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Great Canadian Gaming sells Great American Casinos

GCG pins focus on Canada, sells Washington casinos for $56 million. Established in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) has long since strived to be just that – Canada’s greatest gaming corporation. More than two dozen casinos later, GCG accomplished that goal long ago, now standing tall alongside Gateway Casinos & Entertainment as the only dominant commercial casino competitors in the Great White North. What many visitors of their multitude of properties across British Columbia, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces may not realize is that, despite its region-bearing name, Great Canadian Gaming also operates a few gambling establishments to the south. That’s because the company launched those operations under a subsidiary branch, aptly titled Great American Casinos (GAC). After shutting down one of those operations less than two years ago, the Coquitlam-based corporation has decided its American investments are no longer worthy of pursuit. The latest financial headlines indicate GCG is … Continue reading

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Gateway seeks Temporary Home for Sudbury Casino

With lease expiring, Gateway Casino at Sudbury Downs seeks temporary asylum. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, operator of the slots parlor at Ontario’s Sudbury Downs racetrack in Chelmsford, has found itself in quite a pickle. The company has spent so much time and energy working towards the upcoming Gateway casino project in the Kingsway Entertainment District, they’re now facing the fast-approaching expiration of their lease at the Sudbury casino. The way things stand now, the Sudbury slot machines will have no home as of April 1, 2020, the day after the current lease expires. Due to a number of stacked delays between the project proposal and construction phase of the KED casino, that property isn’t projected to open until 2022. That’s two years of downtime that Gateway looking for a way to avoid. Sudbury Casino Debacle 2016-2022 When Gateway won the bid for Ontario’s Northern Bundle in December of 2016, the … Continue reading

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South Huron Council Picks Grand Bend Casino Location

City selects Grand Bend as best location for Gateway’s new casino in South Huron, Ontario. Building a new casino in Ontario is no easy task. Forget the cost or the labor involved. In the time it takes to get from, ‘Hey, wanna build a casino?‘, to ‘Welcome to our grand opening!‘, you could have a child and send it to college! We’re still in the infantile stages of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp‘s (OLG) desire to build a gambling facility in South Huron, which is all the more impressive since it’s likely that a destination for the casino has already been chosen. But there still may be a very, very long road ahead. Discontent from neighboring communities could be the first hurdle in moving forward. With that said, it’s been confirmed that a majority vote by South Huron City Council has pin pointed a preferred location for the upcoming … Continue reading

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Chatham Ontario Casino Construction Ahead of Schedule

Cascades Chatham Casino aims for grand opening on Canada Day. It’s not often that a major, multi-million-dollar construction job is able to finish ahead of schedule – least of all a full month and a half ahead of schedule. But that’s exactly what the pit crew is hoping for at the new Chatham, Ontario casino site. According to the construction job’s crew manager and the CEO of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, the company in charge of building the new gambling facility, the people of Chatham-Kent may have twice the celebration in store come July 1. It’s not just Canada Day, it’s the date Gateway is hoping to be able to host its grand opening. Cascades Chatham Casino Aims for Canada Day Gateway Casinos Chief Executive Tony Santo and Robert Principe, Project Manager for BTL Construction, the firm contracted to build the $36 million, 45,000 square foot entertainment facility, welcomed members … Continue reading

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Gateway Throws in the Towel on Western Fair Casino

No casino at Western Fair District; Gateway buys property on Wonderland Road for new London casino. In December 2016, seventeen long years after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) first began leasing the construct that houses slot machines at London’s Western Fair District, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment became the proud new manager of the now-two-decades old gaming facility. At that time, it was believed that Gateway would expand the property, building a full-fledged casino, along with the hotel and additional dining options. Two years later, it’s finally been determined that Gateway will not get such an opportunity. There will be no casino at Western Fair District. Negotiations between Gateway, London, WFD owners, and OLG—which have moved along at a snails pace at best for more than a year—have officially ended. With no affable lease agreement in sight, Gateway casinos has confirmed the acquisition of a property along Wonderland Road … Continue reading

