Winnipeg's Club Regent Casino has undergone modernizing improvements in order to replace the former Bingo Bowl with a multifunctional entertainment venue.
No longer will the entertainment space at the Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg need to be for only a handful of purposes, or rearranged manually, for that matter, as the casino has been busy installing an upgrade that allows the former Bingo Bowl to be used for a plethora of purposes. Karen Hiebert, the Director of Strategic Communications for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries said, "with the push of a button the centre can be configured in a multitude of ways intended to suit many different kinds of events. Everything from classic music concerts, to trade shows, symposiums, and private banquets and parties."
The different arrangements that can be made with this new system allow for different seating arrangements depending on what is scheduled to be happening in the space. 600 to 1400 people can be accommodated for events. This upgrade and expansion of what the casino can offer is a great step towards keeping Winnipeg on the map not only in the local entertainment scene but also on the North American stage as far as being a tourist destination and a venue for artists. Recent entries on the list of entertainment have been the celebrity chef Robert Irvine and musicians such as Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the News, 3 Doors Down, and Big & Rich.
Hiebert went on to say that the changes made to the venue are all about adding variety through a broader range of what can be offered, not to put pressure on local businesses that may find themselves competing with the new facility. "We want to add to the entertainment options for Winnipeggers and one of the goals associated with the construction of the venue was that we'd now be able to accommodate the larger acts that need a certain amount of space." She also added that the people in the local community have been largely supportive of the upgraded venue, "it's been very well received. There have been a lot of happy people -- a lot of happy faces."
It seems that Manitoba has realized the importance of more varied and exciting options for the different types of casino patrons that are out there among the general population. While the gambling laws in Manitoba can be a little daunting upon first glance, they have been opening up options and choice in this industry sector. Alongside new entertainment venues attached to casinos, such as the one at Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, the online gambling community has gotten a boost as well thanks to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. The organization has moved the province's operations into the digital age with the approval of British Columbia's PlayNow becoming the official online casino of the province.
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