Changes to Ontario’s gaming industry kills Fort Erie’s bid for slots (also how it affects Niagara Falls)

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Sweeping changes to Ontario’s gaming industry unveiled Thursday has essentially quashed Fort Erie’s bid to take over its now defunct slots facility.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is asking for private-sector operators to step up and express interest in 29 separate “gaming zones” across the province.

Fort Erie did not make the cut.

“There is not a zone for Fort Erie so, sadly, any type of proposal that would come from Fort Erie wouldn’t be addressed,” said OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti.

“The rule is one facility per zone and, if you don’t have a zone, you don’t have a facility.”

According to the OLG, Niagara Falls would have two zones that could offer a maximum of 5,000 slot machines.

“Literally, Fallsview and Casino Niagara are each their own zone,” Bitonti said.

There are approximately 4,600 slot machines between Niagara’s two gaming facilities.

“In Niagara, it’s status quo,” Bitonti said.

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