Genting Resorts Closes Two Casinos Amidst Strategic Shift


Nestled within the majestic Titiwangsa Mountains, Resorts World Genting has announced a significant shift in its gaming offerings, as two of its three casino properties, Circus Palace and Hollywood, have shuttered their doors. The casino’s quiet removal of information about these gaming spaces from its website on February 28 marked the initial confirmation of the closures, directing visitors to the remaining operational SkyCasino for their entertainment needs.

In a landscape still grappling with the post-pandemic return to normalcy, Resorts World Genting seems to have faced challenges in reviving patronage to these older establishments. Despite rumors of a permanent closure circulating among Malaysian media outlets, a late Wednesday statement from the resort hinted that these closures might be temporary, attributing them to a strategic decision to enhance gaming and guest experience through upgrades. The scope of these improvements and the future of gaming at Circus Palace and Hollywood casinos remains shrouded in uncertainty.

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The sprawling facility, which came into being when Malaysian tycoon Lim Goh Tong secured the nation’s sole casino license, has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 1965. Originally appealing for its exclusive gaming experience for foreigners and non-Muslim Malaysians, away from the bustle of major cities, the Resort has burgeoned into an international presence. Genting’s legacy, carried on after Lim’s death by his son, extends far beyond Malaysia, with casino operations now spanning across Singapore, the UK, the Philippines, and recently, the United States with the opening of the lavish Resorts World Las Vegas.

Yet, Genting’s illustrious track record in the gaming industry bears the scars of missed opportunities, notably its failure to secure a foothold in the lucrative market of Macau during its gaming expansion. More recently, its retreat from a bid in Yokohama reflects the cautious approach taken by many in the industry, who are wary of committing to the fickle tides of the Japanese gaming market—a sentiment echoed by other gambling powerhouses.

For those seeking the thrill of the gamble amidst these changing tides in the casino landscape, the allure of online casinos remains a steadfast beacon. In fact, for Canadian gaming enthusiasts, there lies a digital realm where the excitement of the slots and the anticipation of the blackjack table are as palpable as those found within any physical casino’s walls.

We, at the West Island Blog, have diligently compiled a list of the top online casinos for this month, ensuring that you are privy to the most thrilling and trustworthy gaming experiences available. So, whether you’re missing the storied halls of Circus Palace or simply looking to explore new gaming horizons from the comfort of your home, discover your next favorite gaming destination here. Our curated selection promises to provide endless entertainment at the tip of your fingers, catering to every preference and ensuring your gaming ventures are nothing short of extraordinary.

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Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education. She is a writing instructor at The Cummings Centre. She writes a weekly column in The Suburban Newspaper and at the West Island Blog. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban Newspaper, West Island Blog, Wise Women Canada, The Metropolitain, and Women on the Fence. She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. Visit to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.