History of the Century Casino St. Albert
The St. Albert’s Apex Casino first opened its doors in 1994. This casino, located just 10 kilometres from St. Albert city centre, underwent an extensive renovation in 2010. The biggest change to the venue came in 2016 with the Century takeover. Century, based in Colorado Springs, paid $15.9 million for the business, as well as an additional $12 million for the real estate in and around the casino.
This takeover saw the Apex name-dropped and the casino came into line with the other casinos in the group, adopting the Century name.
Slots machines at Century Casino St. Albert
Slot players will enjoy the range of games at this casino, with 266 different slot machines. While this is a smaller selection than you will find at the big casinos in Calgary and Edmonton, the range of gaming options is wide. Most titles start at $0.01 per line denomination. Progressive jackpots give you a chance of hitting a big win for those small bets.
Games such as Lightning Cash offer four levels of progressive jackpots with the Grand Jackpot (which is linked across both the St. Albert casino and others in Alberta) offering a minimum payout of $75,000 and it goes much higher. Other popular slots on the gaming floor include Hot Stuff Wicked Wheel, American Original, Jungle Wild, and Quick Hit Ultra Pays.
Alongside the slots are a series of 12 video lottery terminals (VLTs). These machines offer a choice of class II games. Many of these are classic slots from IGT, Aristocrat and others. These Alberta-wide games add multiple gaming options from a single screen.
Table games at Century Casino St. Albert
With 11 gaming tables, only the most popular table game formats are available at this casino. They do include all the classics, including:
Note that minimum stakes are higher than at some Alberta casinos. For example, blackjack has a $10 minimum stake. Optional side bets are available, which can give you a windfall prize for a big poker hand or multiple sevens in blackjack.
Electronic table games boost the options, with smaller stakes available in e-gaming format. You can enjoy electronic versions of baccarat, three card poker, blackjack, and roulette. These games take place without the dealer, making them quicker than the dealt versions.
Off-track betting at Century Casino St. Albert
Unlike the Century Casino at the Century Downs and Century Mile, there is no live horse racing at this casino. What you can enjoy is off-track betting. The best races from Canada, the USA, and big fixtures from around the world are screened via Simulcast. There are 10 HD TVs to follow the action.
Tote machines let you enter the pari-mutuel pools for these races.
Horse racing fans can watch the best races from around the world with simulcast coverage across 10 mounted HD TVs. The racing is shown seven days a week, with ample seating to enjoy the action from the best vantage points and tote machines nearby, making placing bets easy. All the classic bets including win, place, show, exactas, trifectas, daily doubles, and more can be placed at the Century Casino St. Albert. Check out the racing calendar on the casino’s website to see where the next racing action is taking place.
Loyalty schemes at St. Albert’s Century Casino
There are two loyalty schemes available to players at the Century Casino St. Albert.
The first is the Winner’s Zone. This scheme is used across all the Century Casinos. With this program, players get entry into exclusive prize draws. Prizes range from instant cash, vacations and trips, vehicles, and electronics. You can also take part in exclusive food and beverage promotions.
A standing promotion shared between the Century Casino is a big prize draw. This gives $25,000 to the lucky winner. Each of the five Century casinos in Alberta will see one lucky winner walk away with $1,000 (entries are awarded by simply signing into the Winner’s Zone scheme). Then a second draw takes place, with one of the five winners awarded a further $25,000.
The second loyalty scheme is Winner’s Edge. This is an Alberta-wide scheme set up in conjunction with most of the other casinos in the province.
You join at guest services or using the kiosk (available at any AB casino) and will earn points every time you play at a slot or at an electronic gaming machine. You can then redeem the points you earn for free play at the casino (or any other casino in Alberta). You can also enter a series of free contests with impressive prizes. On signing up to the scheme you receive an instant point boost, which could be up to an incredible 500,000 points. Members of Winner’s Edge get a 10% discount on select items on the food and drinks menu.
Century Casino St. Albert entertainment & events
Entertainment takes place every Friday and Saturday at the Vee Lounge. Here you can enjoy a mix of live music that includes rock hits, classic country songs, Beatles hits, cult pop classics, and many more. If you are in the mood for a dance after a day’s gambling, the Vee Lounge is the venue to check out.
As well as entertainment, you can also book space for private functions at this casino. Wedding receptions take place regularly, as well as private corporate functions. The casino specializes in ‘intimate or large professional events and gatherings with contemporary audio-visual equipment and a wide range of catering options’.
Food & drink at Century Casino St. Albert
The Vee Restaurant and Lounge is the main dining option at this casino. It is open daily from 9.30 am through 10 pm. They offer a range of menus covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The breakfast menu offers the Vee Breakfast. This ‘special’ includes two eggs, a choice of crispy bacon, honey ham or thick sausages served with breakfast potatoes and white or brown toast. Pancakes are also on the menu or you can create your own omelette.
The lunch and dinner menu features a range of starters including chicken wings and quesadillas. A range of burgers includes the bacon cheddar burger and the mushroom Swiss burger. The classic Vee burger features the chef’s own charbroiled 7 oz. Alberta beef burger. A choice of steaks also features, as well as ginger chicken and beef, vegetarian roasted mushroom ravioli, a choice of soups and salads, and much more.
On the drinks menu you will find featured beers and wines as well as a range of highballs.
Keep an eye out for specials and promotions based around the food menu — these offers are regular, with discounts on some of the best dishes on the menu. The casino bar has regular happy hour promotions. These run from Monday to Sunday 3pm to 7pm., where 1oz Highballs and domestic beers are available for $5.75.
How does the Century Casino St. Albert compare?
If you are looking for a trip to a modern casino that is not overwhelming in size, the Century Casino St. Albert makes an ideal choice. With a high-quality range of slots to enjoy and some huge progressive prizes, there are plenty of chances to win big. Check out the Century Casino social media pages and you will see how often those big prizes are won.
VLTs and e-Tables extend the gaming options, with multiple games in single cabinets. Fans of table games will get the opportunity to play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and casino poker variations. While there is no racetrack, horse racing fans are able to bet via OTB kiosks and enjoy live races via Simulcast.
At the end of a day of gambling head to the Vee Restaurant and Lounge, where you can enjoy a wide range of casual dining options. St. Albert’s Century Casino gives you the opportunity to take in live entertainment at the weekends. With two loyalty schemes, there is no need to play on any slot or electronic table game without some kind of reward coming your way.