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Interest in gambling on the rise - $200-million Odyssey to open doors on Saturday

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Brian George (left), president of Supreme Ventures Limited, shows off the gaming machines at the media tour of the Odyssey Gaming Lounge on Tuesday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

A 'Game Changer' is how Brian George, president and CEO of Supreme Ventures Limited, described the new Odyssey Gaming Lounge situated in the Marketplace entertainment hub between Fiction Nightclub and Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar.

Gaming lounges are becoming increasingly popular, with 31 gaming licences allotted across the island in the last few years.

According to George, the increase in gaming lounges can be attributed to the entertainment value that these lounges provide.

"It's all about entertainment, distraction. Many people go to gaming lounges because it gives them an opportunity to get away and just have something that is entertaining, and at the same time gives them a chance to win. Gaming lounges are not like lotto games where you change your life. What you are essentially selling is time in front of the machine. People want to sit down and they want to be entertained," George told The Gleaner.

He went on to say that although gaming lounges were becoming more popular, the Odyssey gaming lounge, which was constructed for a whopping $200 million, is a cut above the rest.

"This is a game changer because of the level of technology -what we have prepared to invest to ensure that the customer has a good experience," he said.

The world-class gaming machines have been arranged in the split-level facility with a main floor and a high-stakes mezzanine level.

The first Jamaican dollar gaming lounge in the island, with 48 employees, houses some state-of-the-art machines, the first of their kind on the island.


George stated that the lounge will cater to the diverse needs of all its visitors.

"There are several different types of gamers. Some of them want to be left alone, you have those that want to see their friends, and you have those that want to be recognised, so depending on the individual, it is important that the gaming lounge caters to all their needs."

Odyssey Gaming Lounge will also provide customers with the opportunity to obtain their favourite lottery games through the Supreme Ventures Limited terminal, as well as wager on international sporting events through the sports betting brand JustBet.

"We don't do this for us, we do it for them. We want to benefit from it but we really are doing this because we have a great product that will fulfil their needs," George said.

The Odyssey Lounge will beofficially opened to the public on Saturday.