North of Lakeside, California, is situated an entire resort complex replete with spa, hotel, 18-hole golf course – and quite a nice casino at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino.
The folks at Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino take pride in the gaming room’s status as hosting “the certified loosest video poker, blackjack and roulette in [the San Diego area].” While we can’t attest to the veracity of such a claim – after all, how can blackjack and roulette be made “looser”? – the collection of 2,000 slot machines and video poker is impressive enough already.
Of indisputable truth are the awards bestowed upon the blackjack gaming at Barona Valley Casino: The blackjack at this casino was named no less than “Best Blackjack in the U.S.” by Casino Player magazine and received the Blackjack Hall of Fame’s nod as the “Best Blackjack in California.” Extra perks at the Barona Valley tables include the “Bad Beat Blackjack Progressive,” “Bad Hand Bonus” and hands of Blackjack Switch.
The Barona Valley Ranch Casino also includes the interesting “Chipless Arena,” which features a number of electronic table games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, Pai Gow progressive and “Magic Progressive.” The last produces a progressive jackpot through linkage of five other table games: Let It Ride, Caribbean stud, Mississippi stud, three-card poker and four-card poker.