Acres inks Palm Springs deal

Oct 1, 2002 7:50 AM

Acres Gaming announced Monday it has received an order from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to purchase $4.1 million worth of Acres Bonusing and Acres new NexGen interactive multimedia display for their Spa Resort Casino and Agua Caliente Casino, both located in the Palm Springs.

"The combination of Acres Bonusing and the NexGen display provide a gaming experience unequaled in any gaming jurisdiction today," said Timothy Taylor, Chief Operating Officer for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. "We are excited to be the first Native American casino to deploy this powerful combination."

Acres Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bud Glisson said, "There are now eight casinos within an hour’s drive of Palm Springs. The battle for market share continues to escalate as these casinos upgrade their facilities and add amenities. Our technology will provide The Spa Resort Casino and Agua Caliente Casino with powerful ammunition to protect and grow their leading position in this market."

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, owners and operators of the famed Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs since 1995, will begin construction on a new $90 million, 119,000-square-foot casino in December 2002.

According to Richard M. Milanovich, chairman of the Tribal Council, completion of the new Spa Casino is targeted for November 2003, and will replace the existing Spa Casino operation.

The new Spa Resort Casino will be located immediately to the northeast and diagonally across from the existing propert. The site is approximately one-fourth mile from the Palm Springs Convention Center and Indian Canyon Dr.

The new Spa Resort Casino will feature three restaurants including a 300-seat buffet, an elegant but casual restaurant with exterior dining terraces and a sports bar serving light meals and beverage in a sports-themed environment. It will also include a 150-seat entertainment lounge.

Players will enjoy their favorite games including over 1,000 of the latest slots and video poker machines and a variety of table games. The elegant Salon Prive, a high-limit room, is expected to attract those slot and table players who enjoy playing in a private gaming area.

Chairman Milanovich said, "This new Spa Resort Casino will mark the beginning of what we anticipate to be a premier centerpiece in downtown Palm Springs, located on the same site where the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians first habitated ”˜Se-Khi’ (boiling waters), the hot mineral springs that gave our city its name."

The casino’s architects, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and designers, Dougall Designs, are both world-class firms with impressive client lists in the United States and abroad. Both the exterior and interior will project a style of casual elegance. Set amid lush landscaping and trelliswork, the property’s exterior walls will be cream-colored textured stucco with white trim, while the roof, with its unique configuration of rounded turrets, will utilize concrete tiles in various shades of blue. The plush, spacious interior will be appointed with rich marble and woods throughout.

Parking will be ample at the new casino. Regular and handicapped parking totals 1,303 spaces. This includes additional parking, conveniently located across Amado Road, complete with luxury shuttle service that will transport guests to and from the casino.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a longstanding tradition of major activity and visibility in the Coachella Valley. Moreover, the Tribe set a precedent by becoming the first Native American group to own and operate two gaming facilities in California when in April 2001, it opened its second gaming property, the Agua Caliente Casino, in nearby Rancho Mirage.