In preparation for the massive casino expansion brought about by the rise of Entertainment City, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) is now in the process of beefing up its IT infrastructure by completing a project that will eventually link all of its casinos in the country.
The adoption of the system will allow the government-owned agency to receive real-time information on the all the individual machines running in all of its casinos. It’s a complicated set-up, but one Pagcor chief Cristino Naguiat is stressing as important in the continuing development of the country’s land-based casino industry.
“We will finally have this system that even small casinos abroad have. This will connect our machines nationwide,” Naguiat told reporters earlier this week.
It’s a rather big step considering that despite the progress its made on bolstering the casino industry in the country, Pagcor still uses a “manual” system in collecting all of its data. It’s a task no less complicated and far more time-consuming, to say the least.
“The cabling will start by July until the first quarter of next year,” Naguiat added. “By the second quarter it will be fully connected.”
Once the system is in place, Pagcor expects to receive live and up-to-the-minute information on how much the agency is earning. Considering that the state-run agency operates 13 casinos all over the country under Casino Filipino, it was high time that such an automated system be introduced to ensure that all the revenues are streamlined properly and accounted for at all times. Or at least that’s the hope coming from them folks.
Privately-owned casinos like Solaire Manila, Resorts World Manila, and the three soon-to-open integrated resorts and casinos will not be included in the system.