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Odds of Casino in Victoria, BC getting Slim

Helps no help for supporters of more casino gambling in Victoria. In 2015, Victoria, British Columbia seemed like the perfect place to build a new casino. The provincial capital already had one gambling destination just outside of town. Being such a populace city, there was easily room for two. With the majority of city officials on board, they submitted their interest to the BC Lottery Corp, and in 2016, Victoria was selected as the prime location for the new gaming facility. The odds of a casino in Victoria were high. Everyone praised the decision—except perhaps the owners of the casino in nearby View Royal. Mayor Lisa Helps led the pack of supporters, calling it “a win for everyone”. More recently, however, her mood has flipped entirely. No More ‘Helps’ for Casino Gambling in Victoria Last month, BCLC sent a letter to Victoria City Council stating that they’re ready to move … Continue reading

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Gateway’s Future Plans for Northern Ontario Casinos

Gateway reveals grand plans for casinos in Northern Ontario. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is Canada’s largest private gambling company. It is responsible for 27 casinos and gaming facilities across the country. In a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), we learned exactly what the company’s intentions are for the future of those locations. For existing Northern Ontario casinos, it doesn’t appear much is going to change in the foreseeable future. Back in December of 2016, Gateway signed a 20-year service agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) to take over the day-to-day managerial duties of its northern casino properties. Those properties include the OLG Slots facilities in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay. The group is also tasked with building new casino properties in Kenora and North Bay. Tepid Future for Casinos in Northern Ontario Gateway’s SEC filing is offering some interesting prospects … Continue reading

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Cascades Casino Delta Strikes Pay Dirt with BCLC Approval

New BC casino resort in Delta gets final approval from BCLC. Month after month, question after question, delay after delay… That’s the typical scenario whenever a private company seeks to build a new casino anywhere in British Columbia—anywhere in Canada, for that matter. There’s an endless strain of red tape attached. Municipal debate, zoning by-law amendments, city approval, disputes with neighboring cities. It can take many months, if not years, just to get the necessary signatures to put a shovel in the ground. That’s exactly what Gateway Casino & Entertainment and the people of Delta have experienced since 2016. This week, the waiting and wondering are finally over. Cascades Casino Delta will be coming to the intersection of Highways 99 and 17A, near the Massey Tunnel. Odds are, the total construction time will be less than the time it took to get from RFI to Approved. BCLC Approves New BC … Continue reading

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Shorelines Casino Peterborough Grand Opening Today, Oct 15

New Shorelines Casino in Ontario, Canada opens today. Today is the big day for residents of Peterborough, Ontario. The newest Shorelines Casino will open its doors for the first time, and all are invited to come join in the festivities this evening. If you don’t have any plans for this evening, keep reading, and plan to arrive early. Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership (OGELP), the subsidiary of Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) in charge of the operation, announced the big event on Thursday. According to the press release, the grand opening celebration will commence at 5:00pm, with special gifts for the first 2,500 attendees. Grand Opening of New Shorelines Casino in Ontario, Canada The new casino, located at Crawford Drive and The Parkway, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5pm today. According to the press release, the first 2,500 guests to enter will receive “a special gift to commemorate the opening.” … Continue reading

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Gateway Investing $18M into Playtime Casino Hanover

Gateway adding restaurants, new slot machines and table games to Hanover Casino. The city of Hanover, Ontario is about to receive an entertainment makeover. Pending the requisite approval of provincial gaming regulators, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is prepared to invest an estimated $18 million into its existing gambling establishment, currently known as Gateway Casinos Hanover. The expansion will come with a larger casino gaming floor, two new restaurants and a complete rebranding of the property. The new name will fall in line with several of Gateway’s gambling facilities in British Columbia, taking on the Playtime Casino brand. With the city on board, and the green light from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) sure to follow close behind, the project is due for completion by December 2018. OLG Slots to Become Playtime Casino Hanover Gateway Casinos is one of Canada’s largest, privately owned gambling operators. The company currently manages … Continue reading

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