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High-Limit Bets: Try Your Luck on New Slots at Santa Ana Star Casino

Rozanna Martinez, Albuquerque Journal
July 10, 2015

Santa Ana Star Casino kicked off the summer with a change to its gaming floor.

You might have noticed a difference when walking into the casino’s main entrance. Instead of poker tables, guests will now see some bright and shiny new high-limit slot machines. Santa Ana Star Casino decided to relocate its poker table play to the main pit located at the center of the main gaming floor.

The high-limit area offers 47 new games, which include $1, $5 and $10 video poker. Fixtures that encase the area offer some privacy from the general gaming floor. Patrons of the high-limit slots also can enjoy complimentary beverages served in fine glassware, including fruit juices and energy drinks. The area also offers a private restroom, according to the Santa Ana Star Casino website.

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Dillon Francis' Ascent to Fame Came After Collaborating with Producer Diplo

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
July 10, 2015

Even Dillon Francis gets sick. It’s true.

The 27-year-old got sick while playing at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nev., recently.

“It’s super hot over there,” he says during a recent interview. “And the hotels have this cold fake oxygen there. It’s a mixture for sickness.”

Francis’ profile has been rising yearly with the amount of music he produces. He is known for producing moombahton and electro.

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Dillon Francis Finds Opportunities in Music, Thompson Square Headlines ABQ's Freedom Fourth

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
July 3, 2015

Dillon Francis never really knew that he wanted a career in music. He still doesn’t know if he wants to do it full time.

“Music has opened doors for me for avenues to be creative,” he says. “I’m making the music videos that I want to make. It’s the stuff I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

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City Sessions at The Stage

Kori Kobayashi, ABQ Live
June 23, 2015

Welcome to the first “City Sessions” series featuring some of the raddest locals to showcase at The Stage at The Star.


They set up two Miami style 2×2 rigs with an additional 2×1 Technic / Rane scratch set-up for Ohm to showcase his skill. Check out the video and all the images.

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‘80s Party at The Stage

Rozanna Martinez, Albuquerque Journal
June 5, 2015

It’s an ’80s party at The Stage tonight to celebrate the tubular era of neon, boom boxes, acid-washed jeans, big hair and other gag-me-with-a-spoon fun.

The Stage is hosting a special ’80s edition of “Escape Fridays” tonight beginning at 9 p.m. The event will feature DJ Devin and Chris de Jesus on the ones and twos, spinning your favorite ’80s hits. Michael Jackson, Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Madonna, Prince and other chart toppers from the rad era will motivate you to show off those gnarly moves on the dance floor.

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Excel in a Saturated Gaming Market

Mike English, Albuquerque Business First
May 22, 2015

John Cirrincione is general manager of Santa Ana Star Casino, a job he's held since 2010. Cirrincione has worked in the gaming industry for the last 30 years. He spoke with Business First about his career and the saturated gaming market in New Mexico.

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The Albuquerque Journal Top Workplaces 2015

Ann Marcelli, Rio Rancho Observer
May 17, 2015

David Koechner: You might recognize him as Todd Packer from the TV series “The Office” or Champ Kind from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Maybe you saw him in the movie “Get Smart” as Agent Larabee or as Jeff Webber on “The Middle.” Now, maybe you’ll see him at The Stage in Santa Ana Star Casino Thursday night — as himself.

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Koechner Does Comedy Act at Casino

Ann Marcelli, Rio Rancho Observer
May 17, 2015

David Koechner: You might recognize him as Todd Packer from the TV series “The Office” or Champ Kind from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Maybe you saw him in the movie “Get Smart” as Agent Larabee or as Jeff Webber on “The Middle.” Now, maybe you’ll see him at The Stage in Santa Ana Star Casino Thursday night — as himself.

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Spring is in Full Swing: Find EDM, an '80s Rocker and Other Fun Stuff

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
May 15, 2015

Devin Tailes always studied music in school. She thanks her parents for making a strong connection between her and music, even taking her to a Grateful Dead show while growing up.

This was the foundation she needed to get a career started.

Flash forward a decade and a half, and Tailes now performs under the stage name Dev. I caught up with Dev in anticipation of her show in New Mexico.

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Breaking News: Dave Koechner AKA Champ Kind Anchors Show at The Stage

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
May 15, 2015

Dave Koechner recently got back to California after two months in New Zealand. Now he’s playing catch up with emails and phone calls.

 “It’s better to come back to business,” he says. “I try to keep moving forward, though it can get tough sometimes.”

“It takes a lot of timing,” he says. “I’m currently working on a TV series for Netflix and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple days.”

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"Like a G6": Dev of Far East Movement is Now Working on Her Own Music

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
May 15, 2015

The 25-year-old singer burst onto the scene when she was featured on Far East Movement’s massive single, “Like a G6.” Though the single was huge, it wasn’t an overnight success. In fact, it took nearly two years for the single to make an impact on radio.

“It was insane playing the waiting game,” she says. “But that’s the way the music business works.”

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Casino Brings the Excitement of Horse Racing to its Gaming Floor with its "Santa Ana Stakes" Promotion

Rozanna Martinez, Albuquerque Journal
May 8, 2015

American Pharoah might have taken the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, but the Triple Crown fun continues at Santa Ana Star Casino through June.

The casino is bringing the excitement of horse racing to its gaming floor with its “Santa Ana Stakes” promotion. Patrons will get the chance to win up to $1,000 in cash during each race, which will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on May 17 and June 7.

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Dazzling Diamonds at Santa Ana Star Casino

Rozanna Martinez, Albuquerque Journal
April 24, 2015

Santa Ana wants you to sparkle this spring with some bling as part of its “Dazzling Diamonds” promotion that runs through May 23. Drawings will be held at 8 p.m. every Saturday during the promotion period.

Star Rewards Club members receive one entry for every 500 points they accrue while playing their favorite Santa Ana Star Casino games. Every week, three guests will have their chance to play and win cash and free play prizes. One of these three lucky players also will get his or her chance to come back for the grand prize drawing on May 23. During the grand prize drawing, each person will win his or her share of bright dazzling diamonds.

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The World's Biggest DJs Share Their Under-the-Radar Party Destinations

Matt Meltzer, Thrillest
April 20, 2015

Paul van Dyk

Where to party: The Stage 

"When you land, it’s just sand; like sand is the new green. And you’re there, and there’s this big complex where the club is, and you just don’t expect it to be much. It’s not the capital of electronic music, but it’s really going off. I’m pretty sure like 50% of the people had never heard of me, but somehow they got involved in the energy and in the drive and really enjoyed it. And as an artist, that’s great to see. Looking back, it was like the energy that would have been in Vegas or Miami or LA; it was just straightforward fun."

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Hip-Hop Flashback: A Lighter Shade of Brown Reunites for Show at Santa Ana Star

Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal
March 27, 2015

With time, comes plenty of change. That is what Robert Gutierrez has figured out.

Gutierrez and Bobby Ramirez formed the duo A Lighter Shade of Brown in 1990 and quickly found themselves on the radio.

The duo released “Brown and Proud” in 1990 and the single “On A Sunday Afternoon,” which contained samples of The Young Rascals’ 1967 hit “Groovin'” and Tommy James and the Shondells’ 1969 hit “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” It peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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