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Great Canadian Gaming reports revenue growth

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Great Canadian Gaming, the Toronto-based gaming company, has reported a rise in revenue in the third quarter of 2018.

The revenues rose to $343.2m and adjusted EBITDA increased to $140.6m in the third quarter, which represents 115 and 124 per cent, respectively, year on year.

The company has recently announced the gaming expansion at Casino Woodbine on its second level, with the introduction of 50 table games and over 300 slot machines. Subsequent to the third quarter of 2018, Casino Woodbine added further gaming capacity on its third level, bringing the total gaming capacity to approximately 3,700 slot machines and 100 table games.

“2018 continues to be an exceptional year for Great Canadian,” said Rod Baker, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “Our third quarter results reflected a full three months of operations from the West GTA Gaming Bundle, which is under Great Canadian’s management since May 1, 2018, and approximately one month of new revenues for Casino Woodbine generated from the introduction of table games and additional slot machines. We expect the new table games, which have been well received by the market, to help develop our customer base.”

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Casino Rama workers vote to strike if necessary

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Casino Rama‘s refusal to meet provincial norms has forced members of Unifor Local 1090 to vote overwhelmingly in favour of a strike if a fair collective agreement cannot be negotiated by the end of the month.

“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “They deserve a fair collective agreement and are prepared to escalate job action to get it.”

Unifor says the Casino’s workers are among lowest paid in Ontario, and the employer’s current scheduling practices make it almost impossible to achieve a reasonable work-life balance.

“Unifor members at Casino Rama have a great relationship with customers and take pride in their work,” said Steve Batchelor, Unifor National Representative for Rama. “It would be unfortunate if Casino Rama triggered a disruption for customers.”

Local 1090 is also seeking to strengthen benefits and the pension plan.

Almost 1,500 workers at Rama including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff, voted to join Unifor in 2015 and achieved their first collective agreement in 2016.

They join more than 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers, including more than 9,000 at casinos. Unifor represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, and other gaming sites across Canada.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited Acquires Chances Casino Kamloops

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Exciting Acquisition Marks the Latest Step in Gateway’s Growth Strategy

 

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) announced that it has acquired Chances Casino Kamloops (Chances Kamloops). Gateway will take over the day-to-day operations of the Chances Kamloops facility effective today. The acquisition makes Gateway the sole gaming provider in Kamloops, as the operator of both Cascades Casino Kamloops and Chances Kamloops.

This strategic acquisition marks the latest step in Gateway’s growth strategy which has seen the company expand their footprint and product offering across Canada with their proprietary casino and restaurant brands.  With the addition of Chances Kamloops, Gateway now operates 26 properties in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario with approximately 8,600 employees.

“This is an exciting day for everyone at Gateway as we welcome Chances Kamloops and their employees to the Gateway family. I’d like to thank the Hart Family for their commitment to the Kamloops communities and we look forward to working with them on a smooth transition,” said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway.

Based in Burnaby, BC, Gateway has made significant investments in the communities where they operate to improve the customer experience, which has brought hundreds of jobs and economic contribution to local economies.

In August 2015, Gateway opened the new Cascades Casino Kamloops – an entertainment destination in Kamloops. The investment features slots and table games, live entertainment, Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and The Buffet.

With operations throughout the Thompson-Okanagan, Gateway has also completed a renovation and rebrand in Kelowna to Playtime Casino Kelowna in March 2018. It opened Cascades Casino Penticton in 2017 and established Match Eatery & Public House at Lake City Casino in Vernon in 2014.

 

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited:

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada. Across its 26 gaming properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta, Gateway currently employs approximately 8,600 people and boasts approximately 429 table games (including 48 poker tables), 13,818 slots, 82 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms. As the new service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle in Ontario, Gateway recently added two new properties and one new planned build in Wasaga Beach to its portfolio.  A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, dramatically improving the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. Some of Gateway’s proprietary brands include Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club.  In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

 

SOURCE: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

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Lotoquebec.com to stream Live Casino from Evolution’s Canadian studio

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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, has announced that it has signed a major agreement with lotoquebec.com to provide the provincial Crown corporation with Live Casino services from Evolution’s production studio in Vancouver.

Lotoquebec.com will be the second online game site operating out of Evolution’s Live Casino production studio in Vancouver, which opened in 2018. Since February, BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) has offered Live Casino to British Columbia and Manitoba, with Evolution the only regulated Live Casino provider in Canada.

The studio is now being expanded to meet projected high demand from players in Quebec. Quebec is Canada’s second most populous province after Ontario, and home to more than 8 million predominantly French speaking people.

In its first move into Live Casino (named Casino en direct in French), lotoquebec.com will offer its players six dedicated tables, five of which will be hosted by French speaking game presenters, as well as four existing tables. The service is expected to go live in January 2019.

Lotoquebec.com’s Live Casino games will all be available on desktop, tablet and smartphone, where the provincial Crown corporation already offers online casino games, poker, sportsbetting, lottery, bingo and XP Games.

Sovanna Phan, Online Product Manager at lotoquebec.com, said: “We’re thrilled to be launching Casino en direct! It’s innovative, and a great addition to what we already offer our customers on lotoquebec.com. It fits hand in glove with our click-and-mortar strategy to engage with customers both online and face-to-face at our casinos.”

Phan added: “We selected Evolution because we wanted a partner with the vision, innovation and capability to deliver localised, convergent solutions that will allow lotoquebec.com to deliver Live Casino in so many ways, to appeal to different players.”

James Stern, Evolution’s Chief Business Officer – America & Land-based, added: “The service we will be providing to lotoquebec.com underlines the flexibility of our Vancouver studio and our vast experience in the provision of Live Casino solutions. Our track record in providing native speaking dealer solutions is a key factor, with lotoquebec.com’s French speaking presenter tables being a key USP when serving the province’s predominantly French speaking population.”

The lotoquebec.com signing follows not only the BCLC agreement in Canada, but also a stream of new business wins for Evolution’s recently opened New Jersey production studio. Together these successes underline Evolution’s growing Canadian and American presence and an extension of the company’s dominance outside of its traditional stronghold in Europe.

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