Resorts World Sentosa Soft-Opens Singapore’s First Casino, New Attractions

Malaysia’s Genting Group has completed the next milestone in its phased opening of the USD 4.93 billion Resorts World Sentosa complex in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore. On the first day of the Lunar New Year, the integrated resort opened its casino for business and introduced a new attraction, the Lake of Dreams. 


Casino Opens To Public With Wide Selection Of Games

At exactly 1218 hrs, Singapore’s first casino welcomed its first puntors to the sounds of a traditional lion dance performance and firecrackers. As part of the festivities, visitors were treated to a series of street performances at the public areas before proceeding into the cavernous casino where they were greeted by 5 staff members posing as Roman statues in the foyer and entertained by live music and dance routines.


The facility, which houses 530 tables, 1,300 slot machines and a 12-table poker pit, will offer more than 15 different table games catering to Asian punters. These include popular ones such as baccarat and blackjack, as well as newer games in the region, such as money wheel and 3 card poker. Taking the first play at the opening ceremony today was Genting Group Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who played a game of baccarat, which he lost to the house.


Entry to the casino is free for international visitors. Singapore citizens and permanent residents will have to purchase a casino levy charged at SGD 100 for access. The levy can be bought online or from counters outside the Resorts World Sentosa casino.


Public Debut For Lake Of Dreams And Sneak Preview Of Universal Studios Singapore

To celebrate the casino’s opening, Resorts World Sentosa also debuted the Lake of Dreams, a 15-minute musical extravaganza created by 4-time Emmy Award winner Jeremy Railton. Located at the FestiveWalk, the show combines synchronised water jets and giant fire pits with laser projections to create multi-dimensional visual images and can accomodate up to 1,500 visitors at each performance. The Lake of Dreams will be performed 2 to 3 times each night.


Universal Studios Singapore, the first and only Hollywood movie theme park in Southeast Asia, will also be open from 14 February to 21 February 2010 for sneak previews to visitors from 1700 hrs to 2100 hrs. While the rides are still undergoing fine tuning and not yet operational, the theme park’s 7 different zones, retail and dining venues will be open for ticket holders.


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