History of the Cash Casinos in Calgary and Red Deer
The first of the Cash Casinos in Alberta was built on the Blackfoot Trail and opened its doors in 1980. This makes it Alberta’s oldest permanent casino, as well as one of the province’s largest casinos. The site is within 10 miles of Calgary International Airport, making it easily accessible for both local and international visitors.
The Red Deer casino has had its permanent home since 1995. This venue is close to a selection of golf courses and shopping malls — it is only 30 minutes away from both Sylvan Lake and Gull Lake. The Cash Casino at Red Deer is just 20 kilometers from the Red Deer Airport and is equidistant between Edmonton International Airport and Calgary International Airport (128 kilometers from both).
Slots at Cash Casinos
At Cash Casino Calgary you will be able to choose from 600 slots and electronic gambling machines. You will find Vegas-style slot machines from some of the best producers, including IGT, Aristocrat, and WMS slot machines.
Some of the progressive jackpots on the slots are in-house. These can get large, though they are single-location prizes. The biggest jackpots are provincial progressives. By linking jackpots across multiple casinos in Alberta, the prizes can quickly move from large to potentially life-changing.
You will also find video lottery terminals at the Cash Casino locations. These are electronic gambling machines that include a range of games in one. These machines are conducted and managed by Alberta Gaming.
At Cash Casino Red Deer, you will find more than 500 slots and gambling machines to enjoy. Enjoy a similar range of games at Red Deer as appears in Calgary, with many of the same progressive jackpots to be won, as well as VLTs.
Table games at Cash Casinos
Across the two casino locations, you can enjoy a range of table games featuring all the classics. There are 31 tables in operation in Calgary, while 19 tables feature at the Red Deer venue. Here is a list of the games and table limits for the most popular formats:
- Blackjack (limits range through $5/$100, $10/$500, $25/$1,000, $100/$2,000)
- Roulette (limits of $0.50/$50 and $5/$2,000)
- Ultimate Texas Hold ’em (limits of $5/$1,000)
- Pai Gow (limits of $5/$1,000)
- Baccarat (limits of $5/$1,000)
- Craps (limits of $5/$1,000)
The tables are open from noon to 3 a.m. daily at the Calgary casino. At the Red Deer casino, you can enjoy table games from 4 p.m. daily, with the games stopping at midnight from Sunday through Thursday and at 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
While playing blackjack in Calgary you will be able to enjoy the entertaining atmosphere created by the “Blackjack Beauties,” dressed in their dazzling purple and black outfits in the gambling Party Pit.
Cash Casinos poker rooms & tournaments
The poker room at the Calgary casino is named the Nevada Poker Room and is open from 10 a.m. until late. It has one to two dealer’s choice tables running daily, in addition to the regular No-Limit Hold ’em poker games. There are daily scheduled Cash Casino tournaments starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
As well as these regular cash games and tournaments, there are a series of special events and leagues running. These include: the Calgary Classic, the Canadian Freezeout, the Cash Casino Sunday Special, the Ladies League, the Win the Bud Cup, the Wild West Shootout and the Colossus Championship.
While playing poker in Calgary, you can take advantage of the loyalty rewards — though in a different way from patrons of the casino. You will get “loyalty dollars” every hour or the chance to win free tournament entries.
At the Red Deer poker room, you will find a similar range of poker tournaments and cash games, as well as its own special events. These include the Last Friday of the Month tournament, the Saturday $325 Deep Stack tournament, the Saturday $105 events and the Mega Stack.
Sports betting is not available at either of the Alberta-based Cash Casinos.
Winner’s Edge loyalty program
When playing at the Cash Casinos, you will have the opportunity to sign up to the Winner’s Edge loyalty program. Simply take your ID to guest services at either location to receive your card.
The Winner’s Edge program tracks your play, giving you bigger and better rewards the more you play. It is based around collecting loyalty points. You earn one point for every $5 wagered on all slot machines and electronic table games. Regular table games track your play based on time spent playing and average bets.
You can redeem your points for free play at the casino, or for additional entries into member-only contests/promotions. Members of the Winner’s Edge can also enjoy a 10% discount on select items on the menus at the on-site restaurants. There is a chance to win big when you join, with new members able to randomly win 500,000 bonus points.
This rewards program runs in conjunction with GameSense. This company aims to make gambling easy to understand for players. Its information covers the odds and randomness of gambling, the differences between games and the tools/resources that can help you play better.
You can check your points balance at any Winner’s Edge kiosk on site at the casinos — or check out your balance online.
Promotions at the Cash Casinos
The Winner’s Edge program also offers additional promotions and bonuses for players. These member-only contests reward players with cash prizes, free play at the casino and more. Head to guest services to find out exactly which bonuses and promotions you can enjoy at the time of your visit.
A good example is the $5,000 cash prize contest held at casinos across Alberta. This takes place as a prize draw. You will have the opportunity to win multiple tickets (ballots) that are entered into the draw. You can earn one ballot for every $50 you wager at the casino. Play on Mondays and Tuesdays will see this multiplied by 10x and 2x, respectively. Inserting your Winner’s Edge card into any slot or electronic table game you are playing will automatically award you one ballot. With no limit on the number of ballots, you can give yourself additional chances at winning. These contests run monthly.
Dining options at Cash Casinos in Calgary and Red Deer
At Cash Casino Calgary, you can enjoy a variety of dining options. You can try the early bird casino breakfast at just $4.99 or the all-day breakfast at $7.99.
The Embers Restaurant is the main eatery at the casino. Here you will find a mix of Asian and Canadian cuisine. Dishes such as prime rib, chicken Caesar salads and shrimp fried dumplings are a good example of the cosmopolitan nature of the restaurant.
At The Terrace, you can enjoy dishes such as the steak sandwich special, or the soup and sandwich special. A selection of cold sandwiches is also available. Every Wednesday you can enjoy the prime rib special for $12.99. This includes an 8-ounce prime rib accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, fries or mashed potatoes and vegetables or gravy.
There are two restaurants located within Cash Casino Red Deer, including a highly rated Thai restaurant.
Summing up — how do the Cash Casinos compare?
The Cash Casinos are the longest-serving casinos in Alberta. The twin locations in Calgary and Red Deer are still popular venues today.
Slots fans will welcome the more than 1,000 machines between the locations. There is a big mix of stakes, game types, and chances to hit big jackpots. The biggest prizes are linked among multiple casinos in the province — with potentially life-changing prize pools. Table games are varied, with all the most popular games available including roulette, blackjack, and craps. Bet minimums start at just $5 on many tables.
Sign up for the new Winner’s Edge loyalty program, and you can collect redeemable points and gain the chance to enter promotions and regular drawing contests. While on-site, head to one of the restaurants, where you can enjoy a mix of Canadian and Asian cuisine.