Calder adds ‘virtual card room,’ sets up VIP area

Calder adds ‘virtual card room,’ sets up VIP area

By Nick Sortal January 14, 2011 06:31 AM
Nearing its first year of operation, Calder Casino & Race Course has undergone a remake, creating a specific room for electronic card games and moving the area for high rollers.

“We’ll continue to keep our casino floor fresh by changing and adding games and amenities,” Calder President Austin Miller said.

The former high-limit slots area, about 2,500 square feet, is now what Calder calls a “virtual card area,” with video poker and five banks of virtual blackjack machines. The casino also added a simulcast wagering room behind the virtual card area, with flat-screen televisions, tables and self-service pari-mutuel betting terminals.

The new high-limit VIP area is now next to the VIP lounge, in the southeast corner of the casino. The 40 games in the 1,200-square-foot VIP area range from 1 cent to $100, and any casino visitor can play them. But only the casino’s top players are allowed in the casino’s VIP lounge, which has a bar, couches and food.

The changes come in time for the first anniversary of the casino, which opened Jan. 22. The casino, which has about 1,200 slots, is commemorating the special occasion from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 28 to 30 by giving away champagne, cupcakes and a total of 1 million slot points to random patrons playing slots.

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