Jan 13

Inside Look: ALC online casino comes to New Brunswick.

Inside Look: ALC Online Casino Comes to New Brunswick

Take a step back in time to nearly a decade ago – February 2011. That was when the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corp (NBLGC) first showed documented interest in launching an online casino for its adult population. They had already begun talking with the Atlantic Lottery Corp, which was in the process of filing draft regulations to expand further into online gambling.

The ALC, which supplies regulated gaming services for all four Atlantic provinces – New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – was unable to get those regulations passed. Despite consistent lobbying within the provinces, no progress was made over the next nine years. And then, with no prior notice, residents woke up one morning in August with access to a New Brunswick online casino, courtesy of ALC.

A Look Inside ALC Online Casino New Brunswick

The quiet, overnight launch of internet casino gaming on ALC.ca was a surprise to just about everyone. The start-up came with a small variety of games from digital gambling powerhouse, International Game Technology (IGT); 34 online slot machines, 7 table games, plus IGT’s famous Game King, a dynamic virtual machine that features 9 of the most popular video poker games. ALC promises many more games to come, but for now, you can see the complete list of what’s available below.

Full List of Games (current Jan 13, 2021)

ALC Slot Machines
  • Anchorman
  • Cats
  • Cleopatra
  • DaVinci Diamonds
  • Double Diamonds
  • Doubleplay Super Bet
  • Elephant King
  • Foxin’ Wins
  • Ghostbusters Level Up Plus
  • Golden Goddess
  • Endless Treasure
  • King Kong Fury
  • Little Green Men Nova Wilds
  • Lucky Tree
  • Mad Mad Monkey
  • Medusa II
  • Medusa Megaways
  • Merlin’s Millions
  • Pixies of the Forest
  • Raging Rhino
  • She’s a Rich Girl
  • Siberian Storm
  • Spartacus Gladiator of Rome
  • Sphinx Wild
  • Starmania
  • The Big Easy
  • The Demon Code
  • The Mask
  • Wheel of Fortune On Tour
  • White Orchid
  • Wild Play Super Bet
  • Zeus
  • Zeus III
ALC Table Games
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack Multihand
  • Let it Ride
  • Fortune Pai Gow
  • Roulette
  • Three Card Poker
ALC Video Poker (Game King 9-in-1)
  • Bonus Poker
  • Bonus Poker Deluxe
  • Deuces Wild
  • Deuces Wild Bonus
  • Double Bonus Poker
  • Double Double Bonus Poker
  • Jacks or Better
  • Joker Poker
  • Triple Double Bonus Poker

Who Can Play at ALC Casino Online?

Anyone physically located within any of the Atlantic provinces of Canada is welcome to sign up an account and play the full variety of games in “demo” mode. However, only players in New Brunswick, age 19 and above, are able to deposit and bet real money.

Ways to Move Money In and Out

The ALC website accepts the follow methods of payment.

Deposits: Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Interac and Web Cash.

Withdrawals: Interac, Cheque

Note that ALC offers an optional weekly deposit limit as part of its Responsible Gaming protocol. Players can set, increase, or decrease their weekly deposit limit by logging into the website, then choosing My Account > Play Responsibly, and entering a new limit. It takes 24 hours for a limit increase to be approved, whereas decreases take effect immediately.

What About the Other AC Provinces?

Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are not currently able to gambling at the ALC online casinos. It is open only to eligible players located in New Brunswick. The ALC recently announced its intent to expand into Nova Scotia and PEI, likely to occur sometime in 2021. There are no known intentions of launching the ALC casino website in Newfoundland and Labrador at this time.

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Mar 10

All new Pickering Casino Resort to open in GTA next month.

Pickering Casino Resort Opens in Toronto Area April 2020

A huge celebration will take place just four weeks from now. Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) has announced it will host the long-awaited grand opening of its newest casino next month. Situated just east of Toronto, the all new Pickering Casino is sure to attract a lot of attention from both locals and tourists.

Construction crews are still on site, working at full speed to complete the final stages of the build. GCG is confident that the project will be completed by the second week of April; so confident they’ve set an official date for the grand opening. It’s a launch several years in the making, and one that comes with additional phases in the months ahead.

