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Agua Caliente casinos named best in reader;s poll

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Agua Caliente Casino"Resort"Spa in Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs are the two top spots for gaming, according to readers of Desert Magazine.

After placing as a finalist last year, Agua Caliente Casino"Resort"Spa, which will open its new $300 million hotel April 19, upped the ante and won the coveted title of ;'Best Casino'' this year, with Spa Resort Casino following right behind.

Both casinos feature the newest slots, table games and impeccable high-limit rooms. Spa Resort Casino and Agua Caliente Casino"Resort"Spa also lay claim to the most liberal blackjack rules in the area and consistently garner high marks for their poker rooms, restaurants and entertainment.

The casino isn't the only place you can find award-winning recreational activities - the Indian Canyons hiking trails in Palm Springs were also a finalist for ''Best Hike'' in the valley. All are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Desert Magazine's ''Best of the Valley'' poll has been in existence for 15 years. This year, more than 100,000 votes were cast, showing residents' favorite spots for dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation.

The new $300 million resort hotel, located next to the existing Agua Caliente Casino, will offer 340 generously appointed guest rooms and a rejuvenating spa, pool and cabana complex, plus a high-tech conference center. A 2,000-seat entertainment venue will open in late 2008, completing the property's transformation into a world-class destination.

Agua Caliente Casino"Resort"Spa is home to more than 1,800 slots, a variety of table games and an 11-table poker room also voted ''Best in the Valley'' in a 2007 reader's poll. The casino offers exciting entertainment plus award-winning dining. For more information, call (866) 923-7244 or (888) 999-1995, or visit

Casually elegant, the Spa Resort Casino offers the best in gaming with 1,000 slots, an exciting variety of table games and a private high-limit gaming room. The property offers the best dining, live entertainment and dancing nightly. The Hotel at Spa Resort Casino is home to 228 luxury rooms and the world-famous Spa and Well Spirit Fitness Center. This is one resort destination that truly has it all. For more information, call (888) 999-1995 or visit