Aristocrat Approved To Offer Québec Video Lottery Terminals

Faits vérifiés par Jim Tomlin

Aristocrat Gaming is getting ready to roll out its video lottery terminal games in a new market: Québec.

On Thursday, the Las Vegas-based game designer announced that Loto-Québec selected it as a VLT gaming distributor. Aristocrat said 10 games will begin showing up across the province this summer. Titles that will be installed include Bao Zhu Zhao Fu Red Festival, Fire Light; Schorchin’ Fortune; and Flamin’ Hits in a market that includes online casinos in Québec.

“Gaining entry into the Québec VLT market is another major milestone for the company, demonstrating our vested interest in these emerging segments and allowing us to bring our award-winning products to new markets and their players,” Kurt Gissane, chief revenue officer for Aristocrat Gaming, said in a release. “We’re excited for the opportunity to have a presence in Québec and are hopeful for a longstanding relationship with Loto-Québec.”

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What VLTs Are in Québec Gaming

Video lottery terminal games are similar to slot machines available at physical casinos in many locations, or online with Québec online casino apps. A key difference is that VLT machines are interconnected. According to Concordia University, there were more than 11,000 such gaming machines in the province as of 2016, but officials aimed to reduce the number to less than 10,000 by 2018.

In Québec, licensed machines can be found at bars approved to serve as hosts by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ), the province’s regulatory body for alcohol, racing and gaming. They can include line games, which look like traditional slot machine games, or they could be keno or video poker machines.

The top prize on any VLT is C$1,000 per game.

Legalized gambling in Québec also includes casinos, bingo and online gaming. Sports betting is available through Mise-o-jeu, Loto-Québec’s sports betting app.

There has been a push by private operators to see online gaming expanded in the province. A recent poll in Québec found that most Quebeckers do not use Loto-Québec’s offerings to play online casino gaming or make sports wagers.

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