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Canada – Bally’s and Mohegan both looking to take Windsor from Caesars

By - 15 January 2024

The licence of Ontario’s iconic Caesars Windsor, is up for grabs for the first time since its opening almost 30 years ago with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) analysing bids from existing operator Caesars Entertainment, Bally’s Corp., and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, which already operates two casinos in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

That decision is expected in Autumn.

Dave Cassidy, President of Unifor Local 444, which represents workers at the casino is backing the existing operator’s licence to be renewed.

“Caesars should be the favoured candidate, based on the job they’ve done running the casino and providing quality jobs,” he said. “Windsor needs an international casino operator who can do what’s needed to win customers and stop them from playing across the river in Detroit,” said Mr. Cassidy. He estimated it would cost a rival operator at least $80-million to rebrand the property if Caesars loses the licence.

Gordon Orr, chief executive officer at Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, said; “It’s critically important that whoever OLG chooses to run the casino have an established brand, with the gambling expertise and the loyalty programs that keep patrons coming back.”

OLG announced the RFPQ (Request for Pre-Qualification), the first stage in a procurement process to select a service provider to handle the day-to-day gaming operations in Windsor, in April last year.

Duncan Hannay, OLG’s CEO said then:“OLG is advancing plans that will support the long-term vibrancy and excitement of the casino experience in Ontario. Releasing the RFPQ for the Windsor casino is the first step in selecting a highly-qualified service provider that will ensure the long-term competitiveness of the site, while continuing to generate economic benefits for the local community and for Ontario. While the eventual winning proponent will handle the day-to-day gaming operations of the Windsor casino, OLG will continue to conduct and manage gaming in Windsor.”

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