Nation | Tribe: Sycuan Tribe
5469 Casino Way
El Cajon, California 92019-1810
Sycuan Casino is an Indian gaming casino owned by the Sycuan Tribe. The casino features 2,300 slot machines, a non-smoking area, 56 table games, 11 poker tables and bingo.
The Sycuan Casino Resort opened in 2019 with the addition of a AAA Four-Diamond hotel with 300 rooms, a spa, an adult pool, meeting spaces and new restaurants.
Sycuan Casino History
Sycuan Casino was opened in 1983 by the Sycuan Tribe as an Indian bingo hall. Business was profitable and the bingo hall was expanded in 1990 to 1,500-seat bingo parlor in a 68,000 square-foot building. It included 35 poker tables and 20 seats for off-track betting.
To attract more customers the Sycuan Tribe purchased Singing Hills in 2001. With that acquisition Sycuan became a casino, a golf course anad a 120-room hotel. There were two resaurants and a shuttle bus to connect the properties.
In 2011, Sycuan Casino completed a $27 million renovation of the casino expanding the buffet and adding a sports bar. At that time Sycuan had grown to 305,000 square feet.
Sycuan Casino became the "Sycuan Casino Resort" on March 27, 2019 when a $260 expansion project was completed and opened to the public.
The 2019 expansion added a 12-story hotel tower with 300 rooms, spa and sauna, adult pool, cabanas area, lazy river and 42,000 square feet for new meeting space. It also added a new 60,000-square-foot non-smoking gaming floor and ten new restaurants and bars.
Gaming Guide 2021 Southern California Reader's Choice Awards
Best Poker Room
Best Casino Resort Pool
Best Casual Dining
Gaming Guide 2020 Southern California Reader's Choice Awards
Best of Uptown San Diego
Source: San Diego Uptown News
2019 Best Casino
2019 Best Casino Buffet
AAA Four Diamond by Automobile Club of Southern California 2020
2019 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gaming Guide 2018 Southern California Reader's Choice Awards
2018 Luckiest Casino (1st Place)
2018 Best Players Club (3rd Place)
2018 Best Poker (3rd Place)
2018 Best Bingo (3rd Place)
Gaming Guide 2016 Southern California Reader's Choice Awards
2016 Luckiest Casino
Plans for this huge expansion project was first announced in November 2016, and construction began in early 2017. It added 60,000 new square feet of non-smoking casino floor and built a 300 guest room eleven story hotel. Other additions include ten new bars and restaurants, fitness center, full-service spa and sauna, swimming pools and a 2,000-car parking area.
Sycuan Casino originally opened as an Indian bingo hall in 1983.
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Open 24 hours daily
Minimum gambling age is 21
200,000-square-foot gaming floor
60,000-square-foot non-smoking gaming area
2,300 slot machines including 750 in the non-smoking area
56 table games
11 poker tables - smoke free area
Bingo - Daily sessions times:
Matinee I - 9:30AM
Matinee II - 11:45AM
Matinee III - 2:00PM
Evenings - 6:00PM
High Limit - VIP gaming lounge
Asian games - EZ Baccarat and Pai Gow Poker
All restaurants at Sycuan are 100% smoke-free and some have age restrictions.
This is a restaurant row within the dining corridor featuring Phils BBQ, Luna Grill, Lucha Libre Taco Shop, Hodad's and the Hangry Slice
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - Midnight
Lucha Libre Taco Shop is open 24/7
100% non-smoking, All ages are welcome.
Rank & File
Comfort food and 30 taps
Dining Hours 11:00am - 1:00am daily
Limited menu Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Bull and Bourbon
Classic steakhouse cuisine
Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen
Contemporary indoor/outdoor dinin
Sunday - Thursday 6:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:00am - Midnight
Retreat Pool & Cabanas
Located in the pool deck area
Open 10am - 6pm daily
Open Mon-Fri 5pm - 10pm, Sat-Sun: 11:30am-10pm
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with patio dining.
