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Casino Insider: Pala maps out its summer entertainment; San Manuel makes a big purchase

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now. In this Friday, June 29, 2019 file photo, Kodi Lee of Lake Elsinore receives a standing ovation with his pitch perfect performance of “A Song for You” during Launch Pointe’s grand opening in Lake Elsinore. Lee will perform at Pala Casino Spa Resort in Late May (File photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise...
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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians plans to acquire the Palms in Las Vegas for $650 million

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the owners of San Manuel Casino in Highland, announced Tuesday, May 4, that the tribe planned to purchase the Palms in Las Vegas. The tribe and the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority will acquire the 20-year-old casino property for $650 million, according to a news release from current Palms owner Red Rock Resorts. The transaction is expected to close in 2021, but is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, according to a news...
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San Manuel Casino reveals expanded gaming area, restaurant and shops opening in July

The first phase of San Manuel Casino’s expansion will open in July with a larger gaming floor, a new high limit room, a new restaurant and three new shops. The $550 million expansion, which began construction in 2018, is the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ largest since the current casino facility opened in Highland in 2005. Future phases include a 14-story hotel opening later this year and a 2,800-seat events center in early 2022. Casino officials shared new details about the first phase of...
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Spotlight 29 Casino opens brewpub Taproom 29; Pala Casino Spa Resort remodels Pala Cafe

In the ever-evolving casino landscape, dining plays a big role, with properties across Southern California regularly opening new concepts and finding ways to upgrade existing ones. In 2021, that trend continues. Spotlight 29 has opened a new brewpub; Pala Casino Spa Resort recently spent millions to revamp one of its classic dining options; and Harrah’s Resort Southern California and San Manuel Casino have both made changes to restaurant menus. After 20 years, Pala Casino, Spa & Resort has g...
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San Manuel, Morongo casinos to fill hundreds of positions at upcoming hiring fairs

Two casinos in the Inland Empire are hiring for hundreds of positions in the months ahead. In Highland, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is looking to fill 500 jobs at San Manuel Casino as part of a $550 million expansion that will add more than 2,000 full-time employees this year. Some 35 miles away in Cabazon, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is hiring dozens of workers to man food and beverage operations. Casinos, many of which are open, have adopted new technology in the COVID-19 pandem...
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Casino Insider: What 2021 means for casino construction in Southern California and Las Vegas

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.  A 3D model of San Manuel Casino’s planned hotel structure and event center is on display on the casino’s second floor entrance. The hotel is slated to open to the public in winter 2021 and its entertainment center is slated to open in 2022. (Courtesy of San Manuel Casino) The last few years have brought big ...
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How the coronavirus pandemic changed casinos in 2020

In a normal year, Southern California’s casinos are always full of activity from bustling slots and table games to packed entertainment venues hosting big stars. All that activity came to a screeching halt in March when the novel coronavirus took hold stateside. Tribal-owned casinos across the region made the decision to stay closed for two to three months to help curb the spread. And when they reopened, things were a lot different. While other businesses have shuttered again, including non-trib...
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18 Christmas dinner ideas at Southern California casinos

In a normal year, Southern California’s casinos offer dozens of options for Christmas dining ranging from full buffet smorgasbords to unique options such as sushi. However, with the novel coronavirus pandemic, many of the properties have revamped their approach this year by limiting dining options and adding offerings such as to-go meals. But chances are you can still find something tasty. (While Southern California restaurants have been ordered to stop in-person dining, the tribally owned casin...
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Comedian and actor George Lopez expands his presence at San Manuel Casino

Fans of comedian George Lopez have been able to visit his restaurant Chingon Kitchen at San Manuel Casino in Highland for a while, but now they have another way to celebrate their fandom: By playing one of the casino’s George Lopez slot machines. A bank of the new George Lopez Neighborhood Tour slot machines has been placed on the casino’s second level just outside Chingon Kitchen. The slot machine debuted at San Manuel on Nov. 12, according to a news release from company Ainsworth Game Technolo...
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Casino Insider: Why one part of San Manuel Casino’s big expansion will be delayed

