Nation | Tribe: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
777 San Manuel Blvd
Highland, CA 92346
Artist rendering of San Manuel Hotel Casino 2021
San Manuel closed its bingo hall in 2017 and changed its name from San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino to San Manual Casino. The logo was also changed.
in July 2018 San Manuel began a $550 million contruction project to add a hotel, an event venue, a parking structure and more gaming space. See details
Feb 17, 2021
Opening July 2021
An all-new gaming area will be added to the San Manuel Casino this summer including 1,300 new slot machines, 40 table games, a high-limit room, a 24-hour restaurant and 3 retail shops.
Opening Winter 2021
The new San Manuel Hotel will be an onsite hotel with 429 guest rooms, a spa, pool and private cabanas.
Opening Early 2022
San Manuel will finish construction on a new 3,000-seat event center by the end of this year. The first performances are expected in early 2022.
See the News Headlines below for details and updates.
In Nov 2017 San Manuel Casino announced plans to expand its gaming space and add an onsite hotel and spa, a 6-story parking structure and a new entertainment venue.
Construction began in July 2018 with an estimated completion in 2022.
Completed and opened in 2020:
Under construction 2021:
TIMELINE FOR COMPLETION
Updated Nov. 6, 2020
Expanded two new floors of casino gaming area
Two new restaurants
Three new retail shops
Hotel with 429 guest rooms and suites
Pool deck with bar and private cabanas
2016 San Manuel Casino Expansion - See details
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Open 24 hours daily
500,000 square-foot casino
Must be 21 years of age or older to enter.
Bingo Hall is permanently closed
4,800 slot machines
130 Table Games - open 24/7
Blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, Buster Blackjack, House Money, Double Deck, High Limit Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, Let it Ride: 3-card bonus, Three Card Poker: 6-card bonus, Four Card Poker, San Manuel Craps, Fortune Pai Gow, Mystery Card Roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em
Poker Room - open 24/7, 38 tables, up to 340 players
3 Card poker, Texas Hold'em, Poker, Omaha, Let it Ride, 7 Card Stud and Pai Gow Poker
Rockin' Casino - Second floor, 900 slots and 16 table games
Non Smoking Room - Open 24/7, 140 slot machines
High Limit Room - Open 24/7, 5,000 square feet, 68 slots and 8 table games.
High Limit Room VIP - $25,000 tables limit, 15 tables, 200 slots - Story
Lotus 8 Palace (Asian Gaming Room) - Open 24/7, 60 slot machines, Pai Gow, baccarat and blackjack.
Finish Line Bar - Open 24 Hours. Second Floor.
Bar Bar Bar - Open 24 Hours. Center ground floor.
Round-up Bar - Open 24 Hours. Second Floor.
Tropical Storm - Open 8:00am to 4:00am. Second Floor
Free Live Music & Rock & Brews
Free Entertainment at Tukut Lounge
DJ's Spin Nightly
New 3000-seat live concert venue opens in 2022
San Manuel is building a 450-room hotel that will open in Winter 2021. The hotel is part of a major property expansion that includes a 3,000-seat event center and a 2,200-car parking structure.
Bear Springs Hotel
Bear Springs Hotel is the preferred hotel partner of San Manuel Casino. It is located 3 miles from the casino and provides free 24/7 shuttle service.
27959 Highland Ave
Highland, CA 92346
Bear Springs Hotel has 105 guest rooms and offers a restaurant, bar & lounge, and pool and spa.
San Manuel Casino is a sponsoring partner of the LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Chargers, NFL Raiders and Allegiant Stadium, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, UCLA Bruins, Rose Bowl, Santa Anita Park and others.
In February 2016 San Manuel Casino completed a two-year, $50 million renovation project. This added the following:
May 9, 2021
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will buy the Palm Casino making it the first Native American owner of a Las Vegas casino. The San Manuel Indians will also be the second tribe to operate a casino in Las Vegas following the Mohegan Tribe which opened the Mohegan Sun Casino At Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in March 2021.
The San Manuel Indians will buy Palms Casino Resort for $650 million from Red Rock Resorts. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to finalize by the end of the year.
