Hippo Club de Montréal - Attractions Hippiques open to discussing terms and conditions for operations

    MONTREAL, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Attractions Hippiques has taken note of
the concerns expressed by the Côte-des-Neiges borough council, the Community
Economic Development Corporation, the CSSS de la Montagne and by Marvin
Rotrand, city councillor for Snowdon. It wishes to point out that the
revitalization plan proposed by RSM Richter, the Court-appointed controller,
reduces the scope of the gaming offer while preserving the financial viability
of the company, of the horse racing industry and the 3,000 jobs that depend on
it, including some 685 jobs in Montreal alone.
    The revitalization plan anticipates the closure of the Montreal
Hippodrome and the end of horse racing. The Hippo Club that is currently in
operation would be relocated within the same sector. While one hundred video
lottery terminals would be added to the 200 VLTs already in operation, this is
by no means a mini casino.
    Moreover, Attractions Hippiques calls attention to the fact that the 200
VLTs that have been in operation at the Montreal Hippodrome since 1997 have
never caused any socio-economic problems. The very large majority of the
clientele that frequents the Hippo Club does not stem from the sectors that
social workers seek to protect.
    "This new agreement significantly reduces the scope of the gaming offer,
which drops from 1,900 VLTs to 935 for all of our Hippo Clubs and racetracks
in Quebec City, Trois-Rivièrs and Gatineau. We are even open to reviewing
certain aspects of the revitalization plan dealing specifically with the
Montreal Hippo Club in order to distance it from residential zones and make it
difficult to access by local residents while remaining in accordance with the
City of Montreal's master plan," said Paul J. Massicotte, owner of Attractions

For further information:

For further information: Ian Wetherly, President and COO, Attractions
Hippiques, (514) 739-2741, extension 2221

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