Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Announces New Canadian CEO and Gaming Promotion for Canadian Visitors

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW/ -- Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas recently hand-selected new CEO Jim Simms, a native Canadian who has nearly 20 years of experience and expertise in the hospitality and gaming industries. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Simms wants to make it more cost effective than ever for Canadians to enjoy gambling abroad.

"Canada is the number one international market for visitation to Las Vegas, so we are pleased to announce that we will be accepting Canadian money at par for slot gaming when customers stay and gamble at the Downtown Grand," said Simms. "We want Canadians to see the great value in playing at our award-winning property, downtown's newest hotel casino located one block from Fremont Street."

Downtown Grand is offering each Canadian visitor the opportunity to purchase up to USD$500 per day in slot play for Canadian money at par. With today's average exchange rate, CDN$500 is worth approximately to USD$375, so this equals a difference of $125 in free play. This promotion is open to all Canadian casino visitors who stay at the Downtown Grand now through year-end. Customers may exchange money for gaming credits in $100 increments when they present their Canadian passport at the Players Club/Cashier window. There will be no exchange fee when exchanging currency for gaming credits. The maximum rate exchange will be $.75 US per $1 Canadian during the promotion.

Guests can make hotel reservations directly at or by calling 1-855-DT-GRAND. Guests may also book hotel stay through their local travel agency or via major online hotel websites.

"Downtown Grand is the only casino in Las Vegas to offer this incredible program. Also starting October 1st, we begin our signature $250,000 slot tournament, where one lucky winner will walk away with a quarter million dollars in cash and free play," continued Simms. "If you are from Canada and you love to play slots, you absolutely should stay and play at the Downtown Grand."

Simms, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and is proud of his Canadian heritage. He received a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from York University before his gaming career at Casino Rama. A member of the opening team for Paris, Las Vegas, he has since served in numerous executive management positions throughout the United States. Simms is an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and cites game 3 of the 1992 World Series, which he attended, as his fondest sports memory. His culinary favorites include Mr. Sub, Swiss Chalet and Pizza Nova, which are "must haves" every time he comes home.


Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand is situated on nearly seven acres that encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities. Recognized as "Best Downtown Hotel" and "Best Hotel Room Value" by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Downtown Grand features two 18-story and 25-story towers adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas.

Recipient of the 2015 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award and named "Best Casino" by Casino Player magazine, Downtown Grand offers 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 new slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill.

Downtown Grand's variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Stewart + Ogden, Art Bar, The Commissary, Furnace Bar and The Carson Room. Partnering venues include the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill, world famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city.

Downtown Grand also features the only rooftop pool experience in downtown Las Vegas. The Pool Deck boasts more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.

For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to Find on Facebook or Twitter @DowntownGrandLV.

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