(Eagle Mountain Casino, Porterville, CA 93257) – The Porterville Chamber of Commerce awarded Eagle Mountain Casino the 2022 “Large Business of the Year” award earlier this year. Its dedication to its team members was among the many reasons the Casino was chosen for the award.“Eagle Mountain Casino has over 620 team members right now, not employees, not staff but team members, and I am proud to be a part of that team. Sixty team members have been there for at least 20 years. That’s unheard of. And it’s because of how the Tule River Tribe treats us as people, not as numbers, not as staff, but as people”, said Matthew Mingrone, General Manager at Eagle Mountain Casino, at the Porterville Chamber of Commerce award ceremony back in November. One of the many perks of being a team member for “The People’s Casino” includes the Team Member Holiday Incentive during the Casino’s Annual Holiday Celebration. The Team Member Holiday Incentive started during Thanksgiving and lasted through Christmas, featuring gifts and prizes totaling over $300,000 in value for team members. During Thanksgiving, the gifts included $25 Gift Cards to $350 Visa Gift Cards, and all team members received $50 gift certificates to Town and Country and a free paid day off. In December, the theme was “Nightmare before Christmas,” and team members were treated to weekly drawings, catering, and door prizes. There was also a “Festive Sweater Contest” and a special slot tournament for team members. Prizes included more Visa Gift Cards, Wal Mart Gift Cards, $1,000 Visa Gift Card, Apple Air Pods, tablets, laptops and 50’ TV’s. Local gift cards were also given away to team members including Stafford’s Chocolates, Plano Jerky & Mobile Powerbank, Visalia Mall, Galaxy Theater in Tulare, Stoney Creek BBQ, Eagle’s Landing, The Human Bean and even a 45 minute Aviation flight. Currently, Eagle Mountain Casino is located 17 miles east of Porterville and is a full-service casino owned and operated by the Tule River Tribe. Guests must be 18 years of age to enter. The Casino is open 24/7. In addition, the Grizzly Food court is open 24/7, and the River Steakhouse is open Friday – Sunday from 5pm – 10pm. Eagle Mountain Casino is a short drive from Bakersfield or Visalia. The new casino property is scheduled to open in 2023, off Highway 65 in Porterville, CA, next to the Porterville Fair Grounds. The new property will double in size, growing to over 100,000 square feet, featuring new dining options, 1750 slot machines, 20 table games, and a state-of-the-art event center.