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Top 5 Tips for Casino Beginners

Did you know over a quarter of Americans visit a casino at least once a year? According to the American Gaming Association, that number will only grow as more tribal casinos open across the US and legalized gambling expands beyond Las Vegas. It’s easy to see why. Unlike most other entertainment and nightlife options, casinos offer that glimmer of hope of winning big. And even if the night ends without a jackpot, the thrill of possibility adds a measure of excitement you just won’t find elsewhere.

For those who have never been to a casino before, venturing out for the first time may seem a little bit intimidating. But don’t worry. There’s no fuss here at Golden Acorn Casino in San Diego. All we want to do is help you take your fun up a notch or two.

Still concerned about the whole new-to-the-casino thing? Ok, we hear you. Take a look below at our top tips for casino beginners. They should put you at ease and get you ready to ramp up the fun-factor in your life.

Tip #1: Learn the rules

Gambling is by definition a risk, but there’s no sense in worsening your odds by not understanding the rules of the games you play. Slot machines and bingo are pretty self-explanatory, but if you have your eye on a table game like Blackjack or Poker, be sure to read up on rules and strategies before you go, or try out some free online games for practice. And if you blank on the rules once you’re already at the table, don’t worry—dealers will typically help out and offer generalized advice, so don’t be afraid to ask.

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Our Slot Machines

Somewhere between Yuma and San Diego, you notice signs along the side of the road and you pick up an itch on one hand. You’re feeling oddly lucky. As you roll down I-8, you see the off-ramp and swing over to the exit. This is the place!

This is where you’ve come to test your luck. Welcome to Golden Acorn Casino & Travel Center!

21st Century Slots

If your concept of slot machines is the stereotypical “one-armed bandits,” have we got some games to introduce for you! Today’s slots are engaging and entertaining multimedia experiences.

Instead of looking at the same three or five wheels with bits of fruit on them, your eyes and ears are treated to stirring themes and elaborate animations. Watch a serpentine dragon bring you good luck in Dragon’s Law. Or get into a mariachi mood with Fiesta Sun. With so many slots, there’s something for everybody to play, and you might just hit a major jackpot in the process!

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The Art of Bluffing

Kenny Rogers sang that you should “know when hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,” and that’s certainly true, but if you want to win big in poker, you also need to be skilled in the art of bluffing. Bluffing isn’t just a matter of one-off trickery; it’s a skill that many dedicated poker players take years to perfect. If you’re planning to hit up the poker tables at Golden Acorn Casino and want to try your hand at bluffing, these 14 tips will give you a good start:

1. Understand the stakes

Some casino poker games are no limit, which means extreme risks. That’s why it important to know your limits before you sit down at the table.

2. Consistency is key

Talented bluffers all have one thing in common: consistency. Whether your chosen attitude is a fun personality or stone poker face, make sure it’s consistent with every opponent at every game. Some top-level players who know they can’t fake it actually use props, such as hats, sunglasses, or hoodies to conceal their eyes or faces. Scarves or clothes that cover the neck are also popular because necks can reveal tension.

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5 Biggest Giveaways in Golden Acorn History

There’s nothing we love more than a sea of smiling faces on the casino floor, whether that smile means someone just won $20 at Blackjack or a $200 poker hand or even a $20,000 slot jackpot. But no matter how exciting it is to win cash, winning our giveaway prizes is pretty darn thrilling, too.

At Golden Acorn Casino, we’ve had so many prize giveaways we can barely keep track, but the smiles on the winners of the five biggest giveaways in our history will stick with us forever.

1. Cadillac Escalade

Nothing says class like Cadillac, and nothing says powerful luxury like the Escalade, an SUV with so many amenities it’s almost as if you’re driving an upscale hotel room on wheels. So when we had the opportunity to give away an $85,000 Cadillac Escalade this year, we knew it would be an eye-popping surprise for the lucky winner. And it was.

