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Poker and blackjack are on the program at Chances Kelowna.

The owner of the Kelowna Gaming Center is hoping to introduce live table games and he also plans to expand the Springfield Road building.

“Chances is a dynamic and growing gaming facility and in order to meet the demands of our diverse customer base, Chances seeks to offer the only gaming product that is not yet available to our players,” writes owner Stan Walt in a letter to the City of Kelowna.

“This component is made up of live table games which may include blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker and such games that Chances and BC Lottery Corp. see viable in the future,” writes Walt.

The addition of live table games is considered a “substantial change” to Chances’ business model under provincial gambling regulations. Therefore, the comment of the city council is necessary.

Chances is one of Kelowna’s two main gaming centers, the other being the Playtime Casino on Water Street.

In his letter to the city, Walt says he hopes to introduce table games to keep Chances competitive with Playtime and other gambling centers in the Valley.

“Our application will allow Chances to compete on a level playing field with its Kelowna and Okanagan Valley competitor,” writes Walt.

Chances opened in 2002 primarily as a bingo-focused establishment. Over time, other forms of gambling were introduced including slot machines and televised horse racing.

Walt says there have been “almost no incidents requiring police intervention” at Chances, and the company is a good corporate citizen.

“We only want to provide a fully equipped, first-class casino for residents and visitors to our city,” he says.

In the “near future,” Walt says, he will be applying to the city for a development permit to expand the Chances building.


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