Live poker could be coming to Calgary-area casino
By Bob Garcia
The municipality of Rocky View County in Alberta, Canada is going to bat to bring table games to Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, a move that could lead to live poker, or at the very least table games like 3 Card Poker. Rocky View County Council approved a letter supporting the local casino’s application to expand.
“Part of the application process requires a letter of support from the municipality,” commented David Kalinchuk, who works for RVC’s business and development department. “We also saw this as an opportunity to support the folks at Century Downs and the great business that they operate.”
Open since 2015, Century Downs offers video lottery terminals, slot machines, electronic Roulette, and live & off-track horserace betting.
“Century Downs management views the addition of live table games as an added marketable feature for the business, and expects it to increase tourism and local economic growth and provide additional employment to the region,” noted a report to Council. “Other gaming operators in the region have this additional “live” feature, and Century Downs believes this addition would place them on equal footing with their peers.”
Councillor Daniel Henn, who signed the letter of support, notes that adding live table games to the mix will help create a world-class gaming and entertainment experience like no other in the region.
“The addition of live table gaming will help sustain and create new jobs,” commented Henn. “This will stimulate entertainment revenues across the gaming, food and beverage services. It will create spin-off economic benefits for retail, hotel, and entertainment businesses in the Balzac area as a destination for domestic and international tourists.”