Charging Towards the Casinos

The San Diego Chargers have had a rocky season so far, to say the least. The Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins have all pulled out wins against the Chargers in early-season games. While the Chargers have yet to establish a serious winning streak this season, they seem to play a lot better at San Diego’s very own Qualcomm Stadium.

Indeed, a Bet Fair article written by sports reporter and anchor Neil Harvey acknowledges that the Chargers play noticeably better at home than they have on their travels. The raucous cheers of passionate local fans during home games can’t be overstated enough. Most of the Chargers fans have also taken to playing at some of the city’s world-class casinos. It only takes 35 to 40 minutes from downtown to be a part of San Diego’s surprisingly robust casino scene.

San Diego has the largest tribal concentration of any single county in the U.S., a testament to the rich and diverse cultural imprint of the region. A bustling community of 18 different Native American tribes forms the nucleus of San Diego’s wildly successful gaming business, enabling a wide range of tribal governments to be financially self-sufficient. Additionally, these tribal governments can readily support a bevy of charitable organizations, advocacies and social programs that benefit the entire San Diego community.

One of the more popular casinos in the San Diego region is the El Cajon-based Sycuan Casino, featuring the county’s first and largest smoke-free game room with more than 350 slot machines and nine gaming tables. The same smoke-free game room also features a buffet with more than 100 all-you-can-eat food items such as slow-roasted prime rib and seafood dishes. With around 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games in total, guests are spoiled with a wide variety of games, including Mystery Card Roulette, Spanish 21 and Blackjack.

Another notable casino in the San Diego area is the Viejas Casino, which is set on the 1,600-acre Viejas Reservation, located near the town of Alpine. There are almost 100 table games to choose from (including classics such as Blackjack and Texas Hold’em) as well as more than 2,200 slot machines for countless hours of wholesome entertainment and fun. After getting lucky at slots or the blackjack table, guests can head over to any of the Viejas Casino’s numerous restaurants, bars and lounges for a more complete casino experience. Much like the Sycuan Casino, the Viejas Casino also has its own buffet that is well-known for its generous servings of all-you-can-eat crab legs, fajitas, pizza and pasta dishes.

Those are just two of the many casinos that dot the San Diego landscape. Win or lose, San Diego Chargers fans are still fortunate to be in the vicinity of a wide range of world-class entertainment and gaming venues.

About Ross Warner

ROSS WARNER is a forty-five year old freelancer whose credits include Sports Illustrated OnLine and Blitz as well as numerous articles on his favorite band, the Grateful Dead. Blah, Blah, Blah. Yeah, I was on WNEW FM the morning after the Chargers made the Super Bowl. Having returned from Pittsburgh only hours before, there I was at half-court at Madison Square Garden in my #12 jersey and wiping my sweat with a "Terrible Towel." When asked about the future for the newly-crowned AFC Champs, I simply uttered "justice is coming." Like so many others, I first took notice of the Chargers during the "Air Coryell" period of the late 1970s. But as Dan Fouts gave way to Ed Luther, Mark Hermann, Babe Laufenberg, Jim McMahon, David Archer, Mark Vlasic, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Freisz my fanaticism turned to obsession. When Stan Humphries resurrected the franchise in 1992, I began calling the Chargers organization to share my plan to get the team into the Super Bowl. This began the stormy rapport with the Chargers' Public Relations staff which reached a boiling point at a 1996 "team spirit" luncheon when I demanded that guard Eric Moten explain his propensity for holding penalties. It was then I realized I needed my own forum. Founded in 1995, Justice Is Coming is precisely that. To decide whether this site is for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you think of Johnny Unitas as an ex-Charger? Are your three children named JJ, Kellen and Wes, with one of them being a girl? Do you think that Rolf Benirschke got a raw deal on the daytime "Wheel of Fortune?" Can you remember where you were on December 3, 1984 when Bobby Duckworth fumbled the ball attempting to spike it on "Monday Night Football?" Does Al Davis, a dark alley and a lead pipe mean anything to you? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then you, too, believe that Justice Is Coming. This is a weekly look at the San Diego Chargers through the eyes of someone who spends most of his time thinking about the Bolts so you don't have to. But being a Chargers fan is not an obligation, although it sometimes feels like it. So I offer you this "alternative perspective." All the football, film and music collides in the centrifuge that is my brain and this newsletter is the result.