Friday, December 18, 2009

New table games and slots high limit rooms open

Despite the challenging economy Cache Creek Casino Resort continues to upgrade their gaming offerings to better serve their guests. The resort will open a new high limit table games room on Friday, Dec. 18 featuring three Baccarat tables with a $10,000 maximum betting limit, two single-deck Blackjack games with 3 to 2 payouts and $2,000 maximum limits, two double-deck Blackjack games with a maximum limit of $5,000, and three Blackjack shoe games with $10,000 maximum betting limits.
Earlier in the month a brand new high limit slot room was opened at the resort, featuring additional slot games and denominations.

“We are continuing to make changes to our gaming operations in response to our guest’s needs and feedback,” said Cean Burgeson, a spokesperson for Cache Creek. “The buzz we’re hearing about our new high limit slot room has been great so far and we anticipate the same from the opening of our new high limit table games room. Blackjack games with 3 to 2 payouts are getting harder to find these days so our players who enjoy table games will be excited about these new options. They’ll also like the range of betting limits we continue to provide and the number of tables we have to accommodate everyone.”

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An Interview with Ronnie Montrose

This link will take you to an interview with Ronnie Montrose, who recently performed at Cache Creek's Clubb 88.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Comedian, actor Sinbad to perform at Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – Comedian and actor Sinbad will tell you that he doesn't tells jokes – "I don't know any," he admits – instead, he stalks the stage, telling real-life stories. His comedy has been described as large, physical, and impetuous, and mirrors the everyday lives of the audiences who flock to see his shows. It’s this type of relational comedy that Sinbad will be performing on Jan. 29 at Cache Creek’s intimate Club 88 for what will most likely be a sold out crowd.

Fans of Sinbad may remember his stint on TV’s Star Search, which helped to launch his popular success and led to stand up appearances and acting gigs. He made his big screen debut in the 1991 gridiron comedy "Necessary Roughness," with other motion picture credits including "Houseguest," "First Kid" and Jingle All The Way" as well as a cameo in "Coneheads." He was also the voice of the canine Riley in "Homeward Bound II."

On television, he starred in the title role of the "Cherokee Kid" on HBO, and was the star and executive producer of his own acclaimed Fox TV sitcom, "The Sinbad Show" and "Sinbad's Summer Jam Weekend II" airing also on HBO. "Sinbad's Summer Jam" won the prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years in the "Most Outstanding Variety Series/Special" category.

Sinbad, who has built a loyal following with sold-out comedy shows and has gone from being one of America's best-loved and funniest comedians to national stardom on television and movies, is also a recipient of the Harvard University's 1997 "Artist of the Year" award and the 1994 "Candle" award from Morehouse College honoring his excellence in Arts and Entertainment. Loved by audiences nation-wide, this experienced performer is sure to provide plenty of laughs for his fans during his one night stand at Cache Creek.

Tickets are available now through on the web: or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $59, $49, and $39.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

80’s R&B star will make audiences ‘Sweat’ in January

Singer Keith Sweat set to take the stage at Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – Harlem born R&B singer Keith Sweat worked his way from an ordinary 9-to-5 job at the New York Stock Exchange to super stardom in the late 80s. Working during the day and singing in nightclubs at night, he was discovered in 1987 and released his debut album “Make It Last Forever,” which went on to sell four million copies.

The biggest hit from this album, "I Want Her," hit #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the Pop charts and the title track from the album went on to hit #2 on the R&B charts. Sweat continued to chart fairly well with his sophomore album, “I'll Give All My Love to You,” which hit #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and “Keep It Comin’,” which debuted in the Top 20 of the album chart. Sweat released subsequent albums “Get Up On It,” and his self-titled fifth album, “Keith Sweat” which hit #5 on the Billboard 200. From that album, the single "Twisted" hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Nobody" also hit at #3.

