Starlight Casino Edmonton and Gateway Casinos Hold Grand Opening
Starlight Casino Edmonton had its grand opening this week, becoming the fifth brick-and-mortar casino in the Edmonton area. Over 500 community leaders, gaming executives, and local dignitaries were on hand for Starlight Casino’s grand opening.
The casino has 120,000 feet of entertainment and gaming space. The gaming area alone is 64,000 square feet and contains 850 gaming machines and 34 tables.
The entertainment space includes Halley’s Club, a dining area and showcase theater.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment owns Starlight Casino Edmonton. The Burnaby, British Columbia-based casino company renovated and expanded the old Palace Casino, creating a modern 21st century gaming experience for visitors.
Tony Santo on Starlight Casino Edmonton
Tony Santo, the CEO of Gateway Casinos, said at the grand opening, “Today marks the start of the next chapter at the iconic West Edmonton Mall. For many decades, Canadians have flocked here to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience. We believe Starlight Casino Edmonton is the perfect compliment to this Canadian landmark.”
The Starlight Casino is part of a $90 million investment that Gateway Casinos made in the Edmonton economy. Along with the $57 million invested in Starlight Casino, Gateway spent $33 million on another local casino project: The Grand Villa Casino Edmonton. Tony Santo said the two gaming venues will become the premier entertainment destinations in the city.
Stollery Children’s Hospital Tie-In
The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation was chosen by company employees as Starlight Casino’s charity partner for the grand opening. From September 26 to October 31, food and beverage sales at the Starlight Casino will go to support Stollery’s mission of helping the sickest kids in the province.
The grand opening celebration included $20,000 in cash and prizes for visitors on opening night of the casino, September 26. Matt Day performed on the piano in ATLAS, while a variety of DJs performed in the Replay Arena. Campire Heroes performed in MATCH. Starlight Casino will feature live entertainment, giveaways, and food and drink specials throughout opening weekend.
Dignitaries Give Opening Remarks
Mayor Don Iverson was one of the community leaders on hand. Mayor Iverson said at the grand opening ceremony, “The addition of Starlight Casino will not only create hundreds of jobs but also allow Edmontonians and visitors to enjoy another great option for food and entertainment in our city.”
Deron Bilious, Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, was one of the dignitaries who attended the Starlight Casino event. Bilous said in prepared remarks, “The opening of Starlight Casino adds to the many world class entertainment options available to Albertans and our visitors.”
“With more than 300 new jobs — and $57 million dollars of investment — it is another sign of investor confidence in our growing economy.”
Dining and Entertainment Area
The dining area at Starlight Casino features many of Gateway Casinos‘ signature restaurant brands: MATCH Eatery & Public House, ATLAS Steak + Fish, CHOW Lucky Noodle Bar, and the famous Gateway buffet. ]
Starlight Casino Edmonton also debuts Gateway’s latest brand, Halley’s Club, along with the Replay Club — described as an “innovative, immersive, multi-sensory space that combines the action and energy of gaming with a distinct party atmosphere.”
Starlight Casino’s Table Games
The Starlight Casino’s gaming tables include 13 different casino table games. The gaming space has 15 blackjack tables with bets as low as CAD$2 and bets as high as CAD$100.00. The casino floor also has 4 baccarat tables with bets randing from CAD$1 to CAD$100. Two roulette tables are available for fans of spinning wheel games.
The 10 other games range from the familiar to the idiosyncratic. Players can bet on favorites like craps, Sic Bo, Spanish 21, and Pai Gow Poker. Let It Ride and Caribbean Poker are available for those who like table poker with a progressive side bet. Multiple Action Blackjack and Extreme 21 are available for players who want a new gaming experience.
Starlight Casino even has a Stook table, for the game known variously as Stuk or Canadian Stook. Along with the 34 table games, players can enjoy a wide variety of slots and video poker gaming among the casino’s 850 gaming machines.