The Palms may have changed owners, but the casino is keeping its name... for now.
After months of silence, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians revealed their plan for the Palms' reopening. The property, formerly owned by Station Casinos, closed at the start of the pandemic and was scooped up by San Manuel for $650 million. Now, a reopening date is within sight. The Palms is San Manuel's first casino in Nevada, but not their first foray into gaming. The tribe also owns southern California's Yaamava' Resort and Casino.
"San Manuel is a successful casino operator who brings values and principles to the communities we serve," San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman Ken Ramirez said in a statement. "We want to set a higher standard for Tribal governments, gaming operations, hospitality and philanthropy."
Fans of the former Palms won't notice many changes when it reopens. The massive, budget-busting nightclub is gone and the ancient sportsbook has been updated, but everything else is basically the same. The tribe says it's possible they'll change the casino's name in the future, but even then it probably wouldn't be a radical change.
The most significant difference will be San Manuel's focus on customer service.
"Everybody's got a building and slot machines... It's how you treat them, how you interact with them, how you make them feel. That's what's gonna make a difference for us," a representative said.