In the years that followed, Sweat managed and produced several other artists in addition to touring nation-wide. Fans of his distinct R&B style will have the chance to hear Sweat perform when he makes a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s intimate Club 88 on Saturday, January 16th at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available for $75, $65, and $55 through on the web:, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bret Michaels appearance at Cache Creek should be ‘Nothin’ but a Good Time’

BROOKS, Calif. – Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He’s survived a life-long battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994, and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades. He’s also survived the onslaught of drama emanating from the ladies who vie for his companionship on the hit VH1 show “Rock of Love,” and a set piece that fell on his head during the Tony ceremonies in June, forcing him to cancel an appearance at Cache Creek Casino Resort. Folks who didn’t get their chance to see Michaels because of that missed appearance can catch him on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at Cache Creek’s Club 88. Despite these recent adversities, the charismatic singer vows to “keep rockin’ til I can’t rock anymore.”

“As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I’ll quit,” confesses the 45-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor. But there’s little chance he’ll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business, this award winning, multi-platinum superstar’s career continues to move at warp speed.

s front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top-40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and the timeless number one smash “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” And in the new millennium, Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen features as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Grandma’s Boy” and “Deuce Bigelow European Gigolo.” Poison continues to be one of the industry’s top grossing concert attractions, and their 2006 “20 Years of Rock” CD was a bona fide Top 20 gold smash.

As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as “Yes Dear,” “Martial Law,” and “The Chris Isaak Show.” He has also co-hosted “Access Hollywood” and been a judge on the wildly popular “Nashville Star” program. But most reality TV fans know him best as the front man for VH1’s top rated show of all time “Rock of Love,” and its third season incarnation titled “Rock of Love Bus.”
Despite his TV fame, Michaels continues to tour, releasing two post-Poison albums: “Songs of Life” in 2003 followed by his rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record “Freedom of Sound” in 2005. Not to worry, though. Fans of Poison will still hear the most popular hits from his time with that band when he makes a “bus stop” at Cache Creek in June.

Be sure to pick up your tickets as soon as you can as this show sold out last summer. Tickets are available for $79 and $65 through on the web:, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

70s rockers Montrose bring their tour to Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – The band Montrose was formed back in the 70s by Ronnie Montrose and Sammy Hagar and has become synonymous with the hits “Rock Candy,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” and “Rock the Nation.” Their sound, energy, and attitude have been often imitated or emulated, and they have even been credited as a hard rock forerunner to bands such as Van Halen.

Sammy Hagar has since moved on, and the band has been fronted since 2000 by Keith St. John, a man Montrose says is “the only guy who could ever fill his shoes.” The list of talented performers who have jammed with this band reads like a rock n roll hall of fame listing. Montrose has been joined by drummers and bass players from several legendary bands over the years including KISS, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Y&T, Mr. Big, Badlands, Styx, and Pat Benatar. Gene Simmons of KISS has even said the band used to listen to the entire first Montrose record for inspiration before they went out on stage.

Fans of this hard rocking band can see them on Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88. Tickets are available now through on the web: or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $25.

Monday, October 12, 2009

TV show turned stage show ‘Whose Live Anyway’ comes to Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – “Whose Live Anyway,” a live improvisational stage show inspired by the British and American hit television program “Whose Line is it Anyway,” first appeared in 1999 when it sold out two shows in under three hours to very enthusiastic crowds in Vancouver. Following its initial success, “Whose Line” Executive Producer and star Ryan Stiles expanded the number of appearances of the show to include several major cities in the Western USA and Canada where it has remained a consistent sell out. Fans of the TV series and Ryan Stiles can catch the show on Nov. 7 at Cache Creek Casino Resort at 8 p.m.

“Whose Live Anyway” consists of 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis leave their audiences gasping with witty scenes they invent “on the spot.” Like other improvisational stage shows such as the popular and celebrated Second City, everyone is amazed at how quickly they craft these comedic vignettes and are similarly astounded at the incredible improvised song lyrics Chip Esten and Jeff Davis produce and perform.

Audience participation is the key to the show. Guests are not only asked for suggestions, but are brought up to join in the fun with the cast onstage. “Whose Live Anyway” performs some of the games made famous on the Emmy Nominated TV show with the addition of a few new ones. It’s a night of comedy for fans of the program or new fans alike.

Ryan Stiles - Ryan is a brilliant improvisor whose TV appearances include both the British and North American version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” He starred on “The Drew Carey Show” and can currently be seen on “Two and a Half Men.”

Greg Proops - Not only is Greg intelligently witty, he's a style piglet, a very groovy stand up comic, and improvisor from San Francisco. Greg was the first North American on the British “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”

Chip Esten - Chip is best known for his work on “Whose Line Is It Anyway” where in addition to performing very funny improv material; he can be seen making up a song in any style, right off the top of his head.

