History of Century Casino in Calgary
The Frank Sisson’s Silver Dollar Casino almost cornered the market when it came to entertainment in Calgary when it was first built. The site had a casino, a bowling alley, a restaurant, and a lounge for live music performances, making it one of the go-to places in Calgary. Frank Sisson himself is a larger-than-life character, surviving a shooting in 1997 while running the casino. He was also named Calgary’s Sportsman of the Year at the age of 72 in 2010 for his efforts in both bowling and rodeo.
In 2010, the casino was near bankruptcy. Century Casinos made the move to purchase the site, expanding its casino holdings in Alberta. The company, which also operates casinos in Colorado, West Virginia, England, and Poland, paid $10.5 million for the casino. Century Casinos also operates casinos aboard five luxury ocean liners.
Slot machines at Century Casino Calgary
You will find more than 500 slots and gambling machines at the Century Casino Calgary. The casino ensures that its slot options are varied so that every visitor can find a game to enjoy. There is a selection of classic games — featuring traditional symbols such as bells, sevens, cherries, and bars. Alongside these games are state-of-the-art titles and branded/licensed slots featuring movies and bands. They include multimedia games with “immersive” gambling experiences that keep you entertained while you play slot games.
Slots cover denominations from pennies to dollars per line — with a high-limit area for bigger bets. You will find slot titles from the biggest live slot makers, including IGT, Aristocrat and Bally at Century Casino.
Alongside the slots are video lottery terminals. These machines are licensed by the state. They offer keno, slot-style games, and some of the best video poker games.
In total there are 16 tables where you can enjoy the most popular casino games. Blackjack is always a popular choice at any casino, and Century offers tables with different minimums. Roulette, baccarat and ultimate Texas Hold ’em also feature in the casino. Once again, there is a focus on catering to a wide range of players and bankrolls. You can play blackjack for as little as $3 per hand — or take a shot at high-stakes baccarat.
Off-track betting at Century Casino Calgary
An off-track betting office allows you to bet on horse races from around the world. Mounted HDTVs show the races as they happen. The best of Canadian, US, and international horse racing is streamed directly to the off-track betting area.
AmTote machines make it easy to place a wager on any race electronically. If you prefer the personal touch, tellers are available to take your bets. Guests in the OTB area can enjoy an exclusive menu while viewing the racing action. Check out the OTB calendar on the casino website — where you will find information on when a particular horse is running, which tracks are racing, and dates for the biggest races of the month. There is no racetrack at this venue, though other Century Casino properties do feature racetracks.
There is currently no poker room or sportsbook at the Century Casino Calgary.
Winner’s Zone loyalty program
If you visit Century Casino, you will have the opportunity of joining the Winners’ Zone loyalty program. This program allows you to win prizes ranging from cash to trips to vehicles. It works as a rewards program, tracking your play and giving you free play based on your casino bets. As part of the Winners’ Zone, you also get access to exclusive promotions on food and beverages.
To sign up for the Winners’ Zone, register either at guest services, at the self-serve kiosks in the casino, or online. In signing up, you simply need to accept the terms and conditions and then present government-issued photo identification.
The program runs across five casino sites in Canada, meaning you can earn those rewards and redeem them at any of the following sites:
- Century Casino St. Albert
- Century Casino & Hotel Edmonton
- Century Mile Racetrack and Casino
- Century Downs Racetrack and Casino
- Century Casino Calgary
The Winners’ Zone reward program is in association with GameSense. This is a responsible gambling program. It provides education about how gambling works, odds, and randomness. It also allows for self-exclusion and where to get help for players who experience symptoms of problem gambling.
As well as the ongoing Winners’ Zone loyalty program, there are regular promotions, either across all the Century casinos or at the individual sites. Good examples include:
- Prize draws A chance to win $25,000 in cash at the Century casinos (five winners will win $1,000 each, and then be entered into a draw to win the major prize).
- Seniors Day Tuesday: At Century Casino Calgary, seniors can enjoy a breakfast special between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Participants are then entered into draws to win $50 of slot vouchers at midday, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Dining, catering, and event options
The Mid City Grill is the main restaurant at the casino. The dishes at the restaurant are created by a team of dedicated chefs. On the menu, you can find Alberta steak sandwiches, chipotle chicken wraps, and a build-your-own-burger option. The “Taste of Asia” section of the menu features dishes such as bun thit and wor wonton soup.
For drinks, you can head over to the Infinity Bar, where you can also enjoy a great selection of snacks and dishes. This is situated within the slots area, so you will not be far from the action. You can also enjoy beers, cocktails, and a casual dining menu at the OTB bar.
There are also three event locations at this casino:
- The Twenty-10 Lounge: With space for up to 150 guests, this area features audiovisual equipment, a stage, a fully licensed bar, and extensive catering options.
- The Winners’ Lounge: This 30-person area includes a dance floor, lighting, and catering options.
- Century Sports Party Room: Enjoy a party with all the sport and entertainment options (see below) included.
Sports at Century Casino Calgary
Visitors to Century Casino Calgary can enjoy a range of sports/game options:
- Bowling: Enjoy 10 pin bowling with automatic scoring, bumpers, and your own seating area. Blacklight bowling on Friday and Saturday nights makes for a different atmosphere.
- Mini golf: This indoor mini-golf course features 18 holes with three distinct themes. Enjoy “glow” play for added atmosphere.
- Arcade games: Claw games, basketball and arcade games that can transport you back in time are all here. Exchange winning tickets for prizes.
- Pub games: Enjoy a game of pool or ping pong, or take on your friends at foosball and shuffleboard.
How does Century Casino Calgary compare?
Century Casino Calgary stands out from other area casinos by offering both casino gambling and entertaining “sports” options. With more than 500 slot machines to choose from, there are games for everyone, with even more choices added by the video lottery terminals. Table games enthusiasts will enjoy the classic/popular options, while horse racing fans can wager on international racing throughout the day.
You can also try mini-golf, bowling, or pub-style games. The venue has a choice of dining options — plus areas you can book for private parties.