The Rampart Casino increased its gaming offerings April 19, opening a new bingo room that can accommodate 300 people, with another 40 in a separate, glass-enclosed smoking room.
The bingo room is just off the main casino floor near Starbucks. The day before the official opening, the casino at 221 N. Rampart Blvd. offered a preview to select players. The room was nearly full.
Gamers used electronic devices that can display multiple cards, using FortuNet software. The software automatically marked the corresponding square on the device.
“It guarantees you’re not going to miss a number,” said Jenifer Smith, the casino’s advertising and public relations manager.
For those who like playing the old-fashioned way, they had the option of marking paper with ink daubers (markers). Games used a variety of configurations to make things more fun, with patterns such as Crazy L, Progressive X, stamps and six-pack configurations.
Large monitors on the walls ensured that everyone knew which square was in play.
Within a minute of a new game starting, player Olive Turney called out “Winner!”, and a room monitor verified her game.
“We just won $50,” she said to her friend, Barbara Selph, who was sitting beside her.
Bingo room manager Joanne Farwell was hired in January after working in various bingo establishments since 1992, including at the Aladdin, Arizona Charlie’s, the Gold Coast and the South Point.
“This is a beautiful room, a great amenity for them,” she said. “It’s on the ground floor, across from the buffet and close to the entrance, so it’ll be very easy for people to make their way into this room.”
Farwell had special paper made for Twice the Daubin games, which feature two numbers in one square. If either number is called, the player gets to check off that square.
“You get twice the chances to make a pattern,” she said.
The space that is now the bingo room previously had been used as storage and part corridor.
Daily sessions are planned at 11 a.m. and 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. For more information, visit theresortatsummerlin.com/gaming.
Contact Summerlin Area View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-2949.