San Diego is one of the best Indian gaming areas in the nation. There are nine first-class Indian casinos in San Diego County. Each is owned by one of 17 tribes in the region that are officially recognized by the federal government.
Forty-five percent of all California slot machines are located in Riverside and San Diego Counties.
The most award-winning San Diego casinos are Barona Resort & Casino, Casino Pauma, Harrah's Resort Southern California, Pala Casino Spa Resort, Sycuan Casino, Valley View Casino and Viejas Casino.
BARONA RESORT AND CASINO EXPANSION PROJECT
New "Welcome Home" Gaming Area
Opened March 5, 2018
This latest expansion project at Barona was actually completed and opened last year.
BARONA EXPANSION SUMMARY
For more information visit Barona Resort & Casino
CASINO PAUMA EXPANSION PROJECT
New Entertainment Pavilion
Opened February 19, 2019
Casino Pauma has replaced its former entertainment venue, Pauma Pavillion, with a new, larger and upgraded facility. Construction was completed in Nov 2018 and will open for the first time for a concert scheduled Feb 19, 2019.
The new Pauma Pavillion has a larger stage, upgraded sound system, upgraded lighting, and more seating. The old structure had a 815-seat capacity. The new one can seat 1,160 guest.
For more information visit Casino Pauma
VALLEY VIEW CASINO EXPANSION PROJECT
43,000 Square-Foot Expansion of Casino
Renovation of Casino, Restaurants and Hotel
Opened July 3, 2019
Cost of Project: $50 million
This $50 million expansion and revnovation project began in March 2018 and celebrated its completion and grand oopening on July 3, 2019.
This expansion project added 43,000 square feet to the existing 100,000 square-foot gaming floor allowing for new slot machines and more table games.
The renovation included the existing casino, the hotel and the restaurants. A new restaurant and bar named Patties & Pints was added, as well as two new entrances to the casino.
For more information visit Valley View Casino
VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT EXPANSION PROJECT
Seven-Year Casino and Hotel Expansion Project
Opened October 2018
This seven-year expansion project of the Viejas Casino & Resort was completed in October 2018.
VIEJAS EXPANSION SUMMARY
For more information visit Viejas Casino & Resort
PALA CASINO EXPANSION PROJECT
New hotel tower and expanded gaming space
Opened May 2019
Cost of project: $170 million
Construction of Pala's $170 million project began in October 2017 and be completed in May 2019. Some completed projects were opened in 2018.
PALA EXPANSION SUMMARY
For more information visit Pala Casino, Spa and Resort
SYCUAN CASINO RESORT EXPANSION
500,000 square-foot hotel and resort expansion
Projected Opening: March 2019
Cost of Project: $226 million
This $226 million expansion project was finished in March 2019, and Sycuan Casino renamed itself Sycuan Casino Resort.
SYCUAN EXPANSION SUMMARY
For more information visit Sycuan Casino Resort
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Barona Resort & Casino
1932 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Toll-Free: (888) 722-7662
Phone: (619) 443-2300
777 Pauma Reservation Road
Pauma, CA 92061
Toll-Free: (877) 687-2862
Phone: (760) 742-2177
Golden Acorn Casino
1800 Golden Acorn Way
Campo, California 91906
Harrah's Resort Southern California
777 Harrah's Rincon Way
Valley Center, CA 92082
Toll-Free: (877) 777-2457
Phone: (760) 751-3100
14145 Campo Road
Jamul, CA 91935
La Jolla Trading Post & Casino
22003 Highway 76
Pauma Valley, CA 92061
La Posta Casino
CLOSED October 2012
777 Crestwood Rd.
Boulevard, CA 91905
Pala Casino Spa Resort
11154 Highway 76
Pala, CA 92059
Toll-Free: (877) WINPALA
Toll-Free: (877) 946-7252
Phone: (760) 510-5100
Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino
CLOSED Feb 3, 2014
25575 Highway 79
PO Box 600
Santa Ysabel, California 92070
5485 Casino Way
El Cajon, CA 92019-1810
Toll-Free: (800) 2-SYCUAN
Toll-Free: (800) 279-2826
Phone: (619) 445-6002
Valley View Casino
16300 Nyemii Pass Road
Valley Center, California 92082
5000 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901-1656
Toll-Free: (800) 84-POKER
Lucky Lady Card Room
5526 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
Ocean's Eleven Casino
121 Brooks Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Palomar Card Club
2724 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104
Chula Vista, CA 91910
UPDATE May 14, 2020
Sycuan Casino Resort will reopen at noon Wednesday, May 20. Jamul Casino will reopen May 21. Valley View Casino & Hotel will reopen at 8 AM Friday, May 22. Other announcements are expected.
