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Stars Help Launch San Manuel Indian Casino

28 Jan 2005

SAN MANUEL INDIAN NATION, California – (PRESS RELEASE)-- Multi-platinum recording artist and performer Rod Stewart, and "Kings of Comedy" funnyman Cedric the Entertainer, will kick off a weekend of festivities surrounding the grand opening of the new San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. The star-studded performances, held at a private party last night, mark the dramatic change to the face of tribal government gaming as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians officially opens the doors to their new state-of-the-art casino and entertainment complex on January 28, 2005.

"The grand opening officially marks a new beginning of entertainment options, reflecting our excitement and commitment to our guests," said Chairman Deron Marquez of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "Our guests and employees asked for a new and improved facility to meet all their needs, and we're proud to offer this new facility for them to enjoy."

The grand opening weekend begins on January 27 with a special gala for tribal members and VIP guests featuring both Rod Stewart and Cedric the Entertainer, and will extend through January 30 with additional entertainment and special casino promotions. Patrons will have a chance to win $1,000 every hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. January 28 through Sunday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to win by registering for a Club Serrano player's card and swiping it each day to be entered in the drawing. Additionally, grand opening bingo specials will happen throughout the weekend, where players will have a chance to win up to $10,000.

Additionally the new casino will play host to a variety of entertainment acts seven nights a week. The Tukut Lounge features karaoke, comedians, country western bands with local bands performing Friday through Sunday. Confirmed headlining performances include: Freddy Fender and Little Joe y La Familia on February 3, the legendary Chippendales on February 17, and Cedric the Entertainer returns for an encore performance on March 5.

The new complex boasts several new gaming and customer amenities for guests, including nearly 99 poker and blackjack tables, 2,000 of the latest coin-free slot machines, as well as a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art bingo hall that doubles as an entertainment venue for concerts and events. Other new gaming features include Bullet Bingo -- a fast paced version of Bingo where players win playing chips based on call numbers, a beautifully appointed poker room with a special air filtration system for a smoke-free entertainment experience, and the Tukut Lounge, which will feature nightly entertainment. Patrons can also enjoy several new dining options to fit any mood with restaurants such as the Serrano Buffet, the SportsWatch Grill and Tutu's Food Court.

"We believe this new facility encompasses all the amenities our patrons have been asking for in an entertainment destination," said Steve Lengel, executive director of casino operations. "We look forward to welcoming our existing and new guests to this beautiful facility."

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