OKBET Slots Casino Installs New Slot Machines
The OKBET Slots Casino in Alberta is now in the process of putting the finishing touches on the expansion of its gaming options. Now that this hurdle has been cleared, the Horse Racing and Event Centre is one step closer to having a total of 80 slot machines and eight video lottery terminals installed. Co-owner Kurt Belich stated on Friday that the new machines would initially undergo testing, and that it is anticipated that they will be available for use by gamblers on October 28, 2022.
Located just outside of Lacombe, the OKBET Slots Casino Horse Racing & Event Centre can be found at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 12. Mr. Belich, his wife Kyle Belich, and the couple’s business partner Ross Morrison are the ones that own and administer the company. It features the only 7/8-mile tuft track in Western Canada in addition to a mile-long dirt track. In addition to its facilities for gaming and horse racing, it also provides upscale dining alternatives for guests.
The Remodeling Project Is Almost Complete
Mr. Belich informed the public on Friday, October 14, 2022, that the personnel of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis department had already installed 50 of the new slot machines, and that the remaining 30 would be placed during the course of this week. After that, the apparatus will go through a brief period of testing for a few days before the facility is ready to welcome customers. At the absolute latest, it should be on October 28, 2022.
In addition, in order to create room for the establishment’s brand-new gaming area, the popular Funky Monkey Kitchen and Bar has been moved to the establishment’s upper level. An earlier rejection of the proposals for the track’s expansion was overturned in May by a panel of the Alberta Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Commission, which resulted in the development being given the go-ahead. As a result, it is now able to provide its customers with a more extensive selection of gaming possibilities.
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As a result of the recent renovations, players will soon be able to move their earnings from one slot machine to another, and some of the machines will now offer progressive jackpot games.
In this format, the jackpots are distributed across many slot machines located in different areas, which results in substantially larger prize pools. Mr. Belich claims that because of this, playing becomes a more interesting experience for gamers.
Prior to this, the expansion was further enhanced when the AGLC changed its mind on a condition that required all of the gambling machines to be connected via Telus’s fiber optic network. This requirement had previously been in place. It was estimated that this would cost about $400,000 Canadian dollars, which the Crown and the track were planning to divide evenly. In the end, though, it was resolved such that the gaming center could make use of the preexisting Shaw network.
What Happened to the New Market?
While this is going on, the AGLC is striving to improve the gaming sector for the industry as a whole in preparation for the introduction of a private sports betting market. Initially, the new industry was expected to begin operations before the year 2022 came to a close; however, this does not appear to be very likely given that the Crown has not provided any updates since the completion of the Request for Proposals.
In contrast to Ontario’s model of an unlimited market with an infinite number of operators, Alberta’s approach is one of a limited market with only two operators. There has been a lot of talk about how many major brands are interested in the local model, but nothing substantial has happened yet this year. OKBET.com is rumored to be one of the front-runners for the prize because the company had considered expanding into the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor in the past.