Grand Villa Casino May Soon Be Slots Paradise

By Ben Hamill - May 14 2019

Burnaby City May Soon Become Slot Machine Heaven

The Canadian City of Burnaby may soon be getting its entertainment groove on in new and exciting ways thanks to a joint-venture between the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and owner-operator of the Grand Villa Casino, namely Gateway Casinos and Entertainment. The operator has applied to the city’s council for permission to expand the casino to the effect that 400 more slot machines are added on to its already-extensive collection of 1,200 gaming machines.

Gateway is committed to the cause of bringing the biggest and best possible forms of entertainment to its patrons, and upping the ante by installing more of everyone’s favourite pastime, namely slot machines, is sure to hit the mark.

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Major Expansion In The Pipeline

The operator has revealed just some of what it plans to do at the casino, and it all sounds very exciting. The aim, said Gateway, is to install the additional slots in two phases. It will be done in this matter so as to ensure the least possible disruption to players. The operator estimates that the first phase will be completed by 2020.

Management will for the moment be moved off-site to a nearby multi-story parcade building. The area where the casino’s administrative offices used to be located will be revamped in order to form part of the existing games floor. This will open up a lot of new space for the new slot machines. Gateway has said that by doing it in this way, possible frustrations for players and staff alike, will be minimised.

The second phase of the development, said the operator, will involve further physical expansion and will require a complete re-zone brought about by substantial changes to be made to the building’s structure itself. This process will be put into motion soon after the first phase has been completed.

Giving Back To The City

The city benefits in massive ways from the casino’s non-tax gaming revenue allocations, and according to the Burnaby’s budget projections for 2019, some CA$9.5 million will this year be received thanks to the casino’s regular operations.

The city stands to benefit even more in the event that the planned expansion is completed successfully. In addition to the usual 10% profit allocation made to the surrounding communities, the operator has also confirmed that in partnership with its GatewayGIVES initiative, Grand Villa Casino will over the course of the next three years, donate CA$50,000 to Burnaby Hospital as part of its mental health upliftment programme.

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