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San Diego-area casino Barona Resort & Casino is kicking off the holiday season with a major points multiplier on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

In fact, all day long on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24, players will earn seven times the points playing on what Barona calls San Diego’s loosest slots, video poker and keno games.

“There’s a reason why Barona is known as the point multiplier capital of the world,” Barona Resort & Casino General Manager Rick Salinas said. “You won’t find extra points like we regularly offer our players anywhere else. We want to make the start of the season even brighter with seven times points on players’ favorite games.”

All multiplied points earned during the promotion will be redeemable for cash back and promotional entries. However, the points do not count for comps or higher Club Barona tiers.

Club Barona and Thanksgiving

Club Barona is the Barona Resort & Casino player loyalty program. In fact, membership in Club Barona is free and open to all players.

Members earn points redeemable for dining, free play, hotel stays, and cash back. Simply use the Club Barona Card while slots, video poker, or table games to earn points. Plus, Club Barona membership may be upgraded to Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status for even more benefits based on play.

Barona Resort & Casino has been named the “Best Casino” and “Loosest Slots” for seven consecutive years in the San Diego’s Best Union-Tribune Readers Poll.

The casino features 2,100 slot and video poker machines and more than 90 table games. Plus, the AAA Four Diamond hotel on the property features 400 rooms and suites with views of Barona Valley.

Barona also features a variety of dining options, spa, full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club. It is located just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.

San Diego casinos expanding

Barona Casino & Resort is undergoing a modest expansion and renovation. The expansion includes a new entrance, bathrooms, an enhanced non-smoking slot area, a new general store, and a larger Barona Coffee Company outlet.

In fact, San Diego-area casinos seem to be undergoing a construction boom.

Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula is doubling its hotel capacity, and adding a new spa, pools, and dining venues. The expansion is expected to cost $285 million.

Additionally, nearby Pala Casino Spa & Resort is undergoing a $170 million expansion that will see a new hotel tower added.

Sycuan Casino in El Cajon is in the middle of a $226 million expansion. It includes a 300-room hotel, new pool complex, event space, and restaurants.

Plus, Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine is adding a new 158 all-suites hotel tower, a new pool, and restaurants.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California just finished adding an 11,000-square-foot spa and 5,000-square-foot brewery.

Plus, casino competition in the area began heating up in just ahead of Thanksgiving last year with the opening of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego in October 2016. It is just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego and features 1,700 slots and 40 table games.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including,, and