Honeywell will be the sole provider of surveillance equipment for the 2005 World Series of Poker, the world's biggest, oldest and most prestigious poker tournament. To accommodate the special facility being built to host the tournament, Honeywell will install a digital video system that meets all gaming regulations. This year's tournament, June 2 through July 15 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is expected to draw more than 5,000 poker fans and award more than $50 million in prize money.
"The surveillance for the World Series of Poker must meet the same strict regulations that our casinos do, and we trust Honeywell to provide equipment that will meet these regulations," said Tom Flynn, Director of Surveillance for the Rio and Harrah's Las Vegas. "Honeywell has proven their expertise at our casino, and we trust them to help ensure the safety of all tournament entrants, fans and prize money at this event as well."
Honeywell's KD6i high-speed dome tracking makes up the PTZ portion of the more than 150 cameras that are required to cover all of the tables, etc. for this event. This industry-leading camera provides precise movement, high quality images and all the features preferred by the industry's most demanding users. In addition, in order to meet high-quality, high-resolution requirements, as well as take advantage of a leading edge, easy-to-use system, Mr. Flynn requested that an Enterprise Network Video Recorder system be used.
"We are very happy to be the Rio's Partner of Choice in providing the perfect surveillance system for this significant event," said John Lorenty, President of Honeywell Systems. "Honeywell is constantly working with our customers to understand new security needs and offer cutting-edge digital solutions for today's casino and we this as a great opportunity for both of us."
The World Series of Poker made its unofficial debut in 1949 when two poker legends competed for five months straight, breaking only for sleep. It wasn't until 1970 that the tournament was made official, and its popularity grew exponentially in the following years. This year's tournament will offer 33 events that collectively offer players the opportunity to win their share of the prize money.
Honeywell has provided security solutions to some of the most well known casinos in the world, including the new Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, Northern Quest Casino in Washington State and Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino in Michigan.