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“High Hopes” For Ontario’s Bingo Operators

Published: July 17, 2012 12:11 pm ET

Last Comment: July 19, 2012 4:57 pm ET | 17 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

While thousands of horsepeople, service providers and employees of Kawartha Downs wonder about the future of the racetrack, the new owners of Peterborough’s Delta Bingo have “high hopes” for the future and are investing in major renovations at their facility.

According to an article on, the optimism comes from the Ontario government’s recently announced plans to enhance gaming and return 47 per cent of profits from new and existing gaming machines to the owners of bingo facilities.

The Peterborough facility, previously known as Kawartha Club Bingo, was recently purchased in May by two of the largest bingo operators --- Boardwalk, owned by Larry Tanenbaum, and Delta Bingo --- which is now the facility's new name. The companies purchased the hall in hopes their revenues will increase.

According to the article, Tom Aikins, regional manager for the local facility, says he's in the process of having the signs on the building changed. Aikins says the hall's new look and modernized services will also include expanded food and beverage operation and a lounge at the front of the hall. They also are licensed to sell alcohol.

Rui Brum, spokesperson for the OLG, says renovations of that nature encourage a well-rounded, full-day experience, and draw in more people, especially men, who aren't known to frequent bingo halls. While Brum says that Delta, and other bingo facilities in Ontario are adding new electronic gaming options, he does stress that the machines aren't slot machines, and there is no plan to bring slots to bingo halls.

While the OLG is quick to make the distinction, others argue that electronic pull tab, or break open machines, approved in the OLGs Modernization Plan, are virtually the same as slot machines: Is It Bingo, Or A Slot Machine

According to Mr. Aikins, he doesn't have access to past revenues, and couldn't speculate on what the new profit-sharing formula will provide to each party in dollar value.

"We really don't have a good handle on how revenues will change," he says. "We have high hopes."

Under the OLG’s Modernization plan, Delta Bingo in Peterborough will make the funding change this fall. In total there are six facilities in Ontario that will benefit in the initial stages of the plan:

Boardwalk Gaming Centre Barrie

Boardwalk Gaming Centre Sudbury

Breakaway Gaming Centre Windsor

Delta Bingo Peterborough

Paradise Gaming Centre

Treasure Chest Bingo

Next spring, the same plan will end the slots-at-racetracks program in the province.

(With files from

July 19, 2012 - 4:57 pmThe MPP Jeff Leal and the

Tom Kelly SAID...

The MPP Jeff Leal and the mayor of PETERBORO (Liberals) are both supporting Godfreys decision to locate all the gamblers bad habits to relocate the (dens of iniquitous behavior) to downtown PETERBOROUGH to where the people want them!,

July 18, 2012 - 10:23 pmThis smells worse than Bingo

ron francis SAID...

This smells worse than Bingo Halls or racetracks clubhouses before the smoking ban. I am always critical of track operators and horse people for lack of marketing and understanding or caring what patrons want/need for their entertainment/gaming $$$$. But, the Ontario government throwing support behind bingo halls is laughable. The demographic is older than racing. The "cold blooded" hatchet/brown bagman P Godfrey is playing the convenient "charity card" to prop-up the ultimate sleazy agenda. We'll see if BS does baffle a few million brains.

July 18, 2012 - 12:17 pmThat is a good question. How

That is a good question. How did Tannenbaum know to buy up so many bingo halls?

July 18, 2012 - 2:09 amI can say for certain, being

I can say for certain, being a person who volunteers with a charity at the bingo halls, that the charities do NOT get as much as what people think they do. They'd be lucky if they receive a couple hundred dollars, from a packed bingo hall session. Most sessions, bingo halls are lucky if they get half the hall filled. This new thing they have going on is all garbage. To add alcohol to the mix at bingo halls is insane. So now they really want people to be alcoholic gamblers. Oh, and as for the decline in bingo revenue, it's because they took out smoking in the halls. Most who go to bingo that I know of were smokers. I haven't gone in years and don't plan on going back. EVER.

July 17, 2012 - 11:39 pmWho says "Crime Does Not

Who says "Crime Does Not Pay"??

