Renovated Yaamava’ Fast Becoming A Top-Tier Southern California Casino

Written By Hill Kerby on July 29, 2022 - Last Updated on August 2, 2022
Yaamava’ Resort is fast becoming a world-class destination

Since rebranding as the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel last September, the Southern California casino has continued to make big waves. Yaamava’ Resort is fast becoming a world-class destination.

Most recently, the property opened the $76 million Yaamava’ Theater. It’s an ultramodern venue with a 3,000 seating capacity, three large video walls and state-of-the-art production capabilities.

LA’s own Red Hot Chili Peppers played the very-first show inside the Southern California casino on April 14.

The music venue is another piece to the puzzle

The new theater is an attraction of its own, but far from the only thing the resort has to offer its guests. The San Manuel Tribe knows it has to compete with both Las Vegas and other Southern California casinos, and it has been building accordingly to keep pace.

Yaamava’ opened its new 17-floor hotel this past December. The hotel offers amenities such as a pool oasis, spa, fitness center and 17th-floor cocktail lounge to go with its 432 luxury rooms.

For the second straight year, its Pines Modern Steakhouse recently won a Wine Spectator award for best wine programs in the world.

Of course, Yaamava’ also offers the most gaming in the West, with more than 6,700 slot machines, over 150 table games and four separate high-roller areas.

Peter Arceo, General Manager at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, welcomed the new theater.

“For 35 years, we have provided our guests with best-in-class gaming and entertainment, and now we’re taking it to the next level with Yaamava’ Theater. We are grateful for the tribe’s vision and execution of the latest milestone in our resort and casino expansion, allowing us to offer even more memorable experiences at the top entertainment destination in Southern California.”

More top acts are coming to perform

Less than 100 miles from Los Angeles (and on the way to Las Vegas), Yaamava’ is perhaps predictably focusing on entertainment as another primary draw besides gaming.

The new premier venue has joined forces with Live Nation (Ticketmaster), a mainstay in sports, concerts and other attractions for decades. Upcoming shows already on the docket include:

  • Elvis Costello (Sept. 3)
  • Tim McGraw (Sept. 9)
  • Staind (Sept. 17)
  • Sarah McLachlan (Sept. 20)
  • Alice Cooper (Oct. 7)
  • Jeff Foxworthy (Oct. 22)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire (Oct. 30)
  • Iliza Shlesinger (Nov. 5)

Two other venues exist onsite, Rock & Brews and Tukut Lounge, in addition to several bars throughout the gaming floor. Rock & Brews Will be hosting Steel Panther on Aug. 19 and eve6 on Sept. 16.

Sports betting coming soon?

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians owns the Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel northeast of San Bernardino. The tribe has also been one of the most vocal groups against Prop. 27, which would allow California sports betting on mobile devices.

November is fast approaching, when Californians will take to the polls with competing ballot measures.

One of those measures is backed by major sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM. Prop. 27 would make mobile sports betting in California legal. These major players, alongside others, have contributed more than $100 million to the cause.

On the other side, tribes such as Yaamava’s San Manuel, Rincon and Wilton Rancheria have also contributed to a nine-figure effort. They wish not only to prevent the mobile sports betting bill, but to also pass one of their own. Prop. 26 would allow for sports betting only at tribal casinos.

Both parties have engaged in advertising campaigns that will only become more involved and competitive as Election Day nears. Once the results are finalized, we will have a clearer picture of what the California sports betting landscape will look like moving forward.

Photo by Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
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