The Palms Casino Resort is located on Flamingo Road a mile west of Interstate 15. The property includes a 94,840-square-foot casino, a hotel with pool and spa, the Palms Place condominiums, a 2,500-seat entertainment venue, restaurants and meeting space.
May 5, 2021
Another phase of the $550 million expansion at San Manuel Casino will open in July adding two more floors of gaming space with 1,300 more slot machines, 40 more table games and a fifth high-limit room.
San Manuel Casino began a multi-phase construction project in 2018 to expand its casino (July 2021) and to add a hotel (late 2021) and event center (early 2022). See details.
CASINO EXPANSION SUMMARY
These are the key additions to San Manuel Casino opening in July 2021:
Two new floors of additional gaming space will open in July for a total of 270,000 square feet of casino gaming.
1,300 new slot machines will be hosted in the new space. This number will bring the total slot machines at San Manuel to 6,500.
40 table games will be included in the new space.
A new high-limit room, named The Enclave, will feature 8 table games, 35 slot machines, 11 bar-top slots and two private rooms. This new room will bring the total of high limit rooms to five.
A new 24-hour restaurant, Serrano Vista Cafe, will open in July and serve California-flavored comfort food.
Three new retail shops will also open in July. "His" will be a men's fashion store. "Hers" will be a women's fashion store. And "Cache & Carry" will be a travel accessories store.
May 4, 2021
To help San Manuel Casino Resort hire 2,500 new employees over the next six months, the casino has opened a recruitment center inside Ontario Mills shopping center. The office is open Monday through Saturday.
San Manuel has conducted two virtual job fairs in recent months to find new hirees needed for the $500 million casino expansion which will be completed this year. Now with the new Ontario Mills hiring location San Manuel will recruit employees six days a week for the next six months.
Job openings are available in casino operations, food and beverage services, maintenance and facilities, security, housekeeping and hospitality services.
March 21, 2021
The San Manuel Casino Resort will hold a second three-day Virtual Career Expo on March 29-31 as part San Manuel's plan to add 2,000 new employees during 2021. The new hirees will increase the number of permanent employees from approximately 5,000 to 7,000.
San Manuel job openings are available in various career areas including slots, table games, food services, cashiers, facility maintenance, groundskeeping and housekeeping.
The hiring event will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. To register, visit San Manuel Virtual Career Expo
San Manuel is completing most of its $550 million expansion project this year. A new gaming area, new restaurants and new retail shops will open this summer. Later in the year the new San Manuel Hotel will open onsite with 450 guest rooms. A new 3,000-seat event center will open in early 2022.
February 15, 2021
The San Manuel Casino will host a virtual hiring fair on Thursday Feb 18 between 9 AM to 4 PM. This is first of a series online hiring events planned for the next 10 months as San Manuel seeks to hire more than 2,000 full-time employees to support its 2021 expansion.
Seventeen hiring departments will be represented at the San Mauel expo and seeking job applicants for gaming operations, hotel hospitality, restaurant services, IT, entertainment, retail, administrative services, transportation and more.
Interested job seekers can meet online with San Manuel hiring managers by booking an available interview time at the San Manuel Virtual Career Expo website: careerexpo.sanmanuel.com.
San Manuel Casino is completing the final phases of a massive 3-year, $550 million expansion project this year. This summer a new, expanding gaming space will open along with a fine-dining restaurant and new retail shops. By late year the new San Manuel onsite hotel will open featuring 429 luxury rooms and full amenities. The hotel will soon be followed by the opening of an all-new San Manuel event center.
February 6, 2021
San Manuel Casino Resort continues its massive expansion project on schedule to add more gaming space by this summer, an onsite hotel by end of year and a new entertainment venue in 2022.
Opening Summer 2021
San Manuel will expand its gaming space, add two restaruants and three retail shops.
Opening Winter 2021
San Manuel will open its first onsite hotel with 429 guest rooms and suites, a spa and a pool with private cabanas.
San Manuel will open a new entertainment center with 3,000 seats.
Some of the expansion was completed in 2020 including a 6-story parking garage, a smoke-free slots area, Tukut Lounge and The Vault Gaming & Provisions.
January 11, 2021
A press release today announced that San Manuel Casino is one of the first entertainment venues in the world to become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide.
