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Casino de GENTING – A History of Success

The region’s premier casino, the Casino de GENTING offers the latest electronic table games, slots machine as well as some of the best stakes gaming tables around with classic games such as Roulette, Pai Gow, Baccarat, Blackjack and many more.

Malaysia’s one and only gaming venue, the Casino de GENTING is open everyday of the year. Divided into a variety of themed sections, the Casino de GENTING offers something for everyone, be it the lights and glitter of Hollywood or the excitement and luxury of elite gaming at the Monte Carlo.

Casino de GENTING’s history is intertwined with the famous resort. Genting’s founder, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong had a dream of building a world-class hill resort, and part of that dream was the establishment of a casino that would rival any in Asia. On 28 April 1969, he submitted an application for a casino license to the then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. By sheer providence, a cabinet meeting was being held that very afternoon, and Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s application approved. To this day, the Casino de GENTING is the first and only casino in Malaysia.

Opening in 1971 at the same time as the Genting Resort, the Casino de GENTING offered thirty tables with games like Blackjack, Tai Sai, Roulette and French Boule, as well as a selection of “one-armed-bandits” – the characteristic lever-powered slot machines that we all know and love.

Growing Phase

Over the next few years, the Casino de GENTING grew by leaps and bounds. By the 1980s, the casino had more than doubled in size in terms of staffs, tables and the number of slots machine. To cater to the increasing demand of the players, the Casino de GENTING moved to the Highlands Hotel in the late 1980s.

From then onwards, the casino expanded further to cover three hotels throughout the resort and diversified its types of game and décor to cater to the players. It was at this time that specially themed areas such as Monte Carlo and Hollywood were opened, sporting unique backdrops and colourful themes.

As the casino grew, so did its clientele.

Soon, players began to visit from all over the world including the United States, Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Europe. As a challenge to these players, the casino organised the first major baccarat and blackjack tournaments in 1995 with over RM500,000 in prize money.

Since then, the casino has grown from strength to strength, keeping itself up to date with the times. To that end, on 26 November 2004, the Casino de GENTING marked the opening of a contemporary gaming venue located in the First World Hotel that boasts the latest gaming technology such as electronic table games, cashless gaming systems for its slot machines, and a café that serves delicious snacks and coffee.

Today, the Casino de GENTING is one of the finest casinos in Asia with over 200,000 square feet dedicated to the most exciting casino games in the world, combined with cutting edge gaming technology. As the Casino de GENTING moves into the 21st century, so will it continue to offer the latest and finest gaming in Asia. And that’s a promise!


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