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Lee Torres, First-Ever General Manager Promoted from within Pechanga Resort & Casino

The Pechanga Development Corporation’s Board of Directors has named the first-ever general manager to be promoted from within Pechanga Resort & Casino, voted the #1 casino in the country by the readers of USA Today. Mr. Lee Torres, with nearly 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, has been an integral part of our leadership team, serving Pechanga as Chief Marketing Officer since 2011. As of March 2017, Mr. Torres will now oversee the entire property’s overall performance across 11 divisions and departments as the new general manager, taking Pechanga and its new brand image to the next level.

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“I’m honored to be the first general manager selected from within of such a premier property, rivaling even the most prestigious of casino-resort properties in Las Vegas, by the Pechanga Development Corporation’s Board of Directors,” said Mr. Lee Torres, general manager at Pechanga Resort & Casino. “They’re trusting me with not only the responsibility of overseeing all 11 divisions and essentially all four thousand team members on property, but also with leading the charge on Pechanga’s $285 million expansion. This is a very exciting time for Pechanga and I’m deeply humbled to be a part of the journey.”

“Play on Another Level” - Transformation to the Deluxe New Asian Brand Pechanga Resort & Casino, advancing with the rapidly changing trend and development, launched a new Asian brand identity early this year that anticipates the $285 Million resort expansion scheduled to be completed at the end of 2017. As the largest Casino in California, located in the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga takes your experience to another level. With an exhilarating array of table games and slots, a 4-diamond hotel accommodation, rejuvenating spa, delicious dining options, thrilling live performances, and a world-class golf course, Pechanga is elevating into a broader landscape to better compete in the global and digital environments and with properties in Las Vegas.

"Changing our brand is not something we've ventured into for more than 15 years," said April Bouchard, Director of Advertising and Brand at Pechanga Resort & Casino. "It was scary for a lot of people, but look at all that's happened in the world in 15 years. The Internet and social media can drive business. Our new brand lets us take the spirit, we know to be Pechanga into the reaches of the future. We're so excited for it."

"This new logo is modern, elegant, and captures the essence of Pechanga Resort & Casino: laid back luxury," said Edith Atwood, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation. "This exciting change comes just ahead of the ultimate change at Pechanga - the addition of 568 new rooms, a luxury spa, a spectacular pool complex, and more. This new look and feel is all about positioning Pechanga Resort & Casino for the future."

New Asian Brand - Auspicious “Pi Xiu” Logo
Taking our current brand to the next level and reinforcing the commitment to
the Asian Brand, the transformation of the Pi Xiu is now an elegant maturation of Pechanga's original Asian logo. This auspicious symbol of
wealth serves to carry good fortune to all guests. The overall theme and message is to wish everyone "Good Luck.” Pechanga Resort and Casino and iGraphix, their Asian advertising agency, designed the New Asian Brand logo together and is promoting this new trademark through different mediums of digital and social platforms in the Asian market. Prepare to experience the satisfaction as the new brand and logo takes you to another level.

Pechanga Resort & Casino Expansion Set to Open at the End of the YearThe current $285 million resort expansion set to open at the end of the year includes the addition of 568 rooms and suites, 70,000 additional square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, a luxury, two-story spa and salon, a four- acre resort pool complex with three new pools and five spas, and two new restaurants. Pechanga just celebrated the grand opening of the brand new 2,400-space parking garage featuring 44 electric vehicles charging stations and three Tesla Superchargers, marking the completion of the first phase of the expansion. Enough solar to power 100 homes along with a moving sidewalk to the casino entrance will be added to the new East Parking Garage this summer. The Pechanga Tribe also marked the mid-point to their massive expansion in April with a topping out ceremony of the new hotel wing. More updates will be unveiled soon!

About Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the Number One casino in America by readers of USA TODAY and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 3,400 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit?www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24- hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.


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Pechanga Resort & Casino Trophy

Awards season is upon us, but we’re not talking the Emmys, ESPYs or even the Oscars. Pechanga Resort & Casino was recently awarded top honors by three nationally recognized magazines and organizations for its guest service excellence and amenities. The Temecula resort/casino beat more than 20 other competitors for the distinctions.

Readers of the SoCal Gaming Guide named Pechanga Resort & Casino as the Best Casino in southern California. Voted on by magazine readers, 22 southern California tribal casinos were eligible for the distinction in the annual Reader's Choice 2016 BEST CASINOS conducted in August.

Pechanga was also awarded Best Overall Gaming Resort, Best Golf Course, and Best Craps by Casino Player Magazine. A repeat winner in Casino Player’s Best Of series, the full-service resort and Journey at Pechanga golf course were the catalysts that won readers over this year. Rated among the top public courses in California by GolfWeek magazine, readers love the sacred tribal aspects of the course as well as the challenging terrain.

Pechanga was also awarded Best Overall Gaming Resort, Best Golf Course, and Best Craps by Casino Player Magazine. A repeat winner in Casino Player’s Best Of series, the full-service resort and Journey at Pechanga golf course were the catalysts that won readers over this year. Rated among the top public courses in California by GolfWeek magazine, readers love the sacred tribal aspects of the course as well as the challenging terrain.

The Southern California PGA bestowed Journey at Pechanga’s First Assistant Golf Professional, Bill Crist, with the 2016 Merchandiser of the Year. The course’s 2,600 square foot pro shop features clubs, balls, shoes, apparel, gadgets, magazines, and anything else a golfer needs to go from street to golf chic in a matter of minutes. “Providing friendly customer service is always the top priority for us at the Journey Pro Shop,” said Bill Crist. “If we don’t carry something a golfer wants, we’ll do everything we can to find it.”

