Live Table Games Finally Come to Toronto Courtesy of Woodbine Casino
Up until now, the casino has just offered slots, but changes have come via Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and its subsidiary One Toronto Gaming.
Toronto has always been a popular gambling city, and the casino industry has evolved considerably here, and across the Ontario province. While it doesn’t have the influence and scope that British Columbia’s casino industry does, it is clear that Toronto is beginning to catch up, and there are plenty of things to keep in mind when we look at the way Toronto-based casinos are going to develop.
While B.C. casinos claim their revenue is down on account of anti-money laundering rules and regulations, it seems like Toronto and Ontario are beginning to flourish. To be fair, a lot of the casinos here are having to play catch up to get up to a level anywhere close their B.C. counterparts. News broke this week of Woodbine Casino becoming the first in Toronto to offer live table games.
Indeed, it seems that Great Canadian Gaming has teamed up with Woodbine Racetrack to offer a more complete casino experience. Up until now, the casino has just offered slots, but changes have come via Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and its subsidiary One Toronto Gaming. Having secured zoning approvals, OTG has gained the necessary permission to add table games to the formerly slots-only casino.
After renegotiating the deals for employees at several Ontario casinos, including Casino Woodbine earlier this year, Great Canadian Gaming is taking things up and notch and offering much more choice in their casinos. Starting with Woodbine, the introduction of table gaming could set a new precedent across Toronto and the entire Ontario province.
It seems likely there will now be as many as 50 live dealer table games offered at Casino Woodbine, the first time live dealer table games have been available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This is an exciting development for the area, as it looks likely to bring in hundreds of new jobs, not to mention a huge amount of much-needed casino revenue as well.
Early this year, news broke of a planned Woodbine expansion expected to be completed in 2022, that would bring in C$30m more for Toronto annually. Well, with the addition of table gaming in the casino, it seems that residents might not have to wait that long to see the revenue in the area skyrocket.
But, the OTG is not just stopping at table games, and it seems as though there are going to be over 300 new slot machines added as well, making the casino much larger and more popular. It is also going to help create more jobs for the area, and improve the economy of Toronto in the process.
With impressive second-quarter results posted, it seems like Great Canadian Gaming is taking steps to become the dominant force in the Canadian casino world. This is one of the key developments for the future and is going to open the door for a lot more interest in casino gaming across Ontario as a result, hence bringing more money to the area and helping the industry grow.
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