There’s a new casino coming to Canada. That was one of the key headlines that was announced this past week and that’s where we’ll start our recap of the important news:
Delta Casino Gets Approval From British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Another casino is coming to Canada. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) approved a new casino in Delta, B.C., which is essentially a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The Cascades Casino Delta, which will be operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, will include a hotel, restaurants, meeting spaces and a casino with 500 slot machines and various table games.
According to the BCLC, the approval came after an extensive review process that evaluated market opportunities, costs, health impact and city concerns in an attempt to meet various regulatory standards.
Construction will occur near the Massey Tunnel at the intersection of highways 99 and 17A. It will begin in early 2019, getting the casino ready for a projected opening in the late spring or early summer of 2020.
The City of Richmond had filed an objection with the BCLC, expressing worries about increased crime, traffic and choked-off transportation routes, which caused the BCLC to seek an independent third-party mediator to join the evaluation and vetting processes. BCLC received the mediator’s report in mid-October. The mediator indicated that the City of Richmond’s worries about crime and traffic problems were not backed up by sufficient documentation and evidence.
Mohegan Sun Blackjack Dealer Sentenced For Cheating Casino
The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, which hosted college basketball games earlier this month, has been the scene of cheating at a criminal level of involvement.
Roy Mariano, a former blackjack dealer at the Mohegan Sun, coordinated with a gambler to cheat the casino out of $78,000. That former dealer has now been sentenced and while he avoided prison time, he will have to serve five years of probation after pleading guilty to second-degree larceny.
Mariano was approached at the Mohegan Sun in 2015 by a woman named Marlene Rivera, who said she would pay him if he gave her extra chips when she won while playing at his tables. Mariano, who had worked at the casino since 1996, told investigators he was unhappy about reduced work hours and needed the additional cash. He took up Rivera on her offer, and their actions cheated the casino out of $78,000. Rivera was sentenced to a year in prison.
Kambi Group Expands In The United States
The Kambi Group, a Maltese wagering technology company, has announced an agreement that will see it provide an online sportsbook to Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Incorporated and manage their land-based one. Greenwood Gaming is the owner of Pennsylvania’s Parx Casino.
Kambi Group will supply Parx Casino with its sports betting platform and various managed services. Much of the app – or whatever software is built – will be able to be used at the land-based casino as well. Patrons who are on site will be able to use it without having to physically walk to the sportsbook.
Kambi said that the sportsbook inside Parx should open before the end of the year.