Extended Opening Hours could Impact Charities who Send Volunteers to work at Alberta Casinos

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AGLCThe Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) recently approved a three-hour extension that allows casino tables to be open for 17 hours instead of the current 14 hours to meet consumer demand. Of the more than $1 Billion in gambling revenues collected each year, a cut of the revenues gets distributed to local charities in exchange for providing volunteers to work at the casinos. The longer hours would mean more money for the charities but it can also deter volunteers, especially those that have to go to work the next day.

Casinos produce $63,000 to $67,000 per quarter for each organization that sends volunteers. To earn casino proceeds, apparently, an Alberta charity has to put 39 volunteers in casinos over a two-day period.

With the extended casino hours, it will be more difficult to fill those shifts. At present, volunteers are out of the casinos by 3 am, after counting cash but with the new hours, it is expected that volunteers would need to be there as late as 5 am.

The funds raised from the gambling are an important revenue source for the many charities in the Province.

Casino representatives expect that the next step will be for the Province to approve 24-hour casinos.

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