Jeff Davis - Jeff shares the singing duties with Chip in “Whose Live Anyway.” He is a gifted performer who is likewise very inventive when it comes to composing and singing a song in a wide range of styles based entirely on audience suggestions.

Tickets are available now through on the web: or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $59, $49, and $39.

Monday, October 5, 2009

R&B favorite Brian McKnight returns to Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – R&B artist Brian McKnight is a singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and one of the most prominent singers of his age group. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet, and he’s lent these musical talents to 11 albums with seven of them turning platinum (some two or three times over). In an industry of constantly revolving players, McKnight has established quite a record and proven himself to be anything but a fluke through his many successes in the business, collaborating over the years with an array of different performers across all genres, including Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Puffy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flats, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kenny G.

Embracing an effortless eloquence and cocoa butter smooth persona, the music of Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of the American “soul-man” since 1991. Like his spiritual Motown godfathers, this upstate New York native has a velvety voice and silky style that captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashioned.

The longevity of his career and his timeless appeal is a true testament to his talent. Selling 20 million albums since his self-titled debut; he still performs live and continues to deliver the goods, including a stop at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. If his last sold-out appearance is any indication, fans of this multi-faceted entertainer may want to get their tickets quickly if they want to catch McKnight live this time around.

Tickets are available for $85/$69/$59 through on the web:, phone: (800) 225-2277 or at and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

San Francisco Plumber Turns on a Faucet Full of Winnings

Winner Hits a Gusher—a $619,538.24 Wheel of Fortune® MegaJackpot® at Cache Creek Casino Resort

(Brooks, Calif. – October 4, 2009) – San Franciscan Mark Biggins took his wife Omozole to Cache Creek Saturday because she wanted to “get out of the house.” That simple desire paid off big time for the lucky couple when Mark won a $619,538.24 MegaJackpot® on a Wheel of Fortune® dollar slot machine.

The 44 year-old plumber said he chose to play Wheel of Fortune® because his mother likes to play it. He went up to the “first one I saw when I walked in” to the casino.

The winner said he’ll use his winning to pay his bills and expand his plumbing business.

“We are thrilled to have another MegaJackpot® here at Cache Creek Casino Resort,” said Cean Burgeson, Communication Manager at Cache Creek. “We offer our hearty congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Biggins and wish them the best.”

Cache Creek, located 40 miles northwest of Sacramento and 80 miles from the Bay Area, is Northern California’s only casino resort. Operating 2,400 slot machines and 142 table games throughout its spacious 100,000-square-foot casino, Cache Creek also features nine beautiful restaurants, a state-of-the-art entertainment center, a resort golf course, and a 200-room luxury hotel and spa. For more information, go to

All IGT MegaJackpots® are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots®, which are paid in their entirety upon verification. For current jackpot totals on all California MegaJackpots® progressives, log on to

"Wheel of Fortune" is a registered trademark of Califon Productions, Inc. "Wheel of Fortune" © 2008 Califon Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Contacts: Cristina Dayton (916) 204-6715 or Stephen Kulieke (916) 717-8614for IGT.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Disney and Broadway favorite returns to Cache Creek

BROOKS, Calif. – Filipina singer Leah Salonga has had a long history in show business. At age 7 she made her professional debut in Repertory Philippines’ production of “The King and I.” At age 10 she began her recording career, eventually receiving a gold record for her first album, “Small Voice.” At age 13 she won three Aliw Awards – an award for Filipino live entertainers – for Best Child Entertainer during the years 1981, 1982, and 1893.

As an adult Salonga played the role of Kim in the critically acclaimed production of “Miss Saigon” with performances in London, where she won the Laurence Olivier Award. From London she went to Broadway where she garnered the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World Awards.
On Friday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., this award winning singer, actress, and performer will bring her talents to Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 stage.

Her other notable theater performances include “Les Miserables,” “Grease!,” “Into the Woods,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Fantasticks,” “Annie,” “Paper Moon,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,” performing in Manila, London, Singapore, and New York City.

