Watching for a bluff

February 2014 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

The Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino stands on a gorgeous bay not far from the town of Alsancak/Karavas in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Almost all the rooms in this luxurious five-star resort afford spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the resort swimming pool. Those who like to mix their leisure with a dash of excitement will find just what they are looking for in the neighbouring casino. The large number of gaming tables and slot machines provide plenty of gambling entertainment here.

A very special highlight was the World Poker Tour. With up to $400 000 in winnings to play for every day, high drama was certain. In contrast, the casino’s security staff were under no such pressure: the video system by Dallmeier, which has provided the necessary oversight at the casino for more than five years, delivered pin-sharp images and reliable recording during the poker tournament as well.

“We have been using Dallmeier products at the Merit Crystal Cove for many years now”, says Malik Oguz, surveillance manager of the Merit Casino. The video system was originally installed by local partner Ni-Ti Elektronik Güvenlik Sistemleri, and has been updated to reflect the state of the art regularly since then.

Backgammon Championship.
Backgammon Championship.

“The equipment is totally reliable, and we are very satisfied with the service we receive from Dallmeier and Ni-Ti. In recent years, we have absolutely no problems with the system updates and expansions, which have been carried out regularly so that the video technology has grown in keeping with our requirements. That is important for safeguarding our investment,” declares Oguz.

Meanwhile, the hotel next door, the Merit Park Hotel & Casino, was hosting a backgammon tournament at almost the same time. The 1st Merit Open International Backgammon Championship, offered prize money totalling €15 000. Until that time, the Merit Park Hotel & Casino had not been equipped with a Dallmeier installation, but for this premium event, head of security Oguz wanted to leave nothing to chance. “The old system no longer satisfied our requirements, so we had Dallmeier IPS 2400 appliances and high resolution HD cameras installed especially for this backgammon tournament”, he explains.

Here too, the Dallmeier system has proven so successful in real-life operation that they are switching the entire video installation over to Dallmeier technology permanently at the Merit Park Casino. Oguz confirms: “The Dallmeier cameras deliver razor-sharp images, and the high frame enables us to detect details even with fast movements.”

For more information contact Dallmeier Southern Africa Office, +27 (0)11 979 4540,,

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