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Of­fer­ings at casi­nos con­tinue to reach new heights as they in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture and top-tier tal­ent. Va­ri­ety’s in­au­gu­ral Casino En­ter­tain­ment Im­pact List looks at which gam­bling in­sti­tu­tions are truly at the top of their game. ROY TRAKIN CASI­NOS

AGUA CALIENTE CASINO RE­SORT SPA

Ran­cho Mi­rage, Calif.

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla In­di­ans; the Show at Agua Caliente (ca­pac­ity: 2,057). Re­cent and up­com­ing shows in­clude

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Steve Martin Martin Short, Mel Brooks, Sting & Shaggy, Jose Feli­ciano and Penn Teller.

& “This is the best venue in the desert, with the best ameni­ties and the best staff,” says Billy Brill, tribal gam­ing casino booker.

BARONA RE­SORT & CASINO

Lake­side, Calif.

Barona Group of Cap­i­tan Grande Band of Mis­sion In­di­ans; no on­site venue or en­ter­tain­ment; San Diego Union-trib­ute Read­ers Poll names it Best Casino, Loos­est Slots and Best Casino Buf­fet for eight straight years.

CACHE CREEK CASINO RE­SORT

Brooks, Calif.

Yocha Dehe Win­tun Na­tion; Club 88 (700). A $200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion that started in May 2017 will add 459 more rooms, a mul­ti­pur­pose ball­room, a pool, restau­rant and an­other event space that could ac­com­mo­date up to 1,300. Per­form­ers in­clude Jim Belushi, Ken Jeong, 98 De­grees.

CHU­MASH CASINO RE­SORT

Santa Ynez, Calif.

Santa Ynez Band of Chu­mash In­di­ans; the Sa­mala Show­room (1,400). Up­com­ing shows in­clude

Third Eye Blind, Los Ti­gres Del Norte;

the show­room re­turned to its reg­u­lar ca­pac­ity af­ter an ex­pan­sion/ren­o­va­tion project was com­pleted in May 2016.

FAN­TASY SPRINGS RE­SORT CASINO

In­dio, Calif.

Re­li­gious Ex­pe­ri­ence

Ziggy Mar­ley takes cen­ter­stage at the Chu­mash Casino and Re­sort’s Sa­mala Show­room in June.

Cabazon Band of Mis­sion In­di­ans; at the Spe­cial Events Cen­ter (3,700). Re­cent and up­com­ing shows in­clude

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Boz Scaggs, TLC En Vogue, Christina Aguil­era, Ras­cal Flatts, Diana Krall, Paula Ab­dul, Tony Ben­nett;

the Rock Yard (3,000) has fea­tured AC/DC, Van Halen, Jour­ney and Rolling Stones trib­ute bands as the “pre­miere rock venue in the desert.”

MOHEGAN SUN

Un­casville, Conn.

Mohegan In­dian Tribe; Mohegan Sun Arena (10,000). Re­cent and up­com­ing shows in­clude

Keith Ur­ban, Thomas Rhett, Ozuna, Janet Jack­son, Tony Ben­nett, Christina Aguil­era, Florence the Ma­chine, Paul Anka, Josh Groban Justin Tim­ber­lake;

and the on-site, 350-seat Wolf & Den is an open-ended venue, which hosts live shows by the likes of Stone Sour, Lu­dacris, Kill­switch En­gage, Ed­die Money, Slash, War­rant and Slaugh­ter. There is also a 400seat Cabaret The­ater on the premises.

MORONGO CASINO RE­SORT & SPA

Cabazon, Calif.

The Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mis­sion In­di­ans; the Morongo Ball­room (3,200). Re­cent and up­com­ing shows in­clude the

Mav­er­icks & Los Lo­bos, Salt-nPepa, Boy Ge­orge/cul­ture Club, Break­fast With the Bea­tles, “Hol­ly­wood Medium” Tyler Henry, Den­nis Miller and Cheech & Chong.

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