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.    A beam signed by tribal citizens and San Manuel Casino employees is slowly cranked up to the top of San Manuel’s still under construction hotel tower on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. The hotel is slated to open in winter 2021. (Courtesy of San Manuel Casino) I was driving down the 210 Freeway last week when I look...
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Casino Insider: COVID-19 has changed how casinos do business — Here’s where we’re at

When was the last time you went to a casino? If it was pre-COVID, you probably remember the crowds, the packed seats at slot machines and table games and a line for the buffet — all hallmarks of the casino experience. Since the start of the pandemic seven months ago, the casinos have transformed and we’ve been there to witness the evolution. We stood in lines wearing face coverings waiting for a temperature check; walked reconfigured gaming floors; saw new restaurants replace buffets and watched...
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Jay Johnstone, former Dodgers and Angels outfielder and popular prankster, dies at 74

LOS ANGELES — Jay Johnstone, who won World Series championships as a versatile outfielder with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers while being baseball’s merry prankster, has died. He was 74. Johnstone, who grew up in West Covina, died Saturday, Sept. 26 of complications from COVID-19 and also had suffered from dementia in recent years, according to his daughter Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone. He died at a nursing home in Granada Hills, she said Monday. “COVID was the one thing he couldn’t ...
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How table games at Southern California casinos are different during coronavirus

Southern California’s casinos are back in action and for most of them, so are their table games. But before you place your bets, know that the region’s tribal-owned casinos have changed how they’re doing table game business. Casinos have reconfigured their gaming floors, put up barriers, implemented and increased cleaning and have decreased the number of players for games due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of them require that you wear a mask. Here’s a look at how the various table games...
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How casinos are enforcing mask, smoking rules during coronavirus

Casinos have reopened in Southern California, but there are rules in the new normal created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of the tribal-owned casinos require guests to wear masks inside and have social distancing guidelines. Some have specific smoking rules. Readers have emailed us wondering how casinos enforce their COVID-19 rules, so we asked each property. Many said they start off with a warning, or several, before they have to get serious. Here’s what tribal-owned casinos across Sou...
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San Manuel Casino prohibits indoor smoking, limits alcohol service

San Manuel Casino announced that it was temporarily prohibiting smoking indoors and limiting alcohol service only to people playing at slots and table games. The changes, announced Monday, June 29, went into effect at the Highland-area complex at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, in an effort to support face covering mandates and minimize opportunities for multiple person gatherings at bars during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement put out by the casino. Sign up for our Casino Insi...
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Which Southern California casinos have resumed bus programs

As Southern California’s tribal-owned casinos have reopened they’ve powered on slot machines, fired up the grills at restaurants and some have even cautiously waded into opening amenities such as pools. However, one staple before the casinos closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus was in-house bus service. Since reopening, many have suspended in-house bus programs and bus drop-offs. We received a number of emails from readers about busing at the casinos, so we reached out to determine...
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Casino Insider: San Manuel Casino is the final tribal casino to reopen

Once San Manuel Casino opened its doors Monday afternoon, all of the region’s tribal-owned casinos were officially back in business and welcoming the public. And like at the region’s other casinos, a much different experience awaited San Manuel’s guests compared to their last visit. Jesus Guzman, a guest safety concierge, wipes down a slot machine at San Manuel Casino near Highland on Monday, June 15, 2020. The casino reopened to the public Monday after being shuttered for three months to comb...
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San Manuel Casino has reopened and here’s what it’s like

For the hundreds of people who lined up in San Manuel Casino’s parking garage shortly before noon on Monday, June 15, a totally different experience awaited them inside the Highland property, which reopened after being shuttered for three months to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Before entering, they had their temperatures checked and answered screening questions before entering a revamped casino full of plexiglass, thermal cameras and signage encouraging social distancing. San Manu...
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Casinos are open after coronavirus closures: What you need to know before visiting

When the novel coronavirus began to spread in Southern California, it brought the region’s casinos to a screeching halt, with players not able to hit the slots or table games for more than two months. Now, as tribal casinos emerge from their closures, there’s a new normal full of safety precautions. “Once everything started happening with the severity of COVID, every property really started looking at what can we do different?,” Melissa Asmus, director of operations for Cahuilla Casino Hotel, sa...
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San Manuel Casino to reopen to the public June 15

