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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 12:00 am

LAGUNA PUEBLO - The Dancing Eagle Casino expansion will offer customers a variety of new dining, entertainment and gaming experiences.

The grand opening of the Dancing Eagle Conference and Event Center and the Bingo Hall will be held on Sept. 1 and on Oct. 1 the opening of the Great American Diner.

“Raising the gaming experience to a new level and bringing unparallel service to our customers is our main goal,” said Dominic Orozco, marketing director for Dancing Eagle Casino.

The $2 million dollar, 20,000 square foot expansion will include:

•    The  Great American Diner, 250 seating capacity;

•    An event and conference center, 250 seating capacity;

•    The bingo hall, 250 seating capacity; and

•    The non-smoking gaming hall will contain 75 slot machines.

The Great American Diner’s décor will feature a glimpse of Americana with lots of framed art and imagery of American celebrities and icons. The interior will have skylights and Native American designed chandeliers. The restaurant will include a soda and fountain bar based on the classic American Diner, where patrons can make their own ice cream floats. The food offerings will include specialty buffets, which will include brunches and seafood nights.

“It will have the rustic look but with a diner feel,” described Orozco.  The diner will be appealing to all ages including families and casino patrons. 

I-5 Design & Manufacture based in Olympia, Wash., designed the diner and Rick Bennett Architects, based in Albuquerque was the architect for the overall expansion.

Country music singer Pam Tillis will open the event center on Sept. 3 with an acoustic trio act. 

On Sept. 10 Darren Cordova will perform at the center with a 12-piece Mariachi band. 

The James and Ernie comedy duo will perform on Sept. 24.  According to Orozco the show sold out in the first four days, so they are planning a second show.

Orozco said the intent is to bring in more regional acts versus headlining acts to the event center at affordable prices. For example, he said, the Pam Tillis show tickets prices are $10 and the Darren Cordova and James and Ernie show are $5.

Orozco said with the new expansion the casino will hire approximately 40-50 new employees including staff for the bingo hall, restaurant, new slot attendants and event coordinators for the conference and event center.

The last time Dancing Eagle Casino underwent complete transformation and renovation was in December 2009 from a Native American theme and décor to a more modern look, according Orozco.  The renovation was very well received by the patrons, he said.

The bingo hall will have its own snack bar and will have the latest virtual and progressive bingo games.  “It will be all state of the art inside the bingo hall,” commented Orozco.

There will be new and original slot machines that will be going into the new non-smoking gaming hall.

The new WSM bonus games will be coming to the casino and will be placed in the main casino hall.  The bonus games will link 28 machines together and when one machine gets a bonus all the machines become involved in the bonus. There is a game called Pirate’s Loot, according to Orozco, where a canon ball is fired and travels across the screen and where it explodes that person wins the bonus. “We are first in the world to have these games,” he said.

“It is good to see the good response that we are getting from the people,” Orozco said proudly.  “People show their gratitude by you trying to better your services for them and that is what this comes down to.”

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