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Readers of USA TODAY Name Pechanga the #1 Casino in U.S.

10best logoTEMECULA, Calif. — (June 30, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California is the favorite 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 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.  Read More

Sushi Chef with Ties to Iron Chef Takes Over at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar

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Chef Kiyokuni Ikeda at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (June 24, 2015) – Kiyokuni Ikeda, a self-taught sushi chef who dropped out of high school to aid his ailing father, has landed the top job at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar at Pechanga Resort & Casino. After spending nearly 15 years working at prestigious sushi restaurants in Philadelphia such as Zama and Morimoto (of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto fame), Ikeda is happy to call Southern California home.

Though they lived in Tokyo, Chef Ikeda’s parents ran a successful coffee and soba noodle shop in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, more than two hours away. He helped in the shop occasionally as a child, but he recalls one singular moment when food opened his eyes to another world.

“When I was 10 years old, I tried an Egg McMuffin. It was kind of a shock to me, in a good way,” Chef Ikeda explained. “The texture and flavor were so different from anything I’d ever eaten before. English muffins weren’t something you could find at the market, and in Japan, or at least in my family, we never cooked eggs that way.”  Read More

NEW GOLFERS MASSAGE PRIMES & SOOTHES MUSCLES BEFORE & AFTER TIME ON THE LINKS

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Golfers Massage at Spa Pechanga

Temecula, Calif — (June 24, 2015) – Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort & Casino introduces its newest massage treatment specifically for golfers who want to relax after a round, or who want to loosen up before tee times. The Golfers Massage incorporates deep tissue and Swedish massage, aromatherapy techniques, plus alternating cool and hot on tired muscles. The 50-minute treatment concentrates on areas golfers use most – the upper and lower back, shoulders and forearms. The Golfers Massage can be booked for $125 at Spa Pechanga, open from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (877) 711-2WIN to make a reservation, or visit www.Pechanga.com/Spa for more information.  Read More

PECHANGA HOSTS 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS FOR COMMUNITY

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Fireworks at Pechanga Resort & Casino

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 19, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino celebrates the 4th of July with a patriotic fireworks display on Saturday, July 4 at dusk (approximately 9:00p.m.). The show will run for about 20 minutes and is put on as an exhibition for the entire Temecula Valley community to enjoy. Spectators will be able to view the fireworks from Pechanga Resort & Casino in limited and designated parking areas.

As a pillar and partner of the Temecula Valley community, Pechanga offers the July 4th fireworks celebration as a way to encourage family and friends to share the spirit of freedom and independence fought for by millions of service men and women.

The fireworks celebration also allows the community to come together this summer as the annual Pechanga Pow Wow has been postponed due to planning and preparation for upcoming construction. Late last year, the Pechanga Tribe announced plans for a $285 million resort expansion. The popular pow wow is postponed for at least two years in an effort to offer guests the best possible experience while visiting the Temecula resort.

Chili Champ Crowned at Pechanga – Get the Recipe!

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Chef Marlene Moore

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 9, 2015) – A new chili champion has been crowned by the people the annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Temptations Food Court chef, Marlene Moore, tantalized the sold-out crowd with her “Temptation” Hearty Southern Style Chili. She edged out seven other Pechanga chefs’ chili varieties which included Texas-style chili with trio of meat, steak chili mac, and black bean chili con carne, with poblano rajas, crispy pork and shishito peppers.

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Chef Marlene’s Award Winning Southern-style Chili

With 219 votes out of a total of 914 from  style=”line-height: 1.714285714; font-size: 1rem;”>Microbrew Festival attendees, Chef Moore, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, unseated Chef Damian Stanley of Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar who had held the chili throne for two years. Stanley received third place with 153 votes. Kelsey’s chef, Ronnel Capacia, came in a close second with 155 votes. Now in its seventh year, 1,695 people came to enjoy brews, chili and music at the 2015 Pechanga Microbrew Festival, making it the most well-attended to date. Proceeds from the event benefited Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. 

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Country Music Pioneer Dwight Yoakam Brings Classic Hits & All-New Music

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Dwight Yoakam

Temecula, Calif. (June 8, 2015) – Country legend Dwight Yoakam promises fans the chance to enjoy classic hits from his legendary catalog, as well as enjoy new tracks from his latest album, Second Hand Heart, when he performs at Pechanga Resort & Casino Theater on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $97.75, $87.75, $77.75 and $67.75 and are available at the Pechanga Box office, 877-711-2WIN (2946) or Pechanga.com. Read More

Pechanga Poker Supervisor Wins 1st Gold Bracelet Event at 2015 World Series of Poker

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LAS VEGAS – (May 29, 2015) – Brandon Barnette, a poker supervisor from Corona, Calif., called his wife, at home with their four-month-old son, on Friday, May 29 around 1:00a.m. to tell her he had won it all. Brandon emerged from the kickoff event of the 2015 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas the champion with total winnings of $75,704 after beating 687 competitors. The victory marked the Pechanga Resort & Casino poker supervisor’s first gold bracelet win.
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“I’m looking at the bracelet in my hand right now,” said Barnette about 12 hours after defeating his last opponent, Greg Seiden of Las Vegas. “I can’t believe it’s here. It really hasn’t hit me yet and the whole thing is really surreal.” Barnette and Seiden had been dealers in WSOP events in previous years, 2010 and 2012 for the 29-year old Barnette.  Read More

Hair Band Heavyweights Hit Pechanga This July

Warrant_Publicity_8x10_hi_resTEMECULA, Calif. – (May 20, 2015) – The 4th of July weekend heats up with superstar 80s and 90s rockers Warrant and Lita Ford coming to the Pechanga Resort & Casino Theater Friday, July 3 at 8:00p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00p.m. and are $25, $35, $45 and $55. Tickets may be purchased at the Pechanga Box Office, by calling (877) 711-2946 or online at www.Pechanga.comRead More

Pechanga Supports Special Olympics with $20,000 Donation & Law Enforcement Torch Run

lap with torch and banner_smPECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. – (May 18, 2015) – Special Olympics Southern California, Pechanga and Riverside County Law Enforcement celebrated a kickoff to the 2015 summer games season with the lighting of Flame of Hope at Pechanga Resort & Casino. On a crisp and sunny Sunday afternoon in May, about 150 police officers, firefighters and other law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the public gathered outside the resort/casino to see the Special Olympics torch be lit from a ceremonial cauldron. The crowd heard a few remarks by Riverside County Sheriff, Stan Sniff, and by Pechanga Development Corporation board member Ken Perez about their longstanding commitments to the organization.

Check presentation_smBefore the torch lighting ceremony concluded, Pechanga presented a $20,000 check to the Special Olympics to help support critical programs in the community. Athletes then laced up their shoes as they readied for the ceremonial first lap through the hotel/casino’s valet area.
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SUMMER EQUALS “I SCREAM FOR EASYPLAY” & HIGH-END PRIZES

2013-Club-Cards-stacked-no-bgTEMECULA, Calif. – (May 13, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino, California’s largest with more than 3,000 slots and 140 table games, welcomes guests this June with promotions that can score them high-end electronics, Coach handbags, espresso machines, EasyPlay and something just about everyone likes, plain old cash. Stop by the Pechanga Club desk on the main casino level and you will be on your way to earning valuable perks. Visit www.Pechanga.com or call (877) 711-2946 for more information.  Read More