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6am - 11am, Sat-Sun 6am - 10:30am
Lunch: Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm
Late Night Dining: Daily 11pm - 5am
Double Down Grill - open 24 hours daily
Elicit Bar & Lounge
Cocktail lounge with live DJs
Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - Midnight
Friday & Saturday 5pm - 2am
More information at elicitlounge.com
Starbucks - open 6am-2am
Sycuan Live & Up Close - 457 seats
Must be 21 or older to attend concerts
AAA Four-Diamond Rating
The new Sycuan hotel opened March 27, 2019. This is a 12-story hotel tower with 300 guest rooms, including over 50 suites.
The amenities include a full-service Spa and Fitness open 24/7, pool, swim-up bar, poolside cabanas, lazy river and gardens.
This golf course was riginally opened in 1956. In December 2018 it was renamed Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan from the former Sycuan Golf Resort.
For more information, visit the website Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan
16-pump fuel station open 24 hours
Sycuan Market - 5,500-square-foot convenience store and drive-through Tribal Smoke Shop. Open 6AM-11PM.
Located outside Sycuan Casino Resort at 4915 Dehesa Rd El Cajon, CA 92019.
October 8, 2021
Sycuan Casino Resort is the winner in five categories of this year's Reader's Choice poll taken by the Southern California Gaming Guide. The publication has taken this poll every year since 2003.
In this year's voting, Sycuan Casino Resort won the following Reader's Choice Awards.
For more information about these awards, visit Southern California Gaming GuideTM Reader's Choice Best Casinos.
February 12, 2021
Sycuan Casino Resort has been Sharecare health security verified with Forbes Travel Guide. The casino, hotel and Singing Hills Golf Resort are included in the certification.
The health safety verification comes with a 'seal of approval' to recognize the minimized risk and impact of COVID-19 at the Sycuan properties. The seal confirms that appropriate health safety procedures are in place that will protect Sycuan visitors and employees.
The program was developed by Forbes Travel Guide and Sharecare to help travelers plan safe trips. It incorporates 360 standards for health protocols, procedures and cleaning products.
CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, Filip Boyen, said: "By becoming verified, both Sycuan Casino Resort and Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan have demonstrated its commitment to creating a culture of accountability and following global best practices to heighten health security, certified by a third party."
May 20, 2020
Sycuan's casino and hotel reopened today after shutting down two months ago due to COVID-19.
Sycuan is providing an aggressive health and cleaning program to ensure the safety of guests and workers. This includes limitations to the casino's operating hours, the available gaming, restaurant capacities and hotel services.
In the casino players are spaced at safer distances. Every other slot machine is turned off and table games are limited to 3 players per table. Poker and bingo are closed.
Food venues have limited hours. The only open venues are Double-Down Grill, House of Fortune, Rank & File and Hangry's Sunset Deli and Pizza.
The hotel is open. Spa Ritual and Retreat Pool & Cabanas are closed.
November 13, 2019
San Diego Uptown News has recognized Sycuan Casino Resort with two awards this year in its 2019 Best of Uptown San Diego issue. In a vote by local residents, Sycuan was chosen Best Casino and Best Casino Buffet.
Dan Morales, vice president of marketing at Sycuan Casino Resort, expressed appreciation:
"We are honored to be awarded by the readers of San Diego Uptown News for the third consecutive year. We significantly expanded our casino floor in 2019 to include several new gaming options and the feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive."
Sycuan Casino originally opened as an Indian bingo hall in 1983. This month it is celebrating its 36th anniversary with $2.5 million in cash and prizes.
The Sycuan Buffet serves seafood, prime rib, and a variety of cuisines for lunch and dinner. Weekday lunch is $21.95 and dinner is $32.95. Weekends are $36.95.
November 7, 2019
To celebrate its 36th anniversary, Sycuan Casino Resort is giving away $2.5 million in cash, free plays, prizes and car giveaways. The promotions run through the entire month of November with the major prizes given out on November 16th.
These promotions run weekly thoughout November:
Weekly Slots Hot Seat Drawings
- Every Tuesdays in November
- Two $500 cash winners every hour from 2PM to 2AM
Weekly Table Games Hot Seat Drawings
- Every Wednesdays & Thursdays in November
- Win a share of $30,000 cash
- Five $100 cash winners every hour on the half hour between 12:30PM and 4:30PM
NOVEMBER 16 ONLY
Tables Games' Bonus Cash Drawings
- November 16 from 4:30PM to 9:30PM
- Four $250 cash winners every half hour from 4:30PM to 8:30PM.
