Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), a private not-for-profit corporation responsible for regulating the horse racing industry, has announced a split model for pari-mutuel off-track horse betting in the Canadian province of Alberta, with operations to be shared between Northlands Park and Century Casinos.
It follows a detailed process which began in June and included an Expression of Interest phase that was reviewed and evaluated by an external industry advisory committee.
The process then moved to a detailed Request for Proposal process, resulting in an external industry committee making recommendations to the HRA Strategic and Sustainable Business Committee.
The Committee’s recommendations were then presented and approved by the board of HRA, which announced this week a split model for the Off Track Betting/Simulcast operation for the province of Alberta.
Edmonton’s Northlands Park was awarded all OTB outlets north of Red Deer (Northern Alberta), while Century Casino will operate all outlets south in Southern Alberta.
Century Casinos confirmed that a 75 per cent-owned subsidiary had been selected to operate the pari-mutuel off-track horse betting network in Southern Alberta starting in 2015. This includes Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the rural OTBs in this area.
“This license will enable us to professionally develop and operate off-track betting offerings throughout Southern Alberta,” said Century Casinos’ co-CEOs Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger. “It is an exciting time in the pari-mutuel industry with various new technologies that will assist in growing and servicing the Alberta off-track betting network.”
HRA is a not-for-profit corporation which reports to the Ministry of Finance and Agriculture & Rural Development. It is responsible for regulating the horse racing industry in Alberta by authority of the Horse Racing Alberta Act.