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Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino hosts year-round live standardbred harness horse racing. Hard Rock Casino Ottawa — 51-per-cent owned by Hard Rock International, with the rest controlled by the owners the raceway — will take over the day-to-day operations of the slots at the raceway in the fall of 2017 as part of a 20-year agreement, OLG said in a release.
The deal with the OLG stipulates that the Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will honour the collective agreement of provincial workers who currently operate the slots at the raceway, until the contract expires in a few years when it will have to be renegotiated.
On Monday announced Hard Rock as the new operator of the gambling facility at the horse track, and together with the raceway, the global casino, restaurant and hotel company wants to transform the Albion Road facility into Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, while keeping a cornerstone attraction of the site.
The Rideau Carleton Raceway has launched an advertising campaign that appears to be aimed directly at Ottawa's Chinese community, despite a warning from Ottawa Public Health that it's among the ethnic groups at greater risk of harm from problem gambling.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) announced Monday that Hard Rock International will partner with the raceway, with the two companies investing more than $320 million to create an "integrated entertainment destination" in the city's rural south end.
Please Note: All guests to the Rideau Carleton Raceway dining room must be 19 years of age or older and in possession of valid, government issued, photo identification; guests 19 - 25 years old will be required to present a second piece of i.d. with a signature on it.
The Rideau Carleton Raceway has launched an advertising campaign that appears to be aimed directly at Ottawa's Chinese community, despite warnings from Ottawa Public Health that it's among the ethnic groups at greater risk of harm from problem gambling.
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The city receives a payment from the OLG slots, which in the last five years has been in the $5-million range. Watch every race from Rideau Carleton Raceway. OLG Casinos feature some of the most thrilling table games around including Texas Hold'em Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Sic Bo and several others.
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But one Chinese group in Ontario warns the campaign could contribute to higher rates of gambling addiction within that community. Under the city's zoning, 21 gaming tables can be added to the gambling offerings, and the number of slots are expected to increase slightly to 1,250 — although OLG has estimated that there's enough demand for 2,000 slot machines at Rideau Carleton.
It's not until the third phase, sometime after 2019, that the company plans to turn its attention to building a 250-room hotel at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, which opened in 1962. But in 2011 council approved the addition of only 21 gaming tables at the OLG's Ottawa facility after intense pressure from health advocates to be mindful of gambling addictions in this region.
Since the city makes four per cent off table game revenue, it could rake in bags of cash if it allowed Hard Rock to set up more poker and roulette tables. The company estimates that the entire master plan will create 2,000 direct and indirect construction jobs, and 800 on-going jobs at the Hard Rock premises.