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Viejas Casino opens new high-stakes bingo room


Press Release,  Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:09:58 PM

Viejas Casino reached a major milestone today, with the opening of a new high-stakes, high tech Bingo Room. Tribal elders, tribal leaders, local dignitaries, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the public all joined in the Grand Opening of the new Bingo Room. The ceremonies included a Tribal Blessing, traditional Native American Bird Songs and a ribbon cutting. The first Viejas Bingo facility opened in 1977 at the Ma Tar Awa RV Park on the Viejas Reservation. In 1994, Viejas Bingo was moved to a location inside the Viejas Casino building, and in 2000 a new structure was built on the east side of Viejas Casino to house the growing bingo operation. That structure will be demolished to make way for the new hotel at Viejas Casino, which will include over 120 rooms, a pool and Jacuzzi area, and other amenities.

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Viejas Casino opens new, expanded poker room


Press Release,  Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 1:39:16 PM

Viejas Casino, voted San Diego's Best Casino 10 years in a row, has opened a new poker room on the first floor of the casino. The new, more spacious poker room boasts over 20 tables, more plasma screens for football, boxing and other events, and easier access for players and spectators.

The new poker room's location adds to the excitement at the heart of the casino, on the main floor, just inside the South entrance. The expanded area allows for more guests to try their hand during regular play, and more capacity for Viejas Casino's popular poker tournaments.

"Moving our poker room to the main floor has already created a lot of buzz on our casino floor, from both poker players and other casino guests who pick up on all the new activity and excitement in the table games area. We've received great feedback from our guests and we`re looking forward to offering new tournaments and payouts in the coming months," said Viejas Casino General Manager Jack McGinty.

Current poker tournaments include $2,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold'em on Saturday and Sunday, and football tournaments on Monday nights.


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Viejas Casino scores 10 awards


Press Release,  Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:52:46 AM

Viejas Casino (http://www.viejas.com) is once again ranked among the best casinos in Southern California, this time picking up 10 honors in the 2009 Reader`s Choice Best of Southern California Gaming awards. Winners will be announced in the October issue of the Southern California Gaming Guide (http://www.thegamingguide.com).

Viejas Casino was ranked #1 for Best Dealers and 2nd or 3rd in the following categories: Luckiest Casino, Best Blackjack, Best Overall Slots, Best Penny Slots, Best Poker Room, Best Bingo, Best Casino Service, Best Fine Dining/Steakhouse and Best Entertainment and Concerts.

These awards follow Viejas Casino being named "Best Casino" for the 10th year in a row in the highly-coveted 2009 Best of San Diego Reader`s Poll by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Viejas also picked up awards for "Best Casino Dining," "Best Live Music Venue" (for Concerts-in-the-Park), "Best Steakhouse" (for The Grove Steakhouse), "Best Dance Club/Entertainment" (for the DreamCatcher Lounge).

Viejas Casino features thousands of slot machines; over 80 table games such as $1 and $2 Blackjack, no-commission EZ Baccarat and Pai Gow; a Poker Room; an off-track betting facility; bingo hall; and six restaurants including the delicious Harvest Buffet. Viejas comes alive with live entertainment at three concert venues: the V Lounge, DreamCatcher and Concerts in the Park, featuring local, regional and national acts.



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CA tribal casino certified for Responsible Gambling


Business Wire,  Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 11:59:09 AM

Viejas Casino, one of the most successful tribal gaming facilities in California, today announced that it has become the first casino in California to be certified as a responsible gambling facility. In training sessions that were completed last week, 75% of Viejas Casino's frontline casino employees learned how to identify and assist problem gamblers, bringing the total number of trained casino employees to 1,581. This marks the first time an entire casino has been certified in responsible gambling by the California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG).

"This is an issue that we take very seriously," said Bobby Barrett, Viejas Tribal Chairman, Chairman of the California Tribal Business Alliance and a certified problem gambling counselor. "Although problem gambling only affects a relatively small percentage of players, it is still an issue that we are committed to, and even one person with problem gambling is too many. We are concerned with the health and safety of the people in our casinos and will take every step to ensure that their time with us is not negatively affecting their lives at home. We also challenge other casinos, race tracks, card rooms and the state lottery to match our efforts to help curb problem gambling."

The latest employee training sessions were facilitated by the California Council on Problem Gambling and took place at Viejas over a four-day period. Each team member was required to pass a test that was administered at the end of each training session. In order for a casino to become certified in responsible gambling, over 60% of its frontline employees must attend and pass the training courses.

"This is a very important milestone for California's gaming industry and we congratulate Viejas, which has been at the forefront of this issue since the start of tribal gaming," said Bruce Roberts, executive director of the California Council on Problem Gambling. "Casino certification for responsible gambling is extremely important because, in addition to employee training, there are six other criteria which must be met. These steps will educate the patrons, create public awareness and often prevent more serious consequences associated with problem gambling. Being able to recognize and assist those who exhibit early warning signs is the first step in helping to minimize the problem."


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