She also recorded the singing voice of Jasmine for the Walt Disney animated hit, “Aladdin.” Among her special appearances was one and at the 65th Annual Academy Awards where she sang “A Whole New World,” the title song from that feature, which won an Oscar.

Throughout her career, she has remained true to her roots. “Through whatever I’ve done,” she says, “the image of the Filipino was made a little more positive, and that somehow, the Filipino was given the chance to smile and be proud. Hopefully, the world’s awareness of the Filipino artist remains.”

Tickets are available for $99/$89/$75/$65 through on the web:, phone: (800) 225-2277 or at and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cache Creek embracing the sweet island sounds of Na Leo

BROOKS, Calif. – Cool breezes, fresh island air, and warm sun come to mind when listening to the unique sounds of the music from our neighbor state to the west – Hawaii. One practitioner of this unique brand of musical entertainment is Na Leo Pilimehana, which in Hawaiian means “the voices blending together in warmth.” This three woman singing group, coming to Cache Creek Casino Resort on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., is the most popular, most award-winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the world. Known as Na Leo for short, the trio consists of childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima Heine and Angela Morales.

Angela and Nalani met in the first grade and six years later both met Lehua in the seventh grade. They found that all three shared a love of music and became members of the concert glee club. Their first hit came as high school seniors when they entered Hawaii's youth talent contest, "Brown Bags to Stardom" in 1984 with their original song, "Local Boys." The tune, "an ode to the bronzed and buffed," as local writer David Choo says, blasted onto the charts and ruled at #1 for months. Stoked by the favorable response, they put out their first hit album, also entitled "Local Boys," which included three other original compositions. The next year, the hit single "Local Boys" won the prestigious Hoku Music Award (Hawaii’s version of the Grammys) and became the best selling single in Hawaii's history -- a record that still stands today.

Despite the mega success of that first album, the trio didn't make a dime. Discouraged about music as a way to make a living, they decided to get on with other things, like college, jobs and marriage. That all changed about eight years later when a producer dangled the idea of making another album. The girls missed performing together, so in 1993, they released "Friends," another Hoku-award winner and a huge hit -- so much of a hit that Attorney General Janet Reno had to weigh in when the Hawaii Department of Education tried to ban students from playing the tune at their proms and graduations because it made reference to "God."

Since 1982, they've released 18 CDs, won 22 Hoku Awards, been in the top 20 Adult Contemporary charts nationally, and made music that's become an important part of the lives of their many fans. In 2005, Na Leo celebrated their landmark 20th anniversary with their first DVD release, titled “I Miss You My Hawaii” and a new studio album produced by legendary record producer Keith Olsen entitled “Feel the Spirit.” Their latest project "Where I Live, There Are Rainbows," is enjoying successful sales.

Tickets are available for $69/$59/$49 through on the web:, phone: (800) 225-2277 or at and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Promotions at Cache Creek

The Good Life can be yours in September

During the month of September you can live “The Good Life” at Cache Creek during The Good Life Giveaways. In some cultures, the number 9 symbolizes long life and longevity, and means “long life forever.” That’s why September is a particularly lucky month this year when the stars align and the number 9 occurs three times, on 9-9-09!

To celebrate, we're giving away $999 every hour throughout the month of September. Cache Club members can earn three drawing entries each day by swiping their card at the Cache Club. Additional entries are earned with the purchase of a Harvest Buffet meal, round of golf at Yocha Dehe Golf Club, hotel night stay, with each hand paid slot jackpot, or by playing table games and being dealt one of the 9-9-09 special hands:

• A pair of 9s on the Player's first two cards in Blackjack
• All suited Blackjacks
• A hand with 9 and Gong or better in Pai Gow Tiles
• Winning tie wagers with 9s in Baccarat and Min-Baccarat
• $10 or higher winning bet with 9 in Casino War
• Straights or better for winning Bad Beat Jackpot wagers in Three Card and Four Card Poker
• Pai Gow Poker hands with three 9s
• Any hand dealt Pocket 9s in the Poker Room
• All Poker Room promotional wins and Poker Tournament wins.

Cache Club members can drop their entries into the drawing drum located in front of the Cache Club to qualify to win $999 in cash every hour. Winners must be present to win, so cash prizes not claimed within one hour of the drawing will be rolled into the following drawing -- so the opportunity to win big if you stay and play are outstanding! Come to Cache Creek and experience The Good Life!

