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Palms reopens Wednesday evening with large crowds expected

On the eve of what could become one of the city’s biggest special events, the Palms reopens Wednesday night with the first tribal ownership of a Las Vegas resort.

Palms executives say they’re ready for big crowds that are expected to come calling with Thursday’s NFL Draft opener, just down Flamingo Road from the 766-room resort.

Doors to the public open at 9 p.m., the first time the property has been open to the public since March 17, 2020, when Governor Steve Sisolak instituted an emergency order to close casinos to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Good Nervous Energy”

“When we were in a management meeting to make decisions about the opening day, we had a lot of conversations about the opening just before the project, and I think it’s the perfect time to unveil and reopen our property. during what is hopefully going to be one of the busiest times in Las Vegas,” said Raul Daniels, vice president of event sales and catering for the Palms. nervous all around the hotel.”

Construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the property Monday and Tuesday, and groups of employees were completing training for the reopening of the 20-year-old off-strip property.

Members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Southern California and its San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority will officially begin the grand opening process with a special private ceremony under the property’s porte-cochere on Wednesday afternoon.

VIP guests will begin arriving for a pre-opening party in the late afternoon and can enjoy poolside cocktails at Kaos Nightclub and Nightclub. They will then go around the property to taste the dishes of the restaurants.

Ahead of the property’s opening, representatives from William Hill will cut a ribbon to start that company’s operation of the property’s revamped racebook and sports betting.

Fireworks to light up the sky

At 9 p.m., when the doors officially open to the public, the slot machines and table games will be activated. The traditional first roll of the dice should take place right after the doors open. A fireworks display is due to begin around 10:45 a.m.

Casino openings traditionally attract large crowds of people looking to be among the first to play a slot machine or play at a blackjack table at a property. It will be a little different at the Palms this time, as the Maloof family opened the resort on November 15, 2001.

Las Vegas-based Red Rock Resorts’ Station Casinos Inc. purchased the Palms from the Maloofs in May 2016 for $312.5 million. The idea of ​​owning a hybrid property that could attract local players by day and celebrity players by night appealed to Station, which invested $600 million in renovations there in 2019.

Top players have been drawn to some of the most expensive suites in the industry at the Palms, including the two-story Hardwood Suite, with its own private basketball court with scoreboard, professional locker rooms and security services. butler.

Palms executives said the $25,000-a-night Hardwood Suite had been booked for Thursday night, the first time it had been occupied since the pandemic.

Within two years, Station opted to sell the resort to the San Manuel Tribe for $650 million. The tribe operates the Yaamava’ Resort in Highland, Calif., and is linked by philanthropy to Southern Nevada with $15 million in financial donations to UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality and William S. Boyd School of Law.

Tribal chiefs were given permission to harvest the palms in December and promised the spring opening which has now arrived.

Few novelties

Many of the property’s star attractions will return with the reopening, but there are also a few new additions to see and see.

Mabel’s BBQ, a Cleveland staple, Scotch 80 Prime, Tim Wo Han, Send Noodles and the AYCE Buffet are back.

New to the mix will be Serrano Vista Cafe, a sister property to a restaurant of the same name in Yaamava’.

Bookmaker William Hill is also equipped with new furniture, including dining tables and chairs, and food from the various restaurants can be delivered to eat by the book.

Michael Grodsky, vice president and general manager of William Hill-Nevada, said the sports betting space will be flexible and become an on-property entertainment venue.

The updated 14-screen Brenden Cinemas and 73,000 square foot multi-level space featuring two main pools and 39 cabanas, most with their own private pools, will also return to the Palms.

Palms’ Ghostbar, on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower, will open later this summer, as will the 2,500-seat Pearl Theater.

A big difference at the Palms will not be seen by most guests.

The tribe has invested heavily in back room features, including a new employee lunch room, locker rooms, and lounge space.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.