New $36 Million Chatham Casino to Open in 2019

Canadian company Gateway Casinos and Entertainment announced on Wednesday it is investing CA$36 million in a brand new casino facility in Chatham. Cascades Casino Chatham, expected to open in mid-2019, will replace the existing Dresden slots facility and will create up to 200 jobs in the area.
At a presentation in Chatham, Ontario, on Wednesday, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd. CEO Tony Santo and Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope unveiled plans for the new gambling venue which will be built at 615 Richmond St. at the northeast corner of Richmond and Keil Drive. The private operator will break ground for the 50,000 square foot building in the upcoming months with the grand opening scheduled for the summer of 2019. The details about the casino come after the official announcement for the project was made earlier this month.
The Cascades-branded casino will be the first newly constructed Gateway gambling venue in Ontario where the company has already taken over several facilities formerly operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). As part of OLG’s huge modernization effort, Gateway was selected as the new service operator for a number of gambling venues across southwestern Ontario, including those in London, Point Edward, Dresden and Hanover. More facilities will be opened in North Bay, Kenora and the Collingwood area in the future, also said Santo.
While initially, it was unclear whether the new project in Chatham-Kent would replace the slots venue in Dresden, officials said on Wednesday that the old slots place will be closed in 2020. However, its employees will be a priority for Gateway when it starts hiring for the new Cascades casino. Moreover, up to 200 jobs will be created in the area, according to company representatives, especially considering that this will be much more than just a gaming facility.
The New Cascades Casino Chatham
Gateway’s new casino will be built on a currently vacant lot at the site of the former Wheel Inn Hotel at the corner of Richmond Street and Keil Drive. The 50,000-sq. ft. property beside the John D. Bradley Convention Centre will be an entertainment hub rather than just a casino with a food and beverage area separated from the gaming floor. The casino part will have 333 slot machines and 10 table games, which is nearly twice the gaming space as the Dresden venue.
The signature restaurant brands of Gateway, Match Eatery & Public House and the Buffet, will be added as dining options to the casino, as well as a sports bar. The nearly 100 employees from the Dresden slots venue will be offered positions and up to 100 more jobs will be provided in the gaming and restaurant areas of the facility. The company’s CEO Tony Santo also points out that the new, considerably larger casino will also mean higher revenues for the city coffers.
Currently, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation pays the municipality of Chatham-Kent a portion of the gambling revenues worth approximately $700,000 a year. With the Cascades Casino, this amount is expected to jump over a million dollars. If Gateway wants the casino to open by mid-2019, the company needs to start construction work this summer. But the casino still needs approval from the provincial government as well as rezoning approvals and other permits.