July 17, 2012 - 7:47 pmThe OLG wants to enhance

Norman Hall SAID...

The OLG wants to enhance support for the Bingo Halls because they raise money for charity. In this case as the saying goes "Charity begins at home" meaning ex Liberal hack Larry Tannenbaum, personal friend of OLG's Godfrey, and owner of the majority of the bingo halls, gets his nose in the trough first.

Just part of the plan that was conceived long before the announcement of the closure of SAR program. After all where would all the older clients of the SAR facilities go if they are closed ? Certainly not to large destination casinos in Toronto and Ottawa but just around the corner to a Bingo hall owned by Larry Tannenbaum where they can now play slot-like machines courtesy of the OLG.

Stinking rotten corruption of the highest level

July 17, 2012 - 5:52 pmTake this to the highest

Bob Adams SAID...

Take this to the highest court in the country, they don't like to mess with our rights. I have watched as time went by Ontario rise to greatness with our breeding and horsemenship, the slots program was a big help and we were looked upon as an example of what could be. If racing should cease the Liberals have taken away our right of choice in how we spend or gamble our money, all because they could not handle the peoples mandate. I'm no legal eagle but this is infringement of the people of Ontario's rights with a capital I.

July 17, 2012 - 2:53 pmEveryone get this message out

Everyone get this message out to the ombudsman quick. Maybe we can get a criminal investigation going.

July 17, 2012 - 2:22 pmYou are so right. Just look

You are so right. Just look at all the screw-ups that have occurred on their watch. It's unbelievable that one Government can make so many ill-thought-out moves.

July 17, 2012 - 2:00 pmYes you can all thank Mr

Yes you can all thank Mr Godfrey of the OLG for the Mess that were in now he is the so called brain behind all this ......only a change of Government will save racing. This present government is a 3 ring circus run by a bunch of clowns.......

July 17, 2012 - 1:25 pmMcguinty and duncan have been

Derek Reid SAID...

Mcguinty and duncan have been hammering the public for months with the message 'if we must choose between education and horse racing, we'll choose education and if we must choose between health care and wealthy race track owners, we'll choose health care.' I think the message we should be getting out to the public now is 'when dalton mcguinty was given the choice between education and bingo, he chose bingo. And when duncan had to choose between health care and his wealthy bingo operating friends, he chose his wealthy friends.'

July 17, 2012 - 1:14 pmThey aren't "really slots"?

Bobbi Morley SAID...

They aren't "really slots"? What the .... is that supposed to mean? Is that supposed to make us feel better about losing slots at ractetracks? What is so "well-rounded" about this program that isn't in the SAR? And now, because it is Paul's buddy Larry involved, it is profit sharing, not a subsidy?

I sure hope the Ombudsman can start making some inroads into this fiasco. This article was forwarded to ombudsman, Horwath, Natyshak and McNaughton, as was Ed Jame's excellent piece. The Liberal government has to be stopped before we become part of the U.S.

BTW, how do y'all feel about paying 100,000,000 for cancelling the partially completed power plant in Mississauga and moving it to near Sarnia, where it will employ a WHOPPING 300 jobs?

July 17, 2012 - 1:13 pmawww this is too much. Are

Randy Copley SAID...

awww this is too much. Are these liberals really gonna pull off this crime or what?

July 17, 2012 - 1:05 pmSo apparently McGuinty,

So apparently McGuinty, Duncan and Godfrey have no problem making billionaire Larry Tannenbaum richer, but has a problem with 60,000 honest, hardworking Ontarians earning a living?

July 17, 2012 - 12:48 pmThe companies purchased the

Paul Goff SAID...

The companies purchased the hall in hopes their revenues will increase.

love this line of the article. or how about their good friend paul is in charge of the olg and can change the rules in their favour. What a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!! Calling for criminal investigation.

July 17, 2012 - 12:43 pmPerhaps someone might find

Perhaps someone might find out how Larry Tannenbaum knew enough to buy so many bingo halls just before the S.A.R end was announced?

July 17, 2012 - 12:39 pmTANNENBAUM again

TANNENBAUM again ???????????????--!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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