Galaxy Macau Debuts Poker Room

Pavilion Poker at Galaxy Macau (l.) opened September 17 on the site of a former baccarat room. Galaxy execs say it will attract a mix of players including mass-market.

Galaxy Macau has opened its new poker room, Pavilion Poker, in a former baccarat room, according to GGRAsia.

“I’m not going to say these poker tables are going to be the highest-yielding tables in the property, but it is about offering a range of products for our guests,” said Raymond Yap Yin Min, director for international premium, premium mass and mass market development for Galaxy Entertainment.

Pavilion Poker has six cash tables that will be available daily, as well as two tournament tables. At least two tables in the poker room will be open 24 hours per day, the publication noted. Kevin Clayton, Galaxy’s chief marketing officer, told GGRAsia the company may entertain partnerships with businesses on naming and for tournaments.

Players will be able to buy into games at Pavilion Poker for as little as HKD1,000 (US$129) in some cases, while buy-ins in the top games could go as high as HKD500,000.

“We want to make Pavilion Poker acceptable to the masses… your buy-in and entry point has to be low, the rake needs to be low, and obviously you want a certain amount of volume,” said Clayton. “We have one of the lowest rake percentages in the Macau market.”

Clayton said VIP players are eager to play in the room. “We have a number of players at the moment – especially from China and Hong Kong and in particular Galaxy Privilege Club members that have said to us, ‘Why don’t you provide that diversity and give us an opportunity to play poker on your floor?’”

He added, “We didn’t just want to give people a corner of the floor and put a rope around it and call it a poker room. We think the most important thing is to provide one of the best locations for a poker player. This is not a location that is a dead zone. This is a part of the floor that is highly active.”