May 11, 2020
The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that eight San Diego County tribes plan to reopen their casinos on May 18th.
The chairmen of the eight tribes announced their plans Friday in a letter to Gov. Newsom and Greg Cox, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The letter stated the plans to reopen "with the knowledge that we can maintain and protect the public health and welfare and, if required, scale back if local conditions develop or warrant."
The casinos were not identified by the Sacramento Bee, however, they are likely Barona Resort & Casino, Casino Pauma, Golden Acorn Casino, Jamul Casino, Pala Casino Spa Resort, Sycuan Casino, Valley View Casino and Viejas Casino.
February 26, 2020
Four hotels at American Indian casinos in San Diego County have received AAA Four-Diamond Ratings. The Auto Club award is given to hotel with "refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail."
Pala Casino Spa and Resort - Pala, CA Web page
The Pala hotel features 425 deluxe rooms and 82 luxurious suites, world-class spa, olympic size pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, and 30,000 sq. ft. fully-equipped, state-of-the-art meeting and convention space
Sycuan Casino Resort - El Cajon, CA Web page
The Sycuan hotel opened March 27, 2019. This 12-story hotel tower features 300 guest rooms with 50 suites, full-service 24/7 spa and fitness center, pool, swim-up bar, poolside cabanas, lazy river and gardens.
The Bull and Bourbon Steakhouse at Sycuan Casino Resort won a AAA Four Diamond rating in the restaurant category.
Viejas Casino & Resort - Alpine, CA Web page
The Viejas Casino & Resort hotel tower opened October 30, 2015. It features 203 luxury rooms, 34 VIP suites and a luxury pool.
The Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino & Resort won a AAA Four Diamond rating in the restaurant category.
Willows Hotel & Spa - Alpine, CA Web page
Willows is an all-suit, adult-only hotel that opened Feb 1, 2018. It features 159 king or queen suites, the Willows Spa, and three restaurants.
January 4, 2020
Many San Diego casinos completed major expansion projects and renovations during 2019. Going into 2020 there are two casino that will finish their projects this year: Harrah's Resort Southern California and Pala Casino, Spa & Resort.
Harrah's Resort Southern California
Harrah's opened an onsite brewery in Oct. 2019 and will be finishing its tasting room this month. The brewery name has changed as part of a January reopening. The brewery was previously named SR 76 Beerworks, and will now be branded the Rincon Reservation Road Brewery.
The new tasting room will be a lounge space with a full bar and featuring four signature brews: Chief IPA, Rez Dog hefeweizen, Red Rattler amber ale and the Oasis Blonde ale. All are made with water from an on-reservation aquifer, which is softer water and better for making these styles of beers.
The tasting room will celebrate a formal opening in late January. It will be located next to the brewery near the valet parking area. Hours will be 2-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 2-10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
Pala Casino, Spa & Resort
Pala will complete the ongoing renovation of existing hotel rooms by March 2020. Some of the four-guest rooms are being converted to luxury suites with balconies.
Pala plans to build a new hotel tower with 348 guest rooms, however, those plans are on hold at this time pending further analysis of the market.
December 12, 2018
A gaming compact between California and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians has been made. On Tuesday tribal chairman Fred Nelson, Jr. and advisor to the governor Joe Dhillon met to celebrate the agreement.
Under the gaming compact, the tribe will be allowed to develop three casino facilities and operate up to 2,000 slot machines. The gaming compact will be in place for 25 years.
There are 500 enrolled tribal members. Their land is over 8,500 acres. Off of Highway 76 they own a trading post. This will soon be converted as their first gaming venue.
In time they will open a large casino. Those plans have not been publicly announced.