Casino Workers Rally at BCLC’s Offices to Call for Respect, Fair Wages

More than a hundred unionized casino workers held a rally at the offices of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Vancouver on Monday, demanding fairness across the gaming industry. They signed a petition asking the government-run agency to intervene in the month-long Hard Rock Casino Vancouver labour strike and to make sure workers receive fair wages and respect from employers and customers.
Workers from several casinos in British Columbia rallied at BCLC’s offices in Vancouver in the early afternoon on Monday. They are members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), a union which represents thousands of casino workers across the province. After the rally, they planned to meet with BCLC officials and present them with over 700 petition cards signed by casino employees. According to the union’s president, Stephanie Smith, however, the management of the agency would not meet their delegation, so they had to push the petition cards through a tiny gap between the doors.
With their petition cards, workers and the union are appealing the BCLC to take action and ensure fairness in the gaming sector, Smith says. According to her, private casino operators pay their employees low wages while generating millions of dollars in profits. Companies such as Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Gateway Casinos simply refuse to pay living wages and this has to stop, she points out, adding that the BCLC has the right and responsibility to “step in and fix the problems” in the industry.
Under British Columbia’s Gaming Control Act, the BCLC is a Crown corporation which manages all gaming operations in the province from behalf of the government. It has the authority to run casinos, so it should be able to intervene in the conflict between private companies and workers, the union believes. The agency should also negotiate better conditions for workers and guarantee they are treated fairly and respectfully at all gaming facilities in the province, the BCGEU also explains.
The BCLC did not wish to comment or talk to the rallying workers but StarMetro cites a statement from it, in which the agency explains it cannot intervene in labour disputes. Meanwhile, the strike at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver continues, although the casino remains operational.
400 Workers Strike at Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino
Around 400 employees of Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, Metro Vancouver, announced strike action on May 11, after they rejected a proposal from casino owners, Great Canadian Gaming. The workers are represented by the BCGEU and according to the union, they have not been able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with the casino for 16 months.
While the labour strike continues for a month now, the facility remains operational, staffed by some of the workers and the management. BCGEU’s campaigning is a huge “disappointment”, according to Chuck Keeling, vice-president of stakeholder relations at Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. He claims the company has already addressed most of the concerns, including wages and benefits. Still, the two sides have apparently not been able to find common ground on these issues. Otherwise, workers would be picketing in the past month.
In the meantime, nearly 700 casino workers and members of BCGEU in the Okanagan region voted in favour of a strike. They work at four facilities operated by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, the same company, which manages Grand Villa and the Starlight casinos. Currently, around 1,000 workers there negotiate for better wages and working conditions.

Gateway Casinos Reaches Tentative Agreement with BCGEU That Could End Okanagan Casinos Workers’ Strike

The four-month strike of the union member workers of Gateway Casinos has been brought to an end. A tentative agreement has been reached between the Canadian gambling operator and the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), as revealed by the workers’ union in a short e-mail.
A spokesperson for Gateway Casinos also confirmed that the two arguing parties had managed to reach an agreement in the Thompson Okanagan, but refused to make further comments on the situation until BCGEU members’ vote. In case that the union members vote in favor of the tentative agreement, about 700 picketers will return to their workplaces. The Canadian casino and gambling operator explained that it is reviewing the provisional agreement’s terms and is expecting further details about the deal’s ratification to be provided by the worker union.
The President of the BCGEU, Stephanie Smith, used the official Twitter account of the workers’ union to make an announcement for the tentative agreement with Gateway Casinos and praised the union’s bargaining committee for its efforts in the process.

Tentative agreements at Gateway Thompson-Okanagan, Grand Villa and Starlight. Bargaining Committees worked tirelessly over months – including 10 days of marathon bargaining ending at 3:30 am Thursday morning when all three reached deals. Now it's up to members to vote!
— BCGEU (@bcgeu) November 1, 2018

According to the information shared by the casino workers’ union, more information about the agreement are set to be made public in the upcoming week at the hearings set to give workers the chance to ratify the deal or not. The BCGEU further revealed that employees will remain on the picket lines until a final decision on the provisional agreement is made.
Okanagan Casinos Workers Remain on the Picket Line for over Four Months
The strike started on July 1st, when employees at four Okanagan Casinos – Lace City Vernon, Playtime Kelowna, Cascades Kamloops and Cascades Penticton – left their workplaces and demanded from the gambling operator to increase their wages to match the “living wages” in the region. Approximately 675 casino workers were involved in the strike, which has been going on for more than four months now.
At first, Gateway Casinos said that the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union had made wage-increase demands which it called “unreasonable”. At the time, the gambling operator further revealed that such demands would hold up the process of the two parties coming to a resolution.
The strike of the casino workers at the four Okanagan Casinos started at a time when the casino industry in the province of British Columbia faced the criticism of the local authorities, following the independent report of Mr. Peter German which proved that BC casinos have been used as “laundromats” to wash dirty money of international crime groups and organizations. The beginning of the strike also came at a time when workers at Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino had also been on the picket line.
The strike of the Hard Rock Casino’s workers in Coquitlam, however, was brought to an end in late July after a deal was reached by the casino’s owners – the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation – and BCGEU.

