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Problem gamblers can’t claim prizes at Regina and Moose Jaw casinos

Are you a problem gambler? Have you admitted it by signing a self-execution order voluntarily? Have you been handed a ban?

If your answer is yes, then don’t play at Regina and Moose Jaw Casinos. Beginning October 1, they would be fully implementing a new policy which would prohibit problem gamblers from claiming their winnings.

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This new policy is called “disentitlement policy” (Learn more about this policy at: http://www.responsiblegambling.org/docs/discovery-2011/withholding-winnings-from-self-excluders-is-it-the-right-thing-to-do-.pdf?sfvrsn=10) and it authorizes SaskGaming to withhold cash, prizes and credits from gamblers who have sign the self-execution order or have been handed a ban by the casino.

What is the reason behind such a policy?

According to the Director of Gambling Awareness Program-Canadian Mental Health Association, Shauna Altrogge, the chance to win money is a great motivator for problem gamblers. With such a policy in place where they won’t be able to keep their winnings anyway, they would be discouraged …

Brantford Casino lockout on its second week

lockoutUnionized workers at Brantford Casino in Canada have been off the job since September 18. That’s when talks between the workers and the casino broke down.

The issue between the two concerns the fate of the workers’ pension plan if and when the casino is sold to private interests. Currently, the workers are included in the Public Sector Pension Plan. However, once the casino is sold, they will no longer be eligible to join the said plan. The workers want a plan similar to the one they currently have.

But things don’t seem to be moving forward as everyone had hoped.

The lockout is now on its second week with no clear end in sight. But the workers remain hopeful.

“We remain willing and able to return to the bargaining table at any time,” President of Unifor Local 504 (Know the group in detail: http://www.cawlocal.ca/504/), Dave Reston, said. He …

River Rock Casino to serve locally grown produce to its restaurants

tapok005Nothing is better than gambling on a full stomach. It helps one think clearer and decide better.

But River Rock Casino isn’t offering their players just any kind of stomach filler in their restaurants. They have enlisted the services of The Sharing Farm Society (Take a look at their page at:https://www.facebook.com/sharingfarm) to serve food made from ingredients that have been grown organically and locally.

How did this brilliant idea come about?

One summer, a group of executives from the casino volunteered to help clean garlic that’s been freshly harvested. They also assisted in clearing part of the farm which was the supplier of produce for Richmond Food Bank and other local charitable institutions.

That’s when they thought it would be mutually beneficial to let the farm become the supplier for their casino.

James Gates, The Sharing Farm Society manager, said the farm is first and foremost a charitable …

IGT appoints new regional VP for Canada

B9316898470Z.1_20150407190010_000_G6DAEMCRO.1-0David Flinn has been appointed as the regional Vice President for the operations of International Game Technology (IGT) in Canada.

He will be responsible for all the IGT products in Canada (Know the  company better by reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Game_Technology). These products include video lottery terminals and related systems, casino and casino systems, traditional lottery, and interactive gaming.

Senior Vice President of IGT for North America sales and strategic accounts, Nick Khin, said Flinn has the ability and expertise to develop business partnerships in the long term. These qualities would help IGT to further gain momentum in Canada.

“David continues to build upon his winning track record of helping his customers excel across both the gaming and lottery segments,” Khin explained.

Flinn held a number of senior managerial roles in Spielo and Atlantic Lottery Corporation. He joined the IGT group in May of 2011 as general manager and executive director.

Now …

River Cree Resort and Casino breaks ground on new entertainment venue

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The River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta will be having a new entertainment venue and is now in the process of breaking ground.

Their previous entertainment venue aptly called “The Venue” has been closed because it has not met current safety codes. Fortunately, only a minor interruption to the entertainment scheduling resulted because of the closure. No scheduled shows and performances have been cancelled because of it.

“We are very proud to say that we didn’t cancel a single show during the interruption,” General Manager of the River Cree Resort and Casino, Vik Mahajan, said.

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to our community partners who worked with us to accommodate our shows and to our guests and patrons for their patience during the interruption.”

The new entertainment site is 28,000 square feet—that’s 36 percent bigger than the previous site. Seating capacity is approximately 2,500-2,600 persons.