- Grand Prize $5,000 Cash Drawing at 9:30pm
Poker Hot Seat Gas Card Drawings
- 100 gas cards to be given away
- Four $25 Gas Card winners every half hour starting at 12PM
- Must be playing in a live Poker game to qualify
36th Anniversary Poker Tournament
- November 16 10AM
- $60 + $15
- Limited seating
Bingo Car Giveaway
- Win up to $10,000 in Matinee Spin & Win Blackout game
- $90,000 guarnteed in the matinee sessions
- $185,000 guaranteed in evening session
- Win a 2019 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Anniversary Hot Seat Drawings & Grand Finale Car Giveaway
- Win a share of $100,000 in cash, free play and prizes
- Win tee shirts and coffee mugs starting at 10AM
- Free cupcakes all day starting at 10AM
- Hot Seat Drawings every hour from 2PM to 9PM with 36 $100 FREEplay winners every hour.
- Cake Cutting and Entertainment starting at 7PM
- Grand Finale Drawing at 10pm for one $10,000 cash winner and one 2019 Infiniti QX50 Luxe winner
- VIP Hot Seat Drawings from 11PM to 2AM with one $3,600 cash winner every hour
For more information and official rules, visit Sycuan Casino Resort.
October 6, 2019
Sycuan Square is a new convenience market and 16-pump fuel station just outside Sycuan Casino Resort. Gas prices are the lowest in San Diego's East County and open 24 hours.
Sycuan Market, the convenience store, is 5,500 square feet with fresh sandwiches and salads, hot foods, beverages and drive-through Tribal Smoke Shop. Market hours are 6AM-11PM.
Sycuan Square is located at 4915 Dehesa Rd El Cajon, CA 92019 near the casino. It is a new development of Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC). The revenues it generates will benefit the reservation communities.
"Every gallon of gas, every candy bar and every bottle of water sold will contribute to the funding of quality healthcare, decent roads and infrastructure and educational programs for future generations of the Sycuan Nation," said Cody J. Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
The gas station and market are the first of three phases planned for Sycuan Square. Future additions include more retail space, mixed-use facilities, a car wash, and relocation of the Sycuan Medical and Dental Center.
August 17, 2019
Five months after Sycuan Casino opened its new 12-story hotel, the hotel received a Four Diamond inspector rating by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The AAA Four Diamond recognition is awarded to upscale hotels with exceptional standards in all areas including hospitality, amenities and services. Only 6.3 percent of all hotels inspected by AAA have received the Four Diamond rating.
The Auto Club website has published this summary if the AAA Inspector's Report:
AAA Inspector Rating Details (scale 1-5)
Public Areas 4.3
AAA Inspector Notes
This brand-new resort features modern accommodations, a lazy river, pools with cabanas and swim-up bars, plus a variety of entertainment and dining options, including an upscale steakhouse and lounge. Guest rooms are decorated in neutral colors and furnished with amenities such as luxurious robes and slippers. Many rooms have balconies that look out onto the surrounding mountains. Top-floor Chairman Suites are a great option for special occasions. 302 units. 2-12 stories, interior corridors.
June 25, 2019
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) announced an exclusive partnership today with Sycuan Casino Resort. Beginning next month Sycuan will be promoted as the official and exclusive partner of the Del Mar Racetrack.
The key features of the agreement include:
Sycuan Casino Resort signage will reside at the finish line
Sycuan will be the presenting sponsor of Del Mar's Handicapping Challenge in July
Sycuan branding will appear on daily race replays
Del Mar will host Sycuan players during race season
Sycuan Casino Resort GM John Dinius said:
"We are thrilled to partner with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club starting with the 2019 racing season. Del Mar is truly a premier destination for entertainment, sports and special events. Through this partnership, we will be able to offer exclusive access and one-of-a-kind experiences to both Del Mar patrons and Club Sycuan Members."
