By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 30, 2014 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - Macau-based casino giant Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. is bringing in New York-listed gaming entertainment leader IGT to provide top-notch technologies in its first gaming foray in the Philippines.
Melco Crown (Philippines)Resorts Corp., the local unit of the casino giant, said the agreement would allow its integrated entertainment resort City of Dreams Manila to utilize IGT’s state-of-the-industry systems solutions.
Melco Philippines said IGT offerings such as Advantage systems, sbX Floor Manager and
Service Window would provide a “comprehensive patron interaction and floor optimization suite of solutions and applications” when the project opens its doors later this year.
“City of Dreams Manila has carefully selected the latest and greatest innovations, technologies and amenities for its lavish new resort, and the choice of IGT systems is no exception. We’re driving player excitement with personalized communication on the casino floor, combined with IGT’s extensive game library with flexible bonusing technology in a variety of themes,” said Mark Michalko, IGT director of sales for Asia.
“We’re also empowering the operator with advanced technologies including Asia’s first installation of EZ Pay Mag Card, and the backing of IGT’s Manila office to provide local support,” Michalko added.
City of Dreams Manila will mark the formal entry of Melco Crown Entertainment into the fast-growing and dynamic tourism industry in the Philippines.
The new integrated casino resort at Entertainment City along Manila Bay is being developed and will be operated by Melco Crown Philippines in partnership with SM Group’s Belle Corp.
City of Dreams Manila will offer 365 gaming tables, 1,680 slot machines and 1,680 electronic table games . Previously, the casino planned to offer only 242 gaming tables and 1,450 electronic gaming machines.