A new casino has opened at Clark Freeport Zone near Angeles City in the Philippines, according to a local media outlet. It is said to be the sixth such facility in the zone on the main island of Luzon.
The advent of D’ Heights Casino is said to be the first move in a soft launch for D’ Heights Resort and Casino. The gaming facility reportedly opened its doors on Wednesday.
A total of 310 hotel rooms under the Hilton and Hyatt Regency brands are said to be opening soon at the complex.
The Business Mirror newspaper cited Albert Pascual, the resort’s business development manager, as saying the resort had an initial investment of US$250 million.
The executive was also indirectly quoted as saying D’ Heights Casino offered an initial 50 gaming tables and 576 slot machines. Mr Pascual added that 100 gaming tables would be available during what was termed the “grand opening” in October.
The report also said the casino had a VIP floor, a high-limit area dubbed D’ Heights Club and what was termed a “junket area”, although the account did not clarify if the gaming operation would manage some high-roller players in-house.
D’ Heights Resort and Casino is said to be controlled by Dong Huang Clark Corp, chaired by an entrepreneur called Lee Shin Kun.
According to Mr Pascual, the complex will eventually have an indoor water park, an artificial lake, villas, condominium towers, a branded educational facility, a 36-hole golf course, restaurants and duty-free shops.
The Business Mirror report mentioned that there were a further five branded casinos at Clark Freeport: Midori, Royce, Widus, “Mimosa Pagcor” – understood to be a reference to Casino Filipino Mimosa, a casino operated by the country’s regulator-cum-operator the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp – and what the news outlet said was the newly-opened “Fortunegate Casino at Hotel Stotsenberg”, understood to be a reference to Fortungate Clark Casino.
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