Robert Morin, CEO …

Great Canadian Gaming bought Casino New Brunswick for $95 million

The one and only land-based casino in New Brunswick—Casino New Brunswick—has been sold and bought by the Great Canadian Gaming for a price of $95 million.

Aside from local players, the casino is visited by players from Moncton City and others outside the province.

casino-nb-680x365_cGreat Canadian Gaming, which is a British Columbia-based corporation, believes the purchase will give them the chance to expand in a slowly growing market.  The Casino New Brunswick has been in operation for about five years and has generated an income of almost $40 million.

The transaction pushed through after the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation offered Soncio, the casino’s previous owner, a lucrative financial offer.  It is now up to New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation—the agency that oversees gambling activities in the province—to approve the purchase.

A part of the profits of the casino will be shared with the New Brunswick province, as agreed with …

New casino in Belleville or Quinte West to open in 2017

Belleville_skyline-750x400A new deal has been closed to bring a new casino either to Belleville or Quinte two years from now.

Great Canadian Gaming —which has assets and facilities across Canada and in Washington state (Know more about the company here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Canadian_Gaming)—has been named by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp as the new operator of the first new gaming bundle in the Quinte area along with Peterbough and Kingston sites.

The company will be investing $50 million which will cover the transition and asset purchase.

It will also include the commitment to sign a 20-year casino operating service deal in two established facilities in the first gaming zone, OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs and the other in the third gaming zone, at OLG Casino Thousand Islands. The deal will be finalized next year.

Chuck Keeling, VP of Great Canadian Gaming, said it is still premature to say exactly where …

Paddy Power reveals partnerships in Canada and Spain

 

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Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power has just revealed has just revealed two key developments in their company:

One, they had just renewed their contract with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) in Canada and a new partnership with Reta, a Spanish betting operator.

Under the renewed partnership with BCLC (know about the company here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia_Lottery_Corporation), Paddy Power will be offering fixed odds sports betting service within the borders of the Canadian province. Paddy Power has been providing this B2B service in British Columbia for about three years now.

bclcHead of B2B services for Paddy Power, Cian Murphy, said they are happy to continue with the partnership and to be a part of the corporation’s significant market growth for the past three years.

 

Meanwhile, the Irish gambling company also revealed a new deal they have closed with Reta. Paddy Power will be supplying sports betting products to the Spanish …

Tony Bennett show at Cabaret du Casino cut short, casino to offer partial refund

The show at the Cabaret du Casino last September 3 was a much-awaited event for Tony Bennett fans—the legendary singer will be performing for the re-opening night of the renovated casino. Fans bought tickets which cost as much as $229.

8f2cbc16-16e1-451b-84c8-ae47e45a929b_4431_CUSTOMDuring the performance night, audience said Bennett welcomed everyone by saying he was delighted to be back in Toronto. However, 20 minutes into the 90–minute show, the 89-year old American crooner ended his performance much to the disappointment of the fans.

It was later reported Bennett has complained of a sore throat.

Cabaret du Casino issued a statement about what happened and offered something to quell the disappointment of those who watched:

“Unfortunately, Mr. Bennett was forced to end his performance due to issues affecting his voice,” said the statement. “Although the audience was disappointed, the brief time spent in the presence of this living legend was much appreciated …

Windsor Casino-Canada profit rises due to lower CAD

1loonieProfits for casinos in Canada have been on a decline the past several years ever since stricter border regulations were introduced back in 2009.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (Know more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontario_Lottery_and_Gaming_Corporation) records show casino revenues for Caesars Windsor between 2009 and 2014 have dropped to over $40 million.

But the last few months have seen gains going up for Caesars Windsor.

There are two reasons for the profit increase: the rise in tourism that seems to go hand in hand at a lower Canadian Dollar value.

Reports confirm there is a rise in tourists who visit and shop to take advantage of the low CAD exchange rate. Americans travel across the border to spend their holidays in Canada because they are getting more from their dollar if they spend it there. They also take advantage of tax-free winnings at the casinos.

Spokesperson for Caesars Windsor …