Hundreds of gambling enthusiasts have already visited Shorelines Casino Peterborough during the official opening of the new gambling venue on Monday. Reportedly, many of them have found that this was the type of entertainment facility which the area was missing.
The Shorelines Casino Peterborough was established as part of the upgrades brought to the gambling houses of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). The construction works were funded by a consortium headed by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. For the time being, both the Shorelines Casino Belleville and the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands are operated by the consortium, as well as the slot machines situated at the Kawartha Downs racetrack.
Join us at our official Grand Opening, Monday October 15 at 5PM! We cannot wait to show you our new home! Enjoy 22 table games, 500 slot machines, all you can eat buffet, restaurant & more! Be one of the first 2,500 to enter and receive a commemorative gift! pic.twitter.com/8AI5ijh9ck
— Shorelines Casino Peterborough (@ShorelinesCPTBO) October 12, 2018
According to media reports, the new Shorelines Casino in Peterborough is to create job positions for 300 people. The casino also offers 500 slot machines as well as 20 gaming tables. The visitors of the casino also have two restaurants available, and a hotel is currently under construction in a very close proximity to the casino.
The economic benefits which the Shorelines Casino Peterborough is expected to bring to the community have already been highlighted by the Mayor of Peterborough Daryl Bennett. Despite the fact that some anti-gambling campaigners have shared their concerns with the potential negative impact which the venue’s opening could have on people who suffer from problem gambling.
Ontario Government Will Not Remove Kawartha Downs’ Slot Machines
As Casino Reports has previously revealed, the Great Canadian Gaming has been planning to remove all Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs racetrack following the opening of the Peterborough Casino. Earlier in October, The Peterborough Examiner’s unnamed sources shared that many of Kawartha Downs slot machines have been moved to a new site, while the remaining terminals are expected to be moved to Toronto.
At the beginning of October, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2, which represents food and beverage workers at Shorelines Slots, has called for Premier Doug Ford to keep his promise regarding the slot machines and leave some machines at the venue even after the new Peterborough Casino starts operation.
Shorelines Casino Peterborough is opening Monday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., says the operator. Ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m.
— Joelle Kovach (@JoelleKovach) October 11, 2018
A week later, on October 12th, the Ontario Government revealed its plans to back the horse racing industry. In addition, agreements in principles were reached to leave some slot machines at Ajax Downs and Kawartha Downs. The Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, revealed in a statement that an agreement was reached on measures that include financial help or slot machines installation at the afore-mentioned racetracks as a form of direct support to the local communities and the industry.
For the time being, customers are not allowed to access Kawartha Downs’ slot machines but a promise has been made by the management that the terminals will be available as soon as possible. The province of Ontario has also revealed a commitment to provide the facilities with an additional funding in order to keep horse racing to Fort Erie and Dresden.