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Is the Largest Casino the Best Casino?

Big casinos have more to offer, but are little casinos better for gaming? There are more than 5,000 casinos in the world today. The largest number – over 1,900 – are in the United States. Guess who comes in second? According to my sources, it’s Canada, with 219 of them. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The truth is, Canadians do love a good go at the local gaming hall. Not as much as Americans, mind you, but none the less. This article has little to do with the number of casinos in North America or anywhere else, though. No, today’s subject is more about quality over quantity – specifically, estimating the the quality of a casino based entirely on its size. I know, I know – you should’t judge a book by it’s cover. But like so many things in life, size does matter in the gaming industry. Unlike so many … Continue reading

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Will Seneca Casino Become Hotspot for Canada Sports Wagers?

New York tribe’s rare opportunity to provide legal sports betting for Canadians. The Seneca Tribe of Upstate New York has been given a very unique opportunity. Located a stone’s throw across the border from Canadian soil, the Seneca Niagara Resort Casino could soon become the closest legal option for Canada sports wagers, thanks to the recent passage of a bill legalizing sports betting in the state. So far, the tribe doesn’t seem to interested in the option, but there’s good reason to suspect that, deep down and behind closed doors, they’re grinning like kids in a candy store. After all, Canadians have long expressed their desire for a legal single-event sports betting product in their home country. With local legislative efforts stalling for years, this could be catalyst that sends more Canadians across the border than ever before. New York to Offer Closest Thing to Legal Sports Betting for Canadians … Continue reading

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Oldie but Goodie – Bring Football Dice back to Vegas!

3 Dice Football: The casino game that failed to touchdown in Vegas! In the greater scheme of gambling-things, there are far more games that didn’t make it in Vegas than those that did. We’ve been talking about some of these and other classics that you won’t find in any casino these days. Hazard, for instance, was essentially the oldest ancestor of Craps, dating back to the 13th century. Today’s by-gone game of interest is a bit different. This one isn’t all that old. It did make it to the gaming floors of Las Vegas, but somehow – despite the ever-present love for American football rules throughout the US and Canada – it just didn’t last. I’m talking about a game that quickly came to be known as Football Dice. 3 Dice Football Kicks Off, But Fails to Touchdown Three Dice Football was an official game of multi-patented creator Jamie Abrahamson, … Continue reading

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Great Canadian Gaming sells Great American Casinos

GCG pins focus on Canada, sells Washington casinos for $56 million. Established in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) has long since strived to be just that – Canada’s greatest gaming corporation. More than two dozen casinos later, GCG accomplished that goal long ago, now standing tall alongside Gateway Casinos & Entertainment as the only dominant commercial casino competitors in the Great White North. What many visitors of their multitude of properties across British Columbia, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces may not realize is that, despite its region-bearing name, Great Canadian Gaming also operates a few gambling establishments to the south. That’s because the company launched those operations under a subsidiary branch, aptly titled Great American Casinos (GAC). After shutting down one of those operations less than two years ago, the Coquitