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Barona Casino and VCAT Announce Involvement in California Indian Gaming Summit

22 March 2001

SAN DIEGO, California –(Press Release) --March 22, 2001 -- Barona Casino and Venture Catalyst Incorporated (Nasdaq: VCAT) are sponsors of the upcoming 3rd Annual California Indian Gaming Summit and Slot Manager Institute. In addition, gaming industry experts from both Barona Casino and VCAT will be featured as panel speakers during important discussions such as ``The Expansion of Gaming in California'' and ``Beyond Tickets: Leveraging Technology on the Slot Floor.''

Sponsored by GEM Communications, the California Indian Gaming Summit will be held in at the Riviera Resort and Racquet Club in Palm Springs, Calif. on March 25-26, with the Slot Manager Institute following on March 27.

``We will have a major presence at this Summit, which is attended by many California Tribes currently in the midst of making major decisions about present and future casino plans,'' said Don Speer, chairman and CEO of VCAT. ``The Barona/VCAT relationship has set the standard for California gaming and we are happy to be sharing critical industry knowledge with others who may be looking for help and advice.''

The roster of speakers from Barona Casino and VCAT and the respective panel discussions include:

-- Jana McKeag, Vice President, Governmental Relations for VCAT "What Indian Gaming Can Expect From The Republican Administration," March 26, 9:30 a.m.

-- Fritz Opel, Marketing Consultant for VCAT "The Expansion of Gaming in California," March 26, 3:30 p.m.

-- Mary Shick, Executive Director of Marketing for Barona Casino "The Evolving Market," March 27, 9:30 a.m.

-- Donne Grable, Director of Slot Operations for Barona Casino "Beyond Tickets: Leveraging Technology on the Slot Floor," March 27, 10:45 a.m.

-- Javier Saenz, Director of Information Solutions for VCAT, and Pam Owens, Club Barona Manager for Barona Casino "Differentiating Your Slot Club," March 27, 2:15 p.m.

In addition to the panel speeches, Barona Casino and VCAT are together a $9,000 sponsor of the conference. This sponsorship funds a number of events during the summit, including the conference breakfasts on both March 26 and 27; a luncheon presentation on March 26 featuring Harlan Goodson, Director of California's Division of Gambling Control as the keynote speaker; and the ``Differentiating Your Slot Club'' panel discussion on March 27.

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