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FORT ERIE CASINO AT A GLANCE

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. starting Saturday. But times may change depending on demand, according to Ron D. Barbaro, chairman of the Ontario Lottery Corp.

Admission: Free, no cameras or video recorders allowed.

Parking: Free. Passengers may be dropped off at front-door circle. Shuttle buses patrol the lot. Valet parking is also available.

Minimum age: 19.

Maximum capacity: 2,800.

Machines: 1,200 of various types, taking denominations of 25 cents to $5. There are no 5-cent machines nor any video poker machines.

Currency: Machines take Canadian bills or tokens, which must be purchased at the cashiers' cages. U.S. currency may be exchanged for tokens or Canadian currency at cashiers' cages.

Payback: Barbaro said paybacks "vary on machines, anywhere from 87 percent to 97 percent, depending on the machines." He said government regulations require a minimum 85 percent payback.

Other gambling: There is a small area for betting on and viewing horse races at Fort Erie (which has racing Saturday through Tuesday afternoons) and other tracks. But there are no table games, card tables, dice games or roulette wheels.

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