September 19,2013 (Alpine)—Friday the 13th proved lucky at Viejas Casino & Resort, where three Guinness world records were set on September 13 th in celebration of the casino’s 22nd anniversary.
“It’s a challenge, a difficult,” Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Roberts said after Viejas employees and guests teamed up to open 639 bottles of wine simultaneously. This broke the old record set in Las Vegas of 474.
Those gathered went to set another world record for most people giving high fives in one place: 684. The former record (405) was held by the United Arab Emirates, Roberts announced as the crowd cheered.
The first world record was set earlier in the day, as casino patrons played blackjack with the world’s largest card deck –with each card measuring three feet by four feet, played on the world’s largest poker table as showgirls looked on.
The event benefitted Operation Homefront. The Viejas tribe presented a $5,000 check to the organization, which assists wounded veterans.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Mike Rios, who took military retirement after being injured by a rocket propelled grenade, was on hand with his service dog to praise Operation Homefront for the help that he received.
After the final record was broken, record-breaking participants were served up complimentary wine and appetizers.
This marked the casino's second year of partnering with Guiness, said Chris Kelley, General Manager. "We're excited to be partnering with them on such an important day."
View a video of the final record being broken, along with the official Guiness Book of World Records announcement: