Manitoba may not have the glitz and glamour of some of Canada’s bigger provinces, with only a fraction of the population of Ontario and Quebec, but there is plenty on offer for gamblers in this province. Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba, was home to the first casino in Canada, paving the way for many more to follow.
If you enjoy the excitement of casinos, but don’t want to leave your home, then you can check out one of the many online casinos available. PlayNow, which was first launched in British Columbia, has recently become available for citizens of Manitoba, and offers a fantastic alternative to land-based casinos. If you want something a little bigger, something with more of an international flavor, then you should consider the Fortune Lounge Group of casinos, including Royal Vegas Casino, Platinum Play and Euro Palace. These casinos are all highly trusted and established brands that have been in business for many years, catering for players from all over the world since their inception.
If casinos just aren’t for you, but you still want to gamble on slots and more, then there are plenty of alternatives available. One option is to try your hand at the Video Lottery Terminals, which are located across the province, in and out of the casinos. These are basically slot machines, with many of the same games you would find in land-based and online casinos, but VLTs are mainly located in bars, restaurants and hotels.
These terminals can only be played from 9am to 2.15am, and you will probably bump into many of them on your travels around the province. Despite what their name suggests, these are not “lotteries”, but rather they are games of chance where large jackpots are offered to a lucky few. Some examples of where you can find them include Canad Inn and Holiday Inn, both of which have locations throughout the province and the country; Player’s Sports Bar and Grill and Johnny’s Maple Pizza, where you can play as you wait for your food; and the Old Spaghetti Factory. In fact, there are dozens upon dozens of locations, and you can check this list to see if there are any near you.
If you want to play the real lotteries in Manitoba, then there are plenty to choose from. They are all run by the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, and some of the biggest ones include the Lotto 649 and the Lotto Max. You can buy tickets online at playnow.com. The only requirements are that you are in Manitoba (or one of the other qualifying provinces) and are above 18 years of age. The majority of the world’s scratch cards are actually made in Winnipeg, so with this in mind you simply have to buy a scratch card and test your luck against the Pollard Banknote Company whilst you’re in the province.
Poker games can also be found in Manitoba, and if you’re looking for something with more of a community feel, then try you hand at bingo, which has been popular here and across the country for many years.
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