On August 6, 2014, Sonco Gaming New Brunswick moved ahead with plans to develop a casino in the northwestern New Brunswick city of Edmundston, according to CBC News.
The new casino will open within the Grey Rock Entertainment Centre, which is owned and operated by the Madawaska Maliseet First Nations tribe. “This project will allow for gaming entertainment to be provided in a region in New Brunswick that benefits from proximity to the borders of Quebec and Maine,” casino representative Craig DeMarta told CBC.
Sonco first opened a temporary casino at the Grey Rock site on August 8. The temporary casino will remain in operation through August 24, when the World Acadian Congress comes to a close. The permanent casino will need approval by the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation to open. Talks between the two parties are already in process.
The temporary casino will bring 20 jobs to Edmundston, and offers a range of video lottery terminals and electronic bingo games, Global News reports.
The final casino is projected to bring 150 jobs to the area. The fully-realized casino should have 200 electronic table games and electronic machines. Sonco does not plan to offer live gaming at the casino.
Sonco estimates first-year revenue for the Grey Rock casino at $8 million, with $1.2 million of revenue set to return to the provincial government, according to CBC News.
Sonco is the sole licensed casino operator in the Province of New Brunswick. At present, Sonco also operates a casino in Moncton, New Brunswick. The new location was chosen for its ability to lure New England gamers over the border and to offer Quebec’s gamers another option.
The temporary casino should be a bellwether for the success of the permanent Grey Rock casino. Gaming enthusiasts should keep their eyes on Edmundston as the World Acadian Congress continues to attract visitors to the area — and to the gaming tables.