Doors swing open tonight at the city’s newest gaming centre, the Cascades Casino, which has seen a flurry of last-minute touches to bring the complex to completion.
The fun is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. with prizes promised and a performance by Dr. Strangelove, a six-piece Vancouver dance band, rocking the floor with music ranging from Lady Gaga to The Beatles. Hundreds of guests, gamblers and non-gamblers, are expected to take in the opening.
“Entertainment redefined,” is how operator Gateway Casinos describes its newest property, a $40-million complex that includes two restaurants, outdoor patios and a buffet of international flavours.
The 65,000 sq. ft. property, formerly the site of a hardware store, will include 500 slot machines, and table games, including black jack, roulette, baccarat and a three-table poker room. The venue will also include three restaurants and space for live entertainment.
During the re-location of the facility from Victoria Street, 138 slot machines were transferred from the existing downtown location, while 362 new machines will be installed. B.C. Lottery Corporation staff have also installed 21 new live table games, a state-of-the-art surveillance system, and an interactive GameSense Information Centre used to educate players on responsible and healthy gambling.
Communities that host a casino or community gaming centre in B.C. receive a share of the gaming revenue. As a host local government, the City of Kamloops will receive 10 per cent of government’s net income from gaming generated at the new casino. In 2014/15, the City received over $2.4 million, which was invested in community initiatives, such as road works, public art projects and playgrounds.
Cascades Casino Kamloops is located at 1555 Versatile Drive, at the old Rona hardwdare site. This facility replaces the existing Lake City Casino.
Instead of plumbing and electrical goods, visitors will find a sprawling gaming area with a performance stage and adjacent restaurants. The finished complex is said to be a lot like Gateway’s existing complex in Langley and the Starlight Casino in New Westminster. Interior design is inspired by local themes.
About 250 workers are employed in the final stage of construction, with about 40 working on overnight shifts. The facility was to have opened earlier in the summer but was delayed by construction components.