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Director of Sponsorships, Walker McBride said:
"We see this as a natural marriage between a natural pair. We believe Sycuan is the ultimate destination in San Diego for those seeking the casino experience and we see ourselves in a similar light when it comes to a premier day at the races."
The effective date for this partnership is July 17th when Del Mar kicks off its 80th season of racing.
March 27, 2019
Today the Sycuan Casino officially became to Sycuan Casino Resort with the completion of a $228 million construction project that added a 12-story hotel tower with 300 room, ten new restaurants and bars, a new 60,000-square-foot non-smoking gaming floor, spa and sauna, adult pool, cabanas area, lazy river and 42,000 square feet for new meeting space.
The new Sycuan Resort Hotel is now open and accepting guests. The ten new restaurants and bars include:
The UnCommons - pizza, burgers
Hangry Slice - pizza
Luna Grill - fresh mediterranean
Lucha Libra Taco Shop
Elicit Bar & Lounge
Rank & File - tap house
Bull and Bourbon Steakhouse
Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen
The new 60,000-square-foot, non-smoking casino area has 750 slot machines and is the largest non-smoking gaming facility in San Diego County.
This major construction project was announced in November 2016 and the ground-breaking was early 2017. The grand opening was celebrated March 27, 2019.
January 21, 2019
When Sycuan Casino Resort opens its new $226 million renovations in March, it will introduce "The UnCommons", a restaurant row within the dining corridor featuring 5 fast, casual outlets of San Diego eateries.
The featured brands include:
In a news release John Dinius, GM at Sycuan Casino, wrote: "Sycuan chose top-tier, fast casual brands that have original roots in San Diego, each offering their unique and iconic dishes that will appeal to a wide range of guests. These brands are well-known for consistent quality and a passion for giving back to the local community, and each seemed like a natural fit for The UnCommons. This collection of San Diego's best will surely solidify Sycuan Casino as a place where guests can visit and enjoy a multitude of dining, gaming and entertainment options."
January 2, 2019
CliQue Hospitality of Las Vegas is developing three new food and drink venues for Sycuan Casino. They will open in Spring 2019.
Bull & Bourbon is expected to be a "casino-defining" steakhouse with an in-house butchery, aging room and wood-fire grill. Premium bourbons will be offered for pairing with the steaks. The executive chef of Bull & Bourbon will be Aldo Negrete.
Elicit Bar & Lounge will be a luxury cocktail lounge with Asian-style appetizers and live DJs.
Retreat Pool & Cabanas is a relaxing outdoor area with two pools, a lazy river and a pool deck where guests can enjoy oversized daybeds and cabanas. The menu will include appetizers, mojitos, margaritas, and champagne cocktails.
December 17, 2018
An announcement was made that starting today, hotel reservations will be accepted for the new hotel tower at Sycuan Casino. Reservation dates start in March 2019.
The new hotel tower will offer over 300 guest rooms. 57 rooms will be suites.
Each room will have Sealy mattresses with pillow tops. The sheets are 300 thread count. There will also be in room coffee makers and refrigerators. Smart TVs will be in every guest room as well.
Room service will be available 24 hours daily. There will be a shuttle service at no charge. Also, full service concierge.
An in room tablet will allow guests to make reservations, order room service, and communicate with guest services.
The casino has been undergoing a renovation project that is scheduled to be completed in March of next year. The cost of the project is $226 million.
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May 23, 2018
SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sycuan Casino announced that its expansion project has reached another major milestone. The organization hosted a Topping Off Celebration on Tuesday to place the final beam on its new hotel tower.
During the celebration, Chairman, Cody Martinez and General Manager, John Dinius acknowledged the hard work of the team and gave the latest project milestones before raising the final beam into place. The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Tribal Council, Sycuan Casino Executive Team and Swinerton Project Management Team were all in attendance for the event.
"Without the support of our people, we would have never been able to get this project off the ground," said Cody Martinez, chairman of the Sycuan Tribal Council. "I want to thank the members of our Tribal Council, the Casino Executive team, Swinerton and everyone that is here bringing together the vision that is going to take Sycuan to the next level."
"Seeing this project go from two-dimensional paper drawings to what we have now, is truly inspiring," said John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino. "It's been a monumental task, but with the collaboration of every aspect of our organization, it's a very rewarding process."
