Despite casinos being given the greenlight to reopen in mid-June, table gaming was still off-limits, prohibiting patrons from enjoying their favourite games and hundreds of employees from returning to work. This has all changed as of this week, with River Cree being the first to start operating its table games and rescheduling fundraising events.
It has been another exciting week in the world of casinos during the pandemic, as casino-players can now look forward to playing their most favourite table games again. The province of Alberta has relaunched table gaming and with it, the events and fundraisers that had been cancelled up until this week. Table gaming will officially be back on September 17.
Casino venues in Alberta were among the first to close in mid-March for the safety of both casino employees and patrons, and were among the first to reopen in mid-June, offering only slot machine gaming. Century Casinos Incorporated were also the first to start operating all over Canada, and this time, they will be the first again with table gaming getting a stamp of approval from River Cree Resort and Casino.
Making sure patrons enjoy table games safely
Although casinos could reopen in mid-June, only slot machines and VLTs were given the go-ahead, as it was thought that these posed less of a risk than table games to casino players and casino members of staff. Government had kept these closed to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19, but new measures have been added to ensure that table games can be enjoyed safely. In fact, these will now come with plexiglass shields and partitions on the tables. Safety measures which are already in place will have to remain, all of which have been implemented at one of Alberta’s most popular gaming and entertainment hotspots.
With all the safety protocols in place, customers can once again enjoy their favourite games, such as Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. Moreover, reopening table gaming means reinstating more employees as all these games require at least 200 employees to manage and maintain their day-to-day running at River Cree Resort and Casino. The profits made from table games will also help reduce the CA$124 billion gap in revenue which is expected for this fiscal year.
Fundraising returns to the fore
However, it is not only casino operators, their staff and their customers which are rejoicing at the news. Relaunching table gaming also means the return of fundraising events which are tied to these games. Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta receives up to CA$70,000 from a single fundraising event, which are then used for its various projects in the province, leaving its executive director Gabriel Kreiner eager for table games with fundraising elements to start operating again. The first fundraising event will take place on September 17 and September 18 at River Cree.
Pure Canadian Gaming have also announced that they are planning to re-introduce fundraising events in the near future. The operator’s General Manager of Marketing, Vince Pao, has made it clear that they are “working around the clock right now to ensure the health and safety of not only our teams but our guests as well.” More than half of the usual patrons of these fundraising events are expected to return to their favourite spots at their preferred casino venue.