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Alberta Casino and Card Room Gaming

Alberta permits video lottery terminals (VLTs), slot machines, poker and table games. Slots, poker and table games are found at charitable casinos and racinos, while the vast majority of VLTs are found in smaller venues. All gaming activity is regulated by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. The number of VLTs in operation in Alberta is set at a maximum of 6,000, not including VLTs at charitable casinos. This limit has been in effect since 1994.

In 2001, the AGLC began reducing the number of locations with VLTs, as recommended by the Gaming Licensing Policy Review. The 14% reduction was a direct result of the allocation policy as well as the establishment of VLT Gaming Entertainment Rooms (VGERs). VGERs may have between 15 and 25 video lottery terminals and require higher facility standards in terms of service and security than regular bars and lounges with VLTs, which may only have a maximum of 10.

There is a formal three-step process for the approval of expansion or major renovation and relocation of an existing casino. The up-to-date status of casino expansion applications is provided on the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's website at aglc.gov.ab.ca.

Slot machines were introduced into Alberta's charitable casinos in 1996. They were later allowed at the province's racing entertainment centers (RECs). The proceeds from slot machines in licensed casino facilities are divided as follows: 15% is provided as a commission to the licensed casino facility operators as compensation for the cost of space and customer service; 15% is paid to the charities holding licensed events in casinos; and 70% goes to the Alberta Lottery Fund (after AGLC operating costs are deducted).

The proceeds from slot machines in racing entertainment centers are divided as follows: 15% is provided as a commission to REC operators as compensation for the cost of space and customer service, and 85% goes to the Alberta Lottery Fund (after AGLC operating costs are deducted).

Casino City considers VLTs, charitable table games and slot machines, and electronic bingo to be casino and card room gaming activities.

Alberta Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

Boomtown Casino
Camrose Resort Casino
Cash Casino - Calgary
Cash Casino - Red Deer
Casino Calgary
Casino Edmonton
Casino Lethbridge
Casino Yellowhead
Century Casino Calgary
Century Casino Edmonton
Century Casino St. Albert
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino
Cowboys Casino
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
Elbow River Casino
Evergreen Park
Grand Villa Casino - Edmonton
Great Northern Casino
Jackpot Casino
Medicine Hat Lodge
Northlands Park
Palace Casino
Rocky Mountain Turf Club and Bully's Sport & Entertainment Centre
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