Official Inauguration of the Ludoplex Québec - A Secure and Controlled Environment



    QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - This coming December 6 will see
Loto-Québec officially inaugurate its Ludoplex Québec, the second of four
gaming centres authorized to be established by Government Order in Council in
November 2006. The Québec gaming centres are innovative destinations that are
designed for an adult clientele and offer an environment in which stringent
control and awareness measures are of prime importance.
    With the opening of this Ludoplex, Loto-Québec is moving ahead with the
reconfiguration of its video lottery terminal (VLT) network outlined in its
2004-2007 Development Plan. This initiative calls for reducing accessibility
to VLTs, as recommended by a study conducted by Université Laval's Centre
québécois d'excellence pour la prévention et le traitement du jeu in 2003.
Loto-Québec has focused its priorities on diminishing the number of
establishments offering VLTs and on concentrating the units at controlled
sites. In pursuing its objectives, the Corporation is committed to cutting
back the number of VLT sites in the province by at least 31%, and VLTs will be
removed from establishments located within a 2.3 km perimeter of the new
Ludoplex Québec, as is the case with the Trois-Rivières gaming centre.
    "The Ludoplex Québec will make a positive contribution to the economic
development of the National Capital," underlines Mr. Simon Brodeur,
Loto-Québec's Senior Vice-President of New Strategic Initiatives. "With an
initial investment of $33 million, including equipment, the Ludoplex Québec
alone will give rise to the creation of more than 180 jobs for the people of
the region, of which approximately 60% will be full-time positions."
    For his part, the General Manager of ExpoCité, Mr. Mark Sparrow,
emphasized that "the arrival of the Ludoplex serves as an important lever and
a major component in the revitalization of the entire ExpoCité site."

    A Choice Entertainment Destination
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    Under the management of Mr. Patrick Lamy, the new gaming centre offers
335 gaming positions, a 185-seat restaurant, a central bar capable of
accommodating 75 patrons, a private hall with a capacity of up to 50, as well
as welcoming terrasses with room for some 200 people. No less than 45% of the
space within the Ludoplex will be dedicated to activities other than gaming,
such as entertainment and food and beverages services. "This is perfectly
understandable," explains Mr. Simon Brodeur, "as entertainment is a key
element of our mandate." The establishment was also designed and built with
sustainable development in mind, and the Société des salons de jeux du Québec
is seeking to obtain the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation with "Silver" certification.

    A Secured and Controlled Environment
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    Loto-Québec has implemented a number of control and awareness measures at
the Ludoplex Québec in order to promote the adoption of healthy gaming
behaviour. "In so doing," stressed Mr. Brodeur, "our clientele can enjoy a
secure and controlled environment promoting a responsible approach to gaming."
    Among the strict control measures in place at the establishment are the
following:

    
    - No alcohol permitted in gaming areas
    - No bank wicket in gaming areas
    - No credit card withdrawals or cashing of personal cheques at cash
      wickets
    - No advertising or promotion of gaming outside the Ludoplex
    - No patron loyalty program related to gaming
    - Individuals appearing to be under the age of 30 obliged to present
      photo ID at the entrance
    - Restricted operating hours
    - Self-evaluation console and the 8/8, Taking a Winning Break pamphlet
      available on-site
    - Self-exclusion program available to patrons
    - Intervention service available for patrons in crisis or distress
    - Training on responsible gaming offered to all personnel
    - Security and surveillance at all times
    - Dress code in effect
    - No form of privileged access granted

    On the Equipment
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    - Integration of innovative moderation devices and sensitization tools
      (including the smart card)
    - Prevention characteristics of current VLTs maintained
    - Maximum wager of $2.50 maintained
    - Maximum win per wager limited to $500, with no progressive prize pool
      offered
    - SOS-JEUX help hotline number displayed on all VLTs
    

    A subsidiary of Loto-Québec created in 2005, the Société des salons de
jeux du Québec's mission is to offer electronic-type games of chance (VLTs) to
an adult clientele, while developing and effectively and responsibly managing
controlled sites in which entertainment constitutes an integral part of the
customer experience. Further to the opening of the Ludoplex Trois-Rivières and
Ludoplex Québec, Loto-Québec intends to establish two other gaming centres -
one in the Versant Soleil section of the Mont-Tremblant resort, and another on
the northern fringe of Montréal adjacent to a hippodrome.




For further information:

For further information: Customer Service: 1-877-700-LUDO (5836);
Source: Marie-Claude Rivet, Société des salons de jeux du Québec, (514)
499-7111, ext. 3030

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