Pickering Casino Resort Grand Opening April 8, 2020

GCG has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The mid-week party date was intentional, no doubt, as these events tend to come with door prizes for the first however-many guests. Hosting the celebration on a Wednesday should cut down on the number of tourists, making it more convenient for locals to enjoy the festivities.

The grand opening celebration is expected to draw a decent amount of attention as the city’s residents have been hearing about this project for the last few years. No doubt thousands of locals will be eager to explore the property and see what GCG has spent so much time, money and effort putting together.

It was initially believed that the opening of Pickering Casino would spell the end of Ajax Casino at Ajax Down. After all, the new Pickering site is only a 10-12 minute drive from the Ajax gambling destination, also managed by GCG. However, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) decided to keep the Slots at Ajax Downs, thereby preserving racing venue, as well as the jobs of many of that location’s employees. The attraction to Pickering’s new casino will be a) its proximity to Toronto, and b) the availability of live dealer table games.

According to the official website, the Phase One launch will include “over 2,000 Slot Machines, 100 Live Table Games, and 167 Live Dealer Stadium Gaming terminals.” Restaurant menus are said to offer fine dining, pub fare, an “upscale buffet”, and more.

Opposition Still Wary of Market Saturation

The Grater Toronto Area (GTA) is already home to several gambling facilities. Many did – and still do – argue over the need for new gambling property in the Durham region. GCG may have dibs on most of the area’s gambling revenue, but the owners of Casino Rama aren’t so pleased with the situation.

Casino Rama, located 115km north of Toronto, was opened in 1996 by the Chippewa of Rama First Nation. For more than two decades, it was the area’s largest and most visited casino; among the most famous in all of Ontario, outside of the Niagara Falls region. Now, its owners fear the property will eventually be unable to sustain operations as they lose patrons from Ajax, Markham and Pickering. Additional expansions at GCG’s Casino Woodbine and Great Blue Heron Casino in western GTA don’t bode well for them, either. And no doubt it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Hotel and Arena to Open by End of 2020

Before the year is out, construction on Phase Two of the Pickering Casino Resort should be complete as well. When it is, the property will be welcoming the first guests to its 275-room luxury hotel tower. Adjacent to that will be a 2,500 seat arena, promising to host year-round concerts, theatre performances, and other live events.

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Apr 04

At last, Gateway pins down a location for Ontario’s newest casino in Wasaga Beach.

It’s been a full year since Gateway Casinos & Entertainment won the bid to operate the ‘Central Gaming Bundle‘ of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). As the region’s commercial casino service provider, Gateway earned the day-to-day managerial rights of one of Ontario’s most popular gambling establishments, Casino Rama Resort, as well as the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs. Moreover, the company was awarded responsibility for constructing a new casino and entertainment complex in the community of either Collingwood or Wasaga Beach .

It wasn’t long before Gateway decided on Wasaga Beach as the host municipality for the upcoming facility. However, the debate over where to build the casino has been raging for months. Finally, in a press release issued just hours ago, Gateway has announced the location of its upcoming Wasaga Beach casino.

Ontario’s Newest Casino Coming to Wasaga Beach Roundabout

At Last, Gateway Pins Down Site for Ontario's Newest Casino in Wasaga Beach

Gateway Casinos has submitted a proposal requesting permission to build the new gaming and entertainment facility on a 7.5-acre parcel of land in Wasaga Beach’s west end, flanking the Mosley Street roundabout at Lyons Court and Beachwood Road. Local and provincial officials will be looking over the proposal this week.

There’s little doubt that the necessary approvals will come swiftly, at which point Gateway can complete the acquisition of the plot and begin hiring crews for the construction phase of the property. The proposed casino would feature a range of slot machines and table games, along with a host of other amenities and attractions for guests.

No specifics are being leaked just yet on what the site will look like. The overall size and scope of the development will be discussed in the coming weeks, detailing the range of new employment opportunities, plans for food and beverage amenities, and other local economic investments. No doubt Gateway will put its stamp on the community with its signature MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet dining options.

Assuming provincial and municipal approvals are met in a timely fashion, construction of the new casino – likely to be named Gateway Wasaga Beach – is expected to begin sometime this spring.

