The reopening of the Casino du Lac-Leamy draws lukewarm criticism

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The one Normand and her husband were on Thursday didn’t have any of their favorite slot machines.

“We’ve booked three more tours,” she said, “one a week until August 7, and one of the others is for the same side, so I’m going to cancel it.”

Although masks are mandatory, Gilbault noted that many customers surreptitiously slipped theirs from their noses and mouths as they played and, even after briefing staff, the practice continued. “Many people inside were complaining.”

“No one wants to wear a mask,” Normand added, “but for safety we have to wear it. We didn’t expect it to be as good as it used to be, and it was day one, but it was disappointing.

“But we will be back.”

Céline Lepage and Guy Toutant, who were regulars twice a week at the Casino du Lac-Leamy before it closed in March, were among the customers who returned for its reopening on Thursday. Bruce Deachman/Postmedia

Celine Lepage and Guy Toutant, who were regulars twice a week before the casino closed in March, were also among those who returned on Thursday, with Lepage describing him as simply “OK” and similarly noting his disappointment at the limited selection of slot machines. Still, she says, she left with $ 110 more than when she arrived. Toutant was less fortunate, losing around $ 400.

Gatineau resident Nicole Arbique, who went online to book tours for each of the first four days of Lac-Leamy opening and three more next weekend, also called her experience “very, very disappointing ”.

A long-time slot fan, she can easily play 24 hours straight without sleeping, Arbique said, and she has missed the casino a lot in the past four months, spending much of her free time painting instead. on his iPad. Like Normand and Lepage, Arbique also arrived on Thursday to find none of her favorite games in the section where she was reserved: no Mayan chief, no diamonds, no China Shores.

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