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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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Holiday Gaming Promos at Golden Acorn Casino

There’s never a bad time to visit Golden Acorn Casino, but with the abundance of incredible offers and giveaways this holiday season, venturing out our way in the coming weeks is a no-brainer. The best way to add to the thrill of trying your luck at the casino tables or slots is by taking advantage of some of our promotions. This month, it’s easier than ever to win big at Golden Acorn. Take a look at a few of our upcoming special events and giveaways:

$100,000 $uper Prize Wheel

Every Saturday in November, guests have the opportunity to spin the $100,000 $uper Prize Wheel for a chance at the Grand Prize. There will be two winners chosen every hour from 6PM to 10PM. Come out on Saturday night and receive one entry for every 100 points you earn. You could be the next big winner!

Gift Sets

On select Tuesdays and Thursdays in November from 10AM through 10PM, players who earn 100 points on table games or slots will receive a free gift while supplies last. Simply visit the Player’s Gold Club to have your points verified and walk away with a token of our appreciation. Keep the gift for yourself or give it to someone special during the holidays.

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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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Best Casino-Themed Movies

If you’re like most people, just the hearing word “casino” calls to mind glitz, glamour, and that one-of-a-kind thrill of potentially hitting a huge jackpot. So who wouldn’t want to see a movie set in a casino? No one we know, that’s for sure. Casinos have figured prominently in high-stakes adventure blockbusters, indie romances, rollicking comedies, and everything in between. Here are seven of our favorite casino-themed movies:

1. Casino

This 1995 Martin Scorsese masterpiece tells the tale of two mobsters: one trying to build a respectable career in the growing Las Vegas gambling industry and the other who is obsessed with greed. The film stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone, who won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and was also nominated for an Oscar.

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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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Proper Table Etiquette at Casinos

Casinos are exciting, loud, and lit up with neon lights and signs. But one sign you won’t see is a list of rules and etiquette. If you’re new to the casino scene, following the proper procedures can mean the difference between a fantastic time and a humbling life lesson. So if you pass the first rule—the age limit (18 at Golden Acorn Casino)—and you’re interested in trying your hand at table games, here’s a handy guide of Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you leave the casino smiling, win or lose.

DO ask to join games already in progress

Some longer games like poker can’t easily accommodate newcomers, but if you’re looking to join a “shorter” game like blackjack, it’s still polite to ask the current players if they mind because new additions will alter the count and possibly affect the outcome of their game.

DON’T ask the dealer for lessons

During slow hours, dealers might be willing to teach you a new game or offer advice, but in general it’s bad form to request lessons while other players are at the table. Your best bet is to learn and practice new games online first before taking your skills to an actual casino.

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Things to Look for in a Good Truck Stop in San Diego

Whether you’re a long-haul trucker or a cross-country roadtripper, where you choose to stop to refresh and refuel depends on the three C’s: Convenience, Comfort, and Cost. The best truck stops across the U.S. manage to combine all three, and while individual needs and preferences vary, here are a few things to look for to ensure your truck stop experience is a pleasant one:


Window Washing

After several hundred miles on the road, your windshield will be a dirt-smeared, oil-spattered insect graveyard that requires attention far beyond the capabilities of a typical gas station squeegee. The best truck stops provide thick brushes to scrub away debris, extra-long windshield washer handles to reach every grimy inch of glass, and ample washing fluid mixed with the water.


Hot Meal

Cold Pop Tarts for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for dinner might be adequate for a day or two when you’re trying to make good time on the road, but there’s something special about a hot meal that didn’t come from a drive-through window. Some truck stops have restaurants open 24 hours, and others specialize in region cuisine. If you stop at Golden Acorn Casino, you have multiple options: dining at the Golden Grill, grabbing a quick wholesome snack at the Del Oro Deli, or relaxing at the Player’s Bar.

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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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