Industry Reports

It Is Too Soon to Estimate Cascades Casino Chatham Problem Gambling Impact

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is about to commence the hiring process for its brand new casino venue located in Chatham. Excitement is higher than ever, as more than 200 positions would have to be filled as a result of the job fair, but there are still people opposing the gaming venue.

Patrick Kolowicz, the director of mental health and addictions at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, pointed out that the new casino venue might not bring higher problem gambling rates to Chatham. Gambling addiction and the negative effect of casino venues have been a topic of wide discussion for many years.

Every community anticipating the official launch of a gaming venue operation sees the discussion relating to the potentially problematic nature of a new casino facility. People with addictive personalities are often drawn to activities such as gambling in its various forms, which could eventually lead to an unhealthy relationship.

Experts Do Not Want to Speculate

However, at this point of the new Cascades Casino Chatham’s development, it is still unclear whether the venue is going to increase the problem gambling rates in the area. Mr. Kolowicz stated that if anything, this could be clear speculation and nothing set in stone.

He said that there has not been a link discovered between the launch of a casino venue and an increase in problem gambling treatment. In this sense, it is still too early for projections on the future of problem gambling in Chatham. Gateway Casinos manages gambling operation of Gateway Casinos Dresden at Dresden Raceway.

The facility features more than 140 slot machines offering diversity from the horse racing available on site. This summer is going to see the official launch of operation of the new well-rounded casino location. It is going to feature as many as 300 slot machines, as well as 10 table games guaranteeing riveting gaming action. This relocation to the independent casino location would establish Gateway Casinos as a standalone gaming venue in Chatham.

Problem Gambling Might Not Surge

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is known for its 25 years of operation aiming to help people of all age groups struggling with their gambling issues. The Centre for Problem Gambling and Digital Dependency has been in operation ever since 1994 managing to host as many as 200 three-week cycles of treatment. It offers both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as both individual sessions and group meetings with like-minded individuals.

In addition to that, The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance wants to introduce more problem gambling treatment resources to the region, as this could save people from spiraling out of control. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has taken the responsibility and introduced problem gambling resources on site of every single casino it manages. In the meantime, Hotel-Dieu would carefully observe gambling addiction reports and any increase would equal an issue.

The new casino venue is currently seeking employees and a job fair took place this Wednesday. The first one was held at the John D. Bradley Centre on Richmond Street from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone interested had the chance to appear on site with their resume and enough patience to make their way into the interview.