Westin Launches Gaming Facility in Puerto Rico

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RIO MAR BEACH, Puerto Rico -- The new Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Country Club launched a full-service, Las Vegas-style casino.

The 7,000-square-foot facility caters to both high rollers and conservative players, according to the property, with games such as blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat and craps as well as 150 slot machines, which soon will be increased to 224.

Blackjack, featured at 14 tables throughout the facility, is heavily represented, and daily classes in the game are available to all resort guests.

Table minimums for blackjack are based on crowd preferences and range from $3 to $100.

With changes in Puerto Rican gaming laws, Westin Rio Mar also soon will offer Caribbean stud poker, let-it-ride, pai gaw poker and a big-six wheel.

In keeping with the Las Vegas tradition, the casino also features a VIP Services department complete with a concierge, a players' lounge serving drinks and appetizers and five ATMs.

Limousine pickup service from the airport also is available.

The casino is managed by a team of gaming industry veterans with experience acquired from establishments both in the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico.

All dealers are certified, with the majority having been trained on the island.

Westin Rio Mar is situated on 481 acres and is bordered on three sides by nature.

Its northern boundary is located at the base of El Yunque Caribbean National Forest.

The resort overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and its southern boundary is the Mameyes River, which divides the property's beach from Luquillo Beach.

A highlight of the Westin Rio Mar is its lineup of golf facilities. Two championship golf courses are featured: the 6,800-yard Ocean Course, designed by George and Tom Fazio, and the 7,999-yard River Course, created by Greg Norman.

Convenient to both courses is a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a comprehensive golf shop, a restaurant and separate locker rooms and lounge facilities for men and women.

For additional information or to make reservations, call (800) WESTIN-1.

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