Tbnewswatch Local News
Monday July 6 2015
6:09 PM EDT
2014-08-05 at 15:34

New e-Bingo centre construction underway at former Memorial Avenue nightclub

This image provided by OLG shows the Delta Pickering e-bingo facility.
OLG handout
This image provided by OLG shows the Delta Pickering e-bingo facility.
By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- The city’s new electronic Bingo Centre is beginning to take shape.

The facility will be located in the former Tonic nightclub on Memorial Avenue, next to the Super 8 Motel.  Renovations got underway a few months ago. 

The e-Bingo Gaming Centre is a partnership between Thunder Bay Community Bingo and Ontario Lottery and Gaming. 

The traditional paper bingo games will be complemented by electronic games, in a bid to bring back interest in Bingo and attract new players.

OLG spokesman Ryan Bissonette said the province now has 21 of these new electronic gaming centres.

OLG will manage the electronic games, while Thunder Bay Community Bingo will oversee the operation. 

The profits would be split four ways -- 25 per cent for the charities, 25 per cent for OLG, 47 per cent for the hall operator and three per cent for the City of Thunder Bay. 

Bissonnette said there's no clear timeline for when the new facility will open.

(TBT News)

Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

Click here to report a typo or error



We've improved our comment system.
my 2 cents says:
If they are able to serve alcohol, the name should be I-19.
8/7/2014 12:28:47 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
wonder how long b4 someone gets robbed while leaving the new bingo hall??

seems that's all this town has for news recently...nothing but thieves!!!!
8/6/2014 11:55:46 AM
Crinkles says:
Id like to hear from Mr.Lemezani about the additional traffic this venue will bring to the area, as well as all the crime associate with "bingo" I mean Youth Centers....
8/6/2014 9:49:38 AM
scarcello4westfort says:
Having worked many bingo's I know people in Thunder Bay love to play and I think this place will be popular. When you add the 3% city share, to the charity share of 25%, it sounds reasonable. If only, we can get that deal with the casino But Jim above raises a good point, is that 25% for Thunder Bay fundraisers only?
8/6/2014 9:23:48 AM
Royalflush says:
Sad testament to our society.
Gambling used to be a vice, and people who ran gambling operations were criminals.
We've come a long way, haven't we?
Greed is good?
8/6/2014 8:49:51 AM
advocate says:
Yeah, you guys do not know the facts.

Charities are still getting the money. It may or may not be a little less, depending on attendance.

This is not a new bingo, this is a new location. The current bingos run full time at the CLE. This is moving.

This will put a lot less pressure on charity groups, as they will not have to committ as many hourse and human resources, and thus let them focus on their organization's mandate.
8/6/2014 8:17:45 AM
nvjgu says:
Remember the days when gambling was Illegal in Canada.
8/6/2014 7:52:24 AM
lykarock says:
It is interesting to note that prior to the "Charity Casino" opening, there was one (1) payday loan operator in the City. I think there are now 17. Makes you wonder how many more people will be going broke for the sake of the OLG..
8/6/2014 6:07:09 AM
Jim Halpert says:
3% sounds like a good share for the city. lol Is the 25% for local charities or Ontario charities?
8/5/2014 9:35:33 PM
freedom54 says:
The OLG strikes again. It sounds like the local charities will be taking a cut in the funds they receive from Bingo.
The new center will have fulltime staff working the Bingo's instead using volunteers from the individual charities (as they are currently doing).
Can they still call it a "charity" bingo? This sounds like it's becoming a "for profit" operation.
8/5/2014 7:59:22 PM
BlueJay12 says:
That'll stimulate the economy....hurry build more condos, the bingo players are coming!!
8/5/2014 7:04:31 PM
deet percy says:
Just what the doctor ordered. another venue for the elderly and for people who cant afford it ..a place to give your money back to the government.
8/5/2014 6:27:45 PM
Crinkles says:
and "Bingo was his name OHHH"
8/5/2014 4:34:42 PM
glock9 says:
Okay but can we still buy a rum and coke ?
8/5/2014 4:23:17 PM
dman31029 says:
Do the winners have to yell 'E-BINGO'?
8/5/2014 3:56:08 PM
Royalflush says:
8/6/2014 11:35:10 PM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Log In