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California casino opens new high-stakes bingo room

27 March 2012

SAN DIEGO, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Viejas Casino reached a major milestone today, with the opening of a new high-stakes, high tech Bingo Room. Tribal elders, tribal leaders, local dignitaries, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the public all joined in the Grand Opening of the new Bingo Room. The ceremonies included a Tribal Blessing, traditional Native American Bird Songs and a ribbon cutting.

The first Viejas Bingo facility opened in 1977 at the Ma Tar Awa RV Park on the Viejas Reservation. In 1994, Viejas Bingo was moved to a location inside the Viejas Casino building, and in 2000 a new structure was built on the east side of Viejas Casino to house the growing bingo operation. That structure will be demolished to make way for the new hotel at Viejas Casino, which will include over 120 rooms, a pool and Jacuzzi area, and other amenities.

The new high-stakes Viejas Bingo Room seats 340 guests, including separate smoking and non-smoking rooms. In addition to the traditional paper sheets and daubers, guests can also choose from portable hand-held electronic bingo tablets and flat screen monitors that allow them to play up to 500 bingo games at a time.

Viejas Tribal Chairman Anthony R. Pico said, “We’ve come a long way from the early days of bingo at Ma Tar Awa RV Park. The one thing that has remained constant is the strong support and loyalty of our bingo guests. We are very grateful for that support and we view this investment in a new Bingo Room as a way to say thank you. We think they’ll really enjoy it, and we invite the entire community to come out, visit us and have some fun.”

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