Cash Blitz Jackpots in October and November

Football fans -- it’s first and goal at our Cash Blitz Jackpots every half hour at Cache Creek during the months of October and November. The clock is ticking down and the action will be fast and furious. The Cash Blitz kicks off October 1st and runs through the end of November. That’s when Slot and Table Games players will be hit every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. until midnight with the Cash Blitz, awarding players with cash windfalls of $1,000 each.

All you need to do in order to join the team is become a Cache Club member, and then you’ll be eligible to score big during the Cash Blitz. ANY player in table games OR slots could go the distance and win some big cash! Cache Creek’s Cash Blitz Giveaway, where you could be a $1,000 winner twice an hour every day!

Double Point Fridays

Every Friday Cache Creek’s guests continue to earn double points when they play their favorite slot machines. These points show up automatically while playing with a Cache Club card inserted into any machine and are instantly added to each player’s account.

Featured Event: Taste of Capay – October 25

The Taste of Capay is a special meal featuring food grown on various farms and ranches in and around the beautiful Capay Valley. Guests can enjoy local wines, live music, and bid on auctions to raise money for the non-profit organization Capay Valley Vision.

Capay Valley Vision, a community based organization established to help preserve and promote the Capay Valley, is the host of the sixth annual Taste of Capay benefit dinner and auction. The annual gathering takes place at Taber Ranch, a family-owned business set on an expansive working ranch in the valley.

Taste of Capay is catered by Cache Creek Casino Resort chefs using the best local ingredients. “We are thrilled to again have Cache Creek Casino generously donate their time and talents to the Taste of Capay,” said Capay Valley Vision Executive Director Sue Heitman. “The Taste of Capay is an event we all look forward to each year.”

The event began as a small group of neighbors coming together to showcase the bounty of the local area and has now developed into a grand production with a guest list of over 350. This is the third year Cache Creek Casino Resort and the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians will cater the entire event with Executive Chef Stefan Cheng and Chef de Cuisine Ryan De Guzman.

“On behalf of the casino and the Tribe it is our honor to support such a wonderful event, “ said Marshall McKay, Chairman of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians. “The Taste of Capay is truly a showcase of all that our community has to offer.”

“Buy local, buy Fresh” is one of the mottos of Capay Valley Vision. Organic farms and fresh produce thrive in the valley and are in high demand from restaurants all over Northern California, including Sacramento and San Francisco. This is a great opportunity to sample some of this high quality organic fare. The event will be held from from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on October 25th. Tickets are available for $55. For more information please visit or call (530) 787-3353.

Guests are safe and sound at Cache Creek

Employee Focus: Director of Security Mark Longshore

Mark Longshore, Cache Creek’s Director of Security, is a California native with a long history of working in the casino security business. Sixteen years of that time he’s been with Cache Creek Casino Resort, starting as Assistant Director of Security in 1993 when the property was a humble bingo hall.

Today, he’s built up his department to provide security services in a number of different ways. “It’s a 24 hour a day business, so there’s always something going on,” says Longshore. “The entertainers who come in to perform here don’t travel with a lot of security, so we handle it for them. We also do all of the security for the casino and the hotel, as well as for the Tribe. We do executive security too. My job is not just focused on one thing, and that’s what I like.”

Cache Creek’s security staff also coordinates with other law enforcement agencies like the California Highway Patrol and Yolo County Sheriff’s Department during the performance of their duties. “We have a great working relationship with Yolo County’s Sheriff Department,” says Longshore. “We even do training with their department, and work closely with their CAP deputies (Capay Augmented Patrol).” These are Sheriff’s Deputies who are funded by Tribal money who are specifically assigned to patrol the area surrounding the casino and the Capay Valley.

In order to provide the wide variety of security services for the resort, Cache Creek Security staff takes part in constant, ongoing training, sometimes cross training with groups such as the FBI, Homeland Security and Secret Service. Longshore, who also holds a Criminal Justice degree with a minor in Psychology, participates in all of this training as well. “We train in a number of areas, including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, and firearms,” explains Longshore. This training is certified by the state and is used when security staff must detain suspects and make arrests. “We need to know about the law in order to do our job,” he says.