Town Leader Praises Efforts for New Wasaga Beach Casino

None were more pleased by the announcement than Nina Bifolchi, Mayor of Wasaga Beach. On behalf of the community, she welcomed Gateway to the area with open arms and emphatic praise.

“We are thrilled that Gateway has settled on a site that will best meet its business needs and we look forward to the construction phase starting,” said Mayor Bifolchi. “We know that Gateway has a tremendous track record in its industry, they are truly leaders, and we look forward to a strong and positive relationship with them in Wasaga Beach.”

Keith Andrews is the Senior VP and Managing Director for Gateway Casinos Ontario. He offered the enthusiastic sentiments of his company in a brief statement.

“We are very pleased to announce that we expect to soon be able to move forward with our plans to build an exciting new casino and entertainment destination in the Town of Wasaga Beach,” he said. “We look forward to receiving all the necessary provincial and municipal approvals and concluding the land transaction so we can start construction as quickly as possible.”

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Dec 27

Bright future for Gateway Casinos of Ontario as Central Gaming Bundle plans develop.

Bright Future for Gateway Casinos of Ontario as Central Bundle Plans DevelopOver the summer, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment won an $89 million bid to control Ontario’s Central Gaming Bundle. The company won the managerial rights to three gambling destinations, including the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs (since rebranded Gateway Casino Innisfil), Casino Rama Resort, and a future gaming site to be located in Wasaga Beach (pending final approvals).

As the old saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. Gateway is undertaking a major project here that’s already seen renovations begun at the Innisfil site, and, if word around the water cooler is accurate, there may be a storm brewing in Rama, where there’s talk of a possible strike in January. At least things are looking good in Wasaga Beach, where Gateway has big plans for a future casino.

Gateway Casinos of Ontario Looking Ahead to 2019

To date, the most progress has been seen in Innisfil, where Gateway Casinos is in the process of renovating the former OLG Slots at Georgian Downs. This particular property is a big money-maker for the province, being home to about 950 slot machines and an assortment of electronic table games. Now, following Gateway’s acquisition and modernization, players will have access to an additional 26 table games and more contemporary features.

Casino Rama, located on the tribal lands of the Chippewa of Rama First Nations, is another boon for the economy, but could become a problem child for its new managing partners. The leasing agreement is already a complicated one. Owned by the tribe, the casino is sub-leased to provincial regulators, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG), who in turn sub-sub-leases it to Gateway Casinos. Needless to say, if there’s need for change, the decision making process can become painfully slow.

Add to this a probable union strike, and Gateway has its work cut out for them. Unifor Local 1090 already has three meetings scheduled for this week to discuss a multitude of improvements for employees. If past history has taught us anything, it’s that resolutions don’t often come before the picket lines.

Adding Wasaga Beach Casino to Central Gaming Bundle

Finally, things are looking way up in Wasaga Beach, where Mayor Brian Smith is touting the significance of a new casino in their great city. The casino, which received municipal approval in October, is expected to bring 400 jobs to the area while attracting players from far and wide to partake in its 300 slot machines and up to 120 seats worth of gaming tables.

“I am very happy to announce that Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. has chosen our great town for the location of the newest Casino,” said Mayor Smith back in October. “This is great news for Wasaga Beach. It will bring hundreds of well paying jobs & millions of dollars in revenue. Onward and upward Wasaga.”

According to sources, there are as many as five locations in queue that could become the future home of what will no doubt become, Gateway Casinos Wasaga Beach. This is sure to be the largest development at the Gateway Casinos of Ontario in the coming year.

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Nov 30

Legal challenge puts new casino in Sudbury on ice.

Legal Challenge puts Gateway's Plans for a New Casino in Sudbury on IceThe people of Greater Sudbury, Ontario have been promised a fantastic new community gathering space to be called the Kingsway Entertainment District. Funding for the project is coming from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, estimated to cost $55.5 million. With Gateway at the helm, it would, of course, include a new gambling facility, to be called Starlight Casino Sudbury.

Some love the idea. Some despise it. Even Sudbury City Council has shown mixed feeling for the concept. But that didn’t stop them from voting in favor of granting initial municipal approval for the project. And now, following a legal challenge from adverse parts of the community, even Gateway admits the new casino “may not be completed…at all”.

