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Posted: February 18, 2013 in Gambling, Uncategorized

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Looking for something to do Memorial Day Weekend? The long awaited Running Creek Casino will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at 635 E. Highway 20 in Upper Lake, California, located in the beautiful resort area of Clear Lake. The region has long been a mecca for campers, hikers, nature lovers and watersports enthusiasts—and now boasts a new casino property as one of the area attractions. The 33,000 square foot casino is an enterprise of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, and houses 349 of the hottest slot machines and six popular table games. In addition to gaming, Running Creek Casino features the Hot Springs Express restaurant, offering quick, made to order menu selections such as burgers, sandwiches and salads. A second dining option is Wildfire, a 65-seat full service restaurant with patio dining featuring quality American cuisine and a wood burning pizza oven. Running Creek’s On the Rocks is a full service bar that highlights a variety of cocktails, beers and wines by the glass, as well as an array of appetizers to compliment any drink selection. Other amenities include the Running Rewards player’s club and multiple meeting rooms.

“The road has been long and the obstacles too numerous to count, but we are finally here, excited and proud to open the doors to the public,” said Tribal Chairperson Sherry Treppa. “We want this establishment to be more than just a gambling hall. Our vision is for visitors and local residents to see this as a place to come for dining and entertainment, as well as a local meeting place for Lake County clubs and organizations. We know there are other casino properties in the area to choose from, but we want to differentiate ourselves by offering more in terms of customer service, cleanliness, and hospitality.”

Running Creek’s official grand opening is set for Friday, June 1, but the Tribe and project management team made the decision in response to popular demand to open the casino on May 25, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Private ceremonies for the Tribe, local dignitaries, and VIP guests will take place in the morning, with the doors opening to the public for gaming and dining at 4 p.m. The casino will then continue to stay open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“I am proud to represent THIS Tribe whose eternal hope and unrelenting determination not only brought this project to fruition in Lake County, but did so in a cooperative, respectful and professional manner.  The Tribe could not be more pleased about the new jobs we have created in our community through this project and the positive economic impact Running Creek will provide for area businesses,” said Treppa. “This business venture will bring the Tribe one step closer to economic self-sufficiency. Moreover, it will enable us to engage in additional business enterprises in the future.”


The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake are a federally recognized tribe historically located in Upper Lake California. In 2008, they were able to place 11.24 acres near their historic tribal lands into trust, which allowed them to create a gaming enterprise. The casino construction project began in 2004 and was approved by the Department of the Interior in August of 2011, as well as through a state compact signed in March of 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown.,,,

Running Creek Casino, 635 E. Hwy 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485

(707) 275-9209

 Running Creek Casino to Host Job Fairs

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake is set to host two job fairs in Lake County later this month in conjunction with Lake One-Stop Inc. Business & Employment Services. The casino will provide more than 145 local jobs to the area. These jobs include table games dealers, slot reps, cage personnel, food and beverage, security, surveillance, and administrative staff. Jobs will also be posted on

The first job fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 24 in Lakeport at Lake One-Stop; 55 First Street. The second is scheduled for March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Upper Lake; 9480 Main Street.

“We’re incredibly pleased with the progress of the construction project,” said Tribal Chairperson Sherry Treppa. “We’re right on track to open around Memorial Day. We’re also excited about starting the hiring process and bringing some new jobs to Lake County and the surrounding area.”

“As I see the casino structure go up I’m reminded of the significance of this site,” continued Treppa. “The surrounding foothills were the Tribe’s former reservation (564 acres in total) which was lost when our Tribe was congressionally terminated in the 50s with the passage of the California Rancheria Act.”

“The Tribe’s federal recognition was restored in 1983, but we were landless. Our efforts to restore our land base were fraught with obstacles. The Tribe persevered nonetheless, and in 2008 we managed to have 11.24 acres received into Trust. This casino project is allowing our Tribe to take a positive step towards self-reliance while becoming a positive contributor to the economic success of Lake County. That’s something to be proud of for all of our members.”

HARTFORD, Mich. — Michiana gamblers will have a new place to play this summer. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., announced Tuesday at a media event that its newest casino, Four Winds Hartford, is scheduled to open in August of 2011. The casino is being constructed on Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, approximately two and a half miles west of the City, between exits 41 and 46 on I-94.

According to Four Winds General Manager Matt Harkness, Four Winds Hartford will be a 52,000 square foot facility, and will maintain the same look and feel as their New Buffalo property. The new casino will feature 500 slot machines and nine table games, including blackjack and roulette, as well as a 100 seat restaurant and bar. The existing Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo is larger, at 135,000 square feet, 3,000 slots, approximately 70 table games, four restaurants, and a 165 room hotel. Members of their player loyalty program, the W Club, will be able to accure points and redeem comps and offers at both properties.

