Yaamava’ Resort & Casino continues to prove it is at the forefront of not only casino gaming in California but the world as a whole. The Yaamava’ Casino is debuting cutting-edge slot machines on its casino floor.
The Yaamava’ has rebranded to that name (formerly San Manuel) within the past year. The San Manuel tribe has since opened a 17-floor hotel with 432 luxury guestrooms as well as a 3,000-seat concert venue. Of course, this all complements its gaming space, the largest in the West, now with over 7,000 slot machines.
IGT is a global leader in gaming with machines in over 100 countries across six continents. It recently announced the debut of its new DiamondRS mechanical reel slot, a traditional cabinet-style machine, at Yaamava’.
The machine is the result of years’ worth of market research and technological advancements coming together. It’s equipped to offer new versions of classic titles such as Double Top Dollar. It’s also equipped for new games like Pinball Double Gold and Red Hot Tamales Pinata Bash.
Casino touts strong partnership with IGT
Yaamava’ COO Kenji Hall heralded its partnership with IGT.
“Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel is honored to be one of the first casinos worldwide to offer IGT’s DiamondRS cabinet. Our focus on providing the latest and most innovative product has been a pillar of our success. IGT continues to be a leader in this field, and this partnership allows us to provide a best-in-class experience for our valued customers.”
IGT’s history dates back to 1975. It was the first company to use computers to track players’ play for casino rewards programs.
New machines employ Diamond Glass technology
The DiamondRS cabinet is the next step along a line of prominent IGT machines, including the S2000 and also the S3000, which launched in 1999 and 2014, respectively.
Like its predecessors, it has a three-reel configuration and “player-preferred design.” However, the unprecedented Diamond Glass transmissive reel technology adds a transparent video overlay on top of the reels. It creates a more immersive game experience and allows for multiple payline configurations.
Furthermore, each machine has a 23-inch screen with multi-touch capabilities, a 32-inch ultra-HD LCD top box display and a user-friendly and ergonomic player panel, complete with USB and wireless phone charging options.
The machines are state of the art, according to IGT Gaming COO Nick Khin.
“The launch of the DiamondRS cabinet continues IGT’s decades-long reign in the mechanical reel segment with classic DNA enhanced by the industry-first innovation of Diamond Glass technology. This groundbreaking evolution reflects IGT’s ingenuity and commitment to delivering premier gaming products that meet player preferences and provide dynamic performance.”
San Manuel tribe strongly supports Prop. 26
Zooming out, all gambling roads in California lead to this November’s sports betting measures.
The San Manuel tribe is firmly entrenched in supporting Prop. 26, which would legalize sports betting in California on tribal lands. Its opposing measure, Prop. 27, would legalize sports betting across the state, including on mobile devices. It would also allow out-of-state corporations such as DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM into the space.
With less than three months until the election, initial polling is showing that Californians are siding with the tribes.
- 76% of voters are aware of Prop 27 through recent campaign advertisements
- 58% plan to vote “no”
- 45% would definitely vote “no”
- 27% plan to vote “yes”
- 16% would definitely vote “yes”
Sports betting is growing nationwide and seems likely to pass in California. The only question that remains is which measure(s) pass. Early signs point to voters wanting tribes to manage sports betting, just like they do with all casino gambling in the state.