Casino technology supplier International Game Technology Plc (IGT) says it is to provide casino management systems for the Asia-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, in the United States.
A Tuesday announcement from IGT also confirmed the property (pictured in an artist’s rendering) would open on December 3. The venue’s website also mentions that date. The venue explicitly states it is targeting Asian visitors to Las Vegas, and its website is available in Simplified Chinese as well as in English.
IGT additionally said in its Tuesday press release that it would have “the leading floor share” at the new venue; understood to be a reference to its percentage of electronic gaming machines at the property.
The firm said its selection of games there includes 12 IGT Dynasty electronic table games, offering baccarat and roulette.
IGT is providing its Advantage system to Lucky Dragon. The technology is said to offer marketing, player communication and floor optimisation capabilities. The property will employ six different IGT player bonus applications, including Lucky Chip, which IGT says will – for the first time in a Las Vegas Strip property – make available a progressive bonus for table games.
IGT further stated the casino would be “the first property in North America” to offer IGT rebates and commissions technology to VIP table game players. The management system is to be supported by IGT SystemWatch, which the supplier said provides “remote, around-the-clock system monitoring for performance optimisation and reduced downtime”.
“IGT has helped us differentiate the Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino as Las Vegas’ premier Asian gaming provider,” said Dave Jacoby, the venue’s chief operating officer, in a statement accompanying the IGT announcement.
In April it was announced that Hong Kong-listed gaming equipment supplier Paradise Entertainment Ltd – which produces, via the LT Game Ltd brand, electronic table games popular in the Macau market – had agreed to transfer to IGT all of its electronic table game technology, patents and other intellectual property. The exception was LT Game table game intellectual property used exclusively in Macau.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper said in July that approximately three quarters of the reported 37 table games planned for Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino would be for baccarat. The news outlet also stated the property would have 300 slot machines.
The venue’s website says it will have a nine-storey hotel with 203 rooms and suites; and 27,500 square feet (2,555 sq metres) of casino space.
On December 2 – the day before Lucky Dragon is scheduled to open – China’s Hainan Airlines Co Ltd is to launch the first non-stop passenger aircraft service linking China’s capital Beijing and Las Vegas.
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