“At Pechanga we strive to provide a truly exceptional experience to all of our guests - on the casino floor, at the hotel, in the spa and on the golf course, so to be recognized by those guests for our efforts is an honor,” said Rudy Prieto, Pechanga Resort & Casino General Manager.

Pechanga’s 200,000 square foot casino floor sets the bar high for casinos throughout the country, having a larger casino floor than any Las Vegas resort, as well as being one of the largest resort-casinos in the United States. A selection of 3,400 slot machines, 130 table games, 700-seat Bingo hall, 43-table poker room, dedicated non-smoking areas and opulent high limit amenities, the prestigious awards are well deserved.

To experience all the award winning amenities and gaming Pechanga Resort & Casino has to offer, visit pechanga.com.

About Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the Number One Casino in America by readers of USA TODAY and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 3,400 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com.

Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino.

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Pala Casino Spa & Resort Announces Plans for $170 Million Expansion and Renovation, 400 Construction Jobs to be Created

 
PALA, CA – Officials of Pala Casino Spa & Resort today announced plans for an expansion and complete renovation of its AAA Four Diamond award winning property. Construction of the $170 million project will begin in October 2017 and be completed in May 2019.
The renovation and expansion will include: the addition of a new 349 room hotel tower; the conversion of the existing resort pool into a multi-pool and entertainment resort complex; the construction of an inventory of unique hotel suites that will overlook the Starlight Theater event lawn and the new pool and entertainment complex; expanded gaming and casino bar space; a parking garage expansion; a completely remodeled restaurant promenade; a complete refresh of the entire casino interior; a complete refresh of the entire existing hotel tower.

“Our ability to exponentially expand and refresh Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a true testament to, not only the growth of Pala, but also to the thriving economy and the continued strength of the gaming industry in California,” said Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “This is a significant milestone for our Tribe and we look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our loyal patrons.”
Once completed, Pala’s hotel will offer 854 deluxe rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with the finest amenities. The hotel suites that will be added will overlook the new multi-pool and entertainment complex and the Starlight Theater, Pala’s custom built outdoor entertainment venue, which offers outstanding headliner acts and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

The project will increase Pala’s casino from its current 90,000 square feet to over 102,000 square feet of gaming space. The expansion will allow Pala Casino to increase its offering of slot and video machines to 2,500 and its offering of table games to 88.

“We are very excited to engage in our third major expansion since our introduction to the Southern California gaming and hospitality market more than 16 years ago. As in the past, we expect elements of this expansion and upgrade to be unique to our property and to set new resort standards,” said Bill Bembenek, Chief Executive Officer of Pala Casino Spa & Resort. “This significant expansion project will complement our already luxurious resort offerings while providing our patrons with new world-class amenities.” Pala’s renovation and expansion project will create 400 construction jobs and, once complete, add over 200 new employment opportunities to Pala’s current team of 2,000 team members.

The construction company selected for the renovation and expansion is Level 10 Construction with headquarters in San Francisco, CA, and offices in Sunnyvale and San Diego, CA. The architect is Klai Juba Wald of Las Vegas, NV. The contributing architect is Marks Architects of San Diego, CA.
For more information on Pala Casino Spa & Resort, please visit: www.palacasino.com.

Pala Casino Spa & Resort includes a Las Vegas-style casino with 2,000 slot machines, 80 table games and 15 poker tables; a 507-room hotel; a 10,000-square-foot, full-service spa and salon that features 14 treatment rooms; a state-of-the-art fitness center; swimming pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, and dual-temperature outdoor whirlpool hot tub. Pala also offers 11 restaurants and 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Pala Casino Spa & Resort is an AAA Four-Diamond Award winner for 12 consecutive years. The new Pala RV Resort opened May 23, 2016, and offers 100 parking sites for RVs and trailers from 55 to 70 feet and full-service amenities for RVers. Pala RV Resort is rated a perfect 10/10*/10 by Good Sam, the national RV Resort rating publication. Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines awarded Pala RV Resort its Gold Awards for 2016 as Best RV Resort Casino and Best Campground Resort. Its state-of- the-art Pala Spa was named the number three spa in North America and the number one spa in the State of California and the entire casino industry for 2016. The ranking marked the eleventh consecutive year that Pala Spa has been ranked in the Top 100 and Top 10. Pala Casino Spa & Resort was voted Best Casino in San Diego by the public in the 10News.com annual A-List poll sponsored by KGTV-TV 10 News in San Diego. For more information, visit http://www.palacasino.com

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The majority of the over 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation, established for Cupen?o and Luisen?o Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people - Pala.


Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Pechanga Resort & Casino
With A 2017 Mercedes Giveaway and A Share of $100,000 in EasyPlay!

Join us at Pechanga Resort & Casino in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with our exciting $100,000 Harvest Moon Drawings on Sunday, October 1st. Prizes include a 2017 Mercedes Benz and $100,000 in EasyPlay.

Pechanga Club members can earn entries to the drawing by playing slots and table games from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Multiple entries can be earned depending on your membership/tier level: Red Card members can earn up to 8x entries; Platinum Card members can earn up to 5x entries; Gold Card members can earn up to 2x entries, and Silver Card members can earn 1x entry. Entries will be drawn at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. A total of 200 lucky winners will share $100,000 in EasyPlay, while one grand prize winner will drive away in a 2017 Mercedes Benz. Play more to win multiple times. Winners will be posted throughout the casino floor. For more information, please call 1-877-711-2946 or visit Pechanga.com.

All of us at Pechanga Resort & Casino wish everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

About Pechanga Resort & Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in the United States. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway. Offering more than 3,000 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.