Security staff also takes part in executive protection training, arrest and control, defensive tactics, ground fighting, first responder, combat shooting, CPR/First Aid, and other training typical for a peace officer of the highest caliber. “We do a lot of law enforcement or military type training,” says Longshore. “It instills confidence and gives our officers the ability to act quickly and effectively to any real life situation that might arise.”

What all of this training and experience boils down to is a highly skilled force that is specifically designed to maintain the safety and security of patrons to the casino, its staff, and the members of the Tribe. “Our primary goal is to make sure that everyone who comes onto the property is in a safe and secure environment,” says Longshore.

Monday, September 14, 2009

SF Comedy competition launched a bevy of stand up’s greatest stars

For Immediate Release
Sept. 10, 2009

Annual San Francisco contest comes to Cache Creek in October

BROOKS, Calif. – Hundreds of comedians audition each year to compete in the Annual San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition – but out of this group of talented comics, only thirty are chosen. More than just a run of the mill comedy contest, over the years many now famous performers have taken part in this renowned competition. In 1976, the first year it was held, Robin Williams came in second place.

And in the years since, many other talented comedians have emerged from the competition as well. 1977 Comedy Champ Dana Carvey went on to fame on Saturday Night Live and several feature films. Marsha Warfield won in 1979 and went on to star as everyone's favorite Night Court bailiff. Two first runners up — Ellen DeGeneres and Mark Curry — landed their own TV series. 1993 Crown Prince Patton Oswalt has appeared on a number of television programs as well as serving as a regular on King of Queens and the voice of Remy in the successful animated feature “Ratatoullie.”

Other entertainment industry notables followed. Carlos Alazraqui, 1993 winner, was the voice of several animated characters in addition to the Taco Bell Chihuahua and is now a regular on "Reno 911." Well known actor comedians Kevin Pollack, Sinbad, and Rob Schneider have all become successful stars on both the big and small screen.
Some non-winners also achieved fame. Roseann Barr, Janeane Garofalo, Steven Wright, Bobcat Goldthwait, Christopher Titus and DL Hughly all competed in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition despite never making it to the finals.

Comedy fans interested in seeing tomorrow’s stand up stars before they make it big can catch all the action at Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., hosted by Northern California comedian Jack Gallagher. Tickets are available for $35, $25, and $19 through on the web:, by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

Blackjack at Cache Creek is always a good bet

for Destination Cache Creek Magazine

One of the most popular casino table games is Blackjack. It’s an easy game to learn and play with several exciting variations, as Cache Creek’s Vice President of Table Games, Bill Harland, explains. “At Cache Creek, we offer a variety of Blackjack games to satisfy any player’s appetite, including six deck shoes, double deck and single deck games.”

Once you decide how many decks you prefer to play with, there are a few rules at Cache Creek’s Blackjack tables that you may want to know before you head out onto the gaming floor. For instance, on all Blackjack games, the Dealer must stand on cards totaling a hard 17 or greater but must hit a soft 17 (an Ace and 6).

There are also rules that players need to follow with respect to touching the cards at the Blackjack table, which vary depending on the number of decks being dealt. “The main difference between the games is that the cards are dealt face-up out of a six deck shoe,” says Harland. “And because they’re face-up, the player does not need to touch the cards. On the double and single deck games, the cards are held by the Dealer and dealt face-down. Because they’re face-down, the player is allowed to handle the cards.”

There are slight variations in the rules for each Blackjack game, too. “In six deck shoe games and double deck games, Blackjacks (an Ace and a ten or face card) are paid at 3 to 2 odds,” explains Harland. “For example, a $10 wager is paid out $15 for a Blackjack. On single deck games, the payouts are different. Blackjacks are paid at 6 to 5 odds, so a $10 wager pays $12.”

“Another feature on our six deck shoe games is an optional proposition wager called Lucky Ladies. The customer wagers that their first two cards equal a card count of twenty. Any Unsuited Twenty pays the customer 4 to 1, a Suited Twenty pays 9 to 1, a Matched Twenty (same card, same suit) pays 19 to 1, a Queen of Hearts Pair pays 125 to 1, and if the Queen of Hearts Pair is dealt when the Dealer has a Blackjack, the customer receives a 1,000 to 1 payoff.”

