San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino is a Native American–owned gambling venue located in Highland, California, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles near Interstate 10. According to the San Manuel website, the facility has “…over 3,000 of the hottest slots in town…machines ranging from a penny to $100.” These offer the slot-inclined gambler a great variety of betting styles and game types.
San Manuel offers different slot games like Diamond and Devils, 10 Times Pay, Wild Cherry, Sizzling 7’s, Video Poker and the ever-popular Wheel of Fortune. Payouts vary with machine type and progressive jackpot tally of the machine.
What's The Payout?
Some casinos share their slot payouts with the public, but these figures are not given by most Indian-owned casinos. San Manuel and the 57 other Indian Casinos in California have slot winners, but the evidence suggests the percentage might be less than Vegas and other state-regulated facilities. This means a San Manuel slot pay off, be it big or small, could be happening less often. However, San Manuel seems to be one of the most generous Indian casinos in California for playing slots.
Esekia Penu Satele of Bellflower, California made a small investment which paid off big-time. He put $40 in a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at San Manuel and came away with a huge $466,430 Mega-jackpot. Another gambler known only as Vilen raked in more than $600,000 dollars. A Mr. Wagner hauled in $160,000 from a slot jackpot and Emily from Palmdale won over $200,000 dollars on the “Bailee Party Spin” machine.
Wheel Of Fortune
Most of the big jackpot winners at San Manuel play the Wheel Of Fortune (WOF) machine. There are 39 of these at San Manuel, and the WOF's there have paid out the two highest casino jackpots in the State of California at $7.3 million and $6.4 million dollars. San Manuel slot winnings overall total more than $28 million. The WOF machines account for well more than half of this total and must be considered the best slots in the house.
Steve LaNore has written and produced broadcast reports/specials and printed literature since 1985 and been a Web writer since 2000. His science blogs/reports can be seen on the Web site of KXII-TV. LaNore is a five-time award-winning meteorologist and member of the American Meterological Society as well as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist sealholder. He holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from Texas A&M University.