12.31.2015 $245,000 Drawings to Be Held at Barona Resort & Casino
12.09.2015 Pala Casino Celebrates Early with $25,000 in Prizes
11.30.2015 New RV Resort at Pala Casino Spa & Resort
11.23.2015 Barona Resort and Casino Hosts Grand Prix Pit Party
10.31.2015 New Hotel Tower and Casino Expansion Opens at Vejas Casino Resort
08.04.2015 New Branding for Sycuan Casino
07.23.2015 Reactions to New Seven Mile Casino
07.22.2015 Seven Mile Casino to Open This Week
06.15.2015 2015 Mercedes Benz CLA Won at Soboba Casino
05.04.2015 Celebrate Mom at Barona Resort & Casino
03.11.2015 494 Club Members Guaranteed Win at Barona Resort & Casino
02.16.2015 TGI Thursday Promo at Barona Resort & Casino
12.17.2014 Barona Resort & Casino's Hosts TGI Thursdays
11.20.2014 New Titan 360 Game Arrives Nov 24 at Barona Resort & Casino
11.19.2014 Viejas Casino & Resort Achieves re-cert as Responsible Gambling Facility
10.27.2014 Halloween Pit Party at Barona Resort and Casino
09.26.2014 Cadillac Give Away in October at Barona Resort & Casino
09.15.2014 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts Fiestas
09.10.2014 Viejas Casino & Resort to set Two Records in One Day
09.08.2014 9X Player Points at Barona Resort & Casino
09.04.2014 Barona Resort & Casino Gives Away $50,000 Every Week in September
09.01.2014 Possible Hotel Expansion at Viejas Casino
07.30.2014 Beach Party Pit at Barona Resort & Casino
07.16.2014 Heroes vs. Villains Party Pit at Barona Resort & Casino
06.17.2014 Senior Poker Tour SoCal Summer Slam at Pala Casino
06.10.2014 Pechanga Resort & Casino Chooses BIS˛'s Gaming Products
04.16.2014 Hollywood Casino Jamul Sued For Desecrated Native Burial Ground
04.04.2014 Harrah's Resort Southern California Celebrates Renovations
03.10.2014 Barona Resort & Casino Host Idol Party Pit
03.06.2014 Barona Resort and Casino Hosts Daylight Savings Celebration
02.26.2014 Local Player wins $7,380 at Pala Casino Resort and Spa
02.13.2014 TGI Thursdays Promotion Hosted by Barona Resort & Casino
02.06.2014 Valley View Casino & Hotel partners with Swinerton for Renovation
01.16.2014 Valley View has a new Look
01.14.2014 Hollywood Casino Jamul begins construction
12.09.2013 Gingerbread Village at Barona Resort & Casino
12.02.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Installs Multi-Million Dollar Air System
11.22.2013 Barona Resort & Casino joins Typhoon Haiyan Relief
11.22.2013 Pala Casino Resort and Spa pays Out $50,000 during Win Wing promotion
11.07.2013 Veterans' Day Barona Resort & Casino will honor Those Who Served
11.01.2013 Three Years In A Row Red Hawk Casino Voted Best in 9 States
10.30.2013 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner
10.23.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts TGI Thursdays Barona Lottery
10.22.2013 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Gives Away Mercedes-Benz C250
10.15.2013 Barona Resort and Casino Hosts Oct 16 Pit Party
09.13.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Awarded Again as Best Casino
09.11.2013 Barona Resort & Casino awards $750,000 during Free Slot Tournament
08.28.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Takes Top Honors in Reader Poll
08.28.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts Luau Party Pit
08.27.2013 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Announces New September Promotions
08.21.2013 Austin Powers Party Pit at Barona Resort & Casino
08.14.2013 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Hosts Monday Night Football Viewing
08.07.2013 Dappy Day Pit Party at Barona Resort & Casino
07.23.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts Sports Party Pit
07.03.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Host Sizzling Summer Promotion
07.02.2013 Viejas Casino Certified for Responsible Gaming for 7th Year
06.03.2013 Four Diamond Status Awarded to Viejas Casino Resort
05.30.2013 Sycuan Casino Eases Member Sign Ups with Mobile System
05.02.2013 $200,000 Lottery at Barona Resort and Casino
04.30.2013 Off to the Races Promo is Back at Barona Resort & Casino
04.23.2013 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts Pajama Party Pit
04.03.2013 Henry's Steakhouse Introduces New Menu at Red Hawk Casino
04.01.2013 Over $250,000 in Jackpots at Red Hawk Casino
04.05.2013 $50,000 in Cash Giveaways at Barona Resort & Casino
02.11.2013 Federal Gov Sides with Rincon Band Over Gaming
01.21.2013 Red Hawk Casino Hosts February Slot Tournaments
01.11.2013 Barona Resort and Casino gives Away $34,000 in January
01.02.2013 New Car Give Away at Pala Resort and Casino
11.26.2012 $438,894 Jackpot Won Playing Wheel of Fortune(R) Progressive at Barona Resort & Casino
11.14.2012 Over $550,000 won Pala Casino Resort and Spa
11.13.2012 Viejas new 5-story hotel opens in March
