Address: Genting Grand, Genting Highlands Resort, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Operating Hours: 24 Hours
Telephone Number: +603 2718 1188
Malaysia is home to only one casino. Located in Genting Highlands Resort or Resorts World Genting, Casino de Genting is a prized development spearheaded by its founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. The casino attracts large throngs of locals and travellers who want to try their luck during their holiday trip.
Casino de Genting is one of the popular gambling venues in the world, first for its size and second for its storied history.
The casino sits on top of an integrated hill resort. Many know about its grandeur and splendour but not many are aware of the challenges faced during its conceptualization and construction. Established in 1971, Casino de Genting was founded by Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong as Malaysia’s first and only land-based casino. Despite being exclusive to non-Muslims, the casino still manages to attract thousands of guests from across the globe.
The idea of building a hill resort came to its founder during his trip to Cameron Highlands as he was working on a hydro-electric power development. While there, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong immensely enjoyed the crisp mountain air. He desired to experience the same when he goes back to Malaysia. He dreamt of giving Malaysians access to a cool mountain holiday complete with loads of amenities that they can truly enjoy.
His vision wasn’t easy to put into action. Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong shared in his autobiography, “My Story,” that he faced various challenges with surveyors and engineers as they were mapping the area’s topography in 1963. They had to go through dense jungles, overcome steep mountains, and waded through rivers and streams before they were able to reach the summit. These challenges did not do much to dampen Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s spirits. He continued working on to realize his dreams of spending holidays atop a mountain.
Finally, after traversing the tropical jungle and rugged terrains, the ideal venue was identified. A 1,800 metre Gunung Ulu Kali, located only 58 kilometres away from Kuala Lumpur, was transformed from being a hard to reach mountain into the country’s most coveted holiday destination.
In partnership with Tan Sri Haji Mohammed Noah bin Omar, Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong set up a private enterprise, Genting Highlands Berhad. They were able to secure a permit to construct the hill resort. They also received approval to alienate 2,800 acres and 12,000 acres of land from the Selangor and Pahang State Government, respectively to build the access road.
Construction of the access road took four years to complete. This connected Genting Sempah to the Gunung Ulu Kali peak.
The completion of the access road was marked by the official laying of the foundation stone for the first hotel of the resort. The former Prime Minister YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman was impressed with the concept and the ability of the private sector to complete such herculean task without any government assistance. This has left an impression that a gaming licence was eventually suggested to help boost the area’s development and success.
The success of the hotel spurred the construction of several developments in the area including the Genting Hotel (now Genting Grand), Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort (now Awana Hotel), Resort Hotel and Genting Indoor Theme Park, Outdoor Themepark, Highlands Hotel, and the Genting Skyway Cable Car System. With a top speed of 21.6 kilometres per hour, the Genting Skyway is regarded as the world’s fastest mono cable car system. It is also recognised as the longest cable car in Malaysia and the whole of Southeast Asia.
Genting Highlands is an accessible resort as it is only a few kilometres away from urban areas. It is also the only integrated hill resort that is accessible via a tolled expressway. Guests can take Exit 80 to Genting Highlands. It is located at Genting Sempah along the Pahang-Selangor border before approaching the Genting Sempah tunnel. The 18-kilometre road will be connecting the expressway exit to the mountain peak.
Those who do not want to pay toll fees may take the old Gombak-Bentong road that traverses the Genting Sempah mountain pass. They can also choose to take the Jalan Batang Kali-Genting Highlands, which is accessible from Batang Kali in Hulu Selangor. Through these routes, visitors from Penang, Perak, and Kedah can go to Genting Highlands without having to go to the LPT or downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Some visitors may also choose to use public transportation. The closest stations to the hill resort are the Mentakab on the KTM Intercity Eastern Sector, Gombak on the Kelana Jaya Line, and Batang Kali on the KTM Komuter. There are Resorts World Genting shuttle buses from the Gombak LRT station, KL Sentral, Pudu Sentral, and Bandar Utama to bring guests to the Genting Highlands.
The famed casino accepts non-Muslim locals and foreigners to play in their tables and rooms. Guests must be at least 21 years old to enter. The casino follows a strict dress code of smart casual. The casino also prohibits the use and bringing of backpacks, electronic gadgets, and cameras within the complex. Casino de Genting offers its guests and visitors an interesting range of casino games including slots machines, electronic table games, and tables offering games like French Boule, Tai Sai, Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini Dice, Three Pictures, Three Card Poker, Genting Stud Poker, Zodiac Wheel, Progressive Texas Hold’em Poker, Pontoon, and Russian roulette.
The casino has 3,140 slot machines and 426 table games. It is the largest casino in Genting Highlands with regard to the total gaming machines and tables games. The Resorts World Genting has a 204,514 square feet of casino space.
Here are some useful gaming guides for players who will go to Casino de Genting:
Baccarat is an entertaining game that comes with a flexible limit, allowing players to bet on banker or player. The winning hand is determined by who has the highest point or a point that is closest to 9. Cards from 2 to 9 are counted at face value, while the Ace is counted as 1. Picture cards like King, Queen, and Jack and 10s have zero value so any combination equivalent to 10 will have a value of 0. Both banker and player can draw a maximum of three cards each. It should be noted that bets for the banker side will give the House a 5% commission on each betting.
Players can opt to play a No-Commission Baccarat at specific tables. Winning banker bets will get even money even if the banker side wins 6 points total. All bets will receive a 50% rate of the amount wagered.
This popular card game’s goal is to draw cards amounting to 21 or a number close to it. A player wins if the card is higher than the dealer but does not exceed 21. The player must have a minimum of 12 points or a maximum of 21 for the first two cards. If the two initial cards are below 12, players are required to “hit” or request for an additional card. Cards over 21 are called a bust.
Just like any casino, if the House’s initial card is an Ace, the player has the option of taking an insurance against the House having a possible Blackjack. If your card is 12 and below 21, players have the option to “stay.” The House must have a minimum of 17 points to “stand” and a maximum of 21 points.
Pontoon is the British version of the popular banking game Twenty-One. This is the famous form of Blackjack in American casinos. The game typically follows the rules of Blackjack. Should inconsistencies arise, the rules of Pontoon will prevail. In contrast to Blackjack, the dealer must stand on a hard total of 17. Players can surrender 50% of their initial wager when the dealer’s initial card is a Picture card or an Ace. The surrender is considered void if the dealer gets a “Pontoon.”
This game is enjoyed as the dice dance around inside a cage. As the dice rolls come to a stop, the total numbers on the dice is the winning combination. Players betting on mini dice play against the House by wagering House chips. The betting limits are commonly shown at the gaming tables. Bets are placed at the gaming table as the dice cage turns. As the bell rings and the dealer announces, “no more bets,” the game will start. The dealer will return the dice cage for three rounds. As the dice cage stops, the winning combination is determined. Games are valid even if the dice is slanted. It will only be invalid if one dice is resting atop another.
The casino offers more than just gambling. It has exquisite dining venues where guests can sample more than 400 premium champagnes, wines, cigars, and gourmet food. Guests can also belt out their favourite tunes at the exclusive seven-room Be A Star Karaoke along with its 24-hour butler services.