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By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2018 (Alpine) — A grand reopening of  Viejas Casino & Resort in October celebration completion of a seven-year expansion project. The property now includes three hotel towers, a gleaming new center bar and high limit gaming area.

Upping the ante, the 15,415-square-foot high limit gaming area includes more than 80 new slots and poker machines, and eight exclusive  high limit tables games ranging from baccarat to blackjack.  Slots range from $100 to $5 with jackpots up to $240,000.

The high limits room was the brainchild of casino general manager Todd Simons, who sought to offer an “exclusive gaming experience for the discerning customers.”

Guests can lounge in comfortable chairs; at a press preview samples from the casino’s restaurants were served up ranging from andouille sausage bites to an apricot-filled pastry.

The stylish 1900-square-foot, 360-degree center bar is the centerpiece of the remodeled Viejas property, with eye-catching geometric shapes in tile, wood and stone. It includes 50 seats with gaming machines at each seat, and 18 65-inch televisions wrapping around the entire bar, which caters to both small and large groups. The center bar has its own 24-hour sports bar-style food menu, and features an extensive alcohol list, with wine and beer on tap including the recently launched Viejas Golden Blonde ale created in collaboration with Mission Brewery.

The third and most recently constructed hotel tower is home to Willows Hotel & Spa, which ope

ned in February  The elegant adults-only hotel has 159 VIP suites, luxury spa facilities, a fitness center, signature restaurants, including Locale Kitchen & Lounge, Ginger Noodle Bar and Daily Roast, as well as an expanded gaming space. The first two hotel towers opened in 2013 and 2015 and make up Viejas Hotel, the property’s family-friendly destination that features 203 luxury rooms and 34 VIP suites. In addition, Viejas Hotel includes an upscale pool and lounge area, two fitness centers and user-friendly business centers that enable guests to work and play.

“We’re thrilled to see the entire property come together and are proud of all the incredible improvements,” said Robert Welch, Jr., Chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Viejas Casino & Resort. “It took seven years to bring our vision to reality and create a truly remarkable casino and resort, where our guests can enjoy all the new offerings and amenities. The expansion also connects us to a broader audience because we now have something luxurious and exciting for everyone to enjoy, be it adults who love gaming, to young couples who enjoy spending time at a high-end pool or families looking for an all-day or weekend destination.”

Welch Jr., added, “Our new center bar, which is the biggest in San Diego area, will be a popular meet up point in the casino. We’re looking forward to having our guests finally experience it!”

Viejas Casino & Resort has rankings as a AAA Four Diamond Hotel and Forbes Travel Guide 4-Star Resort. Most recently, Willows Hotel & Spa was named Best Hotel during the 14th Annual HOSPY Awards hosted by NEWH, the hospitality industry’s leading networking organization.

The grand reopening Oct. 20 included $250,000 in cash and prize giveaways including a Mercedes convertible, theatrical circus performances and a fireworks show.

For more information about Viejas Casino & Resort, visit

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