PAUMA VALLEY — Major changes are taking place at Casino Pauma, 777 Pauma Reservation Road, off Highway 76. The Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians announced a nearly five-month renovation with an estimated cost of $10 million is currently underway.Work began July 23, and working closely with I-5 Design & Manufacture, the resort has broken down the remodeling project into 10 different zones allowing the casino to remain open and minimizing disruption to guests. The estimated completion date is Dec. 21.
Director of Marketing Kyle Gawthorp said, “This remodel will significantly enhance what Casino Pauma is proud to be known for and that’s comfortable, intimate and personable gaming entertainment provided with exceptional guest service and outstanding value for your entertainment dollar.” A new VIP slot area will be added, providing an opportunity for exclusive offerings and service initiatives.
Casino Pauma is including upgrades to its food and beverage offerings, which include a new 60-seat Café to be open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. It will feature a regionally inspired, seasonal menu available all day, plus chef-driven daily specials. The new 240-seat buffet will feature lunch and dinner offerings, two live-action stations, 26 items daily, full salad bar and dessert station. Casino Pauma’s tradition of using fresh and organic foods – including avocados, lemons and grapefruit grown by the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians – will continue.
Tying in the remodel will be an ongoing $500,000 Home Makeover Giveaway promotion that will begin in August and end in January. Guests will play slots to earn entries for monthly drawings for prizes like room makeovers, kitchen appliances, big screen TVs, etc. And the Grand Re-Opening Finale winner will receive a $100,000 Home Makeover.
“In other words, Casino Pauma is upgrading. The things you love about Casino Pauma (the everyday value, bang for your buck, relaxed atmosphere) will remain. We’re not changing – we’re becoming something better,” Gawthorp said.
The Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, and their ancestors, have lived in the Pauma Valley and surrounding area since time immemorial. The Pauma Band is one of seven Bands of Luiseño people located in San Diego and Riverside counties. The Band opened Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley, on Highway 76 just 12 miles East of Interstate 15, in May 2001.