San Manuel Casino Expansion Set to Open July 24 on the 35th Anniversary

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July 24th Marks the Opening of the San Manuel Casino Expansion  Highland, CA (July 7, 2021) San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is continuing its hiring push as it prepares to open phase one of its casino expansion project on July 24th. This date is significant as it is also the 35th anniversary of San Manuel Casino.

The opening of phase one includes a larger gaming space, a 24-hour restaurant, a high-end dining venue, and new retail shops. The casino expansion includes an additional 1300 slots making it the most slot machines under one roof on the west coast. Later this year, San Manuel will open its first on-site hotel, featuring 432 luxury rooms and suites, premium dining venues, and a best-in-class event venue.

Image:Expanded Gaming Space: With two brand-new floors of expanded gaming space, San Manuel Casino will unveil more than 1,300 new slot machines, bringing the property’s total to 6,500+ slots, making it the most on the west coast! Plus, the addition of 40 more table games, of which 39 will include progressive side bets, making San Manuel Casino home to the most progressive table games in the U.S., with a total of 118.

San Manuel is well on its way to filling nearly 2500 new positions needed by the end of 2021. Recruitment continues for Cooks, Cashiers, Custodians/Janitors, Groundskeepers and more, while efforts to fill Hospitality jobs will begin in mid-July. There are $1,000 welcome bonuses and up to $300 in perks for cooks, kitchen workers and custodial staff. Job seekers can visit to view the current list of opportunities.

As San Manuel Casino celebrates its 35th anniversary, it has a fascinating story to tell about the long-term commitment of its team members. More than 40 percent of its staff has been with San Manuel for more than five years, and five team members have worked with the enterprise since the opening of the bingo hall doors 35 years ago. Each of the five has taken a unique path, and all have found value in being part of the San Manuel family.

Image: High Limit Room: For those seeking the ideal combination of luxury and high stakes, our newest high-limit gaming room will feature eight table games, 35 slots, 11 bar top slots, made all the more appealing with its own dedicated space for food and beverage service. For the ultra VIP experience, guests can enjoy an exclusive gaming experience when playing in one of the private gaming salons

“I remember sitting in the building when the tables were still being bolted into the floor, and the ceiling hadn’t been put in. There were about 100 employees talking about how San Manuel was going to be the biggest bingo hall and that we had a great opportunity for something that was new to the community,” said Dianna Scina, Director of Experiential Marketing and 35-year veteran employee.

San Manuel Casino first opened as a bingo hall on July 24, 1986. In 1994, the bingo hall expanded into a 100,000 square foot casino that featured slot machines and card games. The 2021 expansion will see the addition of two brand-new floors of expanded gaming space featuring 1300 slot machines, 40 more table games, a new high-limit gaming room area, three luxury retail stores, two upscale dining options, and a 17-floor hotel tower.

According to another day-one team member, Karen Knight, Table Games Floor Supervisor, “I’ve really enjoyed all the people I’ve worked with in each department, and it’s been fun for me. It doesn’t even feel like 35 years. The time flies by but I’m having a good time.”

One of the things that has resonated with team members and the surrounding community is the generosity that San Manuel has shown over the decades. The Tribe has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes in the area, including $7 million to Mary’s Mercy Center for a homeless shelter and $25 million to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. This is part of San Manuel’s core value of Yawa’ – to act on one’s beliefs – which inspires the Tribe to give back to the areas they call home and support charities that are working to create a better tomorrow.

“I worked for 35 years in the casino and now I get to be part of something that is absolutely giving back to the Tribe. I’m excited to see things that the Tribe has spoken about. I want to see the impact on San Bernardino. This is their homeland and I grew up here. I would like to see the Tribe’s vision come true,” said Tom Hedrick, Vice President of Tribal Community Services.

People who are interested in becoming part of the San Manuel team can visit to learn more about the enterprise and the positions available. San Manuel offers welcome bonuses for certain positions, an exceptional benefits package, incentive programs, educational assistance, 401K matching and more. As one of the top 10 private employers in the area, San Manuel has a long-standing reputation as a great place to work.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians:
The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa’ (Serrano word meaning “to act on one’s beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit

About San Manuel Casino:
San Manuel Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun, located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LS-Ontario International Airport. Millions of guests each year enjoy more than 5,000 slots, Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining, and a generous player’s reward program. Since 1986, players have won thrilling jackpots and exciting prizes, making any visit to San Manuel a memorable and best-in-class experience. For more information on San Manuel Casino, visit and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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