Back to business
The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas is back in business after a two-year hiatus. It officially reopened at 9pm on Wednesday for the first time since its pandemic-enforced closure in March 2020. The opening comes just in time for the beginning of the three-day NFL Draft that is taking place in the city, with big crowds expected to visit for the event.
New ownership has taken over the Palms through the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority has now officially taken charge of the property’s operations. It has hired about 1,400 people, with around half of them previously working at the property before the closure.
reopening celebration started with a traditional tribal ceremony
To mark the occasion, the reopening celebration started with a traditional tribal ceremony. There were also fireworks and a drinks reception, with the first bets placed at 9pm. Celebrations also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Palms Sportsbook and Lounge, which William Hill operates.
Thankful for all of the support
According to an official press release, a variety of bars and restaurants have returned to business in the Palms as a result of the reopening. There is also an expansive spa and pool area, as well as 766 hotel rooms. The 95,000-square-foot casino has gone through a redesign.
Commenting on the reopening, Palms general manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey said: “Our team has worked incredibly hard to get to this day, and it’s a great accomplishment to introduce Palms once again to Las Vegas.” She also noted the incredible outpouring of support and excitement at the reopening of the “truly special property.”
San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority chairperson Latisha Casas also welcomed the reopening of the property, describing it as “a day our Tribe will never forget.” In particular, she thanked the Palms team members, the local Las Vegas community, and tribal members for all of their support.
A historic day
The reopening of the Palms Casino Resort is a historic moment, as it is the first time that a Native American tribe has both owned and operated a Las Vegas casino resort. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians bought the property from Red Rock Resorts last year for $650m.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has a reservation in San Bernardino County, California. It also owns and operates the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland, California.