11.06.2012 San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival Sponsored by Harrah's Rincon Casino
11.05.2012 5,000 pounds of food donated to Brother Benno charity by Pala Casino
11.01.2012 Harrah's Rincon begins $150 Million Expansion
10.24.2012 La Posta Casino is now closed for business
10.24.2012 Harrah's Rincon Casino and Resort prepares for expansion
10.22.2012 Barona Resort & Casino hosts Monster Bash Party Pit
10.04.2012 Barona Resort & Casino Hosts TGI Thursday Giveaways
10.01.2012 $300,000 Lottery at Barona Resort and Casino
09.25.2012 Readers Vote Barona Resort and Casino Best Casino in So Cal
09.10.2012 Professional Bull Riders party hosted at Pala Casino Resort
08.15.2012 Baseball Theme Party in the Pit at Barona Resort and Casino
08.05.2012 $101,761 JACKPOT Won AT BARONA Resort and Casino
06.15.2012 Golden Key Giveaway at Barona Resort & Casino
07.08.2011 Flashback Fridays at Barona Resort and Casino
05.27.2011 Pala Casino Resort and Spa is giving away a 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
05.24.2011 Woman wins over $300,000 at Barona Resort and Casino
05.16.2011 Barona Resort and Casino Hosts May Power Party
05.05.2011 Pala Casino Spa & Resort's new "Infinity" showroom Opens
04.20.2011 Viejas Casino celebrates the Royal Wedding
03.31.2011 Barona Resort & Casino's free Wild West slot tournament
03.25.2011 Over $100,000 jackpot won at Pala Casino Resort and Spa
03.21.2011 Pala Resort and Casino's 10th Anniversary with Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker Concerts
03.14.2011 $50,000 March Power Party at Barona Resort and Casino
03.08.2011 Harrah's Rincon Sponsors San Diego Latino Film Festival
02.27.2011 Barona Band of Mission Indians give $5000 Education Grant
02.01.2011 Barona Resort & Casino names new Executive VP and GM
01.27.2011 Barona Jumps Into the Year of the Rabbit
01.03.2011 Ginormous Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hits at Barona Resort & Casino
01.03.2011 San Diego Area Woman Hits Jackpot at Viejas Casino
12.01.2010 Viejas Casino is celebrating the Holidays with a chance to win $1M
11.15.2010 Viejas named 'Best Casino' by 2 publications
10.18.2010 Valley View Casino Buys Naming Rights to Sports Arena
10.12.2010 Barona ranks Best Casino in Readers Choice Awards
10.01.2010 8th Annual Best of Southern California Gaming Awards
09.30.2010 Viejas Casino adds new V Club booth
09.10.2010 Viejas Casino's 19th anniversary 'Sweet Celebration' promotion
08.29.2010 Viejas Casino Voted "Best Casino" and "Loosest Slots"
08.26.2010 La Jolla tribe plans new casino at Palomar Mountain
08.20.2010 Michael Bolton to appear at Viejas
08.19.2010 Barona slots and video poker $100,000 giveaway 8/26-8/27
08.09.2010 Barona Resort giving away Barona Loose Troop Gear and Goodies
07.31.2010 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino plans new hotel
04.28.2010 Pala Casino celebrates first anniversary of poker room
04.15.2010 Pala Casino adds blackjack "card switch" table
01.29.2010 Barona introduces 2 new restaurants
12.24.2009 Viejas Casino's New Year's Eve Party
12.23.2009 Valley View Casino adding boutique hotel
12.22.2009 California online poker hearing scheduled
12.21.2009 Pala Casino to host No Limit Hold'em tournaments
12.19.2009 Pala Casino Spa Resort completes $100 million expansion
12.02.2009 Pala Indians buy Warner Springs Ranch
09.28.2009 Pauma halts plan for $300 million casino resort
09.12.2009 Barona Resort Casino named "Best of Best"
08.31.2009 Viejas will add 12-lane bowling center in November
08.25.2009 Barona Resort adds new Seafood Plaza restaurant
08.03.2009 Viejas Casino Named 'Best Casino' 10 Years in a Row
06.25.2009 Barona ranked #1 by J.D. Power and Associates
06.15.2009 Agua Caliente offers Summer Escapes at bargain rates
06.12.2009 Pala Casino's $100 million expansion
06.10.2009 San Pasqual sue California for 1999 slot machine cap
04.09.2009 La Posta Casino cuts hours and workers
04.11.2009 Jamul Indian's asks judge to dismiss casino lawsuit
04.03.2009 Jamul Indian Village casino plans in question
12.07.2008 Sycuan will not expand
11.25.2008 Jamul Indian Village sues Caltrans for blocking casino
11.10.2008 Barona Valley Ranch certified with loosest blackjack and roulette in CA
08.28.2008 Casino Pauma launches "online casino"
08.15.2008 Barona offers new hotel packages
08.05.2008 Viejas voted San Diego's "Best Casino"
02.26.2008 Valley View Casino Plans Boutique Hotel for High Rollers Only
02.19.2008 Pala Will Build Mega Motocross Raceway
02.15.2008 New California Bill To Add Slots and New Indian Casinos
02.06.2008 Four Indian Gaming Propositions Pass
12.19.2007 Fed Approves Southern California Indian Gaming Compacts
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