Handheld devices a winner at Colusa 

For the past six months Colusa Casino Resort has been offering its guests the option of an innovative handheld gaming device featuring video poker and keno.

“We are very excited that we can offer a personal and mobile gaming option right here in Colusa that isn’t even available yet at Las Vegas casinos,” Advertising Manager Steve Denero said.

The casino is gaining a reputation as an innovator in the gaming industry.

The server-centric gaming system uses Apple’s portable iPad and iPod devices and is the result of a yearlong collaboration with John Acres, founder and CEO of Acres 4.0 of Las Vegas.  

Colusa and Acres worked together to develop and implement the mobile gaming device to accomplish securing 373 Class III slot-machine licenses now available for play at Colusa.

The mobile gaming element allows casino guests to enjoy a more relaxed gaming experience. Guests can use the device while enjoying dining in the Wintun Dinnerhouse or the Seasons Buffet. They can also operate the devices in the comfort of the Wintun Lounge or the Bingo Hall.

The handheld slots weigh just over 1 pound, and contain a portable library of games displayed on a device roughly the size of a book, which players are free to carry around the casino property.

“We pride ourselves in delivering the best possible player experience,” Colusa General Manager Victor Fernandez. “Now, our guests will have the freedom to move about while enjoying new levels of gaming.”

Additionally, the handheld slots are designed to offer a more personal gaming experience at lower expense in far less floor space, which improves player satisfaction and profits.

“We are grateful to the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians for their foresight and support in delivering this new technology to players,” Acres said. “They’ve been wonderful partners over this period of development. During my 40 years in the gambling industry, I’ve invented technologies such as player tracking, progressive jackpots and bonusing that play important roles on the casino floor. This technology is by far the most-inventive product I’ve helped to build.”

Colusa, which is 50 miles north of Sacramento and opened in 1986, is owned and operated by the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community.

Colusa Casino Resort

Address: 3770 Highway 45, Colusa

Phone: (530) 458-8844


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