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It appears that there are 2 casinos in Red Deer but that they are not included within hotels. Is that right? If so, is that true of all Canadian casinos?

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1. Re: casinos

Hi Southllanolady,

Welcome to the RED DEER TRAVEL FORUM

Casinos in Canada come in a variety of formats… in bigger more touristy areas for sure you’ll find Casinos that have a Hotel attached or associated with them.

BUT Casinos generally speaking in Canada are very different from what you’ll find in the USA.

First off, there are virtually no Private Casinos in Canada… everything here is Government run.

Hence, part of the reason why Hotels are not as much associated with a Casino here as in the USA… even Caesars in Windsor Ontario who’s name the Casino carries… really has no say in the Casino itself… they just are having their name promoted as a marketing tool.

So everything from big flashy casinos with Hotels… and smaller “charity” casinos with few services… and there are also the Casinos that are associated with local Native Communities (Reservations).

As the Casinos are Government Run… many say that the pay-offs are small and the slot-machines tight… certainly has been my own experience when compared to US Casinos … and what I’ve heard of big gaming towns like Atlantic City and Las Vegas etc (haven't been to either).

As well, Canada has some pretty strict Liquor Laws… so you won’t find Casinos that serve Complimentary Alcoholic Beverages (you’ll have to pay for them)… and the Provinces have Laws also about Hours when Alcohol can be served… (not 24 Hours around the clock) and even in some places where you can drink (not always on the Gaming Floor… the idea behind this is that your judgement won’t be impaired while gambling).

Hope this is (somewhat) helpful,

Hopefully someone else (local) will come by and fill in some more details for you.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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How interesting! That's one of the things I love about researching for a trip -- there are all kinds of interesting thigs out there that you would never have occasion to know otherwise.

We are not much as gamblers go, but I can park hubby at the slots for a couple of hours while I wander the streets!

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"Gaming" falls under provincial jurisdiction (in fact, gaming and liquor fall under one government department here in Alberta), so the rules in Ontario and Alberta are not necessarily the same. Casinos in Alberta generally are privately-owned, including the two in Red Deer. Here is a website with more information: aglc.ca/casinofacilities/facilitieslisting.a…

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TO KRP329,

Thanks for the additional info...

As the Traveller was asking about Canada in general... I tried to give a broad-based answer as best I could.

So thanks for filling in the blanks for them and me on the situation in Alberta.

Interestingly... Ontario's structure on this issue is similar to Alberta... Gaming & Liquor also fall under one Provincial Department...

AGCO = Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario = http://www.agco.on.ca/

Curious though... how private is private in Alberta? I took a quick look at the Website you provided and couldn't find what I was looking for in that regard... as always I love to read and learn more so as to understand Canadian differences.

Example, here in Ontario we have Charity Casinos... BUT a lot of that is in name only... (ie 1000 Islands Charity Casino)... in actuality it is run by the Province and "a portion" of the funds go to local charities.

I did a quick GOOGLE when I was posting my more "Canada" based comments above and discovered this quote... in regards to Alberta's Casinos...

<< The province of Alberta has given out many licences for small casinos but few have attached hotels and none are major resorts. A partial exception to this rule is the River Cree Resort and Casino which is located on the Stony Plain Indian Reserve and owned by the Enoch Cree Nation (AND THEREFORE PARTIALLY EXEMPT FROM PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION). >>

(CAPS are mine for emphasis)

Of course it came from Wikipedia... so I understand that it may not be entirely 100% accurate / or giving ALL pertinent info.

Wikipedia - List of Casinos & Horse Raciing Tracks in Alberta = …wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_casinos_and_hors…

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

Edited: 02 October 2011, 14:19
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