Is the first casino in Southern California to offer the multilevel progressive

Barona Resort & Casino is the first casino in Southern California to offer the Ultra Hit Progressive Jackpot Explosion on dozens of slot machines throughout its casino floor. This multilevel progressive will give players a secondary bonus opportunity every time they play the “Jackpot Explosion” linked machines.

“The Jackpot Explosion progressive essentially offers players a chance to play two games in one,” said Chuck Hickey, vice president of slots at Barona Resort & Casino. “Our players are going to find that what this multi-level progressive really offers is multi-layers of fun!”

Developed by WMS, the Ultra Hit Progressive Jackpot Explosion links 30 of Barona’s 1 cent, 2 cent and 5 cent slot games such as Lancelot, Golden Maiden, Mystical Dragon, Rome and Egypt, Jackpot Block Party, Wild Stampede and Zeus. While each game is different, they all share the same screen background with exciting volcano graphics.

“As the first casino in Southern California to offer Ultra Hit Progressive - Jackpot Explosion, Barona’s slot floor continues to be one of the most exciting and technologically advanced in the country,” said Rob Bone, vice president and general manager of Western Sales and Operations for WMS. “This is a unique experience for Barona’s players as it adds a whole second level of bonuses and jackpots to their favorite base game. This is the first of many new game applications that will be debuting on Barona’s floor in the coming year.”

The progressive is visually represented by a giant volcano whose lava rises to the top of the volcano in the top screen and a sea of lava behind the reels. When players see the lava rising, it indicates that the jackpot is about to be set off. When the bonus triggers, the volcano dramatically erupts in a shower of coins and celebratory music and one of the four progressive jackpots is randomly awarded to a lucky winner.

“What makes this progressive especially exciting is that the ‘lava’ builds faster when more players participate in the progressive which creates excitement throughout the casino,” Hickey said. “Players can watch the lava flow rising and changing colors from yellow to red hot on their screens, indicating that the volcano is ready to erupt and that someone will soon be taking home the jackpot.”