Playtime Casino Hanover Opens in Ontario, Preps for Grand Opening

Having had its soft opening on the evening of March 18, the official grand opening of the Playtime Casino Hanover’ is now planned for Thursday, April 11.

The renovation and rebranding of the Hanover Casino took several months longer than expected. Under the ownership and oversight of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, the overhaul of the Ontario casino was announced in September of 2018. The anticipated completion date was the end of that year. And then delayed to March 2019.

Now that it is complete, players have been welcomed back. The last part of the makeover will be to host the grand opening next week. And once the party is over, it will be back to business.

Investment and Expectations

In September, Gateway promised to invest approximately $18 million into the rehab project and create up to 70 new jobs in the process. By the time the renovations were almost complete, though, the number of jobs had risen from 70 employees to 170 for the new casino.

Still located at 275 Fifth Street in Hanover, the new facility is sandwiched between the Hanover Raceway and P&H Centre. However, the facility has expanded by taking advantage of the old Carriage Hall banquet facility space. The new space is 32,672 square feet with a mezzanine overlooking the racetrack that adds another 3,283 square feet.

Inside the new Playtime Casino, players will find more slots and casino games – more than 300 slot machines and eight live table games. The latter includes roulette, blackjack, Spanish 21, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and Three-Card Poker. The MATCH Eatery & Public House, The Buffet, and the Arcade Bar offer dining and drinking options.

Gateway Expansions

When Gateway Casinos opened in 1992, they had two casino properties in Vancouver. These grew slowly through the 1990s. But the company then took over properties in Alberta, opened the Cascades Casinos in 2005, and continued expanding.

In late 2015, Gateway bought Playtime Gaming, which included four gaming centers and two bingo halls. That made Gateway Casinos the largest casino company in British Columbia. And it became even bigger with the 2016 purchase of 11 casinos in Ontario. In 2018, the company then took over several casino operations for Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.

The 2015 purchase led Gateway to the Hanover project. In addition, there was the new $36 million Cascades Casino project in Chatham-Kent, and a $26 million renovation at Starlight Casino Point Edward.

Playtime Casino Hanover Open for Business

Members of the Hanover City Council took a first look at the renovations in early February to witness the progress. This was likely due to the already-two-month delay from the original estimated completion date. Mayor Sue Paterson commented then that people will be “really excited when they see it.”

On Monday, March 18, there were approximately 350 people in the doors within the first few hours. The Playtime Casino Hanover General Manager Derek Tierney subsequently called the new casino an official entertainment destination. Quite a contrast from its previous designation as “slots in a box!”

The casino is currently open for business from 8am to 2am on Sunday through Thursday each week. It is also open 24 hours per day on Fridays and Saturdays. Table games, however, are only available from 4pm to midnight Monday through Friday and 2pm to 2am on Saturday and Sunday.

For those wanting to attend the grand opening, Playtime Hanover Casino has the exact details. All reports currently state that it will happen on April 11.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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