IAG JANUARY 2015 - page 14

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asiangaming
January2015
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Weaving
aDestination
The
ManilaBay
entertainment
district begins to take shape
with the soft openingof
CityofDreamsManila
By
MuhammadCohen
Cover Story
The sneak preview attracted an estimated 13,000 people to the
resort with the slogan “Where everything is above all else.” Above
all else in the center of the main casino floor sits the high wattage
Center Stage Bar featuring Philippine crooners, European dancers
and lighting panels above that change color and can descend to
envelop the stage, which also can rise anddescend. The rectangular
ground levelmain gaming floor surrounds Center Stage, with 120 of
the 166 table games with minimums ranging from 300 Philippine
pesos (US$7) toPHP3,000, andmostof the 1,700gamingmachines.
The roughly 5,000 square meter gaming floor layout is spacious,
orientation is simple and signage is ample.
The casino’s upper level, featuring a 12-table poker area, links
to the developing retail mall, DreamWorks indoor theme park and
nightclub impresarioMichael Van Cleef Ault’s Pangaea and Chaos,
all expected toopenbeforeChineseNewYear. Also comingsoon, the
premium-massSignatureClub, anunderstatedly luxuriousmembers-
C
ityofDreamsManilastartedsmallwith itssoftopening
on Sunday, 14thDecember. Just themass gaming floor
opened along with a handful of food and beverage
outlets. But the property’s elevated stage at the casino
entrance, three international hotel brands and two
famous name nightclubs say the first Macau casino operator in the
Philippines aims tomake abig splash.
“It’s the only casino here that resembles Vegas orMacau,”Manuel
Gana, executive vice president and chief financial officer of property co-
ownerBelleCorporationsays, noting theentertainment factorandaccent
on flashiness and fun. “Quality-wise, it’s on par with Solaire,” the first
casino resort inManila’sbay front Entertainment City casinodistrict that
opened inMarch 2013 and began rolling out its Phase 1-A expansion in
November. City of DreamsManila, “the gateway to Entertainment City,”
as it styles itself, occupies 6.2hectares at the city endof the burgeoning
integratedresortcluster,wheretwomoreIRsareexpectedtoopenby2018.
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