Yaamava Resort & Casino in California Launches New Theater with Red Hot Chili Peppers Show

As summer approaches, few are still planning long international vacations. Instead, many Americans will spend a few days relaxing and gambling in tribal casinos. The upscale Yaamava Resort & Casino, which recently launched its brand new theater with a concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is one such destination in Southern California.

Las Vegas is America’s most famous gambling and entertainment mecca. Lesser known as destinations, but a significant presence across the United States, casinos are operated by Native American groups or tribes, still often referred to as “Indian casinos”. Yaamava Resort & Casino in Highland, California is an example of such a casino focused on rebranding as a destination.

According to the website 500 nations, California is India’s largest gambling state with total revenues of $9 billion a year. There are 76 native gaming casinos owned by 73 of the state’s 109 tribes as well as five mini-casinos. Nationally, the number of tribal casinos grown up from 406 in 2005 to 525 in 2020, an increase of more than 25%.

The new 3,000-seat Yaamava’ Theater marks the final phase of a $760 million investment by the San Manuel Mission Indian Band in the upgrade and expansion of their Yaamava’ Resort & Casino.

“Yaamava” is a Serrano native word meaning spring, a time of growth and rebirth,” said Afsi Bird, vice president of hotel operations. Sun of San Bernadino Last year. “Like any transformation, this change is very significant for the tribe, and it is truly a milestone for them to have this beautiful luxury resort in the making over the past three years.”

Yaamava Resort & Casinoin is a 17-story resort with 432 rooms. It has a new “oasis” swimming pool to cool off in the hot sun, a fitness center and the Serrano Spa. The spa offers massages and services such as the soothing amethyst and marshmallow facial, soothing mint manicure and pedicure, and the Nirvana anti-stress wrap with “a seaweed-rich gel.” nutrients to help detoxify, hydrate and protect the skin and body.”

The hotel rooms have been renovated and redecorated, with comfortable beds and stylish amenities. A little tour in the 17e the downstairs lounge bar had a 15 mile view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. A post-Peppers after party showed Yaamava’s large outdoor pool with cabanas available.

The station has also moved upmarket in other ways. Pines Modern Steakhouse at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino was the recipient of Wine Spectator’s 2022 Restaurant Awards for the second year in a row. The award recognizes restaurants with outstanding wine programs, including wine list and service.

Entertainment will continue to be a key attraction for Yaamava. The venue is teaming up with entertainment giant Live Nation as its exclusive booking partner. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ thrilling show not only kicked off the Yaamava Hall on April 14, but also served as an intimate prelude to the band’s nationwide stadium tour. The Grammy Award-winning Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are natives of Los Angeles, were recently honored in Los Angeles with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Events to come at the state-of-the-art Yaamava Theater include Elvis Costello on September 3, Staind on September 17, Alice Cooper on October 7, and Earth, Wind and Fire on October 30. The theater, which has three large video walls, a broadcast-quality video room with Panasonic cameras and two large catwalks extending into the house for greater adaptability of lighting and video production, would work also for private and corporate events and shows.

Yaamava says it offers the most gaming options (also known as gambling) of any casino in the West. Jackpot hunters can try their luck on over 6,700 slot machines in the casino, including four distinct high limit slot zones.

Geographically, Yaamava and other California tribal casinos have an edge over Las Vegas in capturing the drive-in market. Yaamava is located approximately 80 miles from Los Angeles, while Las Vegas is 275 miles away.

The resort is well-located to attract the approximately twenty-three million people who live in Southern California. So, Yaamava constantly advertises the Los Angeles Dodger and Clippers games, for example.

Still, there is a lot of competition for the gambling dollar, not just from Las Vegas but other tribal casinos. And all of California’s tribal casinos are feeling the growing threat of online gambling.

Yaamava operators, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, joined the Rincon Band of Luisueño Indians and Wilton Ranchiera in spending at least $100 million to prevent the advent of legalized online sports betting in California. Their opponents are household gaming names such as BetMGM, Bally’s, Penn National Gaming and parent companies FanDuel and DraftKings. Gambling interests have already contributed $100 million to their campaign.

Whatever happens with online gambling, Yaamava’ Resort’s goal is to enhance its reputation as a destination, not just a place to gamble.

“For 35 years, we’ve been providing our guests with best-in-class gaming and entertainment, and now we’re taking it to the next level with Yaamava’ Theater,” said Peter Arceo, General Manager of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino. “We are grateful for the Tribe’s vision and execution of the final stage of our resort and casino expansion, enabling us to deliver even more memorable experiences in the south’s premier entertainment destination. of California.”

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