Casino Ajax is part of the Ajax Downs racetrack complex. The track features some of the best quarter horse racing in Ontario. It is located in Ajax, in the eastern part of the province. Racing is held from May to October, and the track plays host to many of the biggest races in the quarter horse calendar. The casino is operated by One Toronto Gaming.
In the casino you will find more than 900 slot machines, featuring the perfect mix of classic slots and some of the newest games to hit the market. Progressive jackpots feature widely at Casino Ajax. Alongside the slots, you can also enjoy a choice of table games. Popular options are blackjack, roulette, baccarat and sic bo. With the casino being part of the racetrack, you can also wager on those races. As well as the live events, you can bet via simulcast throughout the year on races from Canada and farther afield.
This page has all you need to know ahead of a visit to Casino Ajax. First, there is a look at the history of the casino and the racetrack. We then cover all your gambling options and the Winners Circle loyalty program — along with your dining options.
The Ajax Downs racetrack first opened its doors in 1969. It was originally called Picov Downs. The course was named after Alex Picov, a passionate quarter horse fan, whose family settled in Ajax after coming from Ukraine. The track was built on part of the family’s farm.
The track was renamed Ajax Downs in 2006 with the creation of the new slot facility. Ajax Downs hosts races in the AQHA Bank of America Racing Challenge program. The Alex Picov Memorial — the richest quarter horse race in Canada — is run yearly at Ajax Downs. In January 2018, Great Canadian Gaming and Brookfield announced through their partnership with Ontario Gaming GTA LP that they had completed the acquisition of casino locations throughout Ontario, including the acquisition of Casino Ajax.
The mix of slot games at the casino aims to appeal to as many players as possible. The selection includes games with multiple denominations, from one cent per line up to the high-limit options. Games are curated from all the big-name makers, with a large selection of Aristocrat slots available — including the popular Lightning Link and Dragon Link games.
This series includes different titles that share a “grand” jackpot and hold-and-spin bonus games. You will find Happy Lantern, Magic Pearl, Sahara Gold and High Stakes Las Vegas at Ajax.
If you like enchanting games with a mystical theme, the Sacred Guardian series is a must play. This series features three themes: Golden Griffon, The First Unicorn and Spirit of the Fox. Buffalo Gold (from Aristocrat) is a popular game at any casino, as are Hao Yun Do and 5 Dragons Gold.
You can enjoy classic reel slots including IGT’s famous Wheel of Fortune games. These games have evolved — offering bonus games, special features and progressive jackpots in addition to the wheel spin bonus rounds.
Instead of regular green felt tables with live dealers, Casino Ajax features electronic table games. These games provide the entertainment of table gambling at much lower minimum stakes than you would find at other venues. Here is a look at the four options:
Quarter horse racing takes place throughout the week during the May to October racing season. Customers at the casino can wager on all the races, placing bets based on a pari-mutuel pool system. Win, place and show are the most popular options. For a shot at bigger wins, you can place multi-horse bets such as exactas and trifectas.
As well as betting on racing at the track itself, there are simulcast betting options. You can place wagers on races throughout Canada and the US — watching the races live on big screens at.
The rewards program at the casino is known as Winner’s Circle Rewards. This is shared with multiple Ontario casinos and works on a point collection basis. To sign up to the program, head to guest services at the casino. You earn those all-important points at the following rates:
You can then redeem points for free play on the slots. Every reward point you earn also gives you a tier point — with the number of tier points determining your level within the program. After you earn 1,000 points, you join the silver tier, and 5,000 points will enter you into the gold tier. Here are some of the additional rewards that can be yours based on your level:
As a regular player at the casino, you can take advantage of the many other available promotions. A recent “Mystery Cheque” promotion saw players winning entry into ballots by playing at the casino. One night saw the distribution of $20,000 in prizes, with one lucky winner receiving a cheque for $10,000. In a similar vein, you can also win tickets to the Deal Breaker ballot, where eight players a day will win cash, with the chance to win up to $10,000.
You can also take part in slot tournaments at Casino Ajax, some of which are linked with other casinos in the Toronto region. The million-dollar classic is a fine example, a tournament that links up with Casino Woodbine, Great Blue Heron Casino and Pickering Casino Resort.
The main dining venue at the casino is the Getaway Restaurant. This open-plan venue is open 24/7 and has you covered with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
If you have a Winner’s Circle Reward card, you will receive an immediate 15% off your bill. This makes signing up for the reward program essential, even if you are only visiting the casino as a one-off.
Recommended dishes on the menu include the reasonably priced breakfasts, the seafood fettuccine and the chicken sandwich. For those with a sweet tooth, the bread pudding has received rave reviews.
Casino Ajax offers the ideal location to enjoy the combination of both horse race betting and casino gambling. Some of the best quarter horse racing in Canada takes place at the track, with the chance to place a full range of wagers on each of the races, as well as races from other tracks. Slot machine fans will be impressed by the wide range of games and the chance to win some of those large progressive linked jackpots. Penny slot players will find plenty of games to keep them entertained.
Table games at the casino are in electronic format, giving these games a futuristic feel. The electronic roulette still features a physical wheel to give you the same level of excitement as at a live game. At the end of a day of gambling, head to the Getaway Restaurant to have your fill from a menu with a wide selection.