SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2013) - Eleanor of El Cajon, Calif. is on "cloud nine" after winning the grand finale round of Barona Resort & Casino's $750,000 Free Slot Tournament Series. In addition to her first place $25,000 cash prize, Eleanor has won an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and a seat at the TournEvent of Champions, a nationwide slot tournament on September 25.

"I wake up each morning thinking I'm living in a dream," said Eleanor, a grandmother of four who was born in Jamaica and is happy to now call San Diego home. "From the moment the confetti fell and Barona told me I was the winner, I was in a state of shock. Now, I am so excited to fly to Las Vegas to try and win a share of $250,000."

The $750,000 Free Slot Tournament Series was one of Barona's biggest promotions of the year so far. Eleanor joined thousands of other Club Barona members who were invited to play in the February, April and June tournaments where they had a chance to win a share of $50,000 in weekly prizes and $100,000 in grand finale prizes. She was one of 88 lucky players who advanced to the August finale and will now represent Barona at the TournEvent of Champions.

"Eleanor has been a loyal player since the mid-1980s so this was an especially memorable moment for all of us in the Barona family," said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. "All of her friends and family at Barona will be cheering her on and hope she wins the championship in Las Vegas and is crowned the best slot tournament player in the nation."

Barona was one of the home casinos participating in Multimedia Games' TournEvent of Champions nationwide slot tournament. Players from across the country had a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and a share of $250,000 in cash prizes by playing in a qualifying TournEvent tournament at their home casino. Next month, Eleanor and the dozens of winners from participating casinos from coast to coast will compete for the title of Nation's Best Tournament Player.

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 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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