Casino table games come to London; Wasaga Beach preps to
break ground on its own casino.
There are multiple celebrations going on this week amidst Canada’s
ever-growing casino industry. This week’s news is honed in on the
province of Ontario, where two locations are celebrating enormous
developments in the gaming business.
Londoners are partaking in new games they’ve waited decades for;
games that go far beyond the slot machine limitations of old. Some
250km to the north, the town of Wasaga Beach is anxiously awaiting
the arrival of one very important piece of paper.
Casino Table Games Come to London
The Western Fair District (WFD) has been one of the most
iconic landmarks in London, Ontario since the very first Western Fair
was held in 1868. It was moved to its current location in 1887, and
has catered to wagering activities ever since the Western
Fair Raceway opened in 1961. A very long 38 years later,
the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) installed slot
machines at the Fair. But in all these years, there’s always been
something missing… table games.
On Thursday, August 29, 2019, history was made when WFD’s Gateway
Casino London opened its brand
new table games area for the first time. The new games on
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These aren’t just basic tables, either. Not the flippant
electronic variety that use LCD screens, computer generated cards and
RNG-based shuffling. These are the real thing; live casino tables,
with live dealers.
It’s a nice, fancy set-up, with beautiful new, fine-felted tables,
but Gateway didn’t invest a crazy amount of money into this new live
gaming arena – not because it wasn’t worth the time or money, but
because those tables won’t remain at WFD for long. Once Gateway’s
lease runs out next year, the company has plans to move the 750 slot
machines, and all the new table games, to a new casino destined for
Once the new London casino opens, the number of games will
increase to 900 slot machines and 40 tables. Gateway will transfer
all of its current employees to the new site, and anticipates an
additional 700 job openings to come.
Awaiting Building Permit for Wasaga Casino
Along the eastern shore of Lake Huron, the town of Wasaga Beach is
abuzz with the news that a ground breaking ceremony for the impending
Cascades Casino Wasaga could be just weeks away. Gateways Casinos &
Entertainment – the same group that just installed London’s new
casino table games – announced that it’s been given the thumbs up
by Wasaga Beach City Council to erect a new gaming facility on the
southerly acreage of the Beachwood Road roundabout.
Council’s approval confirmed on Tuesday, Gateway and DAS
Development, the owner of the parcel of land, are able to take the
next step in submitting an application for a building permit. They
are expected to do so as early as next week. It can take several
weeks to receive a building permit for project of this magnitude, but
knowing the proposal has been so closely examined up to this point,
no hiccups are anticipated.
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