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June 20, 2008

CALGARY - The new Stampede Casino opened yesterday in Calgary's Victoria Park amid concerns that Alberta's casino market may be saturated.

The $50-million casino replaces an older one that has operated in the Big Four building over the last twenty years.

FEATURES

Casino size - 9,300 square metres
Slot machines - 600
Restaurants
Poker room - open 24 hours

Darcy Will, co-owner of the Stampede Casino, predicts this may be the last casino opened in Calgary for awhile. "This is probably full for the market for the time being. I mean the population growth has slowed somewhat. This is probably enough casinos for probably the next half a decade I would think. And I think we may see some rules coming out around that."

Alberta has the most casinos in the country. There is a total of 24 including 7 in Calgary. The provincial government is currently considering 2 more applications from First Nations south of Edmonton in the Hobbema area.

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