“We are thrilled to bring this first class entertainment facility to the community along with the hundreds of new jobs. We also expect the casino to support the development of ancillary businesses in the area,”  said Pokagon’s Tribal Chairman Matt Wesaw.

Approximately 300 permanent new jobs will be created at Four Winds Hartford, with Tribal members filling about one third of those positions. A job fair for the general public will be held in the coming months. Applicants can apply for these jobs at

Even the most die hard Blackjack players need a change of pace once in a while. One game that is simple to play and can provide hours of fun for table games afficianados or even beginners is Baccarat. Baccarat is a game of mystery to a lot of gamblers, despite the fact that it can be found in many casinos local to the South Bend area.

There’s a mystique or an aura about Baccarat. Thought of by many Blackjack players as a game played by tuxedoed rich guys on the French Riviera in James Bond movies, in reality it’s an easy game to learn. Baccarat a popular game with those who play it because the decisions are already made for the player. All you need to do in order to play is just sit down, place your bet, get a feel for the table, and use your instincts.

The table

Each player has three betting areas associated with his/her position at the table. They are: “Banker”, “Player” or “Tie.” An electronic board keeps track of which hands win on our Mini-Baccarat tables, similar to a Roulette board, so players can see trends and determine their bets. Some gamblers choose to track the results of each hand by writing them on a pad.

Many casinos have both Mini-Baccarat and full-sized Baccarat tables. One difference between Mini-Bac and Baccarat is that in Baccarat they allow the players to handle the cards. In Mini-Bac the dealer handles the cards. Handling of the cards by players is also sometimes referred to as “sweating the cards.”

There are seven positions each with two betting spots on a Mini-Baccarat table for a total of 14 possible players. The larger tables accommodate 12 players. The game is popular, especially among Asians, because it’s a community game. The game is played in groups, adding a social aspect, since the tables can accommodate such a large number of players. It spurs a social interaction along along with the gambling. That’s why if you’ve ever walked by a busy Baccarat table on the casino floor, it can look like a crowded and sometimes chaotic game.


The object is to bet either the Player or Banker hoping that the cards accumulate a point total closest to 9 on two or three cards. Aces count as 1, cards 2 through 9 count at face value, 10s and face cards count as 0. If you’re dealt a 9 and a 7, for example, the combined total is counted as 6 rather than 16. If you receive a 3 and an 8, the total is not 11, but is instead counted as 1.

It’s not possible to have a combination of cards with a combined total greater than 9. The perfect hand is one that equals 9 exactly in the first two cards. 8 is the second-best hand and, along with the 9, these two hands make up the two “natural” hands.

Betting and Payouts

Payouts are very straightforward. If you bet on a winning hand, you’ll be paid at 1 to 1. If that winner is the Banker hand, a five percent commission is deducted. If the winning hand belongs to the Player, no commission is paid. If you bet on a tie, the payoff is a whopping 8 to 1. Commissions are paid after each hand on Mini-Baccarat tables, and on the large Baccarat tables, commissions are tracked and settled at the end of the shoe.

You don’t have to visit the High Limit room to play or have a ton of cash to get on a table, either. Table limits often range from $10  on Mini-Bac to aournd a $50 minimum  on Big-Bac, and have up to $1,000 and $5,000 table maximums depending on when and where you play. If you are a Blackjack player interested in learning a fun and exciting table game that promotes group interaction and is simple to play, Baccarat is definitely a game you’ll want to check out next time you visit a South Bend area casino. Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Blue Chip in Michigan City, and Gun Lake Casino (located halfway between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Kalamazoo) all provide forms of Baccarat for your gaming pleasure.

Maximize your slot play for more fun and excitement

Slot players enjoy the rush of a good jackpot and the excitement associated with playing the most popular and newest games on the casino floor. They also like getting paid to play in the form of “comps” – complimentary services and amenities that can be earned through slot play. But what is the best way to play in order to earn points towards rewards and increase the chances of winning bigger jackpots?

Oliver Shoemaker, Slot Operations Manager for Cache Creek Casino Resort in Northern California, has a few tips. The most important hint he gives is to become a Player’s Club member and use your card when playing. “It makes a lot of sense to play with a card. They’re free, and there are a lot of free rewards that go along with having one. By not using one you don’t get anything for playing.”

