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People rush in for the opening of new Shorelines Casino Peterborough


People rush in for the opening of new Shorelines Casino Peterborough

People started lining up in front of Peterborough's new casino on Monday for the official opening of Shoreline Casino Peterborough.

However, despite of the rush outside the casino, only a group of VIPs who had special invitations in hand were given priority to play at 3 pm.

"This feels like an insult to us. We are waiting outside the casino for hours yet we were not allowed to get in," said Rick Bowser who had come from Kinmount with his wife and was one of the first people in line.

"They have completely messed up things. They should have brought them in some other door or something. But they bought them right in front of us," he said.

The people were queued in two separate lines where in one line guests who weren't VIPs stood and the another for longtime patrons of Kawartha Downs who had been issued special invitations to start gambling at 3 pm.

Lois Philip was the first person who was standing in the non-VIP line-up. The retired nurse from Peterborough arrived at 1 pm as she hoped to be the first person in casino but she had to wait while the VIPs went outside.

Everyone was allowed entry in the casino by 5 pm but there were no parking left and many cars were searching for space for the parking. Gamblers had their choice of 500 slot machines and 22 table games.

General Manager Bryan Buchanan said that the new casino will be open 24 hours. "There is a big queue outside and we are very excited about it."

Moreover the casino will also have a 40-seat modern casual restaurant called the Windward Restaurant and Lounge along with a 280-seat daily-themed all-you-can-eat buffet called The Buffet.