To receive the VERIFIED seal San Manuel was required to pass a comprehensive verification process covering 360 health standards and hygiene protocols.
"The pandemic has made it clear that venues must, first and foremost, assure guests of their safety. By becoming VERIFIED®, San Manuel Casino has demonstrated its commitment to creating a culture of accountability and following global best practices to heighten health security, certified by a third party."
- Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide
November 10, 2020
San Manuel Band of Mission Indian celebrated the placing of the final steel beam atop a new, 17-story hotel under construction at San Manuel Casino. The beam was signed by San Manual tribal and casino members.
The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2021.
November 9, 2020
San Manuel began construction in July 2018 on a $500M espansion project to add an onsite hotel, an event center, and a larger casino gambling space. New timelines for completion of construction were announced this week in a press release from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The latest update to the completion schedule was published Nov. 6, 2020 for three phases of the construction:
San Manuel will open its newly expanded gaming space along with two new restaurants and three retail shops. The restaurants will include a 24-hour dining venue and a fine dining restaurant.
San Manuel's new hotel will open next to the casino. It will offer 429 guest rooms and suites and a full-service spa.
A topping-off celebration was held Nov. 6, 2020 after the last steel beam was place atop the hotel structure..
Contruction of the 3,000-seat event center will be completed in late 2021. The new venue will open for public events in 2022.
August 2, 2020
San Manuel Casino celebrated its 34th anniversary last week on July 24, 2020. The casino was opened by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as a high-stakes bingo hall on July 24, 1986. In 1994 San Manuel expanded its operation to a 100,000-square-foot casino adding slot machines and card games. The San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino has continued to expand and upgrade through the years.
In 2017 a major expansion project began. The bingo hall was closed and the name was shortened to San Manuel Casino. The construction project will add a 450-room tower hotel and a 3,000 seat event center. Both are scheduled to open in spring 2021.
June 29, 2020
San Manuel Casino was the last tribal casino in Southern California to reopen following the 3-month shutdown for COVID-19. San Manual reopened its casino to the public at noon on Monday, June 15, 2020. The hours of operation are 24/7, and new safety protocols and procedures are in place to protect against spreading the coronavirus.
June 15, 2020
San Manuel Casino reopened today at noon. San Manuel was the first California Indian casino to shut down for the coronavirus. Now with new health safeguards developed with Loma Linda University Health, returning guests will find many significant changes to gaming, dining and other services.
San Manuel Health & Safety Hub - Changes at San Manuel Casino 
Courtesy of San Manuel Casino. June 8. 2020
San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez said"
"Re-opening our doors safely and responsibly is our first priority. We have taken our commitment to health and safety one step further by working with Loma Linda University Health's San Manuel Gateway College on our health screening curriculum and organization-wide training."
June 5, 2020
San Manuel Casino will reopen at noon on June 15 after closing March 15 for the COVID-19 pandemic. Invited guest will attend to soft opening on June 9 and 14 prior to the public opening on June 15.
The reopening at San Manuel Casino will come in phases. Guests will find the first phase includes the following health precautions:
All guests and employees must pass a temperature check to enter. Individuals with fevers of 100.4 or higher will not be admitted.
Guest must wear a face covering before entering.
Only 2,600 guest will be allowed inside at any one time.
The number of slot machines will be limited for social spacing. Approximately 41% of the total slot machines will be operational. The remainder will be turned off and their chairs removed.
There will be 68 table games available. Seating will be limited to two players per table. The dealer will be separated from players by a plexiglas barrier.
Some restaurants will be open and provide takeout food only.
Open restaurants include Big Mo's Cafe, Rock & Brews, George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen and Tutu's Food Court.
Closed restaurants will be Serrano Buffet, Pines Modern Steakhouse, High Limit Dining, Just Barbeque, Lotus 8 and Hong Bao Kitchen.
A limited number of bars will be open for service. These are Bar Bar Bar, Finish Line, Tropical Storm and Round Up.
There will be no live entertainment at any San Manuel venues.
Tukut Lounge is closed.
Valet parking is temporarily suspended.
Shuttle bus service is temporarily suspended.
Bus program is temporarily suspended.
