On September 22, 2021 Apollo Funds Complete Acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming, Anthony Rodio Appointed CEO.


On November 10th, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announces it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”).

On March 16th, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announces the temporary suspension of gaming facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, effective Monday, March 16 and until further notice in an effort to contribute to the containment of the COVID-19 virus.


In May, Great Canadian completes the sale of the four gaming properties in Great American Gaming Corporation

In October, Chances Chilliwack adds live-dealer table games and rebrands to Elements Casino Chilliwack


In January, Great Canadian acquires the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Gaming Bundle, which includes Casino Ajax, Casino Woodbine, and Great Blue Heron Casino

In May, Great Canadian acquires the West GTA Gaming Bundle, which includes Casino Brantford, Slots at Mohawk Racetrack, Slots at Flamboro Downs, and Slots at Grand River Raceway. These properties were rebranded as Elements Casino Brantford, Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Flamboro and Elements Casino Grand River

  On May 5, Elements Casino Victoria launches, replacing View Royal Casino after a multimillion dollar redevelopment that includes new table games, slots, dining amenities, and a 500-person multipurpose entertainment venue

In October, Great Canadian opens to the doors to Shorelines Casino Peterborough, the second gaming property built by Great Canadian in the province of Ontario


  • Shorelines Casino Belleville opens its doors as Great Canadian’s 21st property and the first gaming facility to be built in the Province of Ontario since 2006


  • Great Canadian receives official approval to build Shorelines Casino Belleville
  • Great Canadian acquires Bingo Esquimalt, its first commercial bingo hall and third property on Vancouver Island, BC
2015 2014
  • Elements Casino Surrey launches, replacing Fraser Downs, after a multimillion dollar renovation that included new table games, slots, and dining amenities
  • Great Canadian introduces Shorelines Casino brand properties at Thousand Islands, Kawartha Downs and potentially, in the city of Belleville
  • On December 20th, 2014 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver celebrates and marks its one year anniversary
  • River Rock Casino Resort has a lot to be proud of, as the property celebrates its Diamond Anniversary commemorating the opening of a one-of-kind entertainment destination that has forever changed the gaming experience in British Columbia
  • Canada’s one and only Hard Rock Casino Vancouver opens its doors on December 20, 2013, following a multimillion dollar renovation and rebranding of Boulevard Casino
  • Maple Ridge Community Gaming Centre relocates to a beautiful new location and becomes Chances Maple Ridge



  • Chilliwack Bingo relocates to a new location and becomes Chances Chilliwack
  • Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino opens their Poker Room in Surrey, BC
2011 2010
■ River Rock Casino Resort adds a third, four diamond, hotel tower in Richmond, BC ■ Maple Ridge Community Gaming Centre launches, replacing Haney Bingo Plex, with the addition of 100 slot machines
■Casino Nanaimo rebrands and renovates their 15,000 square foot gaming space ■ Great Canadian acquires Chilliwack Bingo
  • River Rock Casino Resort welcomes the Canada Line, Vancouver’s newest mass transit system that delivers 15,000 extra visitors a week to River Rock
  • View Royal Casino expands adding a parkade and additional gaming space on Vancouver Island
  • Georgian Downs adds gaming capacity



Great Canadian acquires Haney Bingo Plex in Maple Ridge, BC

Great Canadian completes the redevelopment of Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, adding a 600-slot permanent gaming facility – modernizing and improving the entertainment value of Hastings while creating new patronage

2007 2006
■ Fraser Downs adds table games to its facility in Surrey ■ Chances Dawson Creek launches, replacing Bear Mountain Community Gaming Centre, after moving to a new location
  • Great Canadian expands across the country, acquiring Casino Nova Scotia Sydney and Halifax, Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs in Ontario and Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino in British Columbia
  • River Rock Casino Resort becomes Great Canadian’s first flagship property, adding a Four Diamond Hotel with two towers, 204 suites and 1,000 seat show theatre
  • Boulevard Casino launches, replacing the Coquitlam Casino after undergoing a significant redevelopment that tripled its size



Great Canadian is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange

Great Canadian opens the doors to River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, establishing a new standard for entertainment in British Columbia

Great Canadian enters into the horse-racing industry, acquiring the historic Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver

Great Canadian procures Bear Mountain Community Gaming Centre in Dawson Creek

Great Canadian obtains 100% control of Great American Gaming Corporation and their four casinos in Tukwila, Everett, Kent, and Lakewood, in Washington State.

Great American acquired outstanding interest in POD.

GAGC acquires outstanding interest in O’Aces in Kent, WA

Grand Central Casino, Inc. (GCCI) is incorporated

Grand Central Casino Lakewood and Tukwila become Great American Casinos

The Richmond Casino and the Renaissance Casino close, transferring their licenses and operations to River Rock Casino Resort

2003 2002
  • Grand Central Properties Everett LLC is formed in Washington State.
  • Evergreen Entertainment Corporation purchases the Lakewood property through Grand Central Properties Tacoma LLC
  • Construction on Grand Central Casino in Tukwila is completed using the license from the Riverside Casino operations
  • Great American Gaming Corporation is incorporated
  • Evergreen Entertainment Corporation completes construction and launches Grand Central Casino in Lakewood, Washington State
  • Great American acquires a 50% ownership in Evergreen Entertainment Corporation in Washington State


1999 1998
■ British Columbia Lottery Corporation assumes oversight of all casinos in the province ■ Great American Gaming Corporation is incorporated


Gaming in British Columbia is expanded to include longer hours, a wider variety of table games, and for the first time – slot machines

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is created on March 15, 1997

Great Canadian Casinos Inc. is incorporated July 9, 1997

  • The Renaissance Casino in Vancouver opens
  • The Newton Casino launches, replacing the Guildford Casino


1992 1988
■ Mayfair Casino opens in Victoria.
■ Great Canadian trades on the TSX-V
■ The Guildford Casino opens in Surrey, BC 
  • Great Canadian proudly hires its first team members on May 1, 1987 (some of them still work here today)
  • British Columbia Gaming Commission is formed
  • The Red Lion Casino opens in Victoria
  • The Richmond Casino opens
  • The Langley Casino opens



Great Canadian proudly opens its first permanent location, The Casino at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Vancouver

Great Canadian opens Nanaimo Casino, the first permanent casino on Vancouver Island

  • Great Canadian Casino Company Ltd. is formed and begins operating charity casinos in a variety of locations, training team members onsite and operating the PNE’s casino and midway games