Isn’t it ironic when politicians jump on the tourism bandwagon to promote expanded gambling in their constituencies that they know is nothing more than another government revenue source loaded on the already overburdened backs of their constituents.
Phil guesses that they sleep at night by classifying someone driving from Crossfield to Balzac as a tourist.
Century Casino, which has been renamed Ace Casino Blackfoot, will also open this week, but SM2 has big plans to relocate it to a new facility it is building on Calgary International Airport lands.
Ace Casino Airport is scheduled to open in late 2022 as a 72,000-square-foot operation that will also include a large restaurant, meeting rooms and offices. It is an ideal location surrounded by hotels in an area where there is little entertainment today.
Under the bill passed on Wednesday, all those facilities may now end the sham horse races but continue to operate their card rooms and simulcasting. The same is true of the state’s jai-alai frontons, which may also be decoupled. Greyhound racing became extinct at the end of 2020 after Florida voters approved a ballot initiative to ban the sport, so those tracks already have decoupled from their card rooms and simulcasting.
Phil has a questioning:
When will the decoupling happen in Alberta.
Phil M Stockmen