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A Good Bet

No matter your pleasure — luxurious spas, A-list entertainment, penny slots or high-stakes thrills — it’s all yours for the taking at SoCal’s casino resorts.

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa


An indoor oasis of fan palms welcomes you to relaxed sophistication in Rancho Mirage, a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles. Big names — Air Supply on Feb. 14, Johnny Mathis on Feb. 16 and Liza Minnelli on March 22 — add to the AAA four-diamond experience, which includes 1,600-square-foot presidential suites, the Sunstone Spa and two huge pools. Six dining options include the Steakhouse, honored with Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence. More than 1,800 slots, some 40 poker tables and all the popular table games add to the fun.


Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Top acts like Chicago on Feb. 7, CeeLo Green on Feb. 15 and Robin Thicke on March 28, plus off-track satellite horse wagering, are among the unique perks at this contemporary-style resort in Indio, two hours from L.A. It’s the only desert casino resort with adjacent golf at the championship Eagle Falls Golf Club. Enjoy 250 newly renovated rooms, seven restaurants, drinks with a view at the 12th floor cocktail and wine bar, and the 24-lane Fantasy Lanes Bowling Center. Try your luck with 2,000 slots, plus 40 table games and bingo.

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa


This high-rise hottie sports a Vegas-like vibe at the edge of Palm Springs, 90 minutes from L.A. Amenities include luxe casitas with terraces overlooking the lazy river and sandy beach; the Sage Spa; and six restaurants, including swanky steak-and-seafood spot Cielo on the 27th floor. Play the championship Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon and enjoy 2,700 slots, 60 table games, live music,


sounds and occasional stars such as Foreigner, Feb. 1.

Pechanga Resort and Casino

A multimillion-dollar makeover completed last December gives a hip, polished look to this AAA four-diamond casino colossus, an hour from L.A. in Temecula’s wine region. Play 3,000 slots and 130-plus table games, including a high-limit salon with private dining, and a 54-table nonsmoking poker room. Enjoy eight restaurants, the penthouse Eagle’s Nest Lounge and one of 517 posh rooms. Pamper yourself at Spa Pechanga, relax by the pool and play the championship Journey at Pechanga golf course.

San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino


You’ll find a friendly, casual atmosphere with friendly, casual headliners George Lopez on Feb. 6 and Reba McEntire on March 13 — plus 3,400 slots — at this sprawling casino, 67 miles east of L.A. in Highland. Five dining options include the Pines Steakhouse, which also sizzles with live deejay entertainment. High-stakes bingo is played in the 2,500-seat bingo hall. Enjoy all the popular table games, from EZ baccarat to blackjack and poker to roulette.

Barbara Beckley

, Brand Publishing Writer