Starlight Casino in New Westminster Opens New Poker Room

Local leaders and changemakers to compete in charity poker tournament on October 12

October 4, 2023 – This week, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (“Gateway”) opened a brand new poker room at the Starlight Casino New Westminster (“Starlight”). Since first opening its doors in 2007, the casino has undergone many exciting additions and developments. In 2014, it opened Match Eatery & Public House – a neighbourhood pub that combines creative comfort food, cold libations and a lively atmosphere.

The new four-table poker room is located right off the main casino floor in a comfortable and meticulously maintained open space. Inside, it features “No Limit” and “Limit” stakes at varying levels, seven flat screen televisions and its own exclusive menu with a daily breakfast special. The poker room is open Sunday through Thursday, 11am – 3am, and Fridays and Saturdays, 24 hours.

“Our guests spoke, and we listened,” said Saad Fadl-Alla, General Manager of Starlight New Westminster. “We are thrilled to be adding poker to our portfolio of gaming options. We are also the only casino in the province that now offers $2-3 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, as well as single blind $5 Limit Omaha. For the first time ever, poker enthusiasts in British Columbia have access to these games.”

To celebrate this exciting expansion, a charity poker tournament will be held on October 12. Local leaders and changemakers will sit down to play in support of their charity of choice. Patrick Johnstone, Mayor of New Westminster, Matt Jarvis, former professional poker player and Steve Deakin, Canada’s number one ranked pickleball player will join other athletes, entertainers and government officials for a game of skill, strategy and luck. Casino guests are invited to come and watch the action unfold from the sidelines. The poker tournament will start at 6pm. For full event details, please visit:

“I am excited to have been invited to Starlight Casino’s charity poker tournament in their new poker room,” said Patrick Johnstone, Mayor of New Westminster. “I will be joining a fantastic roster of local celebrities, all playing for charitable causes that are meaningful to them. I’m sure it will be a memorable evening.”

The introduction of the new poker room at Starlight offers poker players exciting opportunities. The “Bad Beat” jackpot can reach as high as $500,000. For the next two months, the casino will offer a bonus prize board for its poker players, in addition to the “Bad Beat” jackpot.

If a player hits any of the below hands while using both whole cards, they win the corresponding prize:


  • Royal flush – $50 Match gift card
  • Straight flush – $25 Match gift card
  • Four-of-a-kind – Free buffet


  • Royal Flush – Starlight poker t-shirt
  • Straight Flush – Starlight poker hat
  • Four-of-a-kind – Starlight poker water bottle

With this added gaming offer, Starlight Casino opens new employment opportunities. If you are interested in a career at Gateway Casinos, please visit

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 31 gaming properties in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta. Across its entire portfolio, Gateway currently employs approximately 7,200 people and features approximately 391 table games (including 31 poker tables), 14,288 slots, 81 food and beverage outlets and 564 hotel rooms. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands. This has dramatically improved the gaming customer experience and also attracts new gaming and restaurant customers. Some of Gateway’s proprietary brands include Grand Villa Casino, Cascades Casino, Starlight Casino, Playtime Casino, Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and Chow Lucky Noodle Bar. In 2022, Gateway celebrated 30 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Additional information is available at

* All figures as at June 30, 2023

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Tanya Gabara
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