Southern Californian Casinos Prepare to Celebrate Chinese New Year

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It’s only a few weeks since we were busy celebrating Christmas and then the arrival of 2019. Now the clock is counting down to another massive celebration as the Chinese New Year begins on February 5 and casinos in Southern California can’t wait to get the party started.

People will be welcoming in the Year of the Pig and it promises to be a spectacular evening of entertainment but one that links celebration with tradition and gambling. 

Centuries of Tradition

Centuries ago, the new year arrived just as farmers were selling off their crops and had plenty of cash to spend and gamble. The tradition  continues to this day and how your new year gambling progresses is believed to be an indication of how the next twelve months will turn out.

There’ll be everything from lion dancers, dragon dancers to giveaways and some tangerines too. Asian dishes are also supposed to bring good luck and fortune, so players will be wanting to tuck in and then hopefully get some good wins.

Another tradition is giving people money in red envelopes. The Cahuilla Casino has a special red envelope promotion on February 5.   Prizes up for grabs include $500 in game credits.

There are more lucky cash envelopes up for grabs at the Casino Pauma in Pauma Valley on February 2. In addition, there’s free play and buffet if you were born in the Year of the Pig, the last of which was in 1995.

Anyone Fancy a Tangerine?

At the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa, they are giving away complementary tangerines. They might get you some wins as they traditionally represent wealth and happiness.

If you want something a bit more filling than tangerines, head to the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Their Bamboo and Blazing Noodles Restaurant will be serving a whole white striped sea bass and Maine lobsters on the menu. Wherever you go it promises to be a great night.

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