Gateway Casinos Celebrates Grand Opening of Starlight Casino Edmonton

The Canadian gambling operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment celebrated the grand opening of the Starlight Casino Edmonton. Situated in West Edmonton Mall, the latest development of the company includes a space of 120,000 square feet for gaming and entertainment and comes as part of Gateway鈥檚 efforts to further expand and consolidate its presence in Canada.
The grand opening of the place came after a mind-blowing CA$57-million renovation and rebranding of the former Palace Casino to Starlight Casino Edmonton.
鈥淭oday marks the start of the next chapter at the iconic West Edmonton Mall鈥?– Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway Casinos
The official opening ceremony was attended by more than 500 community leaders and project partners, as well as by official representatives of Gateway Casinos, His Honorable Mayor Don Iveson, Minister Deron Bilous, etc. According to Mr. Santo, the opening of the newest gaming and entertainment destination in Edmonton comes as the perfect compliment to the landmark which West Edmonton Mall has always been.

Grand opening this afternoon for what is now the largest casino in #yeg. Starlight Casino at West Edmonton Mall is a 120,000 sq/ft entertainment complex after $57 million dollars in renovations to a preexisting casino and the hiring of 300 new employees. @ctvedmonton
— Sean Amato (@JSJamato) September 26, 2018

The Stollery Children鈥檚 Hospital Foundation has been selected as the charity partner of Gateway for the grand opening. Donations of the sites鈥?food and beverage sales are set to be donated to The Stollery in the period from September 26th to October 31st to support the work of the Children鈥檚 Hospital.
Gateway Casinos Remains Focused on Portfolio Expansion
The celebrations of the grand opening continued in the evening, with various entertainments available. The festivities are also expected to continue throughout the weekend as well, with live entertainment, giveaways, special surprises and other events to be held.
The Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson, commented on the opening of the Starlight Casino, saying that it will not only open hundreds of new jobs in the city but will also allow local residents and visitors to enjoy an excellent option for gaming and entertainment. The Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Deron Bilous, shared that the CA$57-million investment, along with the 300+ new jobs created thanks to the project came as a sign of investor confidence in the growing economy of the place.

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The newly-opened Starlight Casino Edmonton has now joined Grand Villa Edmonton as another one of the premier entertainment destinations not only in the city but in the province as well. The owner of the two places 鈥?Gateway Casinos 鈥?has made investments totaling almost CA$90 million in the economy of the city. It also created more than 550 new jobs in Edmonton鈥檚 job market.
The opening of the new gaming and entertainment hub has also expanded the casino and hospitality properties鈥?portfolio of Gateway Casinos. Currently, the company operates 25 functioning facilities in British Columbia, Ontario and Edmonton. Only three years ago, in 2015, the operator had only 12 properties. At present times, it continues to work on some of its newest projects, such as the planned CA$70-million development in Delta, as well as more gambling properties renovations in Chanses Courtenay, Kelowna and Chances Campbell River.

Great Canadian’s Head of Compliance Robert Kroeker Resigns from JIBC Board

Robert Kroeker, who has been occupying the position of chair of the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Board of Governors, is resigning from his job.
He has announced his decision only days after the regulatory group Integrity BC questioned whether he had the right to occupy a chief position at an organization, which offers law enforcement courses and which is also engaged with sheriffs and corrections officers’ training, considering his connections with Great Canadian Gaming Corp.
Mr. Kroeker has been working as head of compliance at the company at the time when the BC Government has been holding an investigation into alleged illegal money laundering schemes taking place at the operator’s River Rock Casino in Charlton.
Robert Kroeker said in a statement posted on the website of the Justice Institute that the institution was distracted from its core mandate due to increased media attention towards the school. He explained that neither other board members, nor any staff members and students should be subjected to what he called “intrusions”. He explained that he has made the decision to step down from his position as a board executive with immediate effect in order to make sure that the work of JIBC and its staff may not be disrupted any further.
Mr. Kroeker will keep his position as a vice-president of British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s corporate security and compliance department.
Was There Conflict of Interests?
Still, as Global News revealed, Integrity BC’s Dermot Travis shared that it is the association of Mr. Kroeker with the gambling operator rather the media attention brought to the case which should be found concerning. He highlighted the fact that Kroeker’s employment at the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. was removed from his bio published on the Justice Institute’s website prior to any of the coverage this got in media hubs.
According to Mr. Travis, the above-mentioned act came to demonstrate how inappropriate that employment was considering Kroeker’s position at the Justice Institute.

