Palace Casino, a long-term feature in West Edmonton Mall, has rebranded and opened as Starlight Casino.
“Today marks the start of the next chapter at the iconic West Edmonton Mall,” said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway Casinos during the grand opening. “For many decades, Canadians have flocked here to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience. We believe Starlight Casino Edmonton is the perfect compliment to this Canadian landmark.”
The grand opening festivities doubled as a fundraiser for The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation by donating a portion of food and beverage sales from September 26 to October 31. Guests of the grand opening had the chance to win over $20,000 in cash and prizes, while enjoying live entertainment and an Elvis impersonator.
Starlight now features 120,000 square feet of gaming and entertaining space, including Halley’s Club, a nostalgic dining and theatrical experience with cabaret and vintage acts. MATCH Eatery & Public House, ATLAS Steak + Fish, The Buffet and CHOW Lucky Noodle Bar are also part of Starlight’s reinvention. Additionally, Starlight is proud to debut its REPLAY arena, which includes an interactive space for connected table game play, live action digital horse racing, a unique social roulette table, a DJ booth, custom lighting equipment and an expansive video wall.
“The opening of Starlight Casino adds to the many world class entertainment options available to Albertans and our visitors. With more than 300 new jobs – and $57 million dollars of investment – it is another sign of investor confidence in our growing economy,” said Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous.
Starlight is not the only Gateway facility in Edmonton. Alongside the Grand Villa Casino in ICE District, Gateway has invested $90 million in Edmonton and has created more than 550 new jobs between the two entertainment centres.
Niaz Nejad, VP and COO, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) noted, “On behalf of AGLC, I would like to congratulate Starlight Casino on their grand opening. We are delighted to be a part of the launch of the innovative REPLAY gaming area – the first of its kind in Alberta. While the AGLC is committed to the responsible growth of Alberta’s gaming industry, we are also invested in developing modernized gaming options for Albertans.” AGLC reminds patrons to use gambling as a form of entertainment, and not as a way to make money.
It may be the end of an era for Palace Casino, which reigned in Edmonton from 1990 to 2018, but after nearly 30 years, the transformed space is ready to entertain a new generation of thrill seekers with offerings that go far beyond gaming. To check out the new Starlight Casino, visit West Edmonton Mall. The gaming centre is located through Entrance #9. You can also visit the casino online at www.edmonton.starlightcasino.ca, or on social media on Facebook (www.facebook.com/StarlightCasinoYEG) and Instagarm (@starlightyeg).