The new: the Elements Casino Victoria
Amazingly, a fantastic compromise involving nearly all interested parties was announced in 2016. By mid-2018, Victoria would, in fact, be home to 66% more casino games – but the Royal View Casino would remain open, albeit in rebranded form.
The grand opening of the redone casino is set for May 2018 under the name “Elements Casino Victoria.” Sure, the name lacks a little of the grandiose flair of the lofty Great Canadian Casino View Royal, but what’s in a name, anyway? Tourists will instantly know to come to Victoria to find the casino and the “Elements” bit… well, you figure that out.
The new Elements Casino Victoria increases the bank of slot machines and video poker to 800, while table games will jump from 15 to 25. Included in the renovations and extensions will be a 600-seat performing arts venue. This last addon may have been a deal-clincher for certain politicos; View Royal mayor David Screech certainly touts the entertainment centre as of high cultural importance: “Having an entertainment venue of such calibre on Vancouver Island is a very important milestone as we will now be in the position to be a regional draw for the entire lower island marketplace,” he stated in 2017.
AND GCG has grand ideas about the expansion’s effect on the casino industry locally. One GCG executive was quoted as claiming that “Introducing Elements Casino Victoria to the Great Canadian family of properties will be a momentous occasion for us, as the new venue will be [among] the ranks of River Rock Casino Resort, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Elements Casino in Surrey.”
Is there any other gaming in Victoria?
One sort of gambling of which Vancouver Island has no shortage is good old B-I-N-G-O: As of this writing, some 25 outlets throughout the island were open for business and offering regular gaming throughout the week. Within the greater Victoria area, the biggest draws in bingo are the Playtime Gaming Victoria and Bingo Esquimalt. For the traditionalist bingo player, Playtime Gaming Victoria offers daily specials that are far too extensive to be listed here. Also worthy of note is Playtime’s selection of electronic bingo machines, whose increasing popularity may imply an expansion of this sort of bingo gaming in Victoria, Canada and beyond.
Bingo Esquimalt, the first large-scale bingo hall established on Vancouver Island, puts the emphasis on customer service, proudly touting their customer service awards and visitor reviews. Open 13 hours a day (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.), seven days a week, Bingo Esquimalt even offers newbies free paying advice and instruction – This has got to be about decorum and etiquette, because who the hell doesn’t know how to play bingo…?