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Vaughan interested in hosting GTA casino

A player checks his hand during a game of Texas Hold 'em at the poker room in Caesar's Palace, Feb. 27, 2013, in Las Vegas. AP/Julie Jacobson

Vaughan council says it’s interested in hosting a casino.

It voted late Tuesday to notify the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) of its interest, after Toronto city council voted against hosting a downtown casino and expanding the Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke last week.

“Council’s decision reflects our commitment to becoming a key economic development driver of the GTA by creating jobs, encouraging investment and pursuing opportunities that will enhance our quality of life and standard of living,” Vaughan mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said in a release on Wednesday.

Vaughan city staff recommended two casino locations: the provincially owned land at the 407 subway station and the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

As part of its modernization plan, the OLG  lists Mississauga, Markham-Richmond Hill and Vaughan, which would be a short drive to Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, as possible locations for a GTA casino. Other possible locations included Milton and Pickering.

Woodbine Entertainment Group officials have said a neighbouring casino would take away the customer base that goes to the slots and the racetracks and revenues would drop.

Meanwhile, Markham city council voted 9-4 against reopening a debate over a proposed casino on Tuesday evening.

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