Alberta Casinos and Gambling Laws

Alberta is one of Canada’s largest prairie provinces and has made the most significant strides in legalising and regulating gambling. Namely, all forms of gambling in Alberta, including land-based casinos, lotteries, bingo, raffles, sports betting, and others, are overseen by Alberta’s provincial government and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) Commission.

This fourth-largest Canadian province has assumed the so-called charitable gaming model of regulation. A large part of the proceeds from gambling is directed towards funding thousands of charity organisations. According to reports by the AGLC, more than $1.4 billion of net gaming income was generated between 2018 and 2019, deposited into the General Revenue Fund, and later used to finance different programs for Albertans.

You can find 28 different brick and mortar casinos scattered across the province, as well as dozens of bingo halls, VLT venues, and lottery kiosks and locations. Charitable groups run bingo, lottery, and raffle events under Class A, B, and C licences by the AGLC and are permitted to host such events three or more times per week. The lottery is operated by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC), a non-profit organisation that also runs lotteries in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Alberta’s minimum gambling age is 18, unlike most other provinces where players need to be over 19 to enjoy premium gaming.

In this article, we will offer a deep insight into the world of gambling in Alberta, the best casinos, poker rooms, and racetracks, as well as online gambling regulation and offshore online gambling.

Is online gambling legal in Alberta?

Under the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act enacted by the provincial government and implemented under the auspices of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) Commission, online gambling is entirely legal as long as it is enjoyed on regulated and licensed sites. As of October 1st, 2020, the only site where you can play online casinos games is PlayAlberta.ca, run by the Government of Alberta’s Crown enterprise and commission AGLC.

The site is available to all Albertans aged 18 or more who are physically located in the province. The platform was created by NeoPollard Interactive and features a wide array of online video slots, table games such as blackjack, baccarat, and roulette, multiple scratch cards, instant-win games, and online keno. Leading software providers power the games, and new titles are continuously added to the game library at PlayAlberta.ca. The AGLC has established an advisory committee to oversee online gambling development and ensure its coherence with the existing regulations.

All games on the site are playable via mobile devices and desktop, including smartphones and tablets, regardless of their operating systems.

Upon registration and before claiming the welcome bonus, Albertans will be required to submit personal documents to verify their identities and enjoy different casino games.

Alberta casinos

According to the reports by the AGLC, there are 28 different land-based casinos and racetracks operated by the country’s leading casino companies. These venues allow players to have a superb casino gaming experience thanks to a broad choice of exclusive slots, VLTs, table games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, and other games, as well as off-track race betting opportunities, and more. Some of the casinos even offer dedicated poker rooms that host daily cash games and weekly tournaments in Texas Hold’em and other poker versions.

In addition to the classic brick and mortar casinos, AGLC launched the province’s only regulated online gambling site and casino PlayAlberta.ca, bound to complement the existing casino gambling offer.

The following is a quick summary of AB’s five most popular casinos and a full rundown of all available casinos in the province.

The River Cree Resort and Casino

  • Address: 300 East Lapotac Blvd Box 179, Enoch, Alberta T7X 3Y3
  • Working hours: Open daily from 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM (Slot operation hours: 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM, Table Games operation hours: 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM, and Poker Room operation hours: 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM)
  • Games: 1,350 slots, 10 VLTs, 40 table games such as blackjack, roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Chase the Flush, craps

The River Cree Resort and Casino is one of the biggest and most well-known casinos in the greater Edmonton area and Alberta. It boasts over 60,000 square feet of gaming space, which houses 1,350 slot machines, 10 VLTs, and 40 different tables where the best blackjack, roulette, and poker action can be found. What’s more, a specially designed poker room with 12 tables is your go-to place for both high-stake and low-stake poker games. Visitors can also enjoy first-class gaming machines in the casino’s smoker-friendly Ember room.

Starlight Casino Edmonton

  • Address: West Edmonton Mall, Entrance 9, #2710, 8882-170 Street, Northwest Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 750+ slots, baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, and eight poker tables

Starlight Casino Edmonton is considered to be among the very best in Alberta and one of the most successful casinos owned and operated by the Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd corporation, which is also behind 25 other casinos across Canada. Starlight Casino Edmonton offers 128,000-square feet of gaming and entertainment space with over 750 different slot machines, 32 tables featuring blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette, as well as eight poker tables in an exclusive poker room.