Besides being rewarded for playing through earning and redeeming points, Club membership has other advantages when tax time rolls around. “You’re able to get win/loss statements which are important for people who play quite a bit and win some jackpots,” says Shoemaker. “Without that club card there isn’t a reliable way to track your play to assure that you aren’t hit as hard with taxes on jackpots.”

So why doesn’t everyone join the club at their local casino? Some players believe their slots experience is somehow changed when they play with a card, but Shoemaker shoots down that misconception. “It doesn’t affect the game play at all. It’s a whole separate system that merely takes snapshots of your play.” And the more you play with your card the more offers you’ll receive in the mail for Bonus Play, which is essentially free money.

The type of machines and the way you play also make a difference.  “You usually want to play the highest denomination that you can afford,” says Shoemaker. “Typically the higher denoms have a higher payback percentage. And video poker usually has a higher payback than a typical slot machine if you play it the right way.”

Betting habits are also a factor. “You should try to play max bet,” he explains. “On some machines, the more coins you play, the top reward will increase at a greater rate.” For instance, the payout for playing two coins rather than one will more than double, increasing the rate of return per coin.

On other machines, Shoemaker explains, certain payouts aren’t even available if you don’t play multiple coins or max bet. “When you play more, you can get more symbols to match up. For instance, on Blazing 7s, if you play one coin and sevens come up, you don’t get anything. If you play max, you can actually win something when you get the sevens to line up.”

Wide area progressives reward the player more for playing max bet, too. “On those big games like Wheel of Fortune or Megabucks, I can’t imagine having the winning symbols come up and not playing max bet. I’ve actually seen it happen. Instead of getting five million, you get $1,700.”

Some of the happiest players, says Shoemaker, are those who play machines that allow them more seat time because they pay out more frequently, even if those amounts are smaller. Other players prefer to play only for bigger jackpots even if they don’t pay out as often. The key is to figure out what type of slots player you are and seek out those machines that fit your playing style. Only then can you maximize your slot playing experience.

Casino table game managers are always looking for new  games to put on the floor to keep players interested and coming back for more. One way of doing this is to provide a variety of Blackjack games to choose from. These might include single deck, double deck, pitch, or any number of “carnival” games like Spanish 21. Another way to customize a Blackjack game is by adding a “bonus” betting option.

Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan has added two new blackjack games that players may want to check out the next time they are in the Michiana region looking for some action. The first new bet is called “Lucky Lucky Blackjack Bonus.” This optional side bet is in addition to the normal Blackjack wager. If it hits, patrons can win up to 200 times their main wager. Side bets start at $1 and max out at $25. To win, the first two cards dealt must be included in the pay matrix displayed at the table.

The second Blackjack innovation at Four Winds is the “Blackjack Switch.” At this table, each person plays two hands with an identical bet on each. The player has the option of keeping the two hands as dealt, or they can switch the second card between the two hands to make a better hand on one or both of the sets. You’re even allowed splits and double-downs after the switch, which can make these hands even more valuable. Blackjacks aren’t paid out at 2:1 like multi-deck shoe-dealt games, though.  Instead, they pay even money. Another change from the standard game is a “Push 22,” which means the dealer gets a push if he draws to a total of exactly 22. Blackjack Switch also features the optional “Super Match Bonus Bet,” with multiple payouts. To win, get a pair, two pair, three, or four-of-a-kind from any of the four initial cards dealt.

The odds on bonus bets can be pretty long, but not so long that you shouldn’t play at least the minimum amount just to keep in on the action. The lower odds awards hit more often, and while they don’t offer the big 200 time payout, they may provide enough of an incentive to keep the game fun, especially if you are bored of traditional Blackjack. For Blackjack variants like the Blackjack Switch, the payouts are a little lower and the house gets more edge from the 22 Push, but players gain an edge by having the ability to switch cards, so it may amount to a wash as far as house advantage goes compared to traditional Blackjack odds. For seasoned players, these bonus bets and game variations can make the game of Blackjack a lot more fun and interesting, and can help to break an experienced player out of a rut, so don’t overlook them when checking out the action at Michigan or Illinois casinos.

Despite the challenging economy Cache Creek Casino Resort continues to upgrade their gaming offerings to better serve their guests. The resort will open a new high limit table games room on Friday, Dec. 18 featuring three Baccarat tables with a $10,000 maximum betting limit, two single-deck Blackjack games with 3 to 2 payouts and $2,000 maximum limits, two double-deck Blackjack games with a maximum limit of $5,000, and three Blackjack shoe games with $10,000 maximum betting limits.
Earlier in the month a brand new high limit slot room was opened at the resort, featuring additional slot games and denominations.

