Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is striving to redefine the casino experience in British Columbia via the unveiling of the region’s first Pulse Arena.

The firm, which boasts a 27-strong property portfolio, has partnered with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Interblock for the introduction at its Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby.

Pulse Arena promises “an innovative, immersive, multi-sensory gaming space” through 35 interconnected gaming stations all supported by lights, sound and a 30-foot digital wall, and brings together electronic table games, live dealer games and interactive play.

“We are excited to introduce Pulse Arena exclusively at Grand Villa Burnaby. It allows us to offer a unique gaming experience that can be tailored to meet the changing needs of our customers at any time of the day or week,” commented Rowland England, vice president of operations in BC West.  “This immersive gaming experience can only be found at Gateway Casinos properties in Canada and is the first-of-its-kind in BC.”

Via Pulse Arena players are able to play up to three games at once with their choice of: baccarat, blackjack and roulette.  

The dealers, referred to as ‘games entertainers,’ incorporate entertainment into the experience, which can be viewed by players through a live feed on the video wall located at the front of the space.

“We truly value our partnership with Gateway Casinos and BCLC. The launch of the Pulse Arena at Grand Villa Casino will bring new, cutting-edge technology to the casino floor and we look forward to their players enjoying the many games offered,” noted Burton Poitras, Interblock’s vice president of sales and service in Canada.

Grand Villa has also recently upgraded its premium gaming areas, with the property now boasting 1330 slots machines, 61 table games and 11 poker tables alongside nine bars and restaurants.

“The Pulse Arena is a great example of how BCLC is listening to player feedback, improving our technologies, and modernising the industry,” added Brad Desmarais, BCLC’s vice president of casino and community gaming.  

“BCLC is constantly looking to bring fresh and innovative games to our players in BC and we’re thrilled to do just that with the introduction of Pulse Arena at Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby.”