Betting on each different Blackjack games varies. On shoe dealt games and double deck games, the players may double down on any two of the first cards dealt, but on single deck games the player is only allowed to double down on two cards totaling 10 or 11. Be sure to check the rules posted at each table or ask one of the dealers if you are unsure of the rules at a particular table.

No matter which variation of Blackjack you choose, there’s plenty of exciting action at Cache Creek’s tables. “We’ve got every type of game a Blackjack fan could want,” says Harland. “Come on out and give us a try.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Los Lobos ‘La Bambas’ their way to Cache Creek

For Immediate Release Contact: Cean Burgeson(530) 796-5333

BROOKS, Calif. – Over the past 35 years, East L.A. band Los Lobos has assembled a body of work diverse enough to captivate fans world wide. Along the way, they’ve redefined how a rock band and rock music can sound. The band has notched a number one single, won three Grammys, and sold millions of records. They’ve also shared the stage with acts as varied as Dylan, The Clash, and U2. And their debut album, “How Will the Wolf Survive?” made Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Fans of the group will be able to catch them on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. at Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Los Lobos’ journey started in 1973, when David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, and pretty much anything with strings), Louie Perez (drums, vocals, guitar), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar), and Conrad Lozano (bass, vocals, guitarrĂ³n) were still roaming the halls of East L.A.’s Garfield High. After graduation they made their bones playing souped-up Mexican folk music in restaurants and at parties. By the early eighties, however, they’d tapped into L.A.’s burgeoning punk and college rock scenes, landing on bills with bands like the Circle Jerks, Public Image Ltd., and the Blasters, whose saxophonist, Steve Berlin, would eventually leave the group to join Los Lobos, cementing the line-up that still holds today.

In 1987, with the release of the Ritchie Valens bio-pic, “La Bamba,” Los Lobos achieved massive commercial success. Their version of Valens’ signature song climbed to the top of the Billboard singles chart, and suddenly five guys who saw themselves as “just another band from East L.A.” were superstars.

Many of their peers have since called it quits, but Los Lobos has continued to write and record and tour like a band that’s got 35 more years in them. As Rolling Stone writes, “With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos.”

Tickets are available now through on the web: or by phone: (800) 225-2277 or at: or Cache Creek Casino Resort at the guest services desk for $59, $49, and $39.
# # #

The Temptations ‘still fresh’ after 40 years

For Immediate Release
Aug. 31, 2009

BROOKS, Calif. – For more than forty years, the Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. New and old fans alike can see this legendary act on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 9 p.m. in Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88.
The history of the Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, the Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn't until 1964, however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced "The Way You Do the Things You Do" turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, such as "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," "Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," and "I Wish It Would Rain."

The classic lineup consisted of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, the Temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The “Temptation Walk” became a staple of American style, flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw the Temptations as cultural heroes.

Other stellar singers Richard Street and Ali Ollie Woodson later joined the mix, adding their luster to the group's growing fame. Over the years, other singers have come and gone, but the music has remained the same. Regardless of the changes in personnel, the group has remained true to the Temptations tradition. They survived the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno, and stuck to their guns.
"Great singing," says the group’s Otis Williams, "will always prevail."

Their most recent album, “Awesome,” released in 2001, is The Temptations at their freshest, strongest, and most appealing. The current lineup consists of Otis Williams, Terry Weeks, G.C. Cameron, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon.

"The more we change," says veteran Ron Tyson, "the more we stay true to ourselves. We're about singing straight-up soul. It's a style that will live on forever."

Tickets are available through on the web:, phone: (800) 225-2277 or at, and Cache Creek Casino Resort guest services for $69, $59, and $49.

Press contact: Cean Burgeson, Communications Manager: (530) 796-5333;

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Destination: Shopping

For Destination Cache Creek Magazine

“We’re always trying to find things that are new and exciting to offer our guests,” says Jennifer Wollstadt, Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Retail Operations Manager, who oversees the Gift Shop and the Mini Mart. An employee at Cache Creek for over five years, she’s worked here since before the most recent expansion opened in 2004. Before that time, she worked for a company providing retail expertise to several Las Vegas casinos, including the Rio and New York New York. An Illinois native, she has worked in the casino retail industry since graduating from college with a degree in biology. Her career took her other places, however, eventually leading her to Brooks, California.