February 24, 2020
For the third consecutive year the readers of Inland Empire Magazine have voted San Manuel Casino the "Best Casino" for 2020.
San Manuel also received recognition for its Pines Modern Steakhouse winning these awards:
"Best Splurge Restaurant"
In addition, San Manuel won these categories:
"Best Mexican" - George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen
"Best Bar" - Tukut Lounge
"Best Chef" - Jerrold Brooks, Executive Chef
December 25, 2019
The award-winning mixologists at San Manuel Casino have created a new $10,000 cocktail for high rollers, especially after a big win! The cocktail is named "Rare and Fine" and is mixed with:
+ A. H. Hirsch 16 Year Old which was distilled in 1974
+ 100-point 1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux
+ Splash of ultra-rare Hardy cognac
The cocktail is served in a Lalique crystal glass with a 14k gold pick topped with a diamond. The crystal glass and the gold pick are included in the price.
December 21, 2019
San Manuel Casino has opened its newest high-limit gaming area this week. Reservations are needed for this VIP experience in an exclusive gaming parlour.
The high-limit slots area features 200 of the newest slot machines. Some of the machines have denominations up to $1,000.
The high-limit tables area has a max betting limit of $25,000. Games include Six-Deck Blackjack,3:2 Double Deck Blackjack and Baccarat.
This new high-limit gaming area is part of the ongoing $550 million expansion project. The expansion includes the Hong Bao Kitchen, a new restaurant that has also opened at the same time and adjacent to the high-limit area.
December 10, 2019
San Manuel Casino has opened a new six-story parking that features 2,200 parking spaces, 30 charging stations, 4 elevators and 24 hour shuttle services.
The completion of the parking structure is a part of the current million expansion project at San Manuel, which includes a 450-room hotel and a 3,000-seat event center to open in 2021. The project also includes new restaurants and retail stores.
October 22, 2019
At the Raiders Preview Center in Las Vegas last Monday, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced they are partnering with the Raiders and Allegiant Stadium. San Manuel Casino will be a sponsoring partner of the Raiders starting with the 2020 season and also be a Founding Partner of Allegiant Stadium.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians CEO Loren Gill:
"The popularity of the Raiders in Southern California is unmatched. Through this partnership, we are thrilled to offer our guests more access to high-quality sports and entertainment."
Raiders President Marc Badain:
"We are pleased to have San Manuel Casino as a founding partner of Allegiant Stadium. Together, we remain aligned in our dedication to providing our fans with the best-in-class experience
The founding partnership with the stadium will provide San Manuel Casino with a branded suite inside the stadium.
October 13, 2019
San Manuel Casino announced last week it has expanded its partnership with the Anaheim Ducks. The 13-year long partnership has added the San Manuel Casino Winner's Circle, a Native American Heritage Night and additional promotional and branding products.
San Manuel Casino Winner's Circle
The Honda Center will brand its first two rows, Glass & Row B, as the San Manuel Casino Winner's Circle. Members of the Circle will receive VIP perks and privileges at both the Honda Center and the San Manuel Casino.
Native American Heritage Night
The first Native American Heritage Night is scheduled for the Nov 5 game with the Minnesota Wild. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman, Lynn Valbuena, will drop the ceremonial first puck followed by short educational videos played throughout the game honoring the tribe and its culture
May 29, 2019
San Manuel Casino has added a high-limit room named The Vault Gaming and Provisions. It is located on the second floor and features 186 high-limit slots and 8 table games in a steampunk room of 19th century industrial gears, pipes and steam-powered machinery.
The Vault is a large room with a 18,000 square-foot gaming floor. Slot bets range from $25 to $500. Table game wagers are $300 to $10,000. Inside The Vault is a separate VIP room with much higher bet minimums. Table game minimums are up to $15,000.
This is one of four high-limit rooms planned for San Manuel. Another is the Lotus 8 Palace on the first floor. The third and fourth are under construction where the original High Limit Room was located next to the Serrano Buffet. That room was previously closed for for this project.
May 21, 2019
The poker room at San Manuel closed permanently on April 30, 2019. It had been operating for over 30 years.
The following farewell was posted on the casino's website:
To our poker player family.
Effective April 30, 2019, our poker room is closed permanently as we continue to create new venues and experiences to serve our loyal Club Serrano members.
