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An Ontario based slot facility, closed earlier this year, has reopened, as it strives to become “a productive contributor to the gaming bundle”.

The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has announced that agreements have been completed alongside the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Kawartha Downs racetrack, with Shorelines Slots becoming available once again yesterday (Wednesday 19 December).

“I would like to thank the loyal customers of Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs for their continued support, and we are excited to further contribute to the customer experience and meaningful employment opportunities in Ontario”, commented Rod Baker, chief executive officer of GCGC.    

The Kawartha facility, which forms part of the gaming bundle operated by Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership, as service provider to OLG, is set to house 150 slots machines, joining other gaming facilities operated by OGELP in Peterborough, Belleville and Gananoque, Ontario.

Regarding the closure and subsequent reopening, a media statement explained “The Kawartha facility was originally planned for closure as part of the opening of a new casino in Peterborough in October of this year, but we have worked diligently with the Ontario government and OLG to create agreements that we feel benefit all stakeholders.

“We are very pleased with the outcome, and our expectation is that this operation will be a productive contributor to the gaming bundle.”

Earlier this week a court case, first filed in 2012, that claimed state-owned video lottery terminals in Canada are “deceptive, addictive and dangerous,” was given the green light to proceed by a provincial appeal court, reported CBC News.

The Court of Appeal for Newfoundland and Labrador rejected arguments for dismissal from the Atlantic Lottery Corp, which operates VLTs in the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador itself.

Should the class action lawsuit proceed, the outcome could affect VLTs all across Canada.