Massive renovation pays off at Sycuan Casino
January 02, 2018 5:23 PM
by H. Scot Krause
Sycuan Casino in the heart of San Diego began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 34 years later, it has become a community landmark.
Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012, Sycuan features 2,000 reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, including poker and bingo and a variety of restaurants. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room, complete with a separate entrance and Paipa’s Buffet.
The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, including five 90-inch; bar-top slot machines, a stadium-sized menu with over 30 beers on tap, a Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia and a high-energy atmosphere. Sycuan’s intimate 452-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians year-round. The casino resort is open 24 hours daily.
Sycuan has started construction on its $226 million expansion, expected to be completed in 2019. The project includes not only an expansion of the gaming floor and available player positions, but also provides several program and amenity enhancements to the property. Expansion of the gaming experience will include casino floor space to accommodate a total of 2,500 Class III machines, 300 Class II machines and 80 table games throughout the facility.
A dramatic 12-story hotel tower will feature 300 guest rooms, including 50 suites in various configurations and amenity packages. The hotel will also feature a spa and fitness area that will provide a full-service experience including treatment rooms, steam and sauna and a variety of exercise equipment. The pool and gardens area will feature a resort style adult pool, including cabanas and an open pool deck, along with a bar and grill, lazy river and a dedicated family pool.
Dining choices will include a Fresh Market of fast casual options, a raw bar and exterior lounge, a contemporary three meal restaurant and a chef-driven fine dining experience. Improvements will be made to a number of the existing food and beverage venues, including a conversion of the existing GameDay to a brew house focused on local craft beer.
Club Sycuan is a five level slot club with escalating benefits. New members begin as a Gold cardholder. With Gold casino membership, you will have access to cash back when you earn 2,500 points, the best comp rates around, and you’ll also receive discounts for restaurants, live entertainment, gift shop and more. Players move up through point earnings to Platinum, Elite, Diamond and finally Black card.
The exclusive Black card is reserved for top-tier players who earn 500,000 points within a six-month period. As a Black cardholder you’ll receive the best of the best when it comes to casino rewards including a $30 dining credit per day, 50% off at all restaurants, 30% off gift shop, free hotel and golf offers every month, a free car wash every week and more.
Point earning varies by machine type; 2,500 points equal $5 cash back. A list of casino promotions can be found on the casino’s website and there are special clubs and benefits for members of the military, first responders and seniors.