Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino Enhances Gaming Offerings with IGT Partnership
In a move aimed at enhancing its gaming offerings, Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico has announced a new multiyear agreement with International Game Technology (IGT). The agreement will see the integration of IGT’s PlaySports technology into the casino’s sports betting operations, which will be known as PlayBets by Ponce Plaza.
The casino, operational since 2008, has been a key player in the Puerto Rican casino scene. With the addition of a sportsbook, Ponce Plaza aims to meet the growing demand for sports betting services in the region.
The partnership with IGT is expected to significantly expand the casino’s technological capabilities and provide patrons with an enhanced gaming experience. It also represents a strategic move by IGT to further establish its presence in the US territory, building on its existing relationship with the casino as a gaming technology provider.
The PlayBets by Ponce Plaza sportsbook is set to benefit from IGT’s reliability and innovation in the industry. While the financial details of the deal were not disclosed, both parties expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration and its expected positive impact on the Puerto Rican gaming landscape.
The decision to integrate sports betting operations reflects a broader trend in the industry, with more casinos recognizing the demand for diversified gaming experiences. The addition of a sportsbook aligns with Ponce Plaza’s commitment to meeting the evolving preferences of its patrons.
IGT’s PlaySports technology is known for its comprehensive platform, offering features such as seamless user interfaces and real-time data feeds to provide an immersive betting experience. The company has also expanded its presence in the sports betting industry, recently partnering with Betfred for the use of PlaySports at the Mohegan Sun Sportsbook inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Owned by global hospitality group Travel + Leisure Co., Ponce Plaza Casino has undergone a $12 million renovation this year to enhance its facilities and maintain its position as a cornerstone of Puerto Rico’s gaming community. The extensive renovation included the transformation of the lobby, refurbishment of guest rooms, and upgrades to the casino areas.
The casino expansion has introduced new services and entertainment options to patrons, including the introduction of sports betting and the revival of the Viva Casino Bar. In a bid to attract a younger demographic, the casino has also added a new bar, a dynamic dance floor, and an upgraded stage for live performances.
Overall, the ambitious renovation project is expected to contribute significantly to the local economy, with Ponce Plaza indicating plans to create 200 new job opportunities, a substantial increase from its previous 30-person workforce.