With its wave-like towers and sprawling lagoon, the downtown Miami casino proposed by the Genting Group is meant to honor the city’s aquatic identity, the company says. Coincidentally, it’s also in line with Genting’s goal of attracting “whales’’ — big-money players, high rollers or whatever nicknames you prefer.
Picture the folks who place bets in James Bond movies, except in this case, they’re real.
Such players are the conspicuous missing piece from South Florida’s current gambling landscape. Despite South Florida boasting about a dozen casinos already operating or under construction, the region right now is not a gambling destination — it’s a tropical getaway that happens to have some casinos in the background.
“The whales expect a level of amenities,” said former state senator and gaming expert Steve Geller. “Today, it’s a locals’ market.” More here.