Toronto officially has its own live table gaming services!
Good news Toronto citizens and, well, Canadians the country over. After some push-back, Casino Woodbine has finally acquired the necessary permits for the first ever live table games in Toronto. This will surely mean more diverse and enjoyable casino gaming options for players.
It was thanks to the joint force of Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) and Woodbine Racetrack that it finally came to fruition. The announcement was made just last Friday that GCG's subsidiary, One Toronto Gaming (OTG) had received the municipal zoning approvals from Toronto City itself to implement the games. Specifically, implement them at Casino Woodbine.
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So far in its history, Casino Woodbine has been a strictly slots only establishment, alongside its well-known racetrack. In fact, it's been holding races since the 1950s and only added slots to its offerings in 1999. In 2015 it was allowed to open its own casino. Clearly, 2018 marks another big step in a new direction for the land-based casino. One which will pull in a wider audience who only need access to an internet connection.
Following the news, Casino Woodbine has launched 50 live dealer table games – a truly historic moment for OTG and Toronto in general. In addition, the brick and mortar casino has also added around 200 electronic tables and ‘stadium style' games for its players to have a go on.
These 50 live table games feature the classic selection of live baccarat, live roulette, live blackjack and much more for Canadian players. Any table gaming enthusiast will be more than satisfied with the collection available at this casino.
OTG's CEO, Rod Baker, commented:
This is another important achievement for One Toronto Gaming, made possible by the hard work from our team in collaboration with stakeholders including OLG, our regulators, and the City of Toronto.
This not only is a significant step in the expansion and overall development of Casino Woodbine, but this additional gaming amenity has generated over 400 new jobs, and will create another 300 by the end of 2018.
This is because by the end of the year, even more live games and slots will be added to the casino's impressive collection. Casino Woodbine predicts it'll have another 50 live dealer games, and 300 more slot games by the end of the year. This will round up the casino's slot collection up to a massive 3000 slots by the fourth quarter. An impressive achievement, by anyone's measure.
Only last year, the OLG and private equity group Brookfield Business Partners were awarded the Greater Toronto Area gambling deal. This deal involved a bundle of casinos in Toronto, including not only Casino Woodbine, but also Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino. Following this latest achievement for Woodbine, there's no telling what follows next for the other two casinos.
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