The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission as licensee for The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
An affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, SMGHA Nevada is set to close the transaction and become owners of Palms Casino Resort with plans to reopen next year in the spring.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to share our long-standing tradition of hospitality with Las Vegas and execute our vision for this iconic resort, starting by welcoming back former and current Palms employees,” said SMGHA chairwoman Latisha Casas. “Together, we will create history.”
In addition to the casino, Palms includes more than 700 hotel rooms and suites, multiple casual and upscale dining options, meeting and convention space, a 2,500-seat theater, pool and spa, and Palms Place condominiums.
Recruitment for more than 1,000 positions ranging from casino, operations, hotel management, food and beverage along with supervisor positions is underway.
“We would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to Red Rock Resorts and their leadership team,” said SMGHA’s management committee member, Laurens Vosloo. “We deeply appreciate the support and ongoing partnership they provided as we worked through the transition of ownership.”
Echoing Vosloo, Palms’ general manager, Cynthia Kiser Murphey, noted that it was an honour to reach the milestone. She continued: “As we forge ahead, it’s important we bring forward the strong values and culture of the Tribe into everything we do at the property.
“From team member culture to exceptional guest service, it’s our intent to create a lively and fun environment not only for customers but our dedicated staff as well.”
Prior to opening the property, the Tribe has supported Las Vegas-based community groups and nonprofits by contributing more than $10m to organisations including UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality and William S. Boyd School of Law; the Public Education Foundation; Three Square Food Bank and Shade Tree Shelter.
Additionally, the Tribe has partnered with local sports teams through sponsorships with the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium, and the Vegas Golden Knights.
Earlier this year, the Tribe unveiled the first of a three-part expansion project at the casino, adding more than 6,500 slot machines, a new high-limit gaming room, retail shops, bars and new restaurants.