Nevada Gaming Commission Clears Way for San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority To Assume Ownership of Palms Casino Resort

LAS VEGAS, NV – The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (SMGHA), an affiliate of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, recently announced they have received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission as licensees for Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. 

With this approval, SMGHA Nevada, owned by SMGHA, closed the transaction as of Dec. 17 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.” 

“We would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to Red Rock Resorts and their leadership team,” said Laurens Vosloo, SMGHA Management Committee Member. “We deeply appreciate the support and ongoing partnership they provided as we worked through transition of ownership.”

Recruitment for more than 1,000 positions ranging from casino, operations, hotel management, food and beverage along with supervisor positions is underway. Following the close of the transaction on Dec. 17, interested applicants can now apply at

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. 

“It’s such an honor to reach this milestone today,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, General Manager of Palms. “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.”

Even prior to opening the property, the San Manuel Band has supported Las Vegas based community groups and non-profits by contributing more than $10 million to organizations 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, to name a few. Additionally, the tribe has partnered with local sports teams through sponsorships with the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium, and the Vegas Golden Knights.