Gateway has date in mind for opening of Cascades Casino Delta

You’ll be able to drop a few bucks in the slots at a new Delta casino by late fall of next year.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. offered that as its latest timeline for the opening of Cascades Casino Delta, a $70-million casino/hotel complex at the former Delta Town & Country Inn site in Ladner.

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A company spokesperson said construction “is moving along nicely.”

The old hotel that had been at the junction of highways 17A and 99 for a half-century was recently torn down.

The new project includes a five-storey, 116-room hotel and meeting space. The casino will have up to 500 slots and 24 gaming tables, as well as a Match Eatery and Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and a buffet.

There won't be a music lounge or a sportsbook.

The number of slots is to be smaller than casinos like the River Rock and Starlight, but more than some of the smaller gambling venues around the region.

The B.C. Lottery Corporation estimates annual revenue coming to Delta would be at the top end of its initial $1.5 million to $3 million projection.

As far as a potential expansion of slot machines, Gateway would only say, “We work closely with BCLC, who are responsible for ongoing assessment of the market and the operations to determine the appropriate mix and quantity of gaming product.”

According to the city, Delta’s zoning does not regulate the number or types of gaming permitted. BCLC has the sole authority to determine the appropriate gaming device count and product mix for the casino. After six months of operation, BCLC will review the performance of the facility and the games and could adjust accordingly. Significant changes would require city approval.

Gateway and the lottery corporation are currently asking permission from the City of Burnaby to expand the Grand Villa Casino, increasing the number of slot machines there from 1,200 to 1,600.

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