Most everyone knows that slot machines are the most popular form of gaming at a land-based casino. From the large jackpot prizes to the glitzy themes and engaging sound effects, slots are a fun and exciting way to spend your time. At the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, the venue wants to try and capitalize on slot gaming by developing a new high limit area. The new space will provide quality amenities for players and could put the property a step above its competitors.
Slot Area Renovations
A press release provided by Ocean Casino Resort revealed that the slot area renovations will begin this week. Over 140 slot machines will be offered in the area with the casino providing additional amenities to players located in this section.
Amenities will include an enhanced beverage selection along with dedicated cocktail service. Players will have an exclusive cage for cash needs as well as private restrooms. Classic slot games will be included in the space with new titles coming in as well. New games that Ocean will integrate on-site include Lightning Cash, Cash Link, Dragon Cash and Dollar Storm.
Ocean Casino has not revealed when the new area will be open for service. While the slot space is being renovated, the casino will still offer slot games to visiting patrons.
Slot Gaming on the Rise
Creating a special area for slot games is a smart decision of Ocean Casino. They saw an increase in total game in July with year-over-year totals increasing by over 23%. This increase was seen even though the venue was restricted to a lower capacity due to COVID-19. For slots, the revenues were up by just over 10%.
Out of all the casinos in Atlantic, Ocean Casino came in second in slot gaming revenues. They have a large share of the market at just over 15%. Since July, the slot revenue totals have only continued to grow for Ocean Casino. In July, the totals came in at just over $17 million. In August, they were up to $18 million. By September, the slot games were earning over $19 million.
With a new high limit area, it is expected that the slot revenue totals will only continue to grow. If this happens, the slots will help provide a long-term solution to the current struggles that Ocean has been seeing regarding bringing in high revenue numbers.
When the casino first opened, it lost more than $23 million in seven months. There were issues with compliance as well as not having enough funds on hand to operate. Additional problems led to even more issues for the property. Eventually, Luxor Capital Group took over and they remain at the helm. The company has been able to see a big turnaround for the casino and are helping the brand to rise to new levels in Atlantic City.
It will be interesting to see the October to December revenue totals and if the property continues to build on its slot game momentum. Hopefully, Ocean continues to see success and become more competition for the other casinos in the region.