Amplify your Night, Exclusively at Grand Villa Casino

September 27, 2019 – Burnaby, BC –

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, in conjunction with BCLC and Interblock, is excited to unveil its brand-new Pulse Arena, an innovative, immersive, multi-sensory gaming space that is the first of its kind in B.C.

Set to redefine the casino experience in B.C., Pulse Arena takes up prime position on the gaming floor at Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby.  Pulse Arena features 35 interconnected gaming stations all supported by lights, sound and a massive 30-foot digital wall.  This high-energy gaming experience brings together electronic table games, live dealer games and interactive play.

“We are excited to introduce Pulse Arena exclusively at Grand Villa Burnaby.  It allows us to offer a unique gaming experience that can be tailored to meet the changing needs of our customers at any time of the day or week,” said Rowland England, Vice President, Operations BC West.  “This immersive gaming experience can only be found at Gateway Casinos properties in Canada and is the first-of-its-kind in B.C.”

“We truly value our partnership with Gateway Casinos and BCLC.  The launch of the PULSE Arena at Grand Villa Casino will bring new, cutting-edge technology to the casino floor and we look forward to their players enjoying the many games offered,” said Burton Poitras, Interblock’s Vice President of Sales and Service, Canada.

Players are able to play up to three games at once with their choice of: Baccarat, Blackjack, and Roulette.  The dealers, who are referred to as “Games Entertainers” in Pulse Arena, incorporate entertainment into the experience, which can be viewed by all players through a live feed on the massive video wall located at the front of the space.

“The Pulse Arena is a great example of how BCLC is listening to player feedback, improving our technologies, and modernizing the industry,” said Brad Desmarais, BCLC’s Vice President of Casino and Community Gaming.  “BCLC is constantly looking to bring fresh and innovative games to our players in B.C. and we’re thrilled to do just that with the introduction of Pulse Arena at Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby.”

As well as assisting with the games, with just the touch of a button the games entertainers alter the lights, music and volume in the area to achieve a variety of moods – from a high-energy, club-like environment to a more, mellow, daytime mood. Pulse Arena creates both an individual experience and social play with friends.

Grand Villa is Gateway’s most premium brand and provides guests with an incomparable gaming, dining and entertainment experience. Offering nine bars and restaurants, including Gateway’s signature brands Atlas Steak + Fish and CHOW Lucky Noodle Bar as well as a newly expanded gaming space featuring 1330 slots machines, 61 table games and 11 poker table. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre with sleek convenient amenities and a harmonious balance between style and comfort.  Whether it’s a quick escape or an exclusive getaway, you will share in an experience that can only be had at Grand Villa.

Along with the brand new Pulse Arena, Grand Villa has also recently upgraded their Premium Gaming Areas (both which are located on the 2nd floor of the casino), which will allow players to receive dedicated service from hosts. The Cypress Room hopes to offer guests a new benchmark in table gaming, with private salons and service, while the newly revamped Maple Room will cater to slots customers.  The Grand Villa Casino has also recently added 130 brand new slot machines, including Gold Dragon Xtreme, Mystery Slide Money Rain 2, Prosperity Pig, Lightning Zap, Crazy Money Gold, Lunar Festival, and many more.

Pulse Arena officially opens on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8pm.  The first 200 customers who arrive will get $10 free play. Enjoy on-location radio, showgirls, live music from DJs, and more entertainment!  Over the weekend, you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000 free play with a Bonus U-Spin. There will also be Hot Seat Draws on Saturday, where you’ll have the chance to win free play every hour from 11 am to 11 pm. The weekend finishes with a bang on Sunday, with live music from Dave Marton and complimentary cake at 3 pm.

The Pulse Arena is open 24/7, with Games Entertainers running the show 6pm – 12am Tuesday through Thursday, 6pm – 2am on Friday and Saturday and 2pm – 10pm Sunday.

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada. Across its 27 gaming properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta, Gateway currently employs approximately 8,279 people and boasts approximately 440 table games (including 48 poker tables), 13,915 slots, 93 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms. Gateway is the service provider for the Central, Southwest and North gaming Bundles in Ontario, which includes 11 properties in their portfolio. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, dramatically improving the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. Some of Gateway’s proprietary brands include Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club.  In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at

About BCLC

BCLC offers socially responsible gambling entertainment while generating income to benefit British Columbians. Remember, play for fun, not to make money. Visit

About Interblock

Interblock® is a worldwide leading developer and supplier of luxury electronic table gaming products. Its multi-player gaming devices set industry standards and provide the ultimate in luxury interactive entertainment experiences. The Interblock brand is globally recognized for diamond quality gaming solutions and technical support in more than 200 jurisdictions. Interblock’s exclusive collection of fully and semi-automated electronic gaming tables and video gaming solutions provide casinos, arcades and gambling halls with superior product performance and their guests with an unforgettable gaming experience. For more information, visit or call +1 (702) 260-1384.