Palms Casino Resort reopens and William Hill receives approval to offer sports betting

The Palms Casino Resort will reopen after more than two years of inactivity. The new owner, San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority – the commercial arm of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians – has confirmed April 27th as the official opening date earlier this month.

The hotel has already started accepting room and suite reservations for stays starting April 28. The reopening, described by San Manuel as “a new chapter in the history of the Palms”, was celebrated with “a fireworks extravaganza” on opening night.

The tribe bought the property, which has been closed since March 2020, from Red Rock Resorts last year for $650m. Upon reopening, the Palms will make history by becoming the first Las Vegas resort to be wholly owned and operated by an American Indian tribe.

Separately, it was also confirmed this month that British operator William Hill, acquired a year ago for nearly $4 billion by Caesars Entertainment, has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to manage sports betting at the renovated Palms casino in Las Vegas.

As for the rest of the gaming space, the casino will have a renovated floor plan, with new machines, and a new layout for slot machines and table games.

The resort will also introduce its new rewards program, Club Serrano, which also exists at the tribe’s Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in California. And for those looking for non-gaming experiences, the venue’s 14 movie theaters have been “completely redesigned” with new recliners, a revamped lobby and renovated murals by local graffiti artists.

Prior to the opening date, the Palms Casino Resort also publicized its dining offerings. The resort’s buffet resumed this Wednesday at 9pm for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch.

The full list of signature restaurants returning after the two-year hiatus is as follows: Mabel’s BBQ by Chef Michael Symon; Scotch 80 Prime; Tim HoWan; Send Noodles; A.Y.C.E. buffet; Serrano Vista Cafe; Palms Pizza; Pool Cafe. The iconic Ghostbar, once a celebrity hot spot, and the Pearl Theater are expected to reopen mid-year.