Competition heats up as three major companies vie for control of Caesars Windsor’s profitable license

The competition for the coveted license to operate Caesars Windsor in Canada is heating up, with three major players vying for the opportunity. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) is overseeing the selection process, and the decision is expected to have a significant impact on the future of the iconic casino.

For the first time in 30 years, the license to operate Caesars Windsor is up for grabs, with Caesars Entertainment Inc., Bally’s Corp., and Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment emerging as the top contenders. The decision, expected in the fall, will determine the casino’s operator for the next two decades, starting in 2025.

Local leaders, including Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, union representatives, and tourism officials, are throwing their support behind the incumbent, Caesars Entertainment Inc. They highlight the casino’s role in providing over 2,000 jobs and anchoring the local tourism industry.

The significance of the OLG’s decision goes beyond the casino’s operation, as it will also shape the broader economic landscape of Windsor. Caesars Windsor has been instrumental in transforming the city’s identity from an automobile hub to a thriving tourist destination, contributing to the local economy and attracting millions of visitors each year.

The OLG’s Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) invited experienced and reputable companies to submit initial bids, ensuring the selection of a highly qualified service provider to maintain the casino’s competitiveness and contribute to the local economy. The chosen operator will oversee day-to-day operations, but the OLG will retain overall control. The decision is eagerly anticipated and is expected to have far-reaching implications for both the casino and the city of Windsor.