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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Latest News on Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, California
Last week was our lucky day at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. Can you believe that I won $450 dollars in a penny slot machine with a minimum bet of 0.30 cents. The slot machine maximum bet was $3.00, but I have never or will never bet maximum on a slot machine. My wife and I go to the Casino on a weekly basis as part of our entertainment and we follow strictly our budget. The highest bet that my wife and I do is only up to 0.60c per click. So when I won the above amount I was shock but very happy. After 5 hours of playing, I went home with a net win of $350. My wife also won $60 that day. We go to the Casino almost every week for dining and a little slot machine gambling (limited budget).
Here's the latest news on Thunder Valley Casino published by the Philippine Inquirer dated August 5, 2011.
Thunder Valley Casino Resort Awarded AAA Four Diamond Rating.
LINCOLN, California—Thunder Valley Casino Resort is honored to join the elite ranks of AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort destinations. After a thorough evaluation of the luxury hotel and resort, Thunder Valley is the only AAA Four Diamond casino resort in the Sacramento region.
“We are very pleased with the results of the AAA evaluation,” said C.J. Graham, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “It’s a very rigorous process and achieving a Four Diamond rating is a testament to Thunder Valley’s status as a truly world-class resort.”
Establishments eligible for a Diamond rating undergo a meticulous evaluation including unscheduled evaluations by anonymous AAA professional inspectors. AAA is one of only two rating entities to conduct physical, on-site evaluations making it one of the most thorough rating systems in the United States. To achieve a Four Diamond rating an establishment must offer an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. Four Diamond properties are upscale and progressively more refined and stylish. Of the 59,000 properties that are AAA/CAA-approved and diamond rated, just 3.6 percent have attained a Four Diamond rating.
The 297-room, 17-story hotel provides Sacramento’s only Four Diamond casino accommodations. Thunder Valley’s luxury hotel features 4 Beaujolais suites offering every amenity from a dry/wet sauna and ceiling-filled jetted bathtub to pool table, personal exercise room, dining room, and massage suite options. Every room at Thunder Valley features wireless Internet, VoIP phones, flat screen TVs, desktop work areas, 320-thread count sheets, down blankets and pillows, and European spa/showers.
Guests at Thunder Valley can also enjoy the 12,000 square-foot 24-hour health club and spa offering facials, massage therapy, pedicures, manicures and the signature 24-karat gold leaf facial. Just outside of the luxury hotel, guests can relax at the pool and hot tub surrounded by 10 private cabanas and the Coconut poolside bar.
“Receiving the Four Diamond rating is a tremendous honor,” said Kevin Thorstenson, Vice President of Hotel Operation at Thunder Valley. “It is a validation of our team members’ hard work and our efforts to provide each Thunder Valley guest with a VIP experience.”
Thunder Valley Casino Resort was opened by the United Auburn Indian Community in June 2003. The newly remodeled and expanded entertainment, dining and hotel resort is Northern California’s first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an outstanding facility.
Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, Thunder Valley Casino Resort offers 200,000 square feet of gaming space including over 2,800 slot and video machines, 125 table games and a live poker room with space for 160 players. There are 14 restaurants and bars highlighted by the new High Steaks Steakhouse; Koi Palace; a 500-seat Feast Around The World Buffet and Thunder Café as well as Mingle Bar, Falls Bar, Thunder Bar and High Steaks Bar. Also on property is a new 3,700-space parking structure that leads directly into the casino and hotel.
The recent expansion of Thunder Valley Casino Resort includes a new luxury, 17-story hotel with 297 rooms including 40 suites. Inside the hotel is a 10,000 square-foot banquet and entertainment hall, meeting rooms, bars and a gift shop. The hotel has an expansive pool that includes private cabanas and Coconut, a poolside bar. The Spa at Thunder Valley will feature a wide variety of treatments including the exclusive 24-karat gold leaf facial. The expansion was completed in July 2010".
Note: The other Casino that my wife and I patronized (buffet and slots machines) once in a while is the Red Hawk Casino in Placerville. Both Casinos are within 30 minutes driving time from our residence.