Gateway Displays Doubt for New Casino in Sudbury

On November 20, 2018, Gateway Casinos filed documentation with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding many of its Ontario gaming properties. Within that near-500-page document (found on page 12) is an assessment of Sudbury Downs Slots; the property Gateway gained in its $79,349,000 acquisition of Ontario’s Northern Gaming Bundle in December 2016, and the very one it plans to relocate in its construction of the Kingsway Entertainment District.

The current Sudbury Downs Slots facility is attached to the Sudbury Downs racetrack in Chelmsford, 23km northwest of downtown Sudbury. Its 33,000sq.ft. gaming floor is home to 427 slot machines. Gateway’s lease on the property is good through March 31, 2020—right about the time the company had hoped to complete construction and hold the grand opening of the new casino property on the Kingsway on Greater Sudbury.

Now, it seems the whole process is guaranteed to be delayed. Whether the delay is short-term or long-term, temporary or permanent, is yet to be decided.

Timeline for Starlight Casino Sudbury Indeterminable

In its SEC filing, Gateway notes that, regarding the “initial municipal approval for the relocation” of Sudbury Downs Slots to the Kingsway location:

…an appeal of that decision has been filed in the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal by certain individuals and community groups which, if successful, would delay the proposed relocation pending further appeals or court challenges.”

If all goes according to best-case scenario, the first tribunal hearing should occur sometime next summer, with a ruling to come in September 2019, “at the earliest”. That’s an at-best assessment, though. Tribunal hearings are always subject to potential extensions, delays, and subsequent challenges.

Gateway concludes in its risk factors for hopeful investors that a number of its Ontario casino properties –including the intended future home of Starlight Casino Sudbury—may suffer temporary, if not permanent, delays.

The expansion, rebranding and/or relocation of the Cascades Casino Langley, Chances Mission, Dresden Raceway Slots, Point Edward Casino, Western Fair District London Slots, Sudbury Downs Slots, Hanover Raceway Slots and Gateway Innisfil may not be completed on a timely basis, on anticipated terms or at all.”

If the new casino in Sudbury does come to fruition, on time or not, the gaming floor would be a bit smaller at 32,000sq.ft. However, it would contain a wider variety of gambling amusements, upping the slot machines to 600 and throwing in a selection of 21 table games. The property would also offer visitors a steakhouse, buffet and sports bar.

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Nov 07

USA and Canada slot machines market a gold mine in 2018.

American and Canadian Slots Sales on the RiseThe global gambling industry has had its fair share of ups and downs. Whether by natural disaster or tumbling economic design, the pitfalls can be devastating for casinos and their game suppliers. Conversely, when the waves are cresting, the celebrations abound, worthy of uncorking the finest Boërl & Kroff Brut.

That’s where the slot machine manufactures that supply the North American market are right about now. According to the latest research report by the experts at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, American and Canadian slots sales are up. They attribute the launch of several new and renovated casinos across the region has a lot to do with it.

USA & Canada Slot Machines a Gold Mine in Q2-2018

According to the report, the second quarter of 2018 has been the most lucrative for slots manufacturers servicing in the North American casino sector. Sales are up 15.7% across the USA and Canada combined.

North American Gambling – USA and Canada Slot Machines a Gold MineEilers & Krejcik point to the expansion of new casinos across the continent as the most pertinent source of increasing distribution. Just a few short years ago, an economic recession forced several casinos to close their doors, especially in New Jersey. In 2014 alone, the number of Atlantic City casinos dropped from 12 to 7, and continued to decline over the next two years.

Now, as the economy climbs out of recession, there’s been a resurgence in land-based casinos. Two new resorts opened in Atlantic City in June 2018; Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Atlantic City. MGM Resorts opened the doors to it latest integrated resort property, MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, in August 2018.

North of the 49th parallel, more new casinos are opening their doors and widening their floors. The two largest private gaming companies in Canada, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment and Great Canadian Gaming, have procured one contract after another to build new casinos, or expand the size of existing ones, from Vancouver, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario.

