Fort Erie loses bid to takeover slot facility
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission is asking for private-sector operators to take control of 29 “gaming zones” throughout the province, reports the St. Catherine Standard of Canada. Fort Erie had hoped to gain control of the now defunct slots at the racetrack. Fort Erie, however, is not in one of the 29 gaming zone, meaning there will be no slots in the area.
“These zones are not based on where they are wanted or where they’re needed. It’s not based on market conditions but based on whatever plan they (OLG) have and I’m not really sure they even have a plan,” Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin said.
The Standard reports that, according to the OLG, the zones will be set up to maximize revenue for the province to “ensure a sustainable and efficient gaming market in Ontario.”