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Barona Resort & Casino

December 14, 2010 12:00 ET

Explosive New Ultra Hit Progressive Jackpot Makes Grand Entrance for the First Time in Southern California at Barona Resort & Casino

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - Barona Resort & Casino, a hotspot for the newest gaming technology and products, is the first in Southern California to offer the Ultra Hit Progressive Jackpot Explosion® on dozens of slot machines throughout its casino floor. This multi-level progressive will give players a secondary bonus opportunity every time they play the "Jackpot Explosion" linked machines.

"The Jackpot Explosion progressive essentially offers players a chance to play two games in one," said Chuck Hickey, vice president of slots at Barona Resort & Casino. "Our players are going to find that what this multi-level progressive really offers is multi-layers of fun!"

Developed by WMS, the Ultra Hit Progressive Jackpot Explosion® links 30 of Barona's 1 cent, 2 cent and 5 cent slot games such as Lancelot, Golden Maiden, Mystical Dragon, Rome and Egypt, Jackpot Block Party, Wild Stampede and Zeus. While each game is different, they all share the same screen background with exciting volcano graphics.

"As the first casino in Southern California to offer Ultra Hit Progressive - Jackpot Explosion, Barona's slot floor continues to be one of the most exciting and technologically advanced in the country," said Rob Bone, Vice President and General Manager of Western Sales and Operations for WMS. "This is a unique experience for Barona's players as it adds a whole second level of bonuses and jackpots to their favorite base game. This is the first of many new game applications that will be debuting on Barona's floor in the coming year."

The progressive is visually represented by a giant volcano whose lava rises to the top of the volcano in the top screen and a sea of lava behind the reels. When players see the lava rising, it indicates that the jackpot is about to be set off. When the bonus triggers, the volcano dramatically erupts in a shower of coins and celebratory music and one of the four progressive jackpots is randomly awarded to a lucky winner.

"What makes this progressive especially exciting is that the 'lava' builds faster when more players participate in the progressive which creates excitement throughout the casino," continued Hickey. "Players can watch the lava flow rising and changing colors from yellow to red hot on their screens, indicating that the volcano is ready to erupt and that someone will soon be taking home the jackpot."

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 innovation in chipless gaming including Chipless Roulette™, Chipless Baccarat™, Chipless Three-Card Poker™ and Chipless Blackjack™.

About Barona Resort & Casino
Barona Resort & Casino 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 www.barona.com, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona on Facebook, Twitter and the Barona Casino blog.

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