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8 Gambling Rules to Live By

You might not think there are any “rules” to gambling outside the rules for each specific game, but as gambling has become an ever-more-mainstream form of entertainment, various rules and “commandments” have cropped up along the way. The good news is that these rules will both increase your chances of winning and ensure you have a great time even if you lose. Before your next trip to the casino, check out these 8 gambling rules to live by.

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Popular Card Games Around the World

While gambling predates card games—surely our caveman ancestors devised ways to win extra mammoth skins from their friends—card games have flourished throughout history and around the world in both gambling and non-gambling formats (although we all know which is more fun!). We’ve gathered up a few examples of popular games around the globe. If you’re a world traveler, you might’ve even played a hand or two!

Ireland: Twenty-five

Twenty-Five is considered the national card game of Ireland, popular in rural pubs and at home. The object of the fast-moving game that’s half luck, half skill is to be the first player or team to reach 25 points, scoring five points per trick. We’re assuming winners will accept payment in the form of Guinness.

Netherlands: Klaverjassen

Another national card game, Klaverjassen is played with a 32-card deck instead of the more familiar 52-card pack, and features variants named after the cities where they originated: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible in 16 hands, although it’s not clear whether losers are sent to patrol for leaks in the dikes.

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4 Favorite Ways to Gamble at Golden Acorn Casino

Summer in San Diego means beaches, barbecues, bikinis…and heat! Especially in East County, where triple-digits can be the norm for days on end. Instead of sweltering at home, wouldn’t you rather enjoy a cool indoor atmosphere while playing the hottest casino games around? Golden Acorn Casino has the perfect games to accompany your favorite summery cocktail—brought right to your machine or table!


Slots of the future


With 750 slot machines in our 65,000-square-foot casino floor, you’re sure to find a game that catches your eye, whether it’s because the jackpot is insanely high or because it features your favorite movie or TV show. We’ve also debuted an all-new frontier in slot machines: Sphinx 3D, which utilizes cutting-edge 3D technology without the need for 3D glasses. Come for the graphics that leap off the screen, and stay for the chance to win the Pharaoh’s treasure!

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8 Gambling Good Luck Charms

When it comes to gambling, some people often believe that certain objects or rituals will bring them luck and help them win big at the casino! A lot of these good luck charms are pretty common knowledge such as a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe, but some of these gambling-specific good luck charms will surprise you.

Test your luck with one of these 8 gambling good luck charms:

#1 Family Memento

Many people believe that bringing an old family object that has been passed down through generations will bring them luck at the casino. This could be anything from an old family photograph, family jewelry, or any kind of small token or gift that has been passed through the family.

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The History of Gambling in California

When you think of gambling in California, Las Vegas-style reservation casinos are probably the first things to come to mind. So you might be surprised to learn that the history of gambling in the state goes far back—all the way to the beginning!


What does Poker have to do with it?

When California became a state in 1850, poker was already a staple of Gold Rush saloons. But across the country, states were starting to crack down on gambling, so legislators decided to pre-empt prohibition by writing into the brand-new state constitution that poker was a game of skill, not chance—an important distinction that still affects gambling laws today. Card clubs and poker rooms continued to flourish, and there are around 90 currently in operation in the state with annual revenues topping $1 billion annually.

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Biggest Wins in Casino History

The moment you step foot in Golden Acorn Casino, anything is possible. Every roll of the dice, flip of a card, or pull of a slot machine has the potential to change your life in an instant. Eventually, someone has to win big.

“Who’s going to take home the jackpot tonight?” you wonder. “Could it be me?”

The biggest wins in casino history were likely preceded by these very thoughts. After all, anyone who’s ever played blackjack or a slot machine has dreamed of hitting the jackpot. The lucky folks below actually did, and they became legends for their record-breaking wins.


1. On January 26, 2000, Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay tried her hand at the Megabucks slot machine while celebrating her future mother-in-law’s birthday. On her ninth pull, Jay won $34,959,458.56. At the time, this was the largest Megabucks jackpot in history.


2. In 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles reclaimed the record for largest Megabucks jackpot winner with a win of $39,713,982.25. After officials checked his ID and verified his eligibility, the anonymous winner received his first of 25 annual checks for a cool $1.5 million.

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