History of Gateway Casinos Innisfil
Horse racing first took place at Georgian Downs in November 2001. The casino opened in August 2009 and was operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
In 2018, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited signed a 23-year casino and operating services agreement, forming a long-term partnership with Ontario Lottery and Gaming. In February 2019, the casino completed a $5 million renovation, which saw the addition of 26 table games. A charity blackjack tournament marked the opening.
Casino games at Gateway Casinos Innisfil
The range of slots at the casino offers something for most players. You can try slot games at a wide range of denominations, with a good mix of classic reel games and video slots — including the latest releases.
Among the standout slots at this casino are the Lightning Link games. These offer micro, mini, major and grand jackpot prizes — with the grand jackpots linked among games. All titles feature a hold and spin bonus feature, along with unique free spins bonuses. Popular themes in this range include Happy Lantern, Sahara Gold, Magic Pearl and High Stakes Las Vegas. Dragon Link games add Asian themes with the same bonus features.
Players will also be able to enjoy games in the Quick Hit range. As the name implies, these games can offer instant wins. Simply land a large number of the scatter/logo symbols on the reels on any spin, and you could be looking at a progressive jackpot.
You can also try an immersive experience with the Simpsons slot — an example of the many TV/movie tie-ins at the Gateway Casinos. Look out for the big bonus games featuring Bart, Homer and other characters. Big 5 Safari, Cash Fever 3D and Buffalo slots are also available.
The table games section at Gateway Casinos Innisfil is open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. throughout the week and 24 hours a day at the weekend. There are 26 tables in all, and you can play the following four games:
- Blackjack: The classic card game where you go head-to-head with the dealer with the aim of reaching as close to 21 as possible without going over — or hold a live hand when the dealer busts.
- Roulette: One of the most popular games at the casino; you can bet on red or black, odd or even and single numbers.
- Spanish 21: An exciting variation of blackjack that is played with eight or 10 Spanish decks, with the four 10 cards taken out.
- Baccarat: Like blackjack, this is another game where you go head-to-head with the dealer, with the highest score in the game being 9. You bet on “banker,” “player” or “tie.”
Horse racing at Gateway Casinos Innisfil
The racetrack at Georgian Downs is five-eighths of a mile long and hosts standardbred racing throughout the year. At the races you can place a full range of bets. These are pooled bets (called pari-mutuel wagers). You can bet on single horses, with win, place and show available. You can also bet on multiple horses to finish in the correct order.
As well as betting on the live action on the track, you can also enjoy a full range of betting on simulcast racing from across both Canada and the US.
My Club Rewards program
The rewards program at the casino is My Club Rewards. This program runs across all the Gateway Casinos — meaning you can earn loyalty points at one site and redeem them at another. Here is how to earn points playing different types of casino games:
- One reward point for every $10 that you wager on slots.
- One reward point for every $20 that you wager at video poker.
- One reward point for every $40 that you wager at e-table games.
You can redeem your points for free play at slots or for dining credits. The program has five levels — the standard rewards level, silver, gold, elite and ultra. You move through these levels as you earn more points at the tables, with each level bringing greater rewards. Here are the benefits you move through those levels:
- Discounts at participating restaurants (all levels).
- Bonus reward points on select days (all levels).
- Qualification for special slot tournaments, invitation only events and exclusive birthday offers (all levels).
- Reward points at a faster rate (silver level and up).
- Exclusive events (gold level and up).
- Priority hotel check-in at Gateway Casinos linked sites (elite and ultra).
- Priority restaurant seating (elite and ultra).
As well as the wider rewards program, you will also find a variety of promotions localised to the Innisfil casino. Previous competitions have allowed guests at the casino to win a Chevrolet Equinox by entering a daily ballot. A “Girls Night Out” sees all female guests on a Monday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. receive a gift, as well as $5 in free slot play. These are just examples — new promotions appear all the time on the official website.
Gateway Casinos Innisfil restaurant & dining options
There are two dining options at the casino:
The Gateway Restaurant
The main restaurant features a regular menu, a brunch menu and a social hour menu.
The brunch menu, which is available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends features options such as Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and a selection of eggs, ham, bacon and sausage.
The main menu features appetizers such as chicken wings, crab and lobster dip and coconut shrimp. Caesar and garden salads are available, while the range of sandwiches includes the Gateway Full House club sandwich (this is loaded) and a smokehouse cheeseburger.
The main course section of the menu includes grilled New York strip steak, classic liver and onions, a pad thai noodle bowl and baby back ribs.
The Gateway Express
This second venue is perfect for quick service items. Gateway Express is open seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Bar service is available from 9 p.m. daily.
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How does Gateway Casinos Innisfil compare?
If you are looking for the ideal casino stop with added live horse racing in the mix, the Gateway Casino in Innisfil could be the perfect choice. The venue, which has recently undergone a renovation following the Gateway deal, features a casino floor with more than 1,000 slots. There are reel slots, plus the latest video slots from big-name producers. Table games include blackjack variations, roulette and baccarat. Head to the casino on a racing day and you can place a wager on standardbred races. Simulcast racing means you can wager on races from across the country.
Ensure you sign up to the My Club Rewards program to take full advantage of all the offers. And at the end of a day’s gambling, head into the Gateway Restaurant for a top-class meal.