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COVER STORY


The legendary Connecticut casino is adding to its three Stadium arenas – Casino International asks what is it that makes this product so good for so many different players.


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lectronic table game (ETG) legends Interblock recently announced an expansion of their footprint at Foxwoods Resort Casino, North America’s largest resort casino. The most recent addition to the casino is a Diamond dealer assist


Stadium for the Rainmaker Casino, expanding Interblock’s product portfolio to 85 seats at the property. John Connelly, CEO of Interblock, said: “The executive management team at Foxwoods Resort Casino has always strived to be first when it comes to innovation. The introduction of a third Stadium within the same casino is an indication of the financial benefits Foxwoods has realised. “A combination of new players, operational savings, and the ability to increase both handle and hold percentages has proven to bring the incremental EBITDA Foxwoods was looking for. This could have only been achieved with the support of the casino.” Foxwoods Resort Casino was one of the first properties in


North America to install the company’s award-winning Pulse Arena in 2016, which was branded as PLAY Arena. PLAY Arena is a technological experience that delivers a hybrid of entertainment, gambling, and social interaction. An immersive video wall displays games in play, statistics, and game history. New Interblock technology provides players with the ability to play up to four games simultaneously from a single play station within the Stadium including live Multi-hand Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and video Craps and Sic Bo. Performance results from PLAY Arena have encouraged


property management to add additional Interblock Stadiums to their casino floor. In addition to PLAY Arena in the Great Cedar Casino, the property will now feature Diamond dealer assist Stadiums in both their Rainmaker Casino and Fox Tower Casino. The Stadiums consist of 30 and 24 seats respectively and feature live Multi-hand Blackjack, Dual- shoe Baccarat and Roulette. Interblock Stadium solutions allow operators to easily transform a dealer assisted Stadium into a fully automated Stadium, ensuring that the section of the casino floor is always active and able to generate constant revenue even when live dealers are not present. The live dealer tables are equipped with an easy to use dealer console and a camera that allows players to view the live gameplay from their play station screen in addition to the large LCD displays above. Play stations are also equipped with brilliant high-definition graphics offering side bets, trends, game rules and a strategy card for Blackjack.


78 OCTOBER 2019


Foxwoods Interblock


The Foxwoods opinion


Wayne Theiss, Vice President Table Games Operations, Foxwoods Resort Casino explains to Casino International what it is about the Stadium concept and Interblock that keeps him coming back for more.


Casino International: Is it fair to say that Foxwoods has been the benchmark casino for reservation gaming in the US? Wayne Theiss: We led the way, we were the pioneers in 1992 when we opened and we just never looked back. We have expanded so much, from a casino into a fully-fledged resort, and we just keep moving forward.


CI: You’re expanding an Interblock


Arena installation – which of the three is that? WT: Yes, I already have three; one is at Great Cedar casino, one is at Fox Tower casino, and one at the Rainmaker casino. I’m expanding the one in the Cedar casino; it presently has 30 units in there, I’m adding another 24.


CI: Which of the installations came first, and how did it snowball? WT: We originally started with the PLAY


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