Whitney Houston-Themed Slot Game Debuts at California’s Yaamava’ Resort & Casino


Imbuing the vibrant and bustling environment of California’s Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel with a nostalgic aura, a new slot game adorns its gaming floor. The game, evocative of the legendary pop superstar Whitney Houston, has just staged its debut there, and stands as the first ushers of its kind across the nation. The electronic marvels, produced by the acclaimed gaming leader IGT, beam under the spotlight while waiting to spread their fame to other casinos across the United States.

The strategic partnership between London-based IGT, the Estate of Whitney E. Houston, and Primary Wave Music, the rights holder of the singer’s music catalog, bore fruit last October. The outcome: an engrossing wide-area progressive (WAP) slot game – Whitney Houston Slots. Its launch pad — the tribal casino at Highland, Ca., nestled in San Bernardino County, an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, which sadly witnessed the singer’s unexpected departure in 2012.

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Jutting 11-feet into the air, Whitney Houston Slots dazzles with high-definition screens and immerses players in a rhythmic trance with crowd-favorite hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “How Will I Know.”

Commanding ownership and operation rights, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has transformed the tribal casino into one of the wealthiest tribal enterprises in the United States. The vast gaming paradise brims with over 7,000 slots, 150 live dealer table games, five high-limit gaming rooms, and finds an auxiliary in the form of a 17-story hotel, boasting 432 lavish guest rooms.

Celebrating the inception of the Whitney Houston Slots at Yaamava’, the tribe enhanced the casino’s allure by heralding a collection of Whitney Houston’s iconic memorabilia. To further awaken the 80s spirit, Houston’s songs, along with other timeless classics from the bygone decade, will serenade gamblers until June 14. The game’s debut saw the first 200 guest players gifted with four free max-bet spins.

IGT’s Whitney Houston Slots is designed to intertwine the magnetic appeal of a globally celebrated music icon, enticing game dynamics, and the allure of sleek new hardware. The combined intent is to establish a unique entertainment divergence on Yaamava’s gaming deck,” stated Nick Khin, IGT’s Chief Operating Officer.

Houston relics, courtesy of the Grammy Museum, animate the tribal casino. Prized exhibits include a dress worn by Houston during her 1990 tour in Japan and a bejeweled dress she donned for a 1989 performance at the Soul Train Music Awards.

Whitney Houston’s soulful legacy continues to live on, even after her untimely death on Feb. 11, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Houston’s remains were discovered submerged unconscious in a suite’s bathtub and following attempts at revival she was pronounced dead at 3:55 pm PST. The events incidentally unfolded in the town that was hosting the Grammy Awards.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office attributed her death to drowning, compounded by atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine ingestion. An autopsy declared the presence of a mixture of substances in her system inclusive of Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana, and Flexeril. The demise was declared as accidental.

The departed singer’s estate continues to thrive, with earnings approximating $30 million last year. The bulk earnings sprung from the biographical music drama, “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and a lucrative partnership with MAC Cosmetics featuring the MAC X Whitney Houston makeup line.

Renowned as one of the richest deceased stars, Houston ranked seventh on the earnings list, trailing Michael Jackson at $115 million, Elvis at $100 million and Ray Manzarek of the Doors at $45 million.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.