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Ont. Tracks Get Electronic Poker Tables

Published: May 10, 2012 1:30 pm ET

Last Comment: August 29, 2012 8:34 pm ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

PokerTek Inc., a company which develops and markets electronic table games for the gaming industry, announced on Thursday, May 10 that it has reached an agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to install electronic poker tables at Georgian Downs, Mohawk Racetrack, Rideau Carleton Raceway and Sudbury Downs.

According to a PokerTek release, a total of 12 'PokerPro' tables will be introduced, three each for Georgian, Mohawk, Rideau and Sudbury.

Two machines were used as part of a pilot program this past fall at the Western Fair District in London, Ont. The machines remained on the WFD gaming floor after the program, at which time another machine was added to the fray due to customer demand.

"We are pleased that the success of PokerPro at OLG Slots at Western Fair District has prompted additional placements throughout Ontario," PokerTek President James Crawford said via release. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with OLG as we roll-out PokerPro to the additional properties."

August 29, 2012 - 8:34 pmThis brings a lot of

This brings a lot of advancements into a poker game. Less hassle and more comfortable to use. For sure there would great plays with these electronic tables.

May 11, 2012 - 5:06 pmSeriously?

Tim Bates SAID...

Seriously?

May 10, 2012 - 10:23 pmmichael smith This is a most

michael smith
This is a most interesting development, but it does beg a few questions. Which properties will receive the tables?What will be the tracks' share? How long will they remain at the tracks- long term or until March 31 2013? The tracks
need some good news, not another kick in the teeth.Please keep information coming as it becomes available.

May 10, 2012 - 9:02 pmP.Garofalo Harness Racing

P.Garofalo
Harness Racing Canada Inc

One question. Why are tracks co-operating with pilot projects for the OLG? Is there something here that does not seem right? Mr Godfrey has made it clear that there will be NO revenue sharing from any future sites and only a tenant-landlord lease arrangement. Doesn't make any sense to me.

May 10, 2012 - 2:11 pmIt will be interesting to see

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in March of 2013 considering all these tracks have received their termination notices. Perhaps there is an alternative arrangement about to spring on OLG. If I owned a race track with the slots in partnership with OLG and they terminated their agreement with me and the municipality, I would make sure the rent was high enough to make a good profit and charge an admission fee to enter the premises for all patrons. The OLG would be on a fixed term with a thirty day termination clause, subject to penalities by either party. Penalities like ten million dollars perhaps upon termination. Just thinking out loud, sincerely Bruce T. Winning


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