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Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa voted Top 10 ‘Best casino outside of Las Vegas’ in USA Today

The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.
The Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. — Photo courtesy Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Rancho Mirage, Calif. (October 1, 2018) – Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa received top 10 honors in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards, coming in at No. 9 in the category of "Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas" after the resort was nominated by industry experts and ultimately voted on by USA Today readers.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, is home to the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, rated No. 2 Casino Spa in California for 2017 by Spas of America; The Steakhouse, winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutively since 2007; and The Show, the premier concert theater in Southern California that next year will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of playing host to a legendary lineup of performers.

Earlier in September, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa along with its sister property, Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, took home a combined 29 wins for Casino Player magazine's 2018 Best of Gaming awards. The seven top honors this year for Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa included "Best Overall Gaming Resort," "Best Casino," "Best Hotel," "Best Suite," "Best Video Poker," "Best Hotel Lobby," and "Best Carnival Games." The resort was awarded second place wins for "Best Rooms," "Best Promotions," "Best Table Game Tournaments," "Best Poker Tournaments," "Best Craps," "Casino Where You Feel The Luckiest," "Best VIP Services," and "Best High Limit Room"; and third place wins for "Best Spa," "Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation at," "Best Comps," and "Best Dealers."

Row of slot machines.
— Photo courtesy Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Previous awards and accolades received by Agua Caliente include three International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) Industry Award nominations for "Casino of the Year," including most recently for 2018; three Academy of Country Music Industry Award nominations for "Casino of the Year – Small Capacity," including most recently for 2018; the G2E Global Gaming Conference Entertainment Awards' "Best Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year" in 2014; and Pollstar magazine's "Best New Major Concert Venue" in 2009.

"Our goal at Agua Caliente has always been to provide our guests with an extraordinary experience, so we are honored to be ranked among the top 10 for 'Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas' by the experts and readers of USA TODAY," says Saverio “Sal” Scheri III, Chief Operating Officer for Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. "As we continue to offer unparalleled service and quality in the areas of entertainment, dining, and gaming, we look forward to creating the ultimate guest experience, and we are proud to be voted among the best of the best in the casino industry outside of Las Vegas."

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Steve Bourie (American Casino Guide), Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic (www.casinocenter.com) and Michael Shackleford (www.wizardofodds.com) were chosen for their knowledge of the casino industry.

All winners can be found at 10Best.com, a standalone site operated by the USA Today Travel Media Group, which provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

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