The stage was set for an action-packed afternoon of thrilling entertainment at the newly refurbished Silverstar Casino when the inaugural Tsogo Sun Gauteng Roulette Knockout came to an exciting conclusion on 18 October. It was a particularly rewarding day for Humeshen Naidu, who walked away R350 000 richer after entering the tournament just once.
Competitive roulette action played out between Tsogo Sun’s three Gauteng properties – Montecasino, Silverstar and Gold Reef City – over five weeks, with a substantial prize pool of R850 000 providing great incentive for roulette-lovers to buy in for just R100. “The tournament was a great success, with roulette enthusiasts boosting the initial prize money by R350 000 to reach R850 000,” says Steve Hight, Director of Gaming for Tsogo Sun. One hundred percent of all buy-ins contributed towards the eventual prize pool, indicating the overwhelming response of Gauteng residents to the tournament.
The top 10 players from each property were selected for the final based on their positioning on the leader board, and were hosted at Silverstar, which provided the quintessential venue for the finals. Of the R850 000 prize pool, R350 000 was won by Humeshen, representing Gold Reef City; R125 000 was awarded to Rubethiran Moodley from Edenvale, representing Montecasino; and R90 000 was won by Gideon De Koker from Alberton, representing Gold Reef City Casino. By virtue of his placements on the leader board Gideon had won two seats at the final and was already a big winner, collecting a total of R160 000 throughout the tournament. The balance of the R850 000 prize money was awarded to the remainder of the top 10 placed finalists.
A first-year IT student, Hamusha Naidu says, “This win comes as a huge surprise. I entered the tournament once, during a night out with friends and only spent R100 to buy in. I feel exceptionally lucky and I’m going to use the money to pay for my studies.”
Comments Hight, “This tournament allowed us to generate a larger prize pool than would ordinarily be possible by extending it across three of our major casinos. It’s a high-stakes roulette challenge that undoubtedly brought an added element of excitement to gaming at Tsogo Sun,” says Hight, adding that, as with all Tsogo Sun’s gaming tournaments, the Gauteng Roulette Knockout is aimed at providing great entertainment and memorable experiences for its guests.
Roulette Knockout is the second Roulette tournament to be played across multiple Tsogo Sun properties this year, the first being the nationwide Roulette Masters tournament, in which close to R2.5 million was given away, R1.9 million of which went to the first prize winner. “We look forward to bringing thrill-seekers across the country more Roulette Masters action when the tournament returns in January 2015,” says Hight.
About Tsogo Sun
Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles.
The company’s hospitality interests offer a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded Deluxe hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels.
The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
Tsogo Sun’s philosophy of sustainability has seen the group structuring its support of the communities in which it operates into three main pillars of investment, namely Corporate Social Investment, Enterprise Development and Environmental Management. Under its Social Investment programme, the group promotes the development of learners through three academies which offer holistic, full-year programmes centred around sport, art and education, with the approval of the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and various sporting bodies. Within the arena of Enterprise Development, Tsogo Sun focuses on skills-based entrepreneurial development and the providing of procurement opportunities to small black-owned enterprises through its Tsogo Sun Book a Guesthouse and Supplier Development programme. The third pillar – the Tsogo Sun Environmental Management programme – is committed to initiatives that reduce the impact the business has on the environment through the development, implementation and measurement of policies that cover energy, water, waste and biodiversity management across all of its properties.
Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company, and SABMiller PLC (“SABM”), the London listed brewing company. The remaining shareholding is held by various financial institutions and the general public.
Tsogo Sun Gaming supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop. Only persons over the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.