Support for Toronto casino may be lacking in city council

On the same week that he was approved by Michigan gaming regulators to take over a Detroit casino, Rock Gaming founder Dan Gilbert was expected to join Caesars Entertainment officials in Toronto in the bidding process to build a hotel-casino in Canada’s largest city.

It might not matter, however.

The Toronto Star reported the project for a single downtown casino may be dead on arrival.

The newspaper cited city hall vote counters who believe there are not enough votes in support of the project, a single hotel-casino complex in down Toronto which has drawn the interest of Nevada’s largest casino operators.

According to the Star, 23 votes are need from the 45-member city council to send the issue to Toronto voters. However, at least 21 members of the council have declared their opposition to the casino. Two other council members are lean toward the no side.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is the strongest proponent for the casino project.