Robert Kroeker, Chief Compliance Officer at the BCLC, was formerly VP of Corporate Security and Compliance at Great Canadian Gaming, parent company of the River Rock Casino. The fox is guarding the hen house.
— Garth Goode (@GGood987) August 29, 2018

For some time now, the connection of Robert Kroeker with the BC Lottery Corp. and the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. have raised some questions related to possible conflict of interests, especially in terms of the illegal money-laundering schemes which took place at the Hard Rock Casino which is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming.

He needs to resign from that position as well. It is a complete farce given his previous denial in 2015 that money laundering cannot take place at the River Rock Casino. That blatant statement destroys all of his credibility as VP of Corporate Security and Compliance at the BCLC.
— Garth Goode (@GGood987) October 5, 2018

At the end of August, he sent an e-mail to the executives of the Great Canadian, informing them that the BCLC took its compliance responsibilities extremely seriously, especially when anti-money laundering measures, terrorist organizations’ financing and personal privacy were concerned. Still, despite his cooperation at the time when the investigation of the Hard Rock Casino scheme took place, his occupation at the venue was considered questionable, considering the fact that he could not be absolutely impartial as head of compliance at the Great Canadian.

Gateway Casinos Readies for Wasaga Beach Casino Construction Work

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has officially made up its mind and chosen the site of its new casino venue in Wasaga Beach. The casino operator issued the information this week revealing that the new venue is going to be built in the vicinity of Mosley Street roundabout. The new gambling location is estimated to attract the largest crowd from Wasaga Beach and neighboring communities.
A long-anticipated announcement arrived at Wasaga Beach this Thursday, as the casino operator made its decision following careful evaluation of all five proposed sites. Considering all relevant factors resulted in the pinpointing of the well-known roundabout as their final choice. The area was eyed as one of the most likely to be chosen by the gambling operator for its future gaming operation in the area.
Casino Operator Announced Official Decision
The chosen area amounts to a 7.5-acre land lot in the west end of Wasaga Beach and is in an important for the community zone of the town. It is situated near Highway 26, providing a constant flow of potential casino patrons and easy access to the venue. It is also in the vicinity of Beachwood Drive, another prosperous part of Wasaga Beach.
It could be recalled that the beachfront area was considered a viable option for casino operation, according to local businesses operating in the lively part of the town. Ever since October the casino operator has considered the five proposed options by the City Council and speculations were swirling around. Mayor Nina Bifolchi pointed out that local officials welcome the announcement and now it is time for the next step of the project.
Now that the chosen area of construction is announced, the provincial government gets to have a saying and give its approval. Only after this matter is settled, construction work on site would be allowed to start. Projections are it could commence in the upcoming weeks. The previously issued timeline of the casino construction highlighted the summer of 2020 as the projected time of grand opening.
Official Launch in the Summer of 2020
The new gaming venue is about to give the local employment market a steady push, as it would need some 150 individuals at various positions. Job interviews are going to take place in the months ahead of the launch of operation. In addition to that, another positive impact to the community would be the revenue sharing agreement that would guarantee regular allocations to the city coffers.
At this point, projections made promise the area would have to brace for annual cheques of CA$1.5 million to CA$2 million which could then be used for various local projects, local improvements, and beautification work around Wasaga Beach. The new complex will not focus solely on gaming, however, as it would also feature more family-friendly offerings. Gateway Casinos signature dining offerings are about to become the new hotspot.
Keith Andrews, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Gateway Casinos Ontario announced the land transaction is expected to happen in the upcoming weeks paving the way for future development. Gateway Casinos will make April special with the launch of the renovated and rebranded Playtime Hanover following a CA$18-million investment. The month of July is also going to see the grand opening of the CA$36-million Cascades Casino in Chatham-Kent.

