaking gaming option recently opened in the state of Idaho. The Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort recently opened its new “Discovery Den” to the public. In the new gaming area, players will be able to test out new video gambling products from some of the best-known developers. Developers will be able to use player experiences to fine-tune the games before they are released elsewhere.

The games themselves are limited to only bingo-style betting machines. Idaho does not have any Class III licensed casinos, so no tribes can offer slot machines or table games at their casinos. However, the bingo-style machines should still provide developers will valuable information. Companies have been looking for new games for younger generations and the “Discovery Den” should help them immensely.

Bettors cannot access sportsbooks in Idaho. Legal online betting options can also be hard to come by. Access to new games on a quarterly basis will help the casino retain the attention of its customer base. The new testing area opened on New Year’s Eve and is just one of many attractions that sets the casino apart from others in the state. If it proves successful, other tribal casinos could follow suit and open their own testing centers.