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Barona Casino Opens $30 Million Gaming Complex

14 July 2000

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Press Release)—July 14,2000 -- The face of California and Nevada gaming will change dramatically today when Barona Casino officially opens its new $30 million gaming complex, complete with new Las Vegas slot machines and table games. The grand opening marks Barona's introduction of Las Vegas "coin" slot machines, as well as Barona's exclusive new "Voucher In/Voucher Out" coin-less slot technology, which industry watchers say will revolutionize the gaming industry.

"This is a proud moment in our history. We have truly come a long way. We used to always want what Las Vegas had and now the table has turned -- Las Vegas is watching us. Barona has always been a leader and today we are again at the forefront of a new era," said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.

An exclusive group of world-renowned high-rollers, media, and gaming industry and business leaders will be among the first to experience the new 16,000 square foot gaming complex, designed by leading Las Vegas architect Bergman Walls & Youngblood. The complex features Barona's new Voucher technology.

"We have created the most advanced casino floor in the world, and in all my years in the gaming industry I've never seen anything like it," said Lee Skelley, long-time Las Vegas gaming expert and Assistant General Manager of Casino Operations for Barona.

"Barona has created a new era in gaming by bringing together the world's leading slot machine and gaming systems manufacturers, who have never before worked together or allowed their competitive machines to 'talk' to one another. Previously a customer would need to 'cash out' each time they wanted to play a new machine, and now they can simply take a voucher from machine to machine, without the hassle or the wait time."

"What is truly remarkable to me is that Barona was able to accelerate the introduction of this technology by encouraging competitors to work together to develop a voucher system that is compatible with nearly a dozen different slot machine manufacturers," said Max Rubin, world-renowned high-roller, card counter and best-selling author of Comp City.

For those guests who feel more comfortable with traditional coin-operated slots, Barona will still offer a variety of traditional coin operated slot machines. However, over 85% of the machines will use the new voucher technology.

The convenient, dollar-sized vouchers fit comfortably in patrons' wallets, are compatible with multiple slot machine manufacturers, and can be used just like dollar bills. To begin play on the new machines, people simply insert cash or a voucher into the machine. When cashing out, players receive a printed voucher that can be used in any machine throughout the casino floor.

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