Founded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the initial purpose of the San Manuel Casino was to build an economic development that would enable the tribe to be self-sufficient. Covering gaming governmental operations and other enterprises, the San Manuel Reservation has succeeded in their task and recently made headlines with the launch of their giant blackjack table. Let’s take a look into how this happened.
San Manuel Casino
Established in 1986, the casino started as a high-limit bingo salon before expanding into the casino market. Conveniently located in California, the premises are close to Hollywood and, over the years, several investments have been made to keep attracting tourists.
Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, says: “We couldn't be more humbled and proud to start this new project, one that embodies the new growth and revitalization. In keeping with our core value of unity, this project gains its success through the collaboration, dedication and commitment of all the San Manuel team members, patrons, community supporters, and construction parties.
Most commonly known for having the third largest bingo hall in the country (2,600 seats), the San Manuel Casino announced massive developments would be starting in 2018: “We're going to expand the casino by about double to make room for all the slot machines we're allowed to have to gear towards middle-income people.
Once the expansion is done, that will be our final investment as the tribe owns additional land, but it can't be used for gaming."
Currently employing over 3,000 people, the newest development will result in a massive half a million square foot gambling space, with over 3,000 slots and 100 gaming tables, including, blackjack, pai gow, texas hold’em, roulette, craps and, of course, bingo. The casino has also promised a larger range of dining, drinking,
dancing and entertainment options, plus their recently launched giant blackjack table.
General Manager at the San Manuel Casino, Loren Gill, added: “We are grateful that our guests have made San Manuel Casino a top entertainment destination in the region, and our team looks forward to providing a world-class experience as we continue to grow."
Giant Blackjack Table
On 10th August 2018, the casino opened its Blazing 7s Blackjack Arena as part of its $550 million expansion, which included a giant blackjack table. Consisting of six tables joined together to allow up to 36 players, the circular table was built to attract bachelor and birthday parties, whilst also increasing the casino’s blackjack offering.
Peter Arceo, CEO of Gaming at San Manuel, explained: “We originally talked about adding more blackjack tables, but as we already have over 100 table games and we wanted to do something really different. Knowing friends like to play together, which isn’t also possible, we decided to create a bar-type setup where people can sit side by side making it a more social experience.
The table has already been a huge success and it’s not unusual to see it completely full. We are normally busier during the evenings and our customers have helped us promote the launch by Instagramming winning moments.”
Popular since 1985, blackjack has remained a favourite amongst table games and during development the San Manuel Casino noticed a gap in the market. Realising it is the most well-known game (for example, Paddy Power say that three quarters of people know how to play blackjack) they decided to invest in making the game even more appealing.
Blackjack with a Twist
Situated on the second floor in the Rockin’ Casino, the table opens daily from 12 noon – 4am and provides an advanced progressive betting option that allows players to win additional pay-outs during the standard game. Players can also participate in the Blazing 7s progressive wager by placing a side bet on how many 7s the player receives in their first two cards and the dealer’s up card. The more 7s that are revealed during the game, the higher the pay-out.
Loren Gill, says: “At San Manuel, we’re always looking for ways to distinguish ourselves from the competition. This new Blazing 7s Blackjack Arena creates a unique, social atmosphere while delivering a thrilling and interactive experience.”
The giant blackjack table has gone off with a bang and, considering that blackjack is one of the most popular table games around, interest is likely to continue to grow. Offering an easy game with rules that are simple to understand and quick to play, San Manuel’s new table provides a classic game with a twist and ensures groups won’t be divided.
Have you been lucky enough to try out the giant blackjack table within its first month? If so we want to hear from you! Was it as good as it looks and would you return to play again soon?