Gateway’s renovated and rebranded Starlight Casino at the West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton, Alberta) opened in September, followed by GCG’s launch of Shorelines Casino in Peterborough, Ontario in October. Those properties alone added about 1,000 new slots games to the gaming equipment invoices.

More Room for USA & Canadian Slots

Last month, everyone who is anyone in the gambling industry was in Las Vegas for the annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Todd Eilers and Adam Krejcik were, of course, among them. The two made some bold predictions at G2E 2018, including the prediction that there’s vast room for continued growth in the USA and Canada slot machines market.

“There are 106,000 slots currently installed in 10 legal route markets in North America,” Eilers told the crowd of attendees. “We believe there is untapped potential for an additional 200,000 to 300,000 incremental games.”

He also notes that of the total $6.9 billion in global gaming equipment sales last year, an estimated 81% ($5.59bn) was linked directly to slot machine installments. Eilers estimates the overall figure is on pace to reach $7.1 billion by the end of 2018.

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Aug 20

Casinos in Macau responsible for soon-to-be richest place on the planet.

Casinos in Macau to make Richest Place on EarthA new study by International Money Fund (IMF) is looking closely at the richest localities in the world. Qatar, a sovereign state in Western Asia, is the current title holder, where a population of 2.64 million earns an average of $139,151 per year. According to the study, however, Qatar will lose its position by 2020 to Macau, China’s one and only gambling hub.

The shift in wealth is no doubt reliant on the proliferation of gambling in Macau casinos. The autonomous territory—one with a moderate level of self-governance—is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. As such, it’s no surprise the area’s gambling enterprise is so wildly affluent; growing faster and faster with each passing year.

Casinos in Macau Increasing Wealth Per Capita

Not even two decades ago, Macau was a territory Portugal. It had been since 1557, when the Chinese government leased the area to the Portuguese Empire to serve as a trading post. The degree of governance shifted several times over the years, then in 1999, Macau was officially returned to China. However, it sustained semi-sovereignty upon transfer, giving the local government the authority to legalize casino gambling.

In 2001, the first casinos appeared in the territory. That year, Macau’s gross domestic product (GDP) came in at $34,500 per capita. Now, 17 years later, the Macau gambling industry is bustling, home to the Cotai Strip—the eastern hemisphere’s bigger and more glamorous mimicking of the Las Vegas Strip in North America. It is the second richest locality in the world, behind Qatar… for the moment.

The IMF report suggests that, by 2020, the so-called ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient‘ is going to surpass Qatar as the richest place, per capita, on the planet. The study’s GDP forecast shows that, two years from now, Macau will earn approximately $143,116 per person. Qatar’s GDP will rise, but at a lower rate. And by 2023, the gap between them will increase even further, with Macau projecting $172,681 per capita, and Qatar $158,117 per capita.

Macau Casinos 100% Responsible for Growing Wealth

There’s absolutely no denying that Macau would not be anywhere close to where it is now without the presence of so many opulent casinos and luxury hotels, combined with the fact that gambling is illegal everywhere else in China. As a direct result, the entire nation’s gambling liquidity is funneled into a single district.

Macau serves as the gambling hub for the entire Pan Pacific region, as well, catering to the wealthiest junkets on Mainland China and beyond. According to economic statistics, the gambling industry supplies at least 50% of the region’s GDP, and funds more than 70% of the government’s coffers

As of 2016, there are 36 casinos in Macau. Most are multi-billion-dollar properties, many being investments of North America’s largest, Vegas-based corporations like Las Vegas Sands Corp, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts International.

Rounding out the list of top five richest locations per capita by 2020, IMF projects; Macau, Qatar, Luxembourg, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.

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May 31

How long do online casino deposits takes?

How Long do Online Casino Deposits TakeIf you’re wondering how long it takes to process online casino deposits, it’s safe to assume you’re new to the iGaming community. Don’t worry, we’ll answer all your depositing time frame questions, and maybe a few others along the way.

IMPORTANT: Before I go on, assuming you are new to real money online casino games, please heed this warning. Only register an account and deposit with reputable, well-established gambling sites that are licenced, regulated and in compliance with the highest security and player protection standards. Join a brand new or disreputable site that’s licenced in some lax jurisdiction like Costa Rica, and you’ll have no trouble depositing, but you may hit a brick wall when it comes time to cash out!

