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Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino hosts year-round live standardbred harness horse racing. 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 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.
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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 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.
The OLG has been working on a modernization” plan for the gaming operations at the horse track since 2012. Wright said Hard Rock's stake in the joint venture is 51 per cent, with the raceway holding the rest. And from even earlier beginnings, 1886, Horse Racing has been Canada's oldest form of legal gaming.
Hard Rock isn't planning to immediately ask for more gaming seats, but Allen said he hopes city council will consider the size of the investment that Hard Rock and the raceway will make. The OLG believed that the Ottawa-area gaming market was big enough to support up to 2,000 slot machines and about 100 new gaming tables at a casino.
The City of Ottawa's zoning only allows a maximum of 21 table games, in addition to the 1,250 slot machines, at the raceway property. Patrons with self-excluded or trespassed status as determined by Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino, will not be eligible to participate in this or any Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino promotion.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk desperately wanted a $500-million casino development for his Kanata arena property, arguing that he needed the development to financially stabilize his organization. Council backed the horse track as the only location for a casino and a furious Melnyk bemoaned having to come up with another plan.
Hard Rock says the redevelopment of the property will create 1,900 construction jobs and 2,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs. There will be more than 13,000 square metres of gaming space. 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.
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. Andrew Wright, a director with the raceway, said horse racing is a driving force” behind the raceway and lauded the joint venture with Hard Rock for keeping the tradition going.
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. In 2013, city council declared the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the only acceptable location for an expanded gaming operation.|||||||||