SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - Barona Resort & Casino will welcome the "Year of the Dragon" with $80,000 in cash giveaways during a two-week celebration for the Lunar New Year. From January 23 to February 6, players can win a share of $80,000 in cash giveaways and enjoy live cultural performances. Barona's Casino Managers will also be handing out Hongbao, traditional red envelopes filled with lucky money, during the celebrations.

"Lunar New Year is one of our favorite times of the year at Barona," said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. "It is a chance for us to celebrate a wonderful cultural tradition with our players and make way for good fortune and good luck in the coming year."

Barona will kick off the Lunar New Year with a cultural celebration on Monday, Jan. 23 and culminate Lunar New Year with another celebration on Monday, Feb. 6. The celebrations begin at 8 p.m. and include a parade featuring traditional Lion and Dragon dancers as well as a blessing at the casino's main Porte Cochere entrance.

Additional details of Barona's Lunar New Year celebration include:

  • On January 23 and again February 6 from noon to 10 p.m., one Club Barona winner will be selected every 15 minutes for the Special Edition Power Giveaway to select a Hongbao envelope containing prize amounts ranging from $200 to $2,000. Over the course of the two days, a total of $50,000 in prizes will be awarded to 80 lucky Club Barona members.
  • On January 23 and again on February 6 at 10 p.m., three Club Barona members will be drawn to win $5,000 each, totaling $30,000 among six winners. Club Barona members can earn one drawing entry per 500 myPOINTS earned from midnight to 9 p.m. on the day of the drawing.
  • The Ho Wan Noodle Shop, which was named Best Noodle House in the 2011 San Diego Union-Tribune "San Diego's Best" Reader's Poll, will offer a Lunar New Year menu which includes Shrimp Dumplings, Chicken Corn Soup, Vietnamese Style Basil Lobster and Eight Treasures Sweet Congee.
  • The 24-hour Sage Café will feature special a la carte items such as Chicken Soup in Young Coconut, Braised Sliced Abalone with Oyster Sauce, Vietnamese Style Basil Lobster, XO Spicy Sauce Steam Chilean Sea Bass, Chinese Broccoli with Sausage, Sweet Bird Nest Soup and American Ginseng Tea.

Known as San Diego's loosest casino, Barona has 2,000 slots and video poker machines. Additionally, the casino features over 80 table games including Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud, Barona Craps, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Baccarat and Barona Roulette, as well as the latest innovations in chipless gaming including Chipless Roulette™, Chipless Baccarat™, Chipless Three-Card Poker and Chipless Blackjack™.

About Barona Resort & Casino
Barona Resort & Casino, a AAA Four Diamond rated property, blends the best of San Diego's leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. LEED® Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Barona is San Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 guest rooms and suites all with beautiful views of the Barona Valley, a variety of award-winning dining options, the AmBience Day Spa, a full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club, rated the 3rd best resort course in California by Golfweek magazine. For Barona Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona Resort & Casino on Facebook®, Twitter and YouTube today.

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