Pure Casino Calgary

  • Address: 1420 Meridian Rd NE, Calgary, AB, T2A 2N9
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 850+ slots, VLTs, baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker

Pure Casino Calgary is one of Calgary’s biggest casinos, thanks to its 57,000 square feet of gaming space. Here, players can find 852 slot machines, 22 VLTs, 26 table games featuring baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, and other games, as well as a poker room open 24/7. The casino is run by the renowned Pure Canadian Gaming company, which operates multiple other successful gaming companies across Canada. Apart from casino gaming, the casino offers the best indoor golf option through an HD Golf Simulator that puts you on the world’s finest courses.

The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

  • Address: 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T3E 3X8
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM (Table games and slots open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM)
  • Games: 970 slots, 40 gaming tables featuring baccarat, craps, roulette, blackjack and poker

The Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is Calgary’s brand new casino resort located on Tsuut’ina Nation land, a doorway to the Rocky Mountains. The casino features a casino floor spanning 87,000 square feet of space, where 970 slot machines, 40 table games, and a dedicated poker room are situated. There is also a high-limit room mainly designed to meet the needs of high rollers. For accommodation purposes, visitors to the casino can rely on the four-star resort Grey Eagle Resort Hotel teeming with amenities and luxuries.

The Deerfoot Inn & Casino

  • Address: 11500 35 St SE #1000, Calgary, AB T2Z 3W4
  • Working hours: 24 hours/seven days a week
  • Games: 800+ slots, 20+ different table games featuring craps, roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, etc.

The Deerfoot Inn & Casino is located on the Deerfoot Trail in the south of Calgary. It is a premium adult entertainment centre with over 800 slot machines, 20+ tables with different casino games, and a 10-table poker room. You can also find a 188-room hotel on the premises with a huge water park and four top-class restaurants.

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

  • Address: 260 Century Downs Drive, Rocky View County, AB T4A 0V5
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 600+ slots and VLTs, electronic roulette, offtrack horse race betting

Cash Casino Place

  • Address: 4040B Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G4E6
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 500+ slots and VLTs, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker, craps

Elbow River Casino

  • Address: 218-18 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G1L1
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 600+ slots and VLTs, blackjack, roulette, poker, baccarat, offtrack betting

Century Casino Calgary Inc.

  • Address: 1010 42 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 1Z4
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 500+ slots and VLTs, blackjack, roulette, poker, baccarat, offtrack betting

Cowboys Casino

  • Address: 421 12 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 370 slot machines, 30 table games featuring blackjack, roulette, craps, poker

Camrose Resort Casino

  • Address: 3201 48 Avenue, Camrose, AB. T4V 0K9
  • Working hours: Slot machines available from Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM — 10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM — 12:00 AM; Table games available from Sunday to Thursday: 4:00 PM — 10:00 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 4:00 PM — 12:00 AM
  • Games: 200+ slot machines, 10 + table games featuring blackjack, roulette, craps, poker

Casino Dene

  • Address: Hwy 28 & Hwy 897 ( ~7km S of Cold Lake)
  • Working hours: Monday to Friday from 12 PM to 1 AM, and from
    Saturday to Sunday from 10 AM to 1 AM
  • Games: 250+ slot machines, 10 + table games featuring blackjack, roulette, craps, poker

Casino Edmonton

  • Address: 7055 Argyll Road NW, Edmonton, AB T6C4A5
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 800+ slot 28 VLTs, 26 tables with baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a 12-table poker room

Casino Yellowhead

  • Address: 12464 153 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5V1S5
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 730+ slots, 26 VLTs, 27 tables with baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a 13-table poker room

Century Casino Edmonton

  • Address: 13103 Fort Road NW, Edmonton, AB T5A1C3
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 750+ slots, 8 VLTs, 24 tables with baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, and a 10-table poker room

Century Mile Racetrack and Casino

  • Address: 14711 Airport Perimeter Road, Edmonton International Airport, AB T9E 0V6
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM — 3:00 AM
  • Games: 500+ slots and VLTs, offtrack betting

Grand Villa Casino Edmonton

  • Address: 10204 — 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5J4Y8
  • Working hours: Under the new COVID19 rules, the casino floor is open from Thursday to Sunday from 12:00 PM — 1:00 AM
  • Games: 500+ slots, 22 VLTs, baccarat, PaiGow, blackjack, roulette, craps

Boomtown Casino

  • Address: 9825 Hardin Street, Fort McMurray AB T9H4G9
  • Working hours: Slots open daily from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM; Table games open Monday to Thursday from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Friday and Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Sunday from 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Games: 450+ slots, VLTs, baccarat, PaiGow, blackjack, roulette, craps, poker

