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RISKY BUSINESS: A gaming timeline in Manitoba

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This article was published 3/5/2010 (3586 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

1986 — The Winnipeg Convention Centre becomes the permanent site for seasonal casinos in Manitoba.

1989 — Crystal Casino opens in Winnipeg in the Fort Garry Hotel (Canada's first permanent casino).

1990 — Sports Select is introduced in Manitoba.

1991 — Video lottery terminals (VLTs) are introduced in rural Manitoba.

1992 — VLTs are introduced at First Nations.

1993 — VLTs are introduced in Winnipeg; McPhillips Street Station Casino and Club Regent Casino open in Winnipeg; the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) is authorized to establish a problem-gambling program.

1997 — The Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC), an independent gaming commission tasked with regulating and controlling gaming activity in the province, commences operations.

1998 — AFM with assistance from MLC, MGCC, Manitoba Hotel Association and the Manitoba Restaurant & Foodservices Association, establishes the Problem Gambling Assistance Program offering Casino management and VLT site-holders training in problem gambling awareness.

1999 — The Crystal Casino closes and expansion is completed on both the McPhillips Street Station and Club Regent casinos.

2002 — The Aseneskak Casino opens in The Pas (Manitoba's first First Nations-owned casino).

2003 — MLC, in conjunction with AFM, opens the Responsible Gaming Information Centre at McPhillips Street Station Casino, becoming the first casino in North America to offer an on-site responsible gaming information resource to casino guests.

2005 — The South Beach Casino opens 45 minutes north of Winnipeg (Manitoba's second First Nations-owned casino).

2006 — MLC in partnership with AFM, launches the Responsible Gaming Awareness Training for Lottery Retailers, the first program of its kind in Canada.

— Source: Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

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