Van­u­atu’s casino ground­break­ing

Fiji Sun - - World News -

When Iririki Is­land Re­sort re- opened last week, there was more to re­mark upon than 300 of Port Vila’s best and bright­est gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate the land­mark event. Qui­etly and with­out fuss, the is­land’s Jewel Casino made his­tory, hir­ing the first ni-Van­u­atu casino man­ager in the coun­try. Daniel Sope is no stranger to the coun­try’s gam­ing es­tab­lish­ments. For about 16 years now, he has made his mark in nearly half a dozen dif­fer­ent casi­nos, ev­ery time gain­ing a lit­tle more ex­pe­ri­ence and se­nior­ity. Now, Shaun McNa­mara, Jewel Casino’s se­nior man­ager, has enough faith in this stal­wart to leave him look­ing af­ter the shop. Mr Sope will start with the of­fi­cial ti­tle of as­sis­tant casino man­ager, but his re­sponsi- bil­i­ties do not dif­fer in any way from those of his boss. “There are peo­ple who have more ex­pe­ri­ence than he does,” Mr McNarama said. “But no­body has his abil­ity to stay calm re­main un­ruf­fled no mat­ter what hap­pens. You just can’t learn that.”

The casino, dubbed a ‘bi­jou’ oper­a­tion by its de­signer Bernie Mill­man, is in­deed an in­ti­mate spot. With only 20 pokie ma­chines, about half a dozen card ta­bles and a unique two-ended roulette setup, is def­i­nitely an in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence. The Jewel es­chews sev­eral casino stereo­types.

First off, the building has an ex­pan­sive view look­ing back across Vila Bay into the town.

Van­u­atu Daily Post

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