The Rideau Carleton Casino in Gloucester in Ontario is undergoing a major renovation. It would become another location for the famous Hard Rock Casino brand. This casino is part of the Rideau Carlton Raceway, which has hosted horse racing since the 1960s. Head to the casino on a Sunday and a Thursday throughout the season and you can enjoy live horse racing. Restaurants and entertainment ensure that there are reasons to visit this venue on non-racing days too.
On the casino floor, you will find more than 1,200 slots. Table games fans can enjoy more than 35 tables with a range of games that includes classics like roulette, blackjack, craps, and casino poker games. Wager on the live harness racing at the track, as well as simulcast racing throughout the year. Rideau Casino also has a small poker room, with five tables covering both cash games and tournament action.
On this page, you find out all you need to know about the Rideau Carleton/Hard Rock casino before a visit. First, there is a brief history of the casino and the racetrack, followed by a detailed look at all the gaming options. Next up, the ‘Rock Star Rewards’ program is explained, along with all of the benefits. The guide ends by looking at the entertainment and the dining options.
The Rideau Carleton Raceway opened its doors in 1962 and is a specialist Standardbred harness racing track. Despite going into receivership at the end of its very first year due to the track being plagued by bad weather, the venue would become a success. It celebrated 50 years in 2012. In 2000, casino gambling came to the track when slot gaming was introduced — under the authority of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
The site was taken over by the Hard Rock Café Inc. in 2017 and a major renovation is now underway ahead of the casino re-launch.
There is a huge selection of games available at this casino — with 1,200 slots and electronic gaming options. A series of Lock it Link games are featured. They feature innovative bonus games where you link special symbols to win cash and progressive jackpots. These newer slot games make a change from the classics from IGT, Aristocrat and Bally. The Quick Hit range are also featured. This classic series of titles share ways to win big by hitting up to nine special symbols.
This list shows some of the popular slots currently featured at the Rideau/Hard Rock Casino:
There are 35 live gaming tables at this casino, featuring the following range of games with minimum bets at $5 through to high-limit options:
Head to the back of the casino near the Rendez-Vous bar and you will find the new ‘Pulse Arena’. This involves electronic table games, with special visual and sound effects. These games involve a live dealer, plus a 30-foot video wall and electronic betting terminals.
You also have the chance to win the large table games progressive jackpot which can be yours when you play at the Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Mississippi Stud Poker and Three Card Poker tables. This jackpot can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Live racing takes place every Thursday at 4 p.m. and every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. throughout the season, which runs through February to December. You can enjoy a range of parimutuel style bets. They include the classic win, place, and show wagers — or the exotic exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers. Also, you can enjoy live streaming of races from across Canada, the U.S., and around the world.
The poker room at the Hard Rock Casino features five tables and shows live sports action on flat-screen televisions around the room. This smaller poker room is open 24 hours a day from Friday to Monday and from midday through to 4 a.m. the rest of the week. Players can enjoy both no limit and limit Texas Hold’em cash games, with blinds starting at $1/$2. Players can also take part in regular tournaments.
The loyalty scheme at the casino is known as ‘Rock Star Rewards’, the loyalty scheme in place across many of the Hard Rock venues. Every time you play at the casino you earn loyalty points. These are earned at 1 point for every $3 coin-in on slots and every $6 coin-in at a video poker game. You will also earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in a retail outlet. Earn 100 points and you can enjoy a $1 credit towards food, beverages, and at the Rock Shop. 200 points will award you with $1 of free slot play.
As well as the instant credit awards, there are many other benefits available, based on which level of the scheme you are at. There are four levels in all — Rock Star, Hall of Fame, Legend, and Icon. You move through these levels based on the number of points earned you earn. Here is a look at some of the further benefits of the scheme:
Always be on the look-out for further promotions at the casino, many are linked to the Rock Star Rewards scheme. Sign up in person at the casino or sign up online and you could be in line for a special instant win of up to $500 in cash.
There are five dining venues at the casino, covering everything from fine dining to quick bites – here is a look at each:
There are exciting times ahead for visitors to the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino located at Albion Road in Gloucester, Ontario. Major upgrades are taking place in the transition to becoming the Hard Rock Ottawa Casino, ensuring this already popular casino will only get better.
Visitors can enjoy an incredible range of slots, offering a potentially huge bonus and jackpot wins across many of their linked machines. Head into the table games section and all the most popular games are covered, with life-changing jackpots to be won at many tables. The five-table poker room offers both cash and tournament play throughout the week. Head to the casino on Thursdays and Sundays and you can take in the live racing at the track and cheer your selections home. Check out one of the five eating and drinking venues at the casino after a day of gaming. And earn and redeem reward points throughout your time at the Rideau Carlton Casino/Hard Rock Casino as you play.