San Manuel: Las Vegas was a long-term investment and diversification strategy

Exhibitors representing a record 68 nations will be in attendance at next month’s, where those in attendance will gain insight to an International Casino Conference that features key insights from the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority.

This comes after the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and SMGHA confirmed a definitive agreement to acquire Palms Casino Resort for $650m in May 2021.

Cynthia Kiser Murphey, General Manager of the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas, and Laurens Vosloo, CEO of San Manuel Casino, will be on hand to share their experience in relation to the April 2022 re-opening of the facility, which took place just 132 days after receiving a licence to operate.

Ahead of a keynote address, Vosloo, Management Committee Member, San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority and Chief Executive Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said: “Owning a casino resort in the entertainment and gaming mecca of Las Vegas was a long-term vision realised as part of the Tribe’s investment and diversification strategy. 

“At the International Casino Conference, we will be sharing the story of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and how they made history by becoming the first Native American tribe to wholly own and operate a casino resort in Las Vegas

He added: “The San Manuel Tribe is known for their generosity and contributions to building-up communities as a way of showing their gratitude for the kindness that others showed them throughout their journey to self-reliance and sovereignty.

“The journey of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians through time to become one of Southern California’s leading employers and their history-making acquisition of Palms involved many discoveries along the way.

“Providing for the community is at the heart of the Tribe’s values, including creating jobs for 1,200 team members, 50 per cent of whom were returning Palms team members.”

Furthermore, ExCeL London held event will also welcome attendees that span 68 nations, a feat that will shatter the previous high of 65 that was set three years ago in the final edition pre-COVID.

Simon Thomas, Executive Chair of The Hippodrome Casino, commented : “The Hippodrome serves as a networking and hospitality hub for many gaming professionals and what we’ve observed is that the industry is arriving in London a lot earlier and staying considerably longer.

“As a consequence, ICE is more than the three days on the show floor but a full-week of intensive networking, events, presentations, award ceremonies, meetings and socialising.” 

Furthermore, ICE will also see FashionTV Gaming Group introduce its ‘brand to business’ model direct to B2C operators.

This comes as the group aims to build on “another year of standout successes,” as it seeks to sign licence agreements with gaming operators worldwide “that have substantial captive markets”. Visitors to ICE will find the FashionTV Queen docked outside the ExCeL, next to the Sunborn Hotel.

Elsewhere, AffPapa’s iGaming Club series of global events has exceeded 500 registrations for its latest entry to coincide with the latest iteration of the annual descent on London. 

iGaming Club London will feature the likes of Betsson Group, Campeon Affiliates, Raketech, AskGamblers, Sofascore, Catena Media, N1 Partners, and many more.

Levon Nikoghosyan, CEO at AffPapa, said: “Having such a significant number of people interested in iGaming Club London is beyond exciting for us and serves as a great testament to our commitment in connecting members of the industry.

“The participation of some of the biggest names in igaming speaks volumes about how incredible the night will be. iGaming Club promises an exclusive networking dinner, and we are excited to welcome everyone in London to do business.”