Issue 122
January 13-19, 2003
Volume 3
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$260 Million Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Opens

Palms Casino Resort Announces Breakthrough Bachelor Party Suites

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$260 Million Barona Valley Ranch
Resort & Casino Opens

SAN DIEGO, CA - Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, San Diego's only luxury casino and destination resort property, officially opened its doors on New Year's Day and will welcome San Diegans and visitors alike with a month-long grand opening celebration.

The opening marks the completion of a two-year expansion featuring a new casino, resort hotel, lakefront wedding chapel, events center and championship golf course. "Throughout the planning and building phases of the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, we have strived to raise the bar on the quality of gaming in California," said Clifford LaChappa, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "As we welcome guests from around the world, our entire team takes pride in our achievement in creating the premier gaming and hospitality brand on the West Coast."

Nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of the Barona Indian Reservation in San Diego, Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino will offer guests world-class luxury, seclusion, and gaming excitement ideal for a mid-week or weekend getaway. The resort's California ranch influenced design pays tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the Barona Band of Mission Indians combining timeless natural beauty and the history of the tribal land. Exciting gaming, 397 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, golf on the award-winning Barona Creek Golf Club, a lakefront wedding chapel, world-class restaurants, and exceptional amenities and services promise an incomparable vacation experience.

Intent on raising the bar on gaming in California, the centerpiece of the resort is the new 300,000 square foot casino featuring 2,000 Las Vegas slots, video poker and keno machines and 52 exciting table games - Blackjack, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud, Casino War and Three-Card Poker - an 11-table poker room, and an off-track betting area. Founder's Hall, a 20,000 square-foot multi-purpose room, will house bingo games and be available for a wide array of functions including special events, concerts and meeting space. The amazing selection of gaming options is made more exciting with Barona's astounding average daily payout of $10 million. From penny slots to an exclusive high limit area, enthusiasts are sure to find their game of choice.

Guests can settle into their comfort zone in one of 364 deluxe guest rooms or 33 luxury suites. Each room is dressed in the warm tones and relaxed ambience that are the foundation of the elegantly rustic resort. Golden yellow and rich brown hues accompany fresh floral accents and ruggedly attractive iron light fixtures. Each of the 33 expansive suites, ranging in size from 836 square feet to 2,200 square feet, feature standard amenities plus numerous indulgences.

Bergman, Walls and Associates, acclaimed architects of the Paris Hotel and Casino, Mirage and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, envisioned the theme of the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, which is centered on the California Ranch style of the 1930s.

From the rich, earthy tones to the attractive stone walls and oversized fireplace in the hotel lobby, evocative natural imagery and elements reflect the Tribe's harmonious coexistence with and reverence of nature. The dark wood and stone facades of the aged, ranch-style buildings are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and the existing structures

on the Barona Indian Reservation. A functioning old mill waterwheel, several magnificent lakes, and features such as a period footbridge and a restored barn, decorate the resort. The entirety of the site, from the golf course to new and existing buildings, is lushly landscaped and waterscaped as an added enrichment to the Barona Valley. Architectural accents from a variety of periods enhance the notion of a sprawling rancheria evolving and expanding through the decade.

Recipient of numerous awards including Audubon Signature Certification and rated the #3 resort course in California by Golfweek Magazine and one of Golf Magazine's Top 10 New Courses in the Nation, the Barona Creek Golf Club offers one of the most challenging golf experiences in Southern California. Designed by the acclaimed Gary Roger Baird, the 18-hole course is a par 72, and has 7,088 yards with nearly 100 multi-fingered bunkers and a series of lakes and ponds that are connected to the area's naturally fed streams.

The flavor of the Old West meets contemporary California cuisine in the resort's eight stylish dining establishments. Several exciting restaurants including the upscale Barona Oaks Steakhouse, the Branding Iron Cafe, a 200-seat cafe overlooking the magnificent landscaped lakes of the Barona Creek Golf Club, and the Ranch House Buffet, an 850-seat all-you-can- eat buffet. Other options include Feisty Kate's, a 1950s inspired Malt Shop, the Barona Coffee Company, Reflections Poolside Delights, the Food Court, and Jackpot Dining.

Situated on the edge of a small, tranquil lake and set against the stunning backdrop of rugged chaparral covered foothills, the charming Wedding Chapel is the ideal location for memorable nuptials. The Victorian-inspired, whitewashed structure seats 68 and a custom-crafted picture window casts a beautiful glow on the bride and groom by day and adds a traditional touch by night. A selection of decor and floral options add the finishing touches for the celebration. Nearby, the full-service Golf Events Center offers a convenient and elegant setting for receptions complete with flexible capacity, professional and courteous catering staff, and delicious cuisine.

The Barona Band of Mission Indians has lived in Southern California for over 5,000 years and the Barona Indian Reservation since 1932. The Tribe was once a nomadic band that traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. It is now a sovereign government operating one of the most successful casinos in California.


Palms Casino Resort Announces Breakthrough
Bachelor Party Suites

LAS VEGAS - The Palms Casino Resort unveiled on Jan 7 the ultimate playrooms for bad boys -- two luxury suites specifically designed for private bachelor (or bachelorette) parties. These bachelor suites are located on the 28th floor of the Palms Casino Resort, adjacent to the Real World Suite, which has quickly become one of the most coveted party spots in Las Vegas and recent host to private events held for celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Avril Lavigne and Jamie Foxx.

"These suites provide the perfect atmosphere for people who want to celebrate their last days of freedom in the ultimate bachelor pad," explains George Maloof, president and owner of the Palms Casino Resort. "Aside from the incredible sound system and flat screen TVs, the most attractive feature in the room is its complete privacy -- the staff has been sworn to secrecy!"

Outfitted in a retro 60s color pattern, the bachelor suites offer provocative features such as stripper poles, in-wall Murphy beds, and wooden dance floors. A mirror wall made up of fragmented broken squares of glass creates the great visual effect of a disco ball. The same fragmented mirror treatment is also featured above the bed, complemented by LED lighting that changes colors based on desired effect. Plasma screens and superior sound systems complement the dance floors in the suites, which include all the necessary elements for these types of gatherings.

"The design goal was to create a space that is sexy and sophisticated, hip and modern, which stays consistent with the overall design of the Palms," said Susan Long, a senior designer from Los Angeles-based Jerde Partnership who designed the bachelor suites. Jerde Partnership is also responsible for the entire design of the Palms Casino Resort, including Ghostbar, N9NE Steakhouse, Rain Nightclub and the $2 million Real World Suite.

The Palms Casino Resort is a $265 million boutique resort that opened in November 2001. Owned by George Maloof, the 440-room property offers a diverse mix of restaurants and bars (including the famed Ghost Bar and Rain nightclub), 14-theatre Cineplex, a 1,500-seat, multi-use entertainment venue and a 95,000-square-foot casino. It is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road, minutes from the Forum Shops and Fashion Show Mall.

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