Pechanga and Bally to attempt world's largest slot tournament
"This tournament reflects our commitment to operating the best casino in the world,” said Pechanga Development Corporation President Joaquin Fletcher. “Since the resort opened in 2002, Pechanga has worked to create one of the most technologically advanced slot floors anywhere, and setting this world record highlights the enormous advantages Pechanga’s casino has to offer.”
More than 1,000 machines on Pechanga’s floor will utilize Bally’s technology to turn them into tournament machines and allow a player on each to compete head to head with 1,000 other players at the exact same time. The slot tournament will be a casino-wide phenomenon, for the first time in history.
“This is a milestone in casino promotions,” explained Pechanga Vice President of Marketing Lee Torres. “Most promotions and tournaments are located in one area, but this tournament will electrify the entire casino floor. This is our way to show the world what you can do with the most technologically advanced slot floor on the planet in one of the largest casinos on Earth.”
The tournament will award $100,000 in total, with 200 people taking home prizes and the ultimate winner receiving $25,000 in cash. Registration begins at 8:00 am, is free and open to all Pechanga Rewards Club members. Anyone 21 and older with a valid ID can sign up free for a Rewards Card and ambassadors will be on hand to register new players wanting to make history at Pechanga. The tournament will start at 11:00 am. All who are in line to sign up by 10:30 am will play, with successive rounds being held, if necessary.
“This is not just a publicity stunt,” said Pechanga Vice President of Information Technology John Kenefick. “On February 11, Pechanga will usher in a new era of casino networked gameplay by instantly turning five different manufacturers of slots into a single tournament mode, casino-wide, with more than a thousand machines. “
Pechanga has more than 1,100 machines that utilize Bally Technologies’ iVIEW Display Manager, which allows casino-wide promotions, including tournaments, to be run with all players competing against each other. For the past year, the casino has run such promotions, including its virtual horse racing, the Pechanga Classic, where each player chooses a horse to bet on and watch the race unfold on screen. However, running a slot tournament is far more complex.
Pechanga’s and Bally have worked for the past two months to make this a reality. More than six casino-wide tests of machines were conducted to work out glitches and make this ready for the public. On January 12, 2012 at 9am, more than 400 Pechanga team members and Bally employees ran a “full load” test on the system to simulate the wild, rapid ‘button mashing’ fury of an actual slot tournament. More than 1,100 machines passed the test and the Pechanga and Bally leadership were confident to proceed to inviting the public to a real slot tournament on February 11.
“I have never seen a slot tournament with more than 100 machines used,” concluded Torres.