TEMECULA, Calif. (July 5, 2018) – Five years of not being your grandmother’s bingo hall. Five years of welcoming guests to the most unique bingo hall they have ever stepped inside. Five years of breaking barriers in bingo and becoming the place bingo fans want to play their favorite games.
This is something to celebrate, which Pechanga Resort Casino is doing this Sunday, with a $100,000 Anniversary Bash that features $10,000 consolation awards, $2,500 regular games and $10,000 special games, along with door-prize drawings for 40 prizes that include two 42-inch smart TVs, two iPad minis, two Apple Watches and 30 $100 gift cards.
Pechanga Bingo’s anniversary is so popular – it regularly sells out — that the resort casino sells tickets on Ticketmaster. Tickets for Sunday’s anniversary are $75 for paper, $150 electronic, with doors opening at 10 a.m. and the calls starting at 3 p.m. with warm-up games.
“The five-year anniversary is really special to most of us because a handful of us have been here since the beginning and we were involved in putting this together, from setting up the room to building the shelving units in the inventory room – we did it all,” Pechanga Bingo Manager Samantha Archer said. “So for that group, coming in on five years is pretty exciting. Most of us feel like we’re invested in the department. We were there from the beginning, we built it up and we want to make it fun for everybody.”
Along with the lounge seating and luxurious, yet welcoming, atmosphere, that’s what sets Pechanga Bingo apart. Yes, other bingo halls have Bingo After Dark. But how many other bingo halls have Roaring ’20s Night? Western Night? Burlesque Dancers and a Twerking contest?
“That’s our biggest challenge. You have to do things to draw in a younger crowd without closing the door on your main bingo player who has been playing bingo for 20 or 30 years and doesn’t necessarily like change,” Archer said. “How can I get someone who has never played before, who is looking at their iPhone and constantly stimulated to come in and play a game that is a little slower, that takes some concentration and that you have to do a little bit of work.
So Archer and her staff created the different theme nights and promoted them to the point where players were dressing up as well. She created a VIP/Party Room that saw use for everything from retirement parties to 21st birthday parties and bachelorette parties. Music videos are a constant, if unobtrusive, companion to sessions.
At the same time, Archer didn’t lose the plot. She created other bingo programs and three-way progressive games to keep the interest of her regulars. Earlier this summer, Pechanga Bingo introduced High-Stakes Bingo that allow players to purchase larger packages that come with larger jackpots.
“If it’s out there and it could work, we’re willing to try it,” she said.
The message is clear. Yes, this is not your grandmother’s bingo hall. And no, Pechanga Bingo isn’t going anywhere.
“Hopefully, this anniversary proves to all our guests we’re not going anywhere, because that was a question when we first opened,” Archer said, pointing out an earlier iteration of the resort’s bingo hall that closed. “It took us a while to get some of our customers to trust us to come back, because they didn’t want to come here and they didn’t want to like it and then for one reason or another, not be here anymore.
“This finally proves we’re here to stay. It shows that Pechanga is serious when it comes to the things we do. We’re in this game to strive to be the best.”
Pechanga Bingo is open Sunday through Friday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Special events and promotions like the Anniversary Bash are planned throughout the year, which means for more information, please visit www.pechanga.com.