Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto opens poker room

The poker room offers tables on a private floor with electronic table games and slots.
The poker room offers tables on a private floor with electronic table games and slots.

Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto has inaugurated its new poker room with all 30 tables and the introduction of its “Bad Beat” Jackpot.

Canada.- Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, a $1bn new property inaugurated in June, has announced the full opening of its poker room. The space had opened limited operations in September, now all 30 tables are running.

The poker room has electronic table games and slots for those waiting and No Limit and Limit stakes at varying levels. It also features a semi-private area. Aces Kitchen from Woodbine Entertainment Group serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto, Great Blue Heron Casino, and Hotel and Elements Casino Brantford offer Bad Beat Jackpots, a progressive jackpot comprising contributions from every qualifying hand played in participating poker rooms.

Michael Kim, executive vice president at Great Canadian Entertainment, said: “Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto is dedicated to providing an exceptional entertainment experience, and the poker room is a testament to our commitment to meeting the diverse interests of the poker community. The fully operational poker room and the introduction of the ‘Bad Beat’ Jackpot are just the beginning of many exciting things yet to come at the resort.”

The Hotel at Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto opened in August. Located near the Toronto Pearson International Airport, it offers more than 400 guest rooms. Adjacent to Woodbine Racetrack, the casino features 328,000 square feet of gaming space, including over 4,800 slot machines and 145 table games. The Vegas-style casino has VIP rooms and sports betting kiosks.

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