The Graton Resort & Casino received the
first delivery of slot machines on Friday morning.
Tim McLaughlin, executive director of the Graton
Gaming Commission, and Joe Hasson, general manager of the Graton Resort &
Casino, handled the special honor of presenting the first slot machine to be
unloaded into the 320,000-square-foot casino.
Altogether, the casino will feature 3,000 slot machines.
According to casino representatives, the installation will take roughly eight weeks to complete, which includes
time for loading in, installation and testing.
The $800 million casino will feature an abundance of state-of-the-art slot machines, much like the one delivered Friday.
the machines will cost around $20,000 per machine.
Virtually all of the slot machines inside of the
casino will be electronic-based with the possibility of a few mechanical
machines that still have electronic elements to them.
“We still refer to slot machines with
terminology like coin-in, but coin often times is a thing of the past at a
casino in this day and age,” said Hasson. “The games accept currency and then
you play based on credits.”
Hasson additionally mentioned that guests of the
casino would have the option of using a “player card” that will reward certain
guests with such things as complimentary meals.
“We’ll always take care of the guests that make
themselves well known to us by the use of our loyalty cards but at the end of
the day the games take currency,” said Hasson.
The Graton Resort & Casino will be the Bay
Area’s largest gaming and entertainment destination and it’s scheduled to open
in late 2013, subject to receiving all required regulatory approvals.
Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton
Rancheria, the facility will feature an arrangement of popular table games,
slot machines, video poker and live poker including private high limit gaming
Interested gaming enthusiasts can get in on the
action before the machines are officially ready for play by signing up for the
Graton Rewards program at the casino’s account signup page.