The casino was opened in 1996, the third of a group of casinos built by the provincial government to raise funds. Ottawa, the larger city across the river, was also planning to build a casino in the early 1990s, but these plans were blocked by the provincial government. The Gatineau casino thus also serves Ottawa and eastern Ontario. It is operated by Loto-Québec. The casino provides the government with some $35 million per year in profit, employs more than 1,500 people and attracts more than three million visitors annually.