Thank you for so many years of fun.
Thank you for so many years of memories.
Thank you for making San Manuel Casino the best casino in the country!
We will also be sharing more information on the future of San Manuel Casino in the days to come.
The future is bright.
- San Manuel Casino
May 19, 2019
Readers of the Long Beach Press Telegram have voted San Manuel the Best Casino in Southern California for the second year in a row. San Manuel alwo won Press-Telegram Readers' Choice Awards in other categories:
"Favorite Buffet" went to San Manuel's Serrano Buffet for the second year in a row.
"Favorite Night Spot & Entertainment Venue" was awarded to San Manuel for its Tukut Lounge. The lounge features dancing, salsa dancing, nightly entertainment, music and comedy.
Tukut Lounge also won "Favorite Place to go Dancing".
"Favorite Barbeque" was awarded to Just Barbeque (JBQ) at San Manuel Casino.
"Favorite Burger" award was given to Rock & Brews at San Manuel Casino.
The Annual Press-Telegram Readers' Choice Awards are nominated and voted on by readers of the newspaper.
General Manager of San Manuel Casino, Peter Arceo, said in a statement:
San Manuel Casino is honored to be recognized as the Best Casino by the Long Beach Press Telegram readers. With so many delicious dining options and entertainment every night of the week, we strive to provide every guest with a full-service dining, entertainment and gaming experience.
August 25, 2018
A $550 million expansion project is underway at the San Manuel Casino. Most of those changes are taking place inside the gaming venue. A giant table for blackjack was just added.
On August 10, 2018 the new Blazing 7's Blackjack arena opened. It is located in the venue's Rockin' Casino section.
Currently there are over 100 game tables at the casino. However the giant blackjack table gives the guests something different from other casinos in the area.
The section where previously the promotion area was is where the new arena is located. It can be found between Rock & Brews and George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen. The table is actually six tables that have been attached together forming a giant circle. This allows for six different games can be operated at one time. There are six table game dealers and seats for up to 36 players. The table is open everyday from noon to 2 a.m.
The new arena allows for more seating options for guests and for larger groups of friends to play together. The seating is similar to what would be found at a bar. Guests sit next to each other making the experience for them more of a social one.
The area has proven to be very popular with guests. The evening time is when it has been the busiest. It has been regularly full from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Games that guests can play are traditional blackjack or in a progressive wager. Players bet a $5 side bet where they may win the progressive jackpot. Only players in the arena can participate in this game.
July 25, 2018
Ground has been broken on a large scale expansion project at the San Manuel Casino. The project includes a new entertainment venue and hotel.
The casino is owned by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and is located about an hour away from Los Angeles.
A ceremony was held for the start of the project.
This will be the first hotel to be added to the property. In addition to the hotel there will also be new dining options, areas for events, and shopping.
The creation of the project will bring more employment opportunities to the area. From construction to hotel operations the project is one way the tribe is showing their economic commitment to the area.
The hotel will offer modern luxury for guests. Amenities that will be offered will mark the hotel as a destination in the area.
In San Bernardino County, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is one of the top ten employers for the area. Currently there are over 4,900 people employed by the tribe. Over $1 billion is earned yearly in economic growth to the area from the tribe or businesses that support the casino operations.
One goal is to offer entertainment that will be competitive with Las Vegas. The new venue will be able to offer guests larger acts and better surroundings than before.
The San Manuel Indian Reservation is located near Highland in California. The tribe is federally recognized.
Currently there are over 4,800 slots in operation at the casino. Table games include poker and blackjack. There is also an area for high limit gaming.
November 7, 2017
An announcement was made that a new expansion project will be developed near the casino owned by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The project includes a parking structure with 2,200 spaces for vehicles, a hotel with 500 guest rooms, and an entertainment venue with 4,000 seats.
The project is in the design phase. An estimate of cost has not been released.
Early 2018 is when the construction is scheduled to start. The project should be completed in 2 years. 1,400 construction jobs will be created. An additional 1,200 jobs will be created when the new areas open.
There will be between 15 and 17 floors for the new hotel. There will be space for gaming, dining, shopping, pool, and spa. The name of the hotel has not been released.
