Grand Villa Casino Edmonton Is Back In Business

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on July 20, 2022
Gateway reopens Grand Villa Casino Edmonton. Come in we're open, vintage retro sign in cafe front

Edmonton’s Grand Villa Casino has reopened to guests.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment first announced the casino’s return last month. The well-known Canada casino operator has since fired up the slots and table games at Rogers Place in the city’s Ice District.

The district is a mixed-use sport and entertainment development that is underway in downtown Edmonton. Its main attraction is the Edmonton Oilers’ home arena. By the time the project is complete, more than $2.5 billion will have been spent on the build.

Edmonton’s Grand Villa Casino welcomes back guests

Gateway shuttered Grand Villa Casino as part of the province’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic.

But, as of Monday, July 18, visitors can enjoy the revamped gaming floor.

Gateway’s president and CEO, Tony Santo, commented:

“We are excited to be reopening and welcome back our team members and customers. We look forward to opening our doors and providing great customers experiences again.”

With the return to service, Grand Villa is open seven days a week. The downtown casino features a vast array of slot machines and table games. Slots at the property run from 12 pm – 3 am, while table games are available to players daily at 2 pm.

The casino also boasts its famous Match Eatery & Public House and Centro Bar. Centro is smack in the middle of the casino floor and is open from noon until 2 am. Match opens later (4 pm) and closes early (11 pm) but offers sports bar energy with the feel of a neighbourhood pub. Menu-wise, expect elevated pub fare and a decent selection of draft, cider, wine and cocktails.

Gateway operates 27 Canadian casinos in three provinces

Grand Villa isn’t just a one-off. Gateway is one of Canada’s largest gaming and entertainment firms, with 27 gaming properties spread across British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta.

The company currently employs nearly 7,000 people, and its portfolio includes almost 334 table games, 27 poker tables and over 13550 slot machines. And, Gateway properties offer guests 91 food and beverage outlets and 561 hotel rooms.

Gateway’s proprietary brands include:

  • Match Eatery & Public House
  • Atlas Steak + Fish
  • (recently opened) Halley’s Club

This year, Gateway celebrates 30 years of running its gaming and entertainment business in Canada.

In April, it also celebrated the grand opening of its newest property, Ontario’s Cascades Casino North Bay. The addition represents a $41-million investment for the company in the province.

Cascades Casino North Bay brings:

  • 200 new jobs
  • 300 slots, six live gaming tables and ten virtual tables
  • Signature restaurant brand, Match Eatery & Public House
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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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