Last March, Sycuan began construction on its $226 million hotel and resort expansion. The project includes a 12-story, 300-room hotel, meetings and event spaces, pool and gardens area, a lazy river and seven new restaurants.
Additionally, the expansion project has created over 700 new casino and resort jobs. The organization is currently hiring for departmental leadership positions and will host a series of job fairs mid to late 2018.
The new hotel and resort is on schedule to open in March 2019.
Source: PR Newswire
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Mar 02, 2018
February 28th, 2018
Sycuan Awarded "Best Casino" from 2017 Best of Downtown San Diego Awards
(San Diego, Calif.) - March 2, 2018 - Sycuan Casino announced today that the organization has been awarded Best Casino from San Diego Downtown News' 2017 Best of Downtown San Diego Awards. Other award winners include Bertrand at Mister A's, Ballast Point Brewery, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Torrey Pines Golf Course and several other prominent organizations.
Each year, San Diego Downtown News releases the Best of Downtown San Diego issue, which puts a spotlight on those who are doing the very best in a variety of categories. Hundreds of nominations from local residents are submitted and tallied and the winners are announced
"We are honored to be awarded Best Casino in the 2017 Best of Downtown San Diego Awards," said John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino. "In early 2019, we will be opening our new hotel resort and are excited for guests to experience new amenities including a spa and fitness center, pool and gardens, lazy river, seven new restaurants and much more."
January 24, 2018
Over 700 new jobs will be created by the Sycuan Casino expansion project. The announcement was made on Wednesday. Additional employees will be needed to fulfill positions in both the hotel and the casino.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the start of 2019.
Starting in the middle and towards the end of this year job fairs will be held for the job openings. Positions needing to be filled will be in the casino, hotel, and food service.
The $226 million project broke ground in March 2017. Plans include a hotel with 300 guest rooms, meeting and event space, restaurants, gardens, pool, and lazy river.
November 11, 2016
A $220 million expansion is about to take place at the Sycuan Casino. The first phase will begin the early part of 2017. It will provide a the start to a larger expansion that will take place some unannounced time in the future.
The first phase will add a new hotel and larger gaming area.
The Sycuan Casino is owned by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
When the construction is completed, the casino will offer 21,000 square feet and a 300 guest room eleven story hotel. Other plans include a fitness center and spa, swimming pools, and a restaurant. 2,000 spot parking area will also be added.
The first phase of the expansion is estimated to take two years to complete.
December 7, 2008
SAN DIEGO - In a surprise move, the Sycuan band of El Cajon declined the 2006 gaming compact that would have expanded their 2,000 slot machines to 5,000 and given the tribe an option for a second casino on off-reservation land that includes the former Singing Hills Country Club.
The Sycuan spend years and $6 million to gain the new agreement with the state. It was signed more than two years ago by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sycuan Chairman Daniel Tucker, but it was never ratified by the tribe's 78 adult members.
Chairman Tucker sent a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger last week that said "It is with sincere regret that Sycuan is unable to take advantage of the August, 2006 amended compact between our tribe and the state. (The current economic climate) makes proceeding under the amended compact financially imprudent at this time and for the forseeable future."
He added, "We are doing everything we can to avoid having to lay off our valued employees and are continuing to restructure operations to mitigate the impacts of an extremely challenging economic environment. In these circumstances, even a modest expansion would be impossible."
Camille Anderson, a spokeswoman for the governor, said "We're disappointed but understand the tribe's situation."
Under the terms of the rejected compact, Sycuan would pay roughly 10 percent more on its existing slots or $20 million a year. It would also pay up to 15 percent on the additional 3,000 slots. Over the years of the deal (through 2030), the state estimated it would receive $1.6 billion from Sycuan.
Last February state voters approved Sycuan's compact along with compacts for three other tribes. A few months later, the Schwarzenegger administration announced that the state would not be receiving $30 million expected from Sycuan because the tribe had not ratified its compact. A deadline of January 1st was given to the tribe. Sycuan members voted against it last week. They still retain the right to build a second casino under the existing compact, but they do not have the explicit approval from the state for the newly acquired land.
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