BCLC Excludes North Shore Area from Expansion Plans for Now

Casino expansion would have to see some changes, as it was recently confirmed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. In a recent statement, the Crown corporation made it clear it is no longer going to be pursuing a casino venue or slot location in the North Shore area. Scrapping its 2016 plans for development in this region came as a result of research and evaluations confirming this is not the place for gaming location at the moment.
Previous discussions on the subject were depicting the picture of a casino venue operating in the region and attracting thousands of individuals to it. Their interest to the new venue overseen by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation was also supposed to provide the area with financial support and the added boost of regular allocations generated by gaming revenue. As it turns out, this is not going to be the case for the North Shore due to its residents’ rate and opportunities for development.
Area Could Not Host Casino at this Point
Back when conversation first started, BCLC commenced a conversation with the City of North Vancouver, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the District of North Vancouver, Squamish Nation, as well as the District of West Vancouver. In an attempt to probe the region and see how locals perceive the idea of gambling, people received the chance to express their position on the subject.
It was either West or North Vancouver, but it should be noted that the two First Nations were also considered as potential hosts. BCLC stated back then that the region shows indications that it is interested in gaming action and the introduction of such could be beneficial down the road. Individuals permanently residing in that area confirmed that they often make their way to Vancouver or Burnaby.
This is where they find exciting gaming offerings at the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and Parq Vancouver, but by doing this they support those communities instead of boosting their own. Estimations back then were that the new casino venue in the North Shore area would keep people gaming there and bring some CA$1.5 million to CA$2.2 million at the beginning of each year to the host community coffers.
Saanich Re-Announces Interest
The 10-percent share that the community was projected to bag on a regular basis was going to be used for various local projects. Estimations showed that locals are willing to pour up to CA$40 million in Burnaby and Vancouver, which would continue to be the case now that plans are off the table. BCLC confirmed that this is the current situation and things might change in the future.
Evaluation continues and if the region shows potential for hosting a casino venue or slots location, the corporation might consider it. Previous conversations with the local governments failed to meet the initial expectations also because of the existing policies for operation. The two possible areas that could have welcomed gambling operation were the City of North Vancouver and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
Back in 2016, it became clear that the District of North Vancouver, Squamish Nation, and the District of West Vancouver want nothing to do with casino operation within their communities, a decision that was taken into account by BCLC. Saanich could become a casino host instead, as the community is willing to pursue the opportunity now that Victoria proclaimed it is no longer interested in gambling operation.

