Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California is the best United States casino, according to a nationwide poll by 10Best.com, part of USA TODAY Travel, that ended Monday, June 22. The Native American owned and operated resort/casino claims the top spot in the Top 10 list released Friday, June 26 after four weeks of voting by readers. It edged out well-known resort/casinos including the Bellagio, Borgata and L’Auberge in established gaming destinations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the South. Pechanga, the largest resort/casino in the state, initially made the 10Best.com list, along with two other California resort/casinos. Only one Las Vegas resort made the top 10 list.
‘We are ecstatic about being voted number one, said Lee Torres, Pechanga vice president of marketing. ‘We say a huge ‘˜thank you’ to everyone who cast their ballot for Pechanga. We all try every day to offer a distinguished standard of customer service. Being the nation’s best casino is an incredible honor, and it’s a testament to the perseverance of the Pechanga Tribe.
Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of LuiseÃ±o Indians. The Pechanga Band and the Temecula region celebrate the opening its original casino operation 20 years ago this July. In 1995, the Tribe opened the Pechanga Entertainment Center, housed in modular structures, with 200 gaming positions and 135 employees. They opened the permanent Pechanga Resort & Casino on June 24, 2002 with an 88,000-square foot casino floor, 517 hotel rooms, and a 1,200-seat theater. The tribe reinvested into the property, expanding its gaming space in 2005 to include another 100,000-square feet, and later added an on-site championship golf course. The resort now employs more than 4,000 people. Pechanga tribal members say the resort will become even more of a desired destination spot for travelers after their planned $285 million resort expansion, announced in late 2014, is completed.
Wednesday, July 22, Pechanga Resort & Casino will give away $100,000 during a slot tournament open to everyone 21 and older. The event will be a celebration to say, ‘thank you, to all who voted for the resort/casino in USA TODAY’s poll. The event will run from 2:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. with prizes paid that night.
Casino properties were chosen for the poll by Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic, Editorial Director for Casino Player and Strictly Slots magazines, and by Tony Harrell, a certified destination expert for Las Vegas, New Orleans and Canada.
posted by Andrea Gonzalez 6/26/15