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Alberta Hotel Owner: VLTs Can Make Or Break Us

15 October 2001

ALBERTA, Canada –— As reported by the Edmonton Sun: "The outcome of a court decision on VLTs and a gaming policy review by the province expected soon could make or break hotel owners in small town Alberta.

"If those decisions end up taking VLTs away from smaller establishments, that could be enough to push a lot of them out of business, said Peter Parmar, vice-president of the Convention Hotels Association of Edmonton and owner of a hotel in Sangudo, 124 km northwest of Edmonton.

"…The province could announce the results of its eight-month gaming license policy review as early as next month, and a court case launched by some VLT operators to fight plebiscites in some communities that voted to ban the machines is expected to go to trial early next year.

"…Before VLTs were introduced, [Parma] said, many hotels turned to strippers as a supplementary source of income.

"…He said staff at his Sangudo hotel are instructed to politely ask people who seem to be gambling too much to leave the machines, and that gambling in one form or another will always exist…"

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