Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announces today the temporary suspension of gaming facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, effective Monday, March 16 and until further notice in an effort to contribute to the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
The suspension of the Company’s gaming facilities was made in consultation with the respective lottery corporations and based on announcements from health authorities regarding the risk of possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus in venues where the public may congregate in significant numbers. No cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported by any guests or employees of the Company at any of its properties and the closures are preventative in nature to limit the potential for transmission of the virus. The suspensions are temporary and will be reviewed as the situation with respect to the COVID-19 virus evolves.
Great Canadian is committed to providing a safe environment for all its guests and staff and will provide further updates as they develop. “On behalf of our 10,000 team members across the country, and the millions of guests we have the privilege of hosting and entertaining each year, we know we have a role to play in the fight to slow down the spread of COVID-19,” stated Rod Baker, Chief Executive Officer. “We are taking this unprecedented and proactive step along with the countless other organizations across the country that are taking similar action to collectively contain the spread of COVID-19,” added Baker.
On February 14, 2020 the Company commenced a substantial issuer bid (the “Issuer Bid”) pursuant to which, as amended, on March 11 2020, holders of common shares (“Shares”) were invited to tender some or all of their Shares at a price within the range of $39.00 to $46.00 per Share. The Company announces today that it has terminated its offer to purchase up to $350,000,000 in aggregate of its Shares which was due on March 25, 2020 as a result of the Share price and market index conditions to the Issuer Bid not having been satisfied. As a result of this termination, no Shares will be purchased in the Issuer Bid and all Shares previously tendered and not withdrawn will be promptly returned to tendering shareholders.
ABOUT GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION:
Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is an Ontario based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Fundamental to the Company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the Company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually supports over 1,400 charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.
SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation
Hacksaw Gaming and Caesars Digital Partner to Launch Online Casino Games in Ontario
Launch brings Hacksaw Gaming titles to Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino in Ontario
Hacksaw Gaming today announced its first market launch with Caesars Digital in North America, in the regulated iGaming province of Ontario, Canada. The new partnership marks the exciting launch of new games on Caesars Palace Online Casino and Caesars Sportsbook & Casino in the province.
This new partnership, a first between the two companies, will bring familiar titles to online casino players and will be followed by a dedicated roadmap for additional launches in more jurisdictions in 2024, showcasing the entire Hacksaw Gaming catalog. The first release of games includes Hacksaw Gaming classics Wanted Dead or a Wild, RIP City, Hand of Anubis and Mines.
“Forging partnerships with new faces is always an exciting time but the influence of Caesars Digital is one we pride,” the Chief Executive Officer for Hacksaw Gaming, Marcus Cordes, said. “Launching this partnership in Ontario is the perfect place to begin our journey.”
“Hacksaw Gaming brings an exciting catalog of games to our platforms that should provide a thrilling experience for our players,” the Senior Vice-President and Chief iGaming Officer for Caesars Digital, Matthew Sunderland, said. “We’re excited to see how our players engage with this content in Ontario and in jurisdictions in the future through our new partnership.”
BET99 Partners with U.S. Integrity
U.S. Integrity announced a comprehensive partnership with BET99, a leading online sportsbook in the Canadian market.
“The integrity of the sports betting experience at BET99 is of utmost importance, and we are thrilled to be working with U.S. Integrity as we ensure an optimal and secure online experience for the Canadian market. U.S. Integrity’s proactive approach to maintaining integrity will play an important role in detecting potentially suspicious wagering activity,” Jared Beber, CEO of BET99, said.
U.S. Integrity conducts analysis across dozens of data sets to proactively identify irregular contest-level, officiating & wagering patterns, and will provide integrity monitoring services via its proprietary dashboard to BET99.
“U.S. Integrity is proud to partner with BET99 and assist as they grow their brand across the Canadian regulated sports wagering market. U.S. Integrity’s mission is to provide conflict-free, best in class insights & compliance solutions to our clients. We are looking forward to working with the exceptional team at BET99. All our partners are committed to the highest integrity standards, and they are no exception. These types of partnerships help ensure sports betting integrity and strengthen the unique & proprietary anomaly detection tools we have developed at U.S. Integrity,” Matthew Holt, CEO & co-founder of U.S. Integrity, said.
Relax Gaming to support Rhino Entertainment Group’s Big Boost
Relax Gaming, the renowned iGaming aggregator and provider of unique content, will power Rhino Entertainment Group’s latest brand, Big Boost.
This is the company’s fifth brand, and is available now in Finland, Norway, and Canada. The group has enjoyed acclaimed success throughout the industry with other brands in its portfolio including Lucky Spins and Casino Days.
Big Boost is a value-driven online casino that offers a wide variety of games, including slots, table games, and live dealer games.
In addition to the array of games, there will also be a variety of other promotions, including daily cashback, raffles and free spins.
Nadiya Attard, CCO of Relax Gaming, commented: “Big Boost is a meticulously designed platform that we believe will give our content extra exposure in key markets such as North America and the Nordics.
“Our long and fruitful partnership with Rhino Entertainment Group makes this new venture all the more exciting and we’re looking forward to seeing our players enjoy even better entertainment experiences.”
Ross Parkhill, CEO of Rhino Entertainment Group, said: “We are excited to launch Big Boost, our newest online casino brand. Big Boost is designed to offer players a great user experience, with a wide variety of games and excellent promotions. We are confident that Big Boost will be a popular choice for players in our markets.”
Established as one of the industry’s leading B2B suppliers, Relax Gaming was awarded GGA’s Product Launch of the Year in February 2023 for Dream Drop Jackpots.
Relax’s Money Train 3 won Slot of the Year at the 2023 CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards, while the brand secured Gold for Skill Games Supplier at the 2023 EGR B2B Awards, along with Innovation in Mobile at the 2023 SBC Awards.
In total, Relax Gaming provides more than 4,000 online casino games, from its high-performing proprietary slots to a significant, varied library of content from hand-picked third-party studios via its partnership programmes.
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