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Solaire resort and casino to spend $1M on opening day alone

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Solaire, the new resort and gaming complex in Pagcor’s Entertainment City, will have its grand opening 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 -- and boasts it will be spending close to US$1 million for this day alone.

Chief operating officer Michael French told media Wednesday that, "It'd be nice if it's only that. It's going to be more than that."

"It'll be close to a million dollars, US. All of the events we planned that day would amount to that." he added, referring to their reported budget on opening day of P22 million.

“We offer a gaming experience that has a unique combination of east and west,” he added. “There’s the Las Vegas area downstairs that’s more fun… and the Macau-style area upstairs at the VIP area for very serious gamers.”

In a report from ABS-CBN News, it said that unlike most casinos where guests tend to lose track of time while gambling, Solaire’s VIP area at the second level has floor-to-ceiling windows so they get a scenic view of Manila Bay.

There are also private gaming rooms complete with their own restrooms and dining areas.

“We’re making the most out of our prime location,” said Lorraine Koo, Solaire’s vice president for business development and VIP services. “We don’t want to make our guests feel that they are trapped in the casino. We just want them to enjoy and have a good time.”

Following the standards set in casinos in Macau and Singapore, Solaire’s VIP area uses Hong Kong dollars instead of the local currency as they cater mainly to wealthy Chinese clients. Shopping mall tycoon Henry Sy was spotted browsing the area during the media preview.

Downstairs, meanwhile, are a variety of casino games, where players can place a bet of as low as P300 per game. There is also the “high limit” area, which requires a minimum bet of around P2,000 per game.

Those who are not into gambling can dine in any of Solaire’s seven restaurants and hang out at three bars and lounges, which are all headed by world-class chefs.

There is Finestra, which serves classic Italian food; Red Lantern, which offers modern Cantonese cuisine; Japanese restaurant Yakumi; Strip steakhouse; buffet restaurant Fresh; 24-hour noodle house Lucky Noodles; and a food court with six stations.

Solaire also has a 24-hour bar called Eclipse; the small Dragon Bar, which offers an extensive cocktail list; and the Sunset Bar and Grill at the pool deck.

The spacious property is also home to 488 guest rooms and suites at 87 to 165 square meters.

Adrian Ort, Solaire’s vice president for operations and general manager, said they made it a point to have mostly Filipino employees.

“We have around 4,500 employees, and around 95% of them are Filipinos,” he said, adding that they have brought in 450 overseas Filipino workers who have experience working in casinos abroad to be part of their company.

Solaire is located near SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City and set against the backdrop of the scenic Manila Bay.

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