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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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Integrity of Ontario Slot Machines a Three-Man Job

OLG, AGCO and Ontario casino operators ensure fairness of slot machines. In Ontario, slot machines are the greatest source of gambling revenue. A virtual font of wealth, they generate millions of dollars every month, filling the provincial exchequer before spilling over into the coffers of their respective host municipalities. In part, their popularity is attributable to a positive degree of trust between players and those responsible for ensuring the fairness of each game. It’s not a single entity that takes on this formidable task. There are three such parties in charge of Ontario’s gaming oversight. They do not work in tandem, exactly, but rather like a gradual chain of command. If one link in the chain becomes weak, he must answer to the next higher link in the chain, who can either support the weak link, or banish it from the chain. Esoteric metaphors aside, let’s take a closer look … 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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Alberta seeks a Slice of Online Gambling Pie

Will Alberta be Next Province to join the Canada Online Gambling Market? It’s January—a month that calls for inherent introspect and change. We all do it. Many of us vow to eat healthier, get more exercise, or work towards a better position of employment. Resolutions aren’t just for individuals, though,. The province of Alberta, Canada is looking to make some constructive changes, too, promoting the salubrity of its gaming revenue. For a while now, Alberta’s government has shown interest in the provincial regulation of online gambling. Up until recently, interest is all it was. Now, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is taking steps to get the ball rolling. If successful, Saskatchewan would be the only province in Canada that does not offer any form of internet-based gambling (lottery, casino, poker, sports, racing, etc.) AGLC Seeks Partner for Online Gambling To be successful in today’s modern age of business, it … Continue reading

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NS Gaming Corp Slaps its Own Wrist

NS Gaming Corp vows never again to fund expert witnesses. When a government agency is in the wrong, and the public finds out about it, the results could be anything from major firings throughout the group, to a slap on the wrist by some higher government organization. In the case of Nova Scotia Gaming Corp (NSGC), they are ostensibly hoping to avoid any range of extrinsic punishment by metaphorically slapping their own wrists. It all stems from a situation that arose in late 2018. The provincial gaming regulator made the shady decision to fund a trip for so-called expert witnesses, who testified in the regulator’s favor. Thanks in part to their testimony, a bill was passed that will inevitably increase revenue for the NSGC. Buying Lobbyists To Shrink Problem Gambling Program The Crown Corporation coerced the three witnesses to travel to Nova Scotia from across the country by offering to … Continue reading

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DOJ taking Another Look at US Online Gambling Laws

Are US and Canada to become the doppelgangers of online gambling regulation? The way US and Canada online gambling laws stand now, there are many similarities, with a few important contrasts. But there are waves rising in the waters on both sides of the 49th parallel that could bring them closer to egalitarianism than ever before. According to the Associated Press, the US Department of Justice is rethinking its opinion towards cross-border player pooling between states where online gambling is lawfully regulated. At the same time, an argument for the legalization of single-event sports betting is brewing in Canada. Major Similarities Between US and Canada Online Gambling Laws There’s a lot these neighboring nations have in common when it comes to internet gambling. The most critical is the way their federal governments pass responsibility off to their subdivision of jurisdictions. In the US, the federal government decides what forms of … Continue reading

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Toronto Sports Betting to revitalize Woodbine Racetrack?

Can single game sports betting in Canada save Toronto horse racing? The legal status of gambling activities in Canada are plainly systematic in some ways, yet disorienting in others. Horse racing – check; federal level. Lotteries – check; provincial level. Casinos – check; provincial level. Sports betting – um, yes and no; provincial regulation amidst federal convolution. Confused yet? Most people are. The fact is, the federal government enjoys having reign over the racing industry, as it was for decades the most popular form of gambling in the nation. It’s federally regulated so that all provinces can host it—and profit from it—regardless of their governing opinion towards gambling as a vice or pastime. Now, equestrian sports are flagging, while other athletic betting opportunities rise. But Canadians aren’t able to place wagers on a single football or hockey game (at least, not here in Canada), and only the provinces are capable … 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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Slovakia Starts New Year with Online Gaming Regulation

Then Slovakia jumped out ahead of the Canada online gambling market… For years, I’ve been pondering the future of Canada’s mish-mash online casino laws. Some provinces offer internet gambling, some do not. Those who do monopolize the industry, claiming to be the only legal source, and yet players can access international operators with no legal threat of repercussions. It creates a confusing situation for Canadian iGamers, and prevents our government from collecting the millions in revenue that forward-thinking jurisdictions have been wrangling for years. Over the last decade, I’ve twice predicted our government would take the regulatory plunge, in one direction or another. Both times, I was wrong. We have not made the more likely (and unfavorable) move to outlaw international gaming sites, nor have we taken the more lucrative (and preferable) option to offer licenses to international iGaming operators. Today, my disappointment rings louder than ever as I solemnly … Continue reading

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