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Lion Fight 23′s Liam Harrison A Rare Breed, Turned Pro At 14

By Frank Curreri
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Lion Fight 23 Main Event Fighter Liam Harrison – Fights at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.

It’s not every day that you meet an athlete who turned pro at 14 years old. Qualifying Liam “The Hitman” Harrison is an absolute novelty. Not only did the hard-nosed Brit begin fighting professionally at age 14 – Harrison went unbeaten for the next 29 fights.

The 29-year-old Harrison participates in pro fight #99 when he meets legendary Muay Thai fighter Malaipet Sasiprapa on Friday in the Lion Fight 23 main event. I recently caught up with Harrison, a knockout artist, on Facebook Messenger. What follows is our interview, which features Harrison discussing his finisher’s mindset, why turning pro at 14 was the right thing to do, and how he also intends to beat Malaipet in a dance-off after their fight.  Read More

FOX TV to Tape Comedy Show @ Pechanga Comedy Club – You’re Invited!

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Temecula Stand Up Comic Taylor Tomlinson

TEMECULA, Calif. – After a successful first season run on FOX Television Stations, the comedy program “Laughs” will be coming back to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula in search of the next big wave of standup comics. “Laughs’” second season standup comedians have been hand-selected by producers and talent scouts. Each prepares a five to six minute set for a live audience at the Pechanga Comedy Club. The best minute or two of each comic’s stage time is edited into the show, making it a fast-paced and dynamic broadcast airing on 11 FOX Television and MyNetwork stations across the country.

For complimentary tickets, visit LaughsLive.com and enter promotional code NEWLAUGHS. “Laughs” tapes inside the Pechanga Comedy Club beginning in August and continuing through December. Shows start at 8:00p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.   Read More

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

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

Another New Millionaire at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (March 2, 2015) – For the second time in less than one week, a slot player at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. has hit a mega jackpot. At 12:45p.m. on Monday, a Perris, Calif. man became the newest millionaire in Riverside County, scoring $1,050,009.21 on a $1.00 Golden Pagodas Gold Series slot machine by Rocket Gaming. After only 20 minutes and $100 played on the machine, the man watched as three illuminated “Golden Pagoda” symbols lined up across the center of the screen.

“I knew I won,” said the retired iron worker. “There’s this line across the bottom of the screen that shows how much you win. It said the amount, but it took me a minute to believe it.”

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The winner said he visits Pechanga Resort & Casino about once a month, and enjoys going to the resort’s buffet. One of his two sons cheered him on as a crowd gathered around the slot machine as he posed for a few photos.

The Monday jackpot marks the 11th more-than-one million dollar jackpot won at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Four of those jackpots have been won on Gold Series slots by Rocket Gaming, the most wins on this game in the country according to slot officials.

“This second million dollar jackpot in one week at Pechanga Resort & Casino is tremendous,” said Buddy Frank, Vice President of Slot Operations at Pechanga Resort & Casino. “We are so thrilled for our winners and they are living proof that winners are made every day here.”

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Last Tuesday, February 24, Rocio H. from Chino Hills, Calif. watched as zombie symbols lined up on the Walking Dead slot machine she was playing. She hit the progressive jackpot for $1,053,775.64 just before 2:00p.m. that day.

The last million-dollar jackpot before The Walking Dead windfall at Pechanga Resort & Casino was on Thanksgiving Day in November 2014.

Winners are made at Pechanga Resort & Casino everyday. See the latest jackpots at www.AlwaysMoreWinners.com. You could be next.

 

ZOMBIE FAN PLAYS DEAD AND WINS $1,053,775 AT PECHANGA

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Rocio H. Won $1 Million Jackpot at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Feb. 25, 2015) – A slot player at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. out scared up a million dollar jackpot Tuesday on The Walking Dead Slot Game.™. Rocio H. from Chino Hills, California won $1,053,775.64 just before 2:00p.m., but without any blood-curdling screams, Tuesday. She was visiting the casino with her parents. A fan of the TV show, Rocio chose to play the penny slot, but at first did not play with max bets. A few spins before the jackpot hit, she decided to risk a bit more. She watched the zombie symbols line up across the screen and realized she hit the progressive, million-dollar jackpot. She had only been playing the machine for 10 minutes before she scored the frighteningly awesome windfall.