Quebec Lotto MAX Player is Canada’s Next Multimillionaire Eligible for CA$65M

The lottery hype all around Canada became an even bigger one this week, as Tuesday’s draw was a more special one. While everyone was fretting over the jackpot reaching its newly set cap of CA$70 million, the seven crucial numbers for the jackpot winning matched with those on a single ticket purchased in Quebec.
This essentially means that a Quebec Lotto MAX player is now eligible for a grand jackpot of approximately CA$65 million. All eyes were set on this Tuesday’s draw, mainly because for the past weeks the Lotto MAX jackpot has been progressively growing to entirely new heights.
Never before had a Canadian lottery jackpot reached the colossal sum of nearly CA$65 million. Such a record-breaking accomplishment was praised on a national level, eventually leading to an even bigger interest towards the game and more ticket purchases.
Grand Jackpot Awaits Winner
The draw was special not only because of the main prize but also with the numerous chances of winning big. This Tuesday draw brought to its lottery enthusiasts a total of 10 CA$1-million MAXMILLION prizes that awaited their lucky winner. The bigger the main prize, the more generous all additional prizes become, such was the case in this regular Lotto MAX draw.
Said CA$1-million prizes become even more once the main prize jackpot surpasses the CA$50-million mark. One of those could very soon make its way to Regina, Saskatchewan, as the fortunate ticket has the number combination 02, 08, 15, 26, 28, 33, 50 printed on it. As for the main prize, a total of CA$70,706,032 will soon be bagged by Lotto MAX enthusiasts from near and far.
A ticket purchased in Quebec was able to match all seven of the drawn numbers needed for the main prize. Those were 18, 23, 28, 32, 34, 44, and 50 and for the eventual winner hailing from Quebec they might have a special significance. At the beginning of this week, concerns were expressed that the chances of winning the Lotto MAX grand jackpot have decreased significantly.
Lotto MAX Reigns in a New Era
Up until May 11, the odds of matching all seven drawn digits were 1 in 28 million, chances guaranteeing jackpot on a more regular basis. Mid-May the five lottery corporation agreed to introduce a cap increase, as well as the additional number 50 to the overall number of balls included in every draw. This eventually worsened the odds of matching all of them to 1 in 33,294,800.
May 14 saw the first Tuesday draw in Lotto MAX’ history, attracting quite the attention. In response to the concerned players claiming that the additional number has decreased their chances of winning big, lottery corporations pointed out that this has been a request by many individuals playing on a regular basis. In essence, the Crown corporations have listened to Canadian lottery players and given them what they demand.
Apart from the grand jackpot of CA$65 million, this draw was also able to grant two CA$425,809.80 prizes for those players who managed to match six of the drawn numbers plus the additional number 29. Thus it further increased the overall amount of cash won during June 11 draw. All residents of Quebec are advised to check their pickets and homes for Lotto MAX tickets, as they might be Canada’s next multimillionaire.

Lotto MAX CA$60M Jackpot Claimed at the Eleventh Hour, Enhanced Online Gaming by ALC

Lottery jackpots could wait for their winners no longer than twelve months, which gives players the opportunity to make up their mind and decide whether or not they want to have their life completely changed.
A winner eligible for a CA $60-million Lotto MAX jackpot recently made the crucial decision to contact the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Office. This Wednesday is going to see the official prize claim. There are many reasons why a player could refrain from bagging the lottery prize they have won.
Those could range from misplacing or destroying the lottery ticket to simply not being mentally prepared for the impact of a windfall on one’s life. A player hailing from Edmonton has taken some 10 months to make up their mind on a Lotto MAX jackpot reaching CA$60 million and they are about to bag it soon.
Jackpot Claimed Just in Time
The Crown corporation made an official announcement that an Edmonton player would very soon bag their CA$60 million jackpot. This Wednesday is going to see the prize claim at 10 a.m. at St. Albert’s office and the long-anticipated name reveal of the winner.

Lotto MAX Returns with a CA$40M Main Prize, Lotto 6/49 Keeps on Giving

October 26, 2018 was a special date, as this is when the Lotto MAX favorite lottery offering had its regular draw. As for the winning numbers, those were 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 20, and 30 with the bonus number 45.

We Know Who Won Lotto MAX CA$60M but Who Will Bag CA$26M in Ontario?

They might have a special significance for the winner and this Wednesday is about to reveal the story around it. The jackpot had its expiry date, in this case October 26 and Alberta was rapidly approaching this last chance.

Lotto 6/49 Would Drop CA$9M Jackpot in Ontario, More Winners Expected

Earlier this year and months after the winning draw, projections have been made, that the jackpot would never be claimed. In this case, the amount goes back to the overall pot and is later on dispersed via additional prizes and community support guaranteed by the lottery corporations. Meanwhile, British Columbia Lottery Corporation announced a Lumby player recently bagged CA$150,000 thanks to the Crossword Extreme Scratch and Win game.
Atlantic Lottery Corporation Offers More
Tyler Prosser purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Vernon which put him on the path of success. His birthday was also recently and for him, this is the best surprise. For the time being, he has not made any purchase plans, but he is thinking of moving to a new place and making the best of this birthday windfall.

