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Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage Wins Three Forbes Four-
 AStar Awards at the Same Time
gua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage received the Forbes Four- Star Award for its exclusive Sunstone Spa, the multi-award winning The Steakhouse, and its luxurious resort hotel, making
it the only casino property in California to win three Forbes Four-Star Awards at the same time.
“I am extremely proud of our team members in achieving this goal. Providing the ultimate guest experience is what we strive for at all Agua Caliente Casinos, and Forbes plays a big role in creating and delivering that experience,” stated Saverio R. Scheri III, COO for Agua Caliente Casinos. “Receiving four-stars from Forbes in our restaurant, spa, and resort hotel makes us a unique triple winner and sets us apart from other casino resorts in California and throughout the U.S.”
Sunstone Spa has been a Forbes Four-Star winner for several years and consistently delivers a unique and serene experience for guests from all over the country.
“At Sunstone Spa, you can enjoy a variety of unique services including traditional and specialty massages, scrubs, wraps, skin care and a full-service hair and nail salon. Services are crafted with detail and sustainable ingredients while heated gemstones and grounded treatment tables add a layer of health to treatments. A private outdoor pool, and luxury spa cabanas all add to your day while you reconnect with yourself and loved ones,” said Daniel Spencer, Spa Director for Agua Caliente Casinos.
The Steakhouse, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007, is
now also a Forbes Four- Star Award winner. The stunning fine dining restaurant has also earned accolades including the AAA Four Diamond
Award, the Palm Springs Life Best of the Best, and the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award.
“We take extreme pride in the presentation and tenderness of out Certified Angus Prime Beef, Australian Lobster, Colorado Lamb, our Slow Roasted “Prime” Prime Rib, and of course, our Filet Mignon, all of which are served with harmonious sides and finishes,” said Executive Chef Kenneth Williams. “The experience, much like our menu, is rich, savory, and unforgettable, and we are very proud to have this significant Forbes Four-Star award bestowed upon us,”
Williams added.
The 16-story 340-room resort hotel of Agua
Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage offers the perfect blend of elegance with a cool desert vibe and has been the winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award for 11 consecutive years. Luxurious room accommodations, 71,000 square feet of the most exciting gaming, a decadent cigar lounge, and an
outdoor oasis with sparkling pools and deluxe cabanas await.
The Agua Caliente Casinos, located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. A third Agua Caliente Casino will open this fall in Cathedral City.
Forbes is the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Forbes’ highly trained inspectors visit every property they rate, evaluating based on up to 900 objective criteria. Hotel stays span a minimum of two nights. Forbes pays their own way and no one can buy a rating. All ratings are earned through Forbes’ objective inspection process. Global inspectors are anonymous at all times to ensure they have the same experience as a typical guest.
Valley View Casino & Hotel Team Member Wins $52,511
VCompeting on Jeopardy!
alley View Casino & Hotel team member, John Cuevas, won $52,511 while competing on the iconic game show Jeopardy! John works on swing shift in the slot department at Valley View.
John applied for the show months ago through an online test. He was then called for an audition in Los Angeles, which included a second written test and a mock Jeopardy! game. He was then added to the contestant pool and was called five months later to appear on the show.
He first appeared on Wednesday, January 22nd, winning $29,001 and became the new Jeopardy! champion that day. The next night he kept his champion title, winning another $23,510. John was again in the lead on his third and final appearance on January 24th until the final Jeopardy! clue. The clue was from the
“Bestselling Authors” category, which asked for the name of the author in her 70s who spends 20 to 22 hours a day writing on an old typewriter. The answer
was “Danielle Steel.” John, along with the other two contestants, answered the question incorrectly and John finished in third place.
“Appearing on Jeopardy! was a lifelong dream come true. Winning twice was an experience beyond my wildest dreams,” said John.“I am so thankful to everyone who supported me through this journey, and for the chance to bring awareness to organ donation by wearing a Donate Life pin during my Jeopardy! run.”
“We’re so happy for our teammate John,” said Bruce Howard, General Manager of Valley View Casino & Hotel.“He certainly made himself, his family and everyone at Valley View extremely proud with his three-day championship performance on Jeopardy!”
John is the first Valley View Casino & Hotel team member to appear on, and win, Jeopardy! Valley View Casino & Hotel held a watch party where guests and team members alike cheered him on.
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