“We are continuing to make changes to our gaming operations in response to our guest’s needs and feedback,” said Cean Burgeson, a spokesperson for Cache Creek. “The buzz we’re hearing about our new high limit slot room has been great so far and we anticipate the same from the opening of our new high limit table games room. Blackjack games with 3 to 2 payouts are getting harder to find these days so our players who enjoy table games will be excited about these new options. They’ll also like the range of betting limits we continue to provide and the number of tables we have to accommodate everyone.”

Winner Hits a Gusher—a $619,538.24 Wheel of Fortune® MegaJackpot® at Cache Creek Casino Resort

(Brooks, Calif. – October 4, 2009) – San Franciscan Mark Biggins took his wife Omozole to Cache Creek Saturday because she wanted to “get out of the house.” That simple desire paid off big time for the lucky couple when Mark won a $619,538.24 MegaJackpot® on a Wheel of Fortune® dollar slot machine.

The 44 year-old plumber said he chose to play Wheel of Fortune® because his mother likes to play it. He went up to the “first one I saw when I walked in” to the casino.

The winner said he’ll use his winning to pay his bills and expand his plumbing business.

“We are thrilled to have another MegaJackpot® here at Cache Creek Casino Resort,” said Cean Burgeson, Communication Manager at Cache Creek. “We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Biggins and wish them the best.”

Cache Creek, located 40 miles northwest of Sacramento and 80 miles from the Bay Area, is Northern California’s only casino resort. Operating 2,400 slot machines and 142 table games throughout its spacious 100,000-square-foot casino, Cache Creek also features nine beautiful restaurants, a state-of-the-art entertainment center, a resort golf course, and a 200-room luxury hotel and spa. For more information, go to

All IGT MegaJackpots® are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots®, which are paid in their entirety upon verification. For current jackpot totals on all California MegaJackpots® progressives, log on to

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Contacts: Cristina Dayton (916) 204-6715 or Stephen Kulieke (916) 717-8614for IGT.

>Promotions at Cache Creek

Posted: September 16, 2009 in Gambling

The Good Life can be yours in September

During the month of September you can live “The Good Life” at Cache Creek during The Good Life Giveaways. In some cultures, the number 9 symbolizes long life and longevity, and means “long life forever.” That’s why September is a particularly lucky month this year when the stars align and the number 9 occurs three times, on 9-9-09!

To celebrate, we’re giving away $999 every hour throughout the month of September. Cache Club members can earn three drawing entries each day by swiping their card at the Cache Club. Additional entries are earned with the purchase of a Harvest Buffet meal, round of golf at Yocha Dehe Golf Club, hotel night stay, with each hand paid slot jackpot, or by playing table games and being dealt one of the 9-9-09 special hands:

• A pair of 9s on the Player’s first two cards in Blackjack
• All suited Blackjacks
• A hand with 9 and Gong or better in Pai Gow Tiles
• Winning tie wagers with 9s in Baccarat and Min-Baccarat
• $10 or higher winning bet with 9 in Casino War
• Straights or better for winning Bad Beat Jackpot wagers in Three Card and Four Card Poker
• Pai Gow Poker hands with three 9s
• Any hand dealt Pocket 9s in the Poker Room
• All Poker Room promotional wins and Poker Tournament wins.

Cache Club members can drop their entries into the drawing drum located in front of the Cache Club to qualify to win $999 in cash every hour. Winners must be present to win, so cash prizes not claimed within one hour of the drawing will be rolled into the following drawing — so the opportunity to win big if you stay and play are outstanding! Come to Cache Creek and experience The Good Life!

Cash Blitz Jackpots in October and November

Football fans — it’s first and goal at our Cash Blitz Jackpots every half hour at Cache Creek during the months of October and November. The clock is ticking down and the action will be fast and furious. The Cash Blitz kicks off October 1st and runs through the end of November. That’s when Slot and Table Games players will be hit every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. until midnight with the Cash Blitz, awarding players with cash windfalls of $1,000 each.

All you need to do in order to join the team is become a Cache Club member, and then you’ll be eligible to score big during the Cash Blitz. ANY player in table games OR slots could go the distance and win some big cash! Cache Creek’s Cash Blitz Giveaway, where you could be a $1,000 winner twice an hour every day!

Double Point Fridays

Every Friday Cache Creek’s guests continue to earn double points when they play their favorite slot machines. These points show up automatically while playing with a Cache Club card inserted into any machine and are instantly added to each player’s account.