Great Canadian Gaming (GCC) recently announced the imminent launch of their latest property, the Pickering Casino Resort. One noteworthy aspect about the casino is that it is the first casino resort to open its doors in the Ontario area in 16 years.
GCC is based out of Ontario. It currently operates 25 (including its latest casino) hospitality, gaming, and entertainment venues all over Canada. The operator is now setting its sights on another property based in Ontario as they announced that their latest casino will soon be coming to life: The Pickering Casino Resort.
The Pickering Casino Resort is located in Pickering, Ontario—just east of Toronto. It is conveniently situated so people visiting from the nearby hub of Toronto won’t have to travel far to get there.
The casino is expected to be one of their most modern gaming centers yet from GCC. With a wide range of casino games on deck, it is clear that Pickering Casino Resort will be a popular destination for players starved for some real money gaming action after more than a year without it.
GCC Looking to Bounce Back after COVID-19 Peak
Despite its immense stature in the industry, GCC has not been immune to the catastrophic effects COVID-19 has wrought upon the gaming and entertainment business. Since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, GCC has closed most of their properties in the wake of massive losses.
With COVID-19 vaccinations in full swing, experts and observers believe that the brick-and-mortar casino industry in Canada is set to bounce back soon. The Pickering Casino Resort is not only a symbol of the company’s return to prominence but also a harbinger of what is yet to come: a Canada-wide resurgence in the gaming industry.
For many Canadians, especially those who live in Pickering and its surrounding areas, the opening of Pickering Casino Resort is highly anticipated. Also, with the complete lift of COVID restrictions, the property will resume its full function with about 2,400 slot machines and almost 100 tables with popular table games.
When it comes to casino entertainment and the gaming experience in general, Great Canadian Gaming has always kept its standards by providing customers with a great overall experience.
According to Terrance Doyle, the company’s interim CEO, Pickering Casino Resort’s opening will help them recover from the adverse impact of COVID-19. Doyle also stated that their resort will lead to 600 new jobs in the Durham Region in its first phase.
Doyle also believes that the casino resort will help kick-start the economy of Pickering. The casino resort will give a much needed boost to the region’s local economy, keeping in line with Great Canadian Gaming’s avowed focus on supporting the communities they operate in.
As the casino rapidly moves toward full operations, Doyle expects even more jobs for residents of nearby areas. He also made special mention of the contractors that made the casino’s construction a speedy, efficient process despite the bulk of it taking place during a pandemic.
Doyle went on to thanks his team and all stakeholders for continuing to hold the line as he worked to achieve the timeline they promised for Pickering Casino Resort’.
Canadians Keen To Play At Pickering Casino Resort
For now, it looks like Pickering Casino Resort will operate at a limited capacity for the foreseeable future. This is due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions that mandate strict social distancing between customers. As a result, the gaming floor and dining areas will operate at a much-reduced capacity, at least until the restrictions stay in place.
This casino will also offer 10 restaurants for players who need to refuel after an intense session, and 140 live dealer terminals. Canadian players are very keen for things to get back to normal as they want to visit Pickering Casino and test out the games and all of the exciting amenities that are on offer.
Great Canadian Gaming has announced in early July of 2021 that they plan on re-opening 12 of their properties located in Ontario. This coincides with local governments in those areas relaxing some of the COVID-19 restrictions put into place primarily to quell the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.