The CH Group is about to make a major announcement and it's causing a lot of excitement

Published February 22, 2023 at 9:43

As reported by La Presse journalist Katia Gagnon, the CH Group - in collaboration with Loto-Québec - is about to make an important announcement.

"Loto-Quebec and Groupe CH, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, are on the verge of concluding an agreement to open a gaming lounge at the Bell Centre, La Presse has learned." - Katia Gagnon

You can guess that this will have a major impact on the experience of many fans and spectators who will show up at the Bell Centre.

It also raises a big social debate, fueled by many observers, citizens, stakeholders and users of the amphitheater.

"Opening such a facility in a high-traffic area raises public health concerns." - Katia Gagnon

Especially because it's scientifically proven that the closer you live to a gambling hall, the more likely you are to gamble excessively.

To help pass this project, the promoters are committed to reducing the number of lottery terminals elsewhere in Montreal, but it will obviously take more to convince the skeptics.

"The establishment will have several hundred slot machines as well as sports betting terminals, La Presse has learned.

The brand new gaming lounge will be located in the space currently occupied by the 1909 Taverne Moderne restaurant, a very large three-story establishment adjacent to the Bell Centre that has been closed since the start of the pandemic. The lounge will offer players the opportunity to play several hundred slot machines, which we understand will come from the Montreal Casino." - Katia Gagnon

So that's to be watched over the next few hours, but it would truly be on the verge of being announced.

Fans would have, for example, the opportunity to go bet on the games right at the Bell Center and as they see fit (before the game, during the game and during intermissions). The temptation will obviously be much more present for some.

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