NY-NY has yen for new Asian pit

Oct 30, 2001 8:02 AM

New York-New York is spreading the news: Players with a yen for Asian games should check out its new Dragon Pit gaming area, scheduled to open Thursday, Nov. 8.

“New York-New York realizes there is an Asian table games market that we would like to embrace, so we decided to open the Dragon Pit,” said Rory Hascall, vice president of casino operations.

Hascall said the Dragon Pit ”” which includes a cluster of seven new games ”” will be located in the center of the casino floor, and easily recognizable with newly-designed table layouts, bright colors, hanging lanterns and Asian artwork.

The games will include two Mini Baccarat games, two Pai Gow Poker games, two Pai Gow tile games and one Sic Bo game.

Players will also be treated to Asian specialty drinks and dim sum created in the hotel’s Chin Chin restaurant and served on a cart, all courtesy of Tom Racine, NY-NY’s executive director of food and beverage.

To celebrate the Dragon Pit’s grand opening at 11 p.m., the first 500 players to buy in will receive envelopes with Lucky Money gold coins inside.

“That weekend will be an exciting one at New York-New York,” Hascall said. “The following night (Friday, Nov. 9), we open at 10 p.m. our new Coyote Ugly Bar.”

Hascall said New York-New York has tapped veteran gaming executive Manchi (Josef) Yung to oversee the Dragon Pit operation.

“Manchi is well respected for his knowledge and experience in the gaming industry, which is among the many reasons we selected him for this key post,” Hascall said.

The Dragon Pit will operate over three shifts, and all variety of players are invited to join in, Yung said.

“We have an excellent crew and superb staff, including our shift managers, Mike Tansley, Joe Mascellino and Mary Lewis,” Yung said.

Yung has served successfully in similar positions with the Bellagio and casinos in Reno, where he broke into the gaming industry. He has a total of 17 years in the industry, the last 10 years in Las Vegas. He has been married for about 10 years, with two children, ages 2 and 4.

“I think there’s a lot of players, both locally and from the domestic market that would benefit from our new Dragon Pit,” Yung said. “For anyone who enjoys these games, this is the place to be. And in the future we are planning special events, such as tournaments and promotions, so be sure to stay tuned.”