Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa reopens casino

A thing of the past, coin operated slots...As part of a $35 million dollar investment in the hotel, Wyndham Grand Resorts recently announced the completion of the first of many renovations in the Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa. With an investment of more than $5 million, the hotel announced that they were reopening their casino, which is called "Club Bahia".

The renovations include first, new interior decoration from Tishman Hotel Design. The casino, which features 7,000 square feet of space, now includes 170 new slot machines that incorporate the concept of casinos without money ("Ticket In-Ticket Out"). This concept allows players to purchase a ticket which will serve as the player's wallet as they go from machine to machine consuming and, hopefully, accumulating money electronically. The ticket eliminates the need to deal with changing money, carrying around your money, and exchanging your money for cash. Although, if the player is lucky enough to walk out with his shirt still on his back, he'll still need to exchange the ticket for money.

Additional changes to the casino include 12 new tables for BlackJack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, and Hold'em Poker. And finally, get this, new chairs. Yep, no more funky bean burrito scented chairs anymore. They have also renovated the bar with new 50" plasma (or as we say here plama) television monitors.

Other changes planned as part of the $35 million dollar investment include remodeling the 600 rooms, improvements in the spa, the golf club house, and finally the restaurants. Future plans for the hotel include developing a time-sharing complex at an estimated cost of $300 million. The project will be located on an estate consisting of 26 acres purchased by Wyndham Grand Resorts.

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