Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is going all-in, announcing a $45-million renovation for the Palace Casino in West Edmonton Mall. Palace Casino will be rebranded as the Starlight Casino, opening in 2016 with an expanded gaming floor with 850 slot machines and 34 table games spread over 115,000-square-feet of entertainment space. Artist Conception/Supplied Palace casino.
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is going all-in, announcing a $45-million renovation for the Palace Casino in West Edmonton Mall.
"What we are going away from is slots in a box to more entertainment facilities," said Tony Santo, president and CEO of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, at the WEM announcement on Wednesday.
Palace Casino will be rebranded as the Starlight Casino, opening in 2016 with an expanded gaming floor with 850 slot machines and 34 table games spread over 115,000-square-feet of entertainment space.
Upgrades to food services include the addition of the Atlas Steak + Fish fine dining restaurants with "interactive" kitchens, a new supper club featuring live entertainment and a buffet and noodle bar.
This is after Gateway Casinos and Entertainment announced its $32-million Grand Villa Edmonton that will be part of the new Ice District downtown arena project.
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"We will be doubling our entertainment space, and doubling our team to deliver that entertainment experience to our customers in Edmonton," said Santos.
Both casino projects will create a combined 500 new jobs for Edmontonians. Gateway Entertainment is committing to $50,000 in bursaries for students studying hospitality and culinary arts at NAIT to help fill those positions.
"We are so excited to have the $50,000 donation to support our hospitality and culinary arts students over the next five years," said Dr. Russell Currie, Dean of NAIT's JR Shaw School of Business and School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
Councillor Mike Nickel commended the casino's investment in the city, both through construction and job creation and for supporting community initiatives, with Gateway Casinos and Entertainment donating $500,000 last year in Alberta and British Columbia.
"If it wasn't for this kind of business, there wouldn't be playgrounds in certain areas, there wouldn't be amenities in certain places," Nickel said.
Jon Carson, MLA for Edmonton Meadowlark, said taxes on gambling raised $1.5 billion in provincial revenue between 2013-2014 alone.
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment will hold job fairs in early 2016 to staff their two Edmonton casinos.
The Palace Casino will be open during renovations.
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