Monday, September 26, 2022

Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas reopens under the ownership of the SMGHA

Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas has made its return and has officially re-opened its doors. Wednesday’s opening celebration began with a traditional Tribal ceremony led by the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (SMGHA) Board and Palms General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey. The “Celebration of Community” continued throughout the day and evening with cocktails poolside and a fireworks extravaganza. Palms officially ushered in a new era at 9:00 p.m. PDT, after the first dice were rolled.

“Our team has worked incredibly hard to get to this day, and it’s a great accomplishment to introduce Palms once again to Las Vegas,” notes Murphey. “The excitement and outpouring of support to see Palms reopen has been incredible. This is truly a special property, and we all consider it a privilege to be trusted with its return to the city. Our goal is to deliver a distinctive experience that makes everyone feel at home while they are in Las Vegas.”

Left to right: David Grolman, SVP of Retail Operations at William Hill; Dan Shapiro, Chief Development Officer at William Hill; Cynthia Kiser Murphey, Palms Casino Resort General Manager; Dr. Deron Marquez, SMGHA Vice Chairman; Carla Rodriguez, SMGHA Secretary; Latisha Casas, chairwoman of San Manuel Gaming & Hospitality Authority; and Mark Shunock attend the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas official re-opening on April 27, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit: Denise Truscello / Getty Images

The opening day was filled with celebration:

  • Local favorite Mark Shunock hosted a special Tribal Ceremony, where members of the San Manuel and Southern Paiute tribes opened with traditional bird singing and the SMGHA board presented charitable contributions to three local non-profit organizations
  • “A Taste of Palms” Dine Around offering a flavor of many of the resorts restaurant offerings
  • Ribbon Cutting – Palms Sportsbook and Lounge by William Hill
  • Poolside reception featuring: Local DJs and entertainers including Moonshiners, David Perrico & Pop Strings Orchestra and a surprise “Splash Mob”
  • Fireworks Extravaganza
A.Y.C.E. Buffet at the Palms Casino Resort. Photo courtesy of the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority.

“We could not be happier than we are today,” notes San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority Chairperson Latisha Casas. “So many people came together to make today possible. We are grateful for the expertise of our shared services teams and the hard work by Palms team members to make this day a reality. And the Las Vegas community and our brothers and sisters from the local Southern Paiute tribes have been so generous and warm with their hospitality. This is a day our Tribe will never forget.”

Having undergone more than a $600 million renovation in 2019, Palms Casino Resort boasts a diverse mix of bars and restaurants, featuring the return of popular outlets such as the highly acclaimed Scotch 80 Prime and Mabel’s BBQ by Chef Michael Symon. Palms is also proud to bring back its A.Y.C.E. Buffet. Open for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch, A.Y.C.E. Buffet features seven globally inspired stations with bold flavors, flame-broiled classics and with everything prepared fresh. Casual dining options include Send Noodles and the debut of Serrano Vista Cafe.

Fireworks display at the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas official re-opening on April 27, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The iconic Las Vegas destination celebrates its return with festivities, fireworks and tribal traditions. Photo credit: Denise Truscello / Getty Images for Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas

The resort also offers guests a resort pool area featuring a multi-level 73,000-square-foot space with two luxurious main pools and 39 unique cabanas, most with their own private pool. The space also features oversized daybeds and poolside lounge chairs throughout. Also returning is the upgraded and enhanced 14-screen Brenden Theatres. Additional information regarding spa, entertainment, pool and nightlife offerings will be announced soon.

“Not many hotels get an opportunity to make a grand reintroduction in Las Vegas, but Palms is a unique property,” adds Murphey. “We are proud that more than 50% of Palms team members are returning employees and we are confident that this new era in Palms history will be one filled with making new and lasting memories.”

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