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Canada’s Largest 'Vegas-Style' Casino Opening Next Week - Newstbt.com

Tiffany Burroughs
Updated: 3 August 2023
2 min to read

Great Canadian Entertainment Corporation has announced the grand opening of the flagship Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto for Tuesday, June 20th at 5pm. This $1 billion resort will be the largest casino in both Canada and North America, offering a variety of gaming, entertainment, and leisure experiences.
Great Canadian Casino Resort

The highly anticipated Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto is set to open next Tuesday on 33 acres of land, with an estimated cost of $1 billion. This Vegas-style resort will feature a 400-room hotel, 5,000-seat live entertainment venue, 4800 slot machines and 145 table games spread out within 328,000 square feet of space. This project has been under construction for several years, and CEO of Great Canadian Entertainment, Matthew Anfinson, has stated that this venture will provide an “unprecedented opportunity to introduce an entirely new, world-class experience in Canada that will bring together the best in casino gaming, exceptional live entertainment, dining, and accommodation in one very special place.” Once it is in full operation, this facility is predicted to bring in over half a billion dollars to the local economy.

Great Canadian Entertainment anticipates their new flagship establishment to be an appealing getaway for Canadians and visitors alike. As one of the premier gambling spots in Toronto, the capital of Ontario, four casinos, including Casino Woodbine that is managed by Great Canadian, will remain functional up until the grand opening of the advanced facility on June 20. Other notable casinos in the area are Casino Niagra, Casino Rama Resort, and Great Blue Heron Casino. Gambling in this region is a very profitable trade, with a promising outlook for the future.

Gambling by the Numbers 

The QOGC is focused on promoting the growth of the Quebec online gaming sector by lobbying for responsible gaming policies and making sure all local operators are recognized.

In 2021, with the repeal of a law prohibiting single-game sports wagering, the 10 Canadian provinces officially opened up their respective markets to the expansion of gambling or betting, including sports betting. Ontario has been leading the way, having become the first province with a fully competitive online market. Their industry contributes an impressive $1.6 billion to Ontario’s GDP, and supports an estimated 12,000 jobs, according to a Deloitte report. Similarly, the Quebec Online Gaming Coalition was established in May this year, as a result of half-a-dozen iGaming companies and eight other stakeholders joining forces to promote the Quebec sector. The goal of the Coalition is to ensure local operators are recognized and responsible gaming policies are enforced. Provinces like Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are paving the way for Canadians to bet safely from the comfort of their own homes.

The Quebec Online Gambling Corporation (QOGC) aims to collaborate with the provincial government to bring the iGaming regulatory framework and regulations for online poker, casino gambling, and sports betting up to date. It is likely that the QOGC will use Ontario’s framework as a guide as they head into the ‘Billion Dollar Opening’.

Back to the Billion Dollar Opening 

In a move to contribute to one of Canada’s largest economic industries, the Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto has scheduled an ambitious billion-dollar investment. CEO of Great Entertainment, Matthew Anfinson, spoke passionately about the positive impact the resort will have on the current market value of $14 billion: “With meticulous attention to detail, state-of-the-art amenities, and a commitment to exceptional guest experiences, our landmark entertainment resort is going to be a game-changer in Toronto.” The resort will also feature a PlaySmart Centre, providing players with gambling knowledge and tools to encourage positive play habits and responsible gaming.

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Updated: 3 August 2023
2 min to read

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