The management of the Okada Manila casino resort in the Philippine capital has confirmed in a statement emailed to GGRAsia that only three players at most will be allowed at its gaming tables once the venue is allowed to restart gaming operations and floor layouts will be reconfigured for optimal physical distancing.
Philippines casino in Manila area have been closed for over two months now, and it’s unclear when they might be allowed to reopen.
Okada Manila said it would be introducing several precautionary measures at its gaming floor. They included: a “no-standing and four players only” rule at all gaming tables; a “one seat apart” policy for slot machines; and sanitising of surfaces on electronic gaming machines every two hours.
The Okada Manila Resort enjoyed their biggest monthly visitation rate since the resort opened, reporting that 542,158 customers enjoyed their hospitality for at least one night. This is good news as the resort is expected to open the remaining rooms sometime in the first quarter of next year, increasing the total number of rooms available to nearly 1000.
Part of the reason for the increase in GGR comes from more people making their way to the casino. Across the first nine months of this year, Okada Manila saw 25.7% more patrons – 4.33 million – than what it saw during the same period last year.
Universal Entertainment Corporation (UEC) announced that gross gaming revenue for August of this year saw a 72% increase over the same period in 2018 for Okada Manila. This resulted in a gross amount of Php3.86 billion ($75 million).