San Manuel Casino announced Friday that it will be opening to the general public on Monday, June 15 with safety precautions in place after three months of being closed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. In a statement, casino officials announced that they will reopen in phases to a select number of guests between June 9 and June 14 before opening fully to the public at noon on June 15. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fu...
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San Manuel Casino extends coronavirus closure, implements furloughs and layoffs

San Manuel Casino  announced Thursday, May 21, that the casino’s closure because of the novel coronavirus pandemic will be extended into June and that for the first time in the casino’s 34-year history it will have to implement furloughs and layoffs for some of its employees. A news release said casino officials will look to local and state health and safety guidance to find a path to reopening and that while the casino could open on a June date, it is too early to tell. Sign up for our Casino ...
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Valley View and Sycuan casinos plan to reopen next week

As the state tiptoes back into reopening, two tribal casinos in San Diego County have announced reopening dates after temporarily closing months ago to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. Sycuan Casino Resort, near El Cajon, has announced that it will reopen at noon Wednesday, May 20, and Valley View Casino & Hotel, near Valley Center, will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, May 22. Each will have been closed for two months. Sycuan closed March 20 and Valley View shuttered March 22. Sign up for ou...
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Pechanga Resort Casino targets June 1 for reopening

More than two months after shutting its doors and powering down its slot machines in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula seeks to reopen June 1, according to a post on the casino’s website Saturday, May 9. The casino, which is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, was among Southern California’s first tribal casinos to close, shuttering on March 16. “With Gov. (Gavin) Newsom and local officials poised to relax some of ...
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino reschedules postponed concerts for fall

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio has announced a number of new dates for shows and concerts originally scheduled for the spring and summer that were postponed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus. Many of the planned concerts, by artists such as Chaka Khan, Pitbull and Daryl Hall & John Oates, have now been rescheduled for September and beyond. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the latest news about Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. Here’s a list of the...
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio to extend coronavirus closure into April

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio is extending its coronavirus-related temporary closure into April and it will evaluate reopening on a weekly basis, casino officials announced in a news release Thursday, March 26. Full-time and part-time employees are still being paid and receiving benefits, according to the release. Doug Welmas, chairman of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, stated in a news release that the resort had originally intended to reopen on April 1 but that reopening time fra...
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How to play at Southern California casinos virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic

If you’re bummed because you can’t visit the casinos — as those in Southern California have closed due to the novel coronavirus — you can still have some of the casino-related fun from the comfort of your home by using your smartphone. Many of the casinos boast apps, and while you can’t actually gamble on them, many of them let you play online games for points or virtual currency. Here’s a list of the apps and what you can do on them. Fantasy Springs: This app features a “Play-4-Fun” slot featu...
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San Manuel Casino in Highland to extend coronavirus closure

San Manuel Casino near Highland announced Monday, March 23, that it was extending its closure into mid-April to protect the health and safety of the community amid concerns over the novel coronavirus. In a statement sent via email, the casino announced that it will remain closed through Saturday, April 11. It had previously announced that it would stay closed through the end of the month.  Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the latest news about Southern California’s casinos. Sub...
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Coronavirus pandemic shutters more Southern California casinos temporarily

Harrah’s Resort Southern California is the latest casino on tribal land in Southern California that has announced its intentions so close amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The resort announced that it would close for two weeks, beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, March 16, until March 30, “while the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians evaluates the situation,” a Sunday morning news release read. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Sout...
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San Manuel, Pechanga casinos to close temporarily amid coronavirus fears

San Manuel Casino in Highland and Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula announced Saturday, March 14, that they would  temporarily suspend operations through the end of the month, amid growing concerns over the novel coronavirus. San Manuel announced in statements on social media and on-site television screens that it would be closing through the end of the month starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15 and Pechanga announced in a statement that it would be closing through the end of the month starting ...
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St. Patrick’s Day 2020: Where to celebrate at Southern California casinos

St. Patrick’s Day will arrive soon, which means there will be millions of people in green clothing sipping a Guinness (or several), eating Irish food staples and just generally making the most of a night of merriment. Southern California’s casinos will be among the places to celebrate, not only with food and drink specials, but also performances and giveaways. We’ve rounded up a list of what Southern California’s casinos will offer. Agua Caliente Casinos  401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 32250 B...
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