ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ -- HR Ottawa, LP announces today that it will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations and assets of The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Slots at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In the first six months of operations, HR Ottawa, LP will immediately invest $33 million in the facility, including new signage, and upgraded food and beverage. Pending approvals, HR Ottawa, LP will also add hundreds of new slot machines and live table games.
Adding to the existing games, Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino will update 250 existing slots with the newest titles with themes like "Game of Thrones" and "Britney Spears." Pending final approvals, the casino will introduce 21 table games, such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat. More than 100 dealers and support staff will be hired to staff the table games.
Also pending required approvals, Hard Rock International and Rideau Carleton Raceway Limited (RCR) plan to potentially invest more than $320 million during a multi-phase construction process to ultimately create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination, incorporating thrilling nightlife, world-class gaming, decadent cuisine and the heart of the Hard Rock brand: music. In the interim, Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino looks forward to serving players in the greater Ottawa area prior to the facility transitioning into Hard Rock Casino Ottawa.
"We're honored to have been chosen by OLG and look forward to a positive relationship for years to come," said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. "Once complete, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will provide the region with unmatched entertainment and music offerings, much like the brand has done in many other areas across the globe."
The multi-phase project is expected to create 1,900 construction-related jobs and 2,000 direct and indirect ongoing jobs. HR Ottawa, LP is excited that 98% of the existing employees accepted an offer to work with the company following the transition.
HR Ottawa, LP will be a key proponent of responsible gaming, integrating leading educational tools and resources to help guests keep gambling safe and fun, and to provide assistance and referrals for those in need of support.
For additional information on Hard Rock International, please visit www.hardrock.com.
About Hard Rock International
With venues in 74 countries, including 178 cafes, 24 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Phnom Penh, Cairo, Cape Town and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Davos, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
About Rideau Carleton Raceway
Rideau Carleton Raceway Limited ("RCR") has operated Rideau Carleton Raceway Entertainment Centre and standardbred racing since 1962. RCR is a longstanding member of the Ottawa community. RCR takes great pride in the contributions they make, both to the citizens of the community and in support of the region's horse racing program. Residents and tourists have long visited RCR to enjoy the thrill of watching standardbred races, attend events, and more recently, to play OLG slots. RCR remains committed to supporting the Province's equestrian industry and live horse racing in Canada.
About Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $47 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.
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