Evergreen Park

  • Address: Grandstand Building, Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie AB T8V 3A5
  • Working hours: 10:00 AM to 1: AM
  • Games: 85+ slots, VLTs, offtrack betting

Great Northern Casino

  • Address: 10910 — 107A Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB T8V7B2
  • Working hours: Slots open from Sunday to Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and from Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM; Table games available on Monday and Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Friday and Saturday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 AM, and on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • Games: 400+ slots, 30+VLTs, blackjack, roulette, poker

Casino Lethbridge

  • Address: 3756 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J4Y9
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM to 3:00 AM
  • Games: 400+ slots, 28 VLTs, 11 tables featuring blackjack, roulette, poker, craps

Rocky Mountain Turf Club (Whoop Up Downs)

  • Address: 3401 Parkside Dr. S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4R3
  • Working hours: Sunday to Thursday from 9:30 AM to 1:00 AM, Friday and Saturday 9:30 AM to 2:00 AM
  • Games: Slots, VLTs, and pari mutuel wagering

Copper Coulee Casino

  • Address: 1051 Ross Glen Drive SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B3T8
  • Working hours: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Games: 337 slots, 21 VLTs, blackjack, roulette, poker

Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino

  • Address: 888 Nakoda Way, Morley, AB T0L1N0
  • Working hours: Slots open from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM, and on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM; Table games available from Sunday to Thursday from 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Games: 250+ slots, blackjack, roulette, poker, off-track betting

Cash Casino — Red Deer

  • Address: 6350 — 67 Street, Red Deer, AB T4P3L7
  • Working hours: Slots open from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM; Table games available from Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Games: 500+ slots, blackjack, roulette, poker, baccarat, PaiGow

Jackpot Casino

  • Address: 4950 – 47 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N6P8
  • Working hours: 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM; Table games open from Monday to Thursday from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Friday to Sunday from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • Games: 349 slots, 19 VLTs, eight tables featuring blackjack, poker, and baccarat games

Century Casino St. Albert

  • Address: 24 Boudreau Road, St. Albert, AB T8N6K3
  • Working hours: 9:30 AM to 3:00 AM
  • Games: Due to social distancing rules caused by the outbreak of COVID19, the gaming offer currently includes 275 slot machines, 12 VLTs, six e-tables of baccarat, poker, blackjack and roulette

Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza

  • Address: TWP Rd 602A and Hwy 32 N, Whitecourt, AB T7S1N3
  • Working hours: Slots open from Sunday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM; Table games available from Wednesday to Sunday from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
  • Games: 250 slot machines, baccarat, poker, blackjack, roulette, offtrack betting

Poker rooms in Alberta

Although many Albertans enjoy poker games, not all casinos in the province offer dedicated live poker rooms. However, even those that don’t, offer heads up poker play where players square off against the dealers. The following are the best casinos with poker rooms in all of Alberta.

River Cree Resort & Casino poker room

River Cree Resort & Casino offers one of the largest poker rooms, not just in Edmonton but all of Alberta. There are 12 tables where the best No Limit and Limit Texas Hold’em and Omaha games are played. The poker room is open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM, and players can enjoy both cash games and tournaments.

Elbow River Casino poker room

The poker room at Elbow River used to be open 24/7, but due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, its working hours are now from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM from Sunday to Thursday and from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. The poker room specialises in 4-8, 15-30, and 20-40 Limit Texas Hold’em poker, 4-8 Limit Omaha and 1-2 Pot Limit Omaha played across 14 available tables.

Casino Yellowhead poker room

Casino Yellowhead is another Albertan casino that offers a 24/7 poker room packed with top limit and no limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and other poker games. There are 13 tables available for cash games and tournaments regularly hosted by this casino. Due to COVID-19, the poker room had to cut short its working hours on days from Sunday to Wednesday (10:00 AM to 3:00 AM), but on all other days, it remains open 24/7.

Casino Edmonton poker room

The poker room at Casino Edmonton is open 24/7 and offers 12 tables for premium No Limit Texas Hold’em action. There are multiple weekly tournaments and cash games where you can test your skill against the province’s best poker players.

Deerfoot Inn and Casino poker room

Deerfoot Inn and Casino is a place where players can engage in daily No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha cash games, and No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. There are ten different poker tables and plenty of amenities that the room offers, such as food table service, free WiFi and more.

