Orion Lights Up Miami-Dade Casinos
Orion Lights Up Miami-Dade Casinos
Lights flash and bells jingle on most casino slot floors, but one brand of machines is really catching players’ eyes.
The games are packaged in flashy cabinets called Orion, as in the hunter in Greek mythology -- and a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator.
They consist of 498 LED lights and popular titles include Fu Nan Fu Nu, River Dragons, Wolf Queen and Winter of the Dragons.
Andrew Burke, vice president of slot products for AGS, said the LED lights are like “plug-and-play” panels, designed to pull the light experience across a bank of games.
“When you place Orion cabinets next to each other, they look like a lighting wall, like a billboard,” Burke says.
Burke says attention to cabinets, while still developing the slot games, is a logical next step in the business.
“We used to go to a sheet metal shop to design cabinets, and there wasn’t a lot of thought on how a player interacts with the machine,” he says. “But in so many industries, user experience and industrial design are a real science.”
Casino Journal magazine listed the Orion cabinets as one of the casino industry’s top 20 innovative gaming technology products for the year.
Gulfstream Park has a poker tournament at 7 p.m. every night. The tournaments are Texas Hold 'em six nights of the week and are $60 on Sundays, $70 on Mondays and Fridays, $75 on Saturdays, $90 on Tuesdays and $110 on Thursdays. The card room offers Pot-Limit Omaha on Wednesdays for $90. Free live music featuring Soulful Sundays featuring Travis Bridges and International Tuesday’s with Benji Rafaeli. And, every Saturday night is Dance night!
A series of 13 free Friday night concerts -- ranging from jazz to pop to salsa to opera – is wrapping up at Hialeah Park. All shows start at 9:30 p.m. at Hialeah Park’s outdoor Fountain Terrace. DJ Asho opens each week at 8 p.m. The schedule includes: March 30: Ailyn Dallera, winner of last fall’s “Sing Like Gloria” contest at the Adrienne Arsht Center; April 6: Los Herederos, percussion-heavy Cuban group featuring two members of the groups PALO! April 13: Ricky Valido, Hialeah country singer; April 20: Jose Fajardo Jr., son of Cuban orchestra Fajardo y Sus Estrellas and "Flute King" Jose Fajardo.; April 27: Yoli Mayor, Miami-based singer who was a semifinalist on “America's Got Talent.”
Calder Casino continues its “Hero Day” promotion on Thursdays. Players Club members who are armed forces, public safety, or medical professionals with valid ID receive $10 free play with 20 slot points earned.
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming calls it “Friends With Benefits.” Patrons with players’ club cards who bring a new signup to the venue receive $10 in free play. The new guest gets $30 in free slot play.
The Magic City Casino poker room has the “$25,000 drawdown” twice each week day. Players are picked at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. A dealer turns over a card, then awards the player $100 if the next card is lower than the first. The prize goes to $200, then $400 for the next cards and if a player wins a fourth round, the $25,000 is paid out.
Casino Miami gives new slot players at least $35 in free play when they sign up. Patrons who present a competitor’s card could receive up to $150 in free play, depending on their card level.
Nick Sortal has been covering South Florida gambling since 2006, when he was named the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s gambling columnist. Contact him at NickSortal@BellSouth.net.