Casino Game Layouts
Posted by Jay on 2/18/2011
We often get asked about our CasinoTek line of professional gaming layouts. Most of our customers are familiar with the old fashioned wool blend professional layouts that were the industry standard for over 50 years, but many are just now finding out about the latest and greatest Professional Gaming Layouts. By the late 1990’s, major advancements in digital printing had led to a revolution in the casino layout industry.
From the early days on Las Vegas Boulevard, wool layouts were not the best option, they were the ONLY option. Wool layouts have always been a durable, good quality table covering. They have always been screen printed, using a special “deep dye” process that allows the ink to penetrate deeper into the surface of the cloth, giving it a longer lifespan. This should not be confused with the inexpensive home-style layouts, typically selling for $20 or so. These home-style layouts are printed on craft felt and the screen printing is just on the top surface of the layout. These will tend to “ball up” quickly and the printing will wear off before long.
Wool layouts are limited aesthetically and are quite expensive to produce. Wool layouts are typically a blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon, very similar to what you see on a common pool table. Although there are some differences in the deep-dye process, wool layouts are still printed using standard silk screens. For each color used, a silk screen must be “burned” and used separately. These screens aren’t cheap, especially the larger ones used on Craps and Roulette layouts. When you start doing more elaborate multi-color jobs, these costs can quickly go up and you are still limited eventually with the designs you can print this way. Unfortunately, you will also be limited to the fabric colors available. If you need the perfect shade of blue to match your new logo, you may be out of luck.
In the 1990‘s, the advancements in digital print technology led the way for revolutionary printing techniques on fabric. Before long, this new printing capability opened up a world of possibility for the casino industry. Gone were the days of being limited to a dozen or so fabric colors. No longer did a casino have to limit the printing to 3-4 colors. Synthetic layouts have almost completely taken over the casino industry to become the new standard for all table games. It is typically a 100% polyester material with a feel similar to faux-suede, hence the term "casino suede" used to commonly describe the material. It is extremely durable and is easily treated with fire retardant and spill / stain guards. The printing process is specific to the material, but is similar in overall theory to a typical desktop inkjet printer. The fabric is all white before printing and everything about the layout is printed directly into the fabric fibers. This type of printing allows virtually infinite colors and design options. If it can be designed on a computer, it can be printed on the layout. These layouts look AMAZING! The wool layouts just look "old" and "tired" compared to the new synthetic layouts.
Casino Supply has spent most of the last decade honing our abilities and perfecting the process of printing custom gaming layouts and have become one of the largest manufacturers of gaming layouts in the United States. We have printed thousands of layouts and have shipped to 6 out of the 7 global continents (sorry Antarctica). We print them in our 38,000 square foot facility, centrally located in Dallas, Texas. Our in-house design and production allows to offer competitive pricing and outstanding service, often shipping custom layouts within 72 hours of the initial order.
If you have any questions about our custom or stock gaming layouts, we welcome you to contact us by phone (800 789-2101) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).