Other poker rooms in Alberta

  • Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza
  • Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino
  • Great Northern Casino
  • Boomtown Casino
  • Starlight Casino Edmonton
  • Camrose Casino
  • Casino Dene
  • Cowboys Casino
  • Grey Eagle Casino
  • Cash Casino Place
  • Casino Calgary

Is sports betting legal in Alberta?

According to the law and regulations governing gambling in Alberta (Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act), sports betting is entirely legal. However, it is only conducted through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation and is available in the parimutuel form. No single-event sports betting is available anywhere in Canada, so Albertans have to rely on the so-called Sports Select group of betting games, such as ProLine, Point Spread, Pool, and Props.

The maximum betting limit is C$100 per ticket, and there need to be at least three fixtures on the ticket. Online sports betting is still not available in its proper form. Namely, players can compose their tickets on the Sports Select web page, but they need to print the tickets and place their wagers at one of the hundreds of selling points throughout the province.

Lottery in Alberta

Lottery buffs in Alberta can participate in draws of the top lotteries in Canada, such as DAILY GRAND, LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 via the Western Canada Lottery Corporation as it is the only company that can run licensed lotteries in Alberta. The lottery proceeds are used to fund multiple programs in Alberta’s communities to improve all residents’ daily lives.

To check if you have a winning ticket, you can use the Ticket Checkers at your local lottery retailer. The WCLC MVP service can also send you the winning numbers of the biggest lotteries via email, or you can use the WCLC Lottery Manager app and its ticket checker feature. Finally, you can either call the Winning Number Lines for the most recent numbers or check them at your local retailers’ bulletin boards.

In case you have the winning numbers, you can collect the winnings in multiple ways. If the payout is up to C$100, you can claim the prize at your local lottery ticket retail shop. If the prize is within the C$101 to C$9,999.99 range, your best bet is to request payment by sending the ticket via mail to WCLC or in-person through Alberta Prize Payout Offices. You need to claim prizes over C$10,000 in person.

Bingo in Alberta

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis (AGLC) commission issues Class A and Class B bingo licences to registered charitable organisations that can run bingo games and raffles three or more times, depending on the type of licence they hold. There are over 20 bingo halls throughout Alberta, and plenty of other charitable organisations run regular bingo draws.

Racetracks in Alberta

Alberta has six race tracks where you can enjoy the best thoroughbred, chuck wagon, quarter horse, and other horse racing.

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino are one of the elite racetrack venues in Alberta. The racetrack offers 100 days of racing each year. Players can enjoy the best of thoroughbred, standardbred, and quarter horse racing, WPCA chuckwagon racing, and live pari-mutuel betting on all horse races at the track, as well as simulcast off-track betting in the betting lounge.

Century Mile Racetrack

Century Mile Racetrack offers a mile-long racetrack where live thoroughbred racing occurs on Friday nights at 7:15 PM and Sunday nights at 5:15 PM. The Outdoor Apron and the Finish Line are the two restaurants on the track where players can watch the best of harness and quarter horse racing and betting.

Evergreen Park JDA Raceway

JDA Raceway is a racetrack in the Evergreen Park where players can enjoy top-quality thoroughbred horse racing that takes place on a track measuring 5/8th of a mile. July and August are the busiest months at the JDA Raceway when Horse Racing Alberta takes over the track and hosts many races visitors to the park can bet on.

Other Racetracks

  • Millarville Racetrack
  • Rocky Mountain Turf Club
  • The Track on 2

Alberta gambling summary

Alberta is one of Canada’s biggest provinces, with the most developed gambling industry in the country. Regardless of whether you prefer land-based casinos or online gambling, Alberta has got you covered. There are over 20 casinos in the province, where you can play famous slots, table games, live poker, and other games. There are also racetracks, bingo halls, and lottery options to choose from. Alberta gambling online is made available through PlayAlberta.ca, which rounds up the gaming offer perfectly.

Alberta Gambling FAQ

Is online gambling legal in Alberta?

Online gambling is legal in Alberta only through the PlayAlberta.ca site run by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) commission.

How old do you have to be to gamble in Alberta?

You have to be at least 18 to gamble in Alberta.

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?

Only professional gamblers and poker players who play for a living must pay taxes on their winnings.

Is it legal to play on offshore sites?

Offshore gambling sites belong in the grey area of gambling laws in Alberta. Technically, these sites can’t operate from within Alberta and be advertised there. Still, since they are registered in other countries, Albertans can access them freely without any fear of prosecution.

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