Quebec Lotto Millionaire Couple’s 4-Year-Old Reassures It Will Be Okay

Lottery gaming is not the sole gaming offering that could change one’s life. Atlantic Lottery Corporation, another leader in the Canadian gaming field recently announced the official launch of LottoInteractive’s Star Match via the premium Remote Game Server. The online game is powered by IWG, a partner that has been right beside ALC for the long run.

Quebec Online Player Bags CA$1,004,723, Lotto Jackpots Remain Untouched

Players now have the opportunity to try their luck at matching sparkling gems and possibly win big. The game has been introduced to Canadian players initially through a collaboration with British Columbia Lottery Corporation and now with Atlantic Lottery Corporation. LottoInteractive is proud to be exploring the local markets and attracting an even larger crowd

Woodbine Ent. Bids Farewell to Da Silva’s Thoroughbred Jockey Career

Woodbine Entertainment praises its horse people as well as the individuals making their way to its horse racing tracks, as it is evident by the most recent announcement. December 7 is going to become a day of celebrating Eurico Rosa Da Silva, as the renowned jockey is about to retire mid-December. He is among the most successful jockeys at Woodbine.

Despite the myriad of successes one has had throughout their career, everything has to come to an end with a retirement that would go down in history. One of the renowned jockeys at Woodbine Racetrack is about to see his last races this year. Mr. Da Silva announced earlier this year that his professional career would come to an end this year, coinciding with the end of the 2019 Thoroughbred season on site – December 15.
Horse Racing Successes Galore

Woodbine Entertainment issued its official answer, making it clear that next Saturday is going to be dedicated to one of its most accomplished jockeys – Mr. Da Silva. The 44-year-old jockey is known for his wide experience in the Thoroughbred industry, confirmed by his five titles as the leading jockey of this racetrack.

Woodbine Racetrack Takes Care of Customers with High-Tech Valet Offering

This year might win him his sixth one further solidifying his position. Solely the year 2018 resulted in as many as 237 victories across the Thoroughbred meet. This is a record-breaking performance, as he outperformed Mickey Walls, another renowned jockey at Woodbine. He has managed to set the record of 221 wins in a single meet in 1991, making it a special year. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this jockey is known for his extensive career taking him around the world.

Woodbine Ent. CEO Spread too Thin, Reportedly Ready to Exit CFL

His first steps in the horse racing industry were made in his home country, but soon his talent took him all the way to Macau. Ever since 2004, he is part of the Woodbine horse people, marking some of his best races. Mr. Da Silva has bagged the Outstanding Jockey award six times in the past. This year was a special one for Woodbine Entertainment, as it saw the 160th running of Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack.
December 15 Brings Retirement
July 29 was a special day for locals, as One Bad Boy managed to demolish all rivals on its way to the first place and the cash prize reaching CA$1 million. This was the first leg of the three-legged Canadian Triple Crown transforming every summer in Canada. Queen’s Plate is the longest-running live race in North America and as such it enjoys the popularity of monumental magnitude.

Woodbine Entertainment Bolsters Local Thoroughbred, Standardbred Racing

Mr. Da Silva has two titles of this race, with Eye of the Leopard in 2009 and Big Red Mike in 2010, making the two consecutive years more than special. Next Saturday is about to see a special day of celebration, with Mr. Da Silva taking a central part. He will be part of a special meet & greet event and autograph signing on December 7. All fans are in for a treat, as they will have the chance to meet the famous jockey and commemorate the moment with a photo.

Woodbine Touts Record-Breaking Breeders Crown Wagers, Donations

Locals will also have the chance to purchase limited merchandise with Mr. Da Silva’s signature catchphrases. They will also have the chance to donate to the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society and support the horses in need of new families following their racing career at Woodbine Racetrack. At 1:05 p.m. the renowned jockey will be part of a winner’s circle ceremony too.