How Long do Online Casino Deposits Take?

The truth is, the time it takes to process a deposit depends on the payment method you use. Some can take a few minutes, others a few days. Fortunately, most are instant, appearing in your account within seconds of submitting the funds. We’ll briefly review the most common payment methods, and the time it takes to process online casino deposits.

Credit Card Deposits

Visa and MasterCard are accepted by almost every online casino on the market. Some also accept AmEx and Discover, though these sites are rare. The time it takes to complete a deposit depends entirely on the time it takes the credit card company to approve the purchase. Most often, it’s about a minute; up to 3 minutes at most.

Debit Card Deposits

Thanks to electric fund transfer (EFT) technology, debit card purchases are instant. As soon as you press the button, the payment info is sent to your bank, which immediately checks to see if the necessary funds are available, then responds with a yes or no. It’s all electronic, so we’re talking a matter of seconds here.

The funds won’t actually arrive in the casino’s bank for a few days. But the beauty of EFTs is, since the operator knows it’s coming, they grant player’s access to the money immediately.

Prepaid Gift Cards and Vouchers

Prepaid cards, gift cards and vouchers work the same as credit cards. It takes about 1-3 minutes at most to verify that the funds are available before the deposit is approved.

Instant eCheck / Instant Bank Transfer

Instant eChecks are an electronic version of paper checks. Instant Bank Transfers are essentially the same thing, but do not require the check number from a paper check. Both are sent via EFT, and require the player’s bank account number, along with the bank’s name and routing number. Being EFTs, they are both processed instantly.

Web Wallets

Web wallets (aka eWallets or online payment processors), include companies like ecoPayz, EntroPay, PayPal, Neteller, and Skrill. They create a link between the player and their personal bank account, allowing players to deposit funds to the eWallet, or transfer them to the casino direct from their bank. Web wallets are a very popular among online casino players. Not only are they an instant deposit option (using EFT technology), they are also eligible for withdraws. Most will even supply their members with an ATM card for instant access to their money following a cashout.

Bank Wire

Bank wires can be slow, and expensive. Unless you have no other option, this probably isn’t the best way to go. Wire transfers usually take 2-3 business days to arrive at the online casino’s bank. Some operators will go ahead and grant you access to the funds, so long as they are assured the money is on the way (similar to EFT). Check the details on the casino’s banking page before using this method.

Check by Mail

Virtually no one uses this method anymore; at least not for deposits. Withdraws yes, when time isn’t of the essence, but that’s about it. It is still an option at some gambling websites, though, so we’ll include it here. An international casino can take 2-3 weeks to receive this form of payment. So if your purpose of researching how long online casino deposits take is to find something quick, don’t choose this one!

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Apr 30

Gateway announces full plans for Canada’s newest casino in Delta.

Gateway plans for Canada's newest casino in DeltaFor months now, residents in the City of Delta in southwest British Columbia have heard tale of a new casino coming to their area. They’ve sat in on extensive meetings between City Council and Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the company proposing the project. They’ve anxiously awaited the chance to weigh in on the potential property.

Until last week, one question has remained unanswered. What will the newest casino in Canada entail?

That question was finally answered when Gateway unveiled the full scope of its plans last week. In a press release on Thursday, the company officially gave the impending gambling establishment a name, revealing a bevy of information about the proposed complex.

Full Plans for Canada’s Newest Casino in Delta

First things first, Gateway announced the title of the property, to be located upon the current lot of the Delta Town and Country Inn (6005 Hwy 17A) in Ladner, BC. It will – upon approval – take on the Cascades brand of Gateway establishments; the official name being Cascades Casino Delta.

The casino will feature the usual Cascades brand ornamentation, with a thematic design revolving around the concept of “Play”. Gracing the gaming floor will be 500 slot machines and 24 table games. Gateway’s ultimate goal is to provide players with the “casual ambiance” of a locals casino, but on a grander scale like that of larger, full-service entertainment destinations.

