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About gaming in Alberta

How gaming works in Alberta

Alberta uses a charitable gaming model. This involves:

  • charitable organizations – who are given licences to run casino and bingo events, and sell raffle and pull tickets.
  • private casino operators – who own the casinos used by charities.
  • bingo associations – who run bingo halls on behalf of member charities.
  • horse racetrack operators – who run racing entertainment centres.
  • First Nations casino operators.
  • private businesses – who run lottery kiosks and vlt lounges.
  • volunteers – who serve at charitable casino events and bingo halls.
  • employees – who work for casino operators, bingo halls, lottery ticket centres, and vlt retailers.

AGLC's role

  • licensing and regulating charitable gaming
  • issuing licences for gaming establishments like casinos, bingo halls and vlt sites
  • registering people who work in the gaming industry
  • inspecting establishments to check that games are being run properly
  • auditing charities to check that they are using their gaming proceeds as planned
  • informing people on how to play responsibly through the GameSense brand
  • investigating criminal gaming activity
  • owning and maintaining all slot machines, vlts, lottery terminals and electronic bingo

Where do proceeds go?

Proceeds from gaming are invested back to our communities:

  • The Alberta Lottery Fund distributes proceeds from slot machines, vlts, lottery tickets and electronic bingo.
  • Charitable organizations deliver their services with proceeds from paper bingo, casino table games, raffles and pull tickets.