San Manuel Casino Celebrates 35 Years With Phase One Opening of $760M Resort Expansion Project

San Manuel Casino resort entrance

HIGHLAND, CA – The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently celebrated San Manuel Casino’s 35th anniversary by unveiling the first phase of the highly-anticipated resort expansion project. Two brand-new floors of expanded gaming space feature more than 1,500 additional slot machines, a new high-limit gaming room, new dining options, three new bars, and three luxury retail shops. 

San Manuel Casino initially opened as a bingo hall on July 24, 1986, but in 1994 expanded into a 100,000 sq. ft. casino that featured slot machines and card games. From there, San Manuel Casino has continued to grow as it became one of the top entertainment destinations in Southern California.  

“When our tribe set out in 1986 to build a bingo hall, we believed that if we could provide opportunities for our tribal community, our team members and our guests, we would secure a better future for our people,” said Ken Ramirez, Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Now in 2021, with the opening of the new expansion, we continue to prioritize our team, our guests and our community building on the strength of the past.”

The first phase of San Manuel Casino’s resort expansion project brings their overall footprint to just over 700,000 sq. ft. and introduces their fifth and newest high-limit gaming room, The Enclave. Overall, the new gaming expansion adds more than 1,500 additional slots bringing the onsite total to 6,500 slots, making it the casino with the most slots in the Western United States. There will also be 40 new table games, of which 39 will include progressive side bets, bringing San Manuel Casino’s total progressive table count to 123. The table games now feature up to $25,000 maximum bets.  

The Enclave San Manuel

“For 35 years San Manuel has been committed to innovation of experience,” said Peter Arceo, San Manuel Casino General Manager. “Seeing our guests’ reaction when we dropped the curtain on July 24th was a special moment. This new chapter wouldn’t be possible without the support and leadership of the tribe and the countless hours of dedication from our team members.” 

Serrano Vista Café, a 24-hour restaurant opening in early August, is a unique re-imagining of the café experience including flavorful milkshakes with a special twist and a modern take on the French dip sandwich, plus customer favorites such as tomato soup and grilled cheese.  

Three new bars are also being added to the mix – Aces, Deuces, and Overlook. The new bars will offer expertly crafted cocktails by our resident mixologists, along with house made sodas, plus beer and wine. 

San Manuel Aces Bar
San Manuel Deuces Bar
San Manuel Overlook Bar

The San Manuel Casino retail offerings have expanded to include His, a men’s luxury store, Hers, a women’s luxury boutique-style store, and Cache & Carry, a tech and travel accessories store. His features high-end menswear for day, night, and professional looks and elevated sportswear. While at Hers, guests can expect a curated collection of jewelry, bags, high-end watches, and luxe home décor. Cache & Carry will offer elevated tech and travel accessories.   

In December of this year, San Manuel Casino will open its first luxury resort, which Forbes named as one of the “35 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2021,” giving guests one more reason to make San Manuel the place to play and stay. The 17-floor hotel will feature 432 rooms, 127 of which are spacious suites with thoughtfully curated amenities, a relaxing pool deck with seven private cabanas, an additional restaurant and a full-service spa. In 2022, San Manuel Casino will open its 3,000-seat entertainment venue.