The casino could be an excellent means of entertainment for fans of slot machines and other traditional games among the players of Montreal and its surrounding areas. However the local population will need to accept this casino taking into account that gaming can lead to addiction and the consequences of gaming for households.
The Kahnawake Indian Reservation is well known in the world of online casinos because it grants casino gaming licences to several casinos. In fact several online casinos and poker and sport betting rooms have gaming licences from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission accredited to grant licences to online gaming sites just as one can find in London or Malta.
The Kahanawake Mohawks wish to open a land based casino on their lands in order to generate supplementary revenue for the Indian reservation. It must be said that government grants for education and infrastructure are not enough to cover costs and the Mohawks need to find new ways to fill the coffers. Several solutions have been put forward including dog and horse racing, a video lottery centre and a land based casino. It appears that the casino has captured the attention of the Mohawks who have spent 115 000$ to study the market and feasibility. Carried out by independent companies, these studies will determine whether opening a casino would be a viable option. Following the conclusions of these companies, the Mohawk Council will opt for a referendum on the opening of a casino during 2012 on their lands.It could be that the casino may be a success when one knows that the number of games has gone from 14 700 to 11 700 and that Loto-Quebec hasn’t opened any new casinos in the region. This great opportunity which presents itself to the Mohawks could generate profits and investment in several projects in the region. With an average household income that is increasing and almost 4 million people in Montreal and its surrounding area, the new casino should be a success. But nothing has yet been decided in particular because two referenda in 1994 and 2003 ended in a “No” vote with a low uptake level which was n’t really representative of the population.