At Cache Creek, she has been able to build the retail operation from the ground up. “Before we opened, we had a clear vision of providing a more ‘resort oriented’ line of merchandise for our guests,” says Wollstadt. “Our guests are interested in high end merchandise, fashion, and more unique items – so we have that.”

A great way for casino guests to utilize the gift shop is by using Cache Club points to purchase items. “About 80 percent of people use their points for purchases in the gift shop,” said Wollstadt. Gift cards are a popular purchase item also, and can be purchased using club points at the Gift Shop.

At the other retail outlet Wollstadt oversees, the casino Mini Mart, most of the purchases are convenience items like beer, sodas, snacks and sandwiches, and of course gasoline. Serving casino guests, employees, and Capay Valley locals, the store provides for the needs of a lot of regular customers. Her employees have even learned some of their personal preferences. “My staff knows certain people and will get the items that they like when they pull up to the pump so they are ready for them when they come in,” says Wollstadt. It’s this type of personal service that has made Cache Creek’s retail operations successful.

The future will add even more shopping opportunities for guests, explains Wollstadt. “The plan in the next expansion is for additional retail venues,” she says. “They would be individual stores, each with a unique positioning and each offering something different. One might be a sundries (or necessities) store, for instance. Another would likely be a fashion store, and another a high end gift shop. It will mean more merchandise and more variety.”

Wollstadt looks forward to being a part of the new retail operations during the next expansion, and doesn’t see herself leaving the employ of Cache Creek any time soon. “No, I’m not going anywhere else,” she says. “I love it here.”

Cardholder discounts in the Gift Shop

The Cache Creek Gift Shop is now offering discounts for Cache Club cardholders. Jade cardholders will receive 20 percent off, Ruby cardholders will receive 15 percent off, and Pearl cardholders will receive 10 percent off. Discounts apply for any payment type, but exclude tobacco, sundries, food, beverages, and paper goods. Good on regularly priced items only.

Entertainment Focus: Ben Slaght

For Destination Cache Creek Magazine

Lovers of great entertainment -- whether it’s comedy, music, or variety acts -- probably have heard about the great shows we put on every week at Cache Creek’s Club 88. The man in charge of keeping the Club 88 stage full of sparkling entertainers is Ben Slaght, a veteran with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment business, including work as a tour manager for several high profile entertainment artists including the Dixie Chicks, Michael Bolton, Foreigner’s Lead Singer Lou Gramm, Sara Evans, Jessica Andrews & Billy Gilman, The Black Crows, Pam Tillis, BR5 49, and the Desert Rose Band.

Destination Magazine sat down with Slaght to ask a few of questions about Cache Creek’s entertainment offerings.

DM: Tell us about your entertainment venue and the type of acts you feature
Slaght: Cache Creek’s Club 88 is an intimate state of the art entertainment venue featuring acts such as INXS, Bret Michaels, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, The Pointer Sisters, Eddie Money, Boyz II Men, Night Ranger, Keith Sweat, Joan Rivers, Damon Wayans, D.L. Hughley, Morris Day & The Time, Dionne Warwick, Andrew Dice Clay, The Smothers Brothers, The Commodores, Four Tops, Spinners, Temptations, and Northern California’s most diverse group of international entertainers ranging from Filipino pop stars to Latin singers and Chinese acrobats.

DM: What factors do you consider when booking live entertainment?
Slaght: We have such a unique mix of customers in our casino and showroom that we work very hard to book acts which appeal to each and every demographic. We have Motown acts and classic 60s rockers for the baby boomers, 80’s icons for the generation X’ers, international acts for our Asian and Latino guests, as well as a wide range of stand-up comedians and other special variety acts and other types of shows which appeal to everyone.

DM: What role does entertainment play at Cache Creek?
Slaght: We know, as do most resorts our size, that entertainment is a great bonus to offer to our guests. Our entertainment venue is just one of the amenities that round out the total casino experience. We also draw people to the resort with our golf course, hotel, spa, and restaurants.

Our strategy is to identify acts which will appeal to our regular customers and also ones which bring in new guests to try us out. It’s really a balancing act between the two. Knowing our audience here in Northern California and who will potentially make the trip to see a particular performer is key to our successful track record of booking shows which appeal to our audiences.