Marty Derbyshire san manuel poker room

San Manuel Casino in Highland has picked up another slew of awards. Its poker room in particular continues to be hailed as Southern California’s best.

This time, readers of The San Bernardino Sun, Redlands Daily Facts and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin picked San Manuel Casino as “Best Casino” in the newspapers’ Best of the Inland Empire 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards.

San Manuel Casino was also recognized as “Best Place to Work,” and its Pines Modern Steakhouse Sunday Brunch was named “Best Brunch/Buffet.”

Additionally, the casino and its poker room won top honors in the Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune annual Best of the San Gabriel Valley Reader’s Choice Awards.

San Manuel Casino has been around since 1986. However, the property has undergone a number of renovations and upgrades over the past two years. It sits just an hour outside of Los Angeles.

The casino features more than 4,800 slot machines, over 100 table games, a high-limit room, and a 35-table poker room.

San Manuel Casino poker room

Readers of The San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and Pasadena Star-News also voted the poker room best in 2017.

San Manuel’s poker room is open 24/7. It remains one of the largest in the state, with room for up to 315 players.

The room regularly hosts a wide variety of tournaments and Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud cash games. Plus, it runs various poker promotions. These include:

  • San Manuel’s Monthly $24K Hold’em Tournament, a freeroll event with entry based on hours played in the month prior
  • Quad Mania, paying out a bonus for every Four of a Kind or better on Mondays
  • High Hand of the Hour, paying out a $250 bonus to the top hand, every hour between 12 p.m. and 12 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Super Sunday High Hand, paying out the high hand of the hour beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday. Plus, paying out the top three hands on odd hours up to 11 p.m.
  • The Money Wheel, offering anyone who hits a full house or better on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. the chance to spin The Money Wheel for cash prizes

San Manuel Casino has paid out over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways since it opened.

San Manuel casino online poker

The casino is among the only gambling establishments in Southern California to offer players an online poker option. It’s not real-money peer-to-peer online poker. However, San Manuel Casino offers free video poker games on its social casino website at

Leading online gambling software supplier GAN developed the social casino site.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians owns and operates San Manuel Casino. The tribe is a federally recognized group of Serrano people based in San Bernardino County.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including,, and