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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

Preschool Teacher Wins Windfall Playing Pechanga Bingo

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Roxane Jordan Won $72,067 Playing Pechanga Bingo

TEMECULA, Calif. – (July 21, 2015) – A preschool teacher is about to start the school year off in a fantastic way after winning $72,067.00 playing bingo at Pechanga Bingo inside Pechanga Resort & Casino. Roxane Jordan of Gilbert, Ariz. won the cash windfall on a Monday afternoon while on a southern California vacation to visit friends and family. She sat in one of the comfortable booths at the 700-seat, modern bingo facility and matched the numbers using a handheld electronic bingo player. During her winning game, the shape needed to win was called a “small crazy arrow.” Meanwhile, Jordan also managed to connect the right combination of numbers which triggered the $72,067.00 MP Bingo progressive jackpot.  Read More

Journey At Pechanga Listens to Golfers, Changes 18th Green

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Journey’s 18th Green Now More Forgiving

TEMECULA, Calif. — (July 20, 2015) – Journey at Pechanga, the championship 18-hole golf course on the Pechanga Resort & Casino grounds, announces it has bid adieu to the 18th hole’s severe Biarritz green. Too many frustration-toned online comments and chatter overheard in the 19th hole that golfers were left scratching their heads by the green caused course management to make a sweeping and softening change. Heavy machinery and greenskeepers moved in in late May to start the process of raising and diminishing the large side to side dip in the middle of the green. They completed the project in late June which brought the Biarritz from a rigid taco shell to a smooth, slightly curved potato chip.  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

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

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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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

100th Ace at Journey at Pechanga Wins Golfer a Cadillac

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Roger Thai hit 100th Hole in 1 @ Journey

TEMECULA Calif. — (May 4, 2015) – Journey at Pechanga championship golf course, opened in 2008 in Southern California, recently awarded its 100th hole in one. Roger Thai, a dentist from Westlake Village, Calif., came to the resort/casino course to play in a tournament raising money for children who have undergone open heart surgery. He hit the ace on Hole No. 8, a 220-yard, par 3, and won a 2015 white Cadillac CTS worth $50,000, courtesy of Paradise Chevrolet. Read More