Residents of the cou8nty will be able to review the plans for 30 days to make comments on noise, traffic, and aesthetics. After that time the Tribal Environment Impact Report will be drafted.
For 45 days the public will be allowed to comment on the draft. After that time the report will be submitted to the state.
July 01, 2017
Plans have been announced for a new expansion at San Manuel Casino.
The project will expand the casino floor. The new floor will allow for an additional 500 slot machines. In total the casino will operate 4,700 machines. This will make the San Manuel Casino the largest slot machine operator on the west coast.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians believe this project is a way to remain committed to providing their guests with a great gaming experience. The project will also add more jobs and help with their partnerships with other businesses.
December 15, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO - The San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is turning to 3D slot machines to attract customers. They believe some players are tired of simply hearing bells go off and are ready for the next step in slot machine entertainment.
So San Manuel is bringing in some new slot machines manufactured by Reel Depth. These are much different from ordinary slot machines by featuring a multi-layered display to create 3D looking animations. Players will not have to wear 3D glasses.
Games that will be available soon are Double Diamond, Sizzling 7's, Slingo Jackpot, Triple Stars, and Red White & Blue. Others will follow soon. All will come in 3, 4, or 5 reel varieties.
July 28 2008
SAN BERNARDINO - The San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland has opened its new Pines restaurant and nightclub on the second floor.
Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm and closed the other days for private events. The menu is California Eclectic offering seafood, steaks, and decadent desserts. Entrees average $30 and appetizers range from $10 to $16 each. The restaurant can seat up to 150 diners and the lounge can host up to 350 people.
The dancing hours are Thursday to Saturday 10pm-3pm with a cover charge is $10 or $5 with a Club Serrano card. Dining guests can save the cost of the cover charge if they are still dining at 10 pm.
Dinner reservations are recommended and can be made by phoning (909) 425-4889.
July 19, 2008
DEVORE, CA - Glen Helen Pavilion in Devore is now known as San Manuel Amphitheater after the signing of a long-term agreement between San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and Live Nation for exclusive naming rights. The amphitheater is the largest in North America with 65,000 fans attending its concerts each year.
"We are very glad to have San Manuel as a partner and look forward to working with them," said Nick Masters, president of Live Nation/So-Cal. "Given their strong live entertainment roots and close ties to the community, we think this is a great fit for the amphitheater."
Steve Lengel, executive director of operations for San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, said "We are thrilled about this new opportunity to be associated with one of the premier outdoor entertainment venues in Southern California. San Manuel has always been focused on providing an unforgettable entertainment experience, and this latest partnership continues in that tradition."
CONCERTS THIS SUMMER:
Crue Fest, featuring Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt - Saturday, Aug. 2. Tickets are $95, $75, $55, $29.50.
ZZ Top, Brooks and Dunn, Rodney Atkins - Sunday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $85, $65, $45, $29.50.
Rock The Bells, featuring A Tribe Called Quest and Nas - Saturday, Aug. 9. Other acts include the Pharcyde, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Redman, and Method Man, Rakim, De La Soul. Tickets are $175, $78, $59.50, and $35.50.
Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and Testament - Saturday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $125, $75, $50, $35, and $20.
January 21, 2008
SAN BERNARDINO - The federal government has given finalapproval to add 5,500 more slot machines to the San Manual Indian Casino, whichcurrently has 2,000 slots. The decision by the U.S. Department of the Interiorwas published in the Federal Register last Friday.
The San Manuel will not face a voter referendum in the February 5th election forapproval. The tribe is not included in the propositions facing four other SouthernCalifornia tribes. Each tribes received state and federal approval to expandtheir number of slot machines, but the special-interest opposition filed referendums againstthe other four tribes and did not file one against the San Manuel Band.
The organizers of the signature drives that brought Propositions 94, 95, 96, and 97 include UNITE, alabor union that would like to organize employees in all Indian casinos, andowners of horse tracks in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay areas. Unlikethe four tribes in the propositions, San Manuel already has a labor union, theCommunication Workers of America, and it does joint promotions with horseracetracks.
If San Manual installs all 5,500 slot machines, they will pay the state ofCalifornia an estimated $7.2 billion over the term of the agreement which runsthrough 2030.
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