“We are thrilled to have the wide area progressive hit here at Pechanga Resort & Casino and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer lady,” said Buddy Frank, Vice President of Slot Operations. “The Walking Dead slots have been some of the most popular we’ve seen here and this million-dollar jackpot is sure to create even more zombie buzz for the game.”

“The response to our Walking Dead Slot Game has been tremendous,” said Dallas Orchard, Vice President of Gaming Operations for Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. “The game gives people some edge-of-your-seat thrills just like the show itself. The winner at Pechanga certainly had that feeling and we are very excited for her.”

The game’s tagline, “it pays to play dead,” came true for Rocio. Released in 2014, the Pechanga Resort & Casino jackpot is the first $1 million payout for the popular slot machine which won “Casino Product of the Year” at last year’s Global Gaming Awards.

The last million-dollar jackpot won at Pechanga Resort & Casino was on Thanksgiving Day in November 2014.

Winners are made at Pechanga Resort & Casino everyday. See the latest jackpots at www.AlwaysMoreWinners.com. You could be next.

Earth, Wind & Fire Bring All Elements to Pechanga in April

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Earth, Wind & Fire

TEMECULA, Calif., (Feb. 12, 2015) — The Earth, Wind & Fire concert tour is coming to rock the house at Pechanga Resort & Casino. With a just announced tour date of April 26, tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 13 at $131, $126, $120 and $110, and are available at the Pechanga Box office, 877-711-2WIN (2946) or www.Pechanga.com. With five decades of chart topping hits and their first musical release in eight years with “Now, Then & Forever,” the music legends could play every fan’s favorite song.

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DIAMONDS CAN BE A GUEST’S BEST FRIEND

4c_aaa_4DTEMECULA, Calif . – (February 2, 2015) –  Pechanga Resort & Casino is pleased to announce it has been honored with two AAA Four Diamond Awards for 2015. The 517-room luxury resort has now been awarded with the AAA Four Diamond Award for the 14th time. The resort has won it consecutively since opening in 2002. Only 12 other resorts in Riverside County also carry the AAA Four Diamond distinction. The Great Oak Steakhouse earned the honor alongside only six other restaurants in Riverside County and 34 other restaurants in all of Southern California. The Great Oak Steakhouse has won the award for the fourth time in a row since 2012. Diamonds can be a guest’s best friend when traveling. Using the AAA Diamond Award rating system, those staying at a hotel or eating at a restaurant for the first time can instantly know the level of service and quality to expect.  Read More

Player Has 1,039,984 Reasons to Be Thankful After Thanksgiving at Pechanga

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$1Million Progressive Jackpot on Thanksgiving

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Dec. 1, 2014) – A Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. woman now has 1,039,984 more reasons to be thankful after an impromptu trip to Pechanga Resort & Casino. Marian Williams made a decision very early on Thanksgiving morning to drive over to Pechanga Resort & Casino and play slots before the cooking and cleaning of the rest of the day.

Ten minutes and $28.00 later, Marian thought something had gone wrong with her $1.00 Gold Double Series slot machine. Bells sounded and other guests looked on as Marian found out she hit the progressive for $1,039,984.64. “I could not believe it!” she said. “I really feel so blessed and for this to happen on Thanksgiving! It’s awesome.” Marian hit the jackpot at 3:55a.m. When asked what she might do with the turkey day cash windfall, she said, “I’ll probably share it.”

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The Thanksgiving slot machine jackpot is the fourth over one million dollars at Pechanga Resort & Casino in four years. Three of these four jackpots were hit on the same bank of slot machines – the Gold Series by Rocket Gaming.

Winners are made at Pechanga Resort & Casino every day. See the latest jackpots at www.AlwaysMoreWinners.com. You could be next.

Pechanga Announces $285 Million Hotel Addition

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Pechanga Unveils Plans for New Hotel, Spa, Pools

Pechanga Indian Reservation, Calif, November 10, 2014 – The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today unveiled plans to add a new luxury four-diamond hotel wing, a luxury spa, new ballroom and meeting space, a resort-style pool complex, two restaurants, and related improvements to the award-winning Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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Pechanga New Hotel Conceptual View

“Almost 20 years ago we started our journey toward self-sufficiency,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “It’s a journey that has allowed us to provide for our people and the community, improving the quality of life along the way. To continue our viability and enable our competitiveness, we announce the next leg of our journey. As our region grows and matures, we must do so as well to position ourselves for the next 20 years. We believe this project will take us there.”
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