Gateway lauds the success of its previous BC Cascades casinos in Langley, Kamloops and Penticton, and is already preparing to launch the first Cascades casino in Ontario. Construction on that property in Chatham-Kent will begin this Spring. The Delta property, upon approval, is slated to open in 2020.

Cascades Casino Delta – Other Features and Amenities

Other features of the casino complex are sure to bring in locals, as well as tourists, to the Delta area. The plans for the property’s hotel will see up to 124 rooms and meeting space for business conferences and and conventions, and call for a capacious, 800-space free parking lot.

Patrons will have bountiful dining opportunities, including a number of Gateway’s signature eateries. Among the many restaurants will be a MATCH Eatery and Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish, and The Buffet. Cascades Casino Delta will also play host to Halley’s Club, a modern approach to classic food, cocktails and live music in a bygone, speakeasy environment.

Public Hearing Tomorrow, May 1

Tomorrow at 6pm in the Main Hall of the Ladner Community Centre (4734 51st Street), residents are invited to take part in a public hearing, where they’ll get their first chance to weigh in on the topic of Canada’s newest casino in Delta. City officials will be discussing everything from Gateway’s request for rezoning of the property along Highway 17A, to the BCLC’s interest in allowing Gateway to develop Delta into the province’s next host gaming facility.

Gateway CEO Tony Santo is heralding the project as an economical boon for the locality and surrounding areas.

“The proposed $70 million investment in Delta would bring up to 700 new jobs and careers to the area when we open, and millions in economic spin-offs throughout construction and beyond,” says Santo. “We look forward to bringing this state of-the-art entertainment destination to this rapidly growing community.”

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Mar 22

More Ontario casinos go to Gateway in OLG’s Central Gaming Bundle.

Gateway wins bid for Central Ontario CasinosThe Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) has spent the last few years allocating the managerial responsibilities of its casino properties to Canadian gaming operators. After a long and arduous procurement process, including months of deliberation over a multitude of bidders, the OLG finally made its selection last week.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, OLG chose Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. as the winner of its Central Gaming Bundle. Gateway was also the regulator’s choice to host Ontario’s North and Southwest gaming bundles back in 2016.

Gateway to Manage More Ontario Casinos

As per the announcement, Gateway will take over the day to day operations of Ontario’s Casino Rama and the OLG Slots at Georgian Downs in Innisfil. In addition, the company will have the opportunity to develop a new casino in central Ontario.

Preliminary plans call for an additional gaming facility to be constructed in Collingwood or Wagasa Beach. City staff members in those locations will have to weigh proposals and receive input from the public before a decision is made.

Gateway CEO Tony Santo expressed his pleasure with the provincial regulator’s decision to put them in charge of yet another group of casinos in Ontario. “We are very pleased to once again partner with OLG as the service provider in the Central Gaming Bundle,” he said in a press release announcing the procurement.

“Gateway has become the standard for gaming and hospitality in Canada and the award of this bundle allows us to build on that leadership position,” continued Santo. “We look forward to working with our new team members at Casino Rama Resort and OLG Slots at Georgian Downs.”

Stephen Rigby, President and CEO of OLG, explained the choice in a statement. “Selecting Gateway is the latest step OLG is taking as we continue to bring new jobs and economic development to communities across Ontario. The investments Gateway will make in the central region will enhance the gaming experience for customers and help OLG increase its contribution to the Province of Ontario.”

OLG Defends Fairness in Procurement Process

In December of 2016, OLG chose Gateway to manage its North and Southwest casino bundles. That gave the operator control of 9 casinos and slots facilities, plus the rights to construct several more gaming properties in those regions. It’s all part of the regulator’s Modernization Plan, but some are questioning whether Gateway has become ‘teacher’s pet’ in the selection process.

It’s become so apparent that OLG actually defended its choice in the announcement:

To OLG, the integrity of its procurement process is of the utmost importance.

In order to ensure an open and transparent process for all proponents, OLG has engaged the services of an impartial Fairness Monitor to advise throughout the process and provide oversight on the fairness of the procurement.”

Pending closure requirements on Gateway’s part, the company – which has become Canada’s largest casino gaming corporation, thanks majorly to OLG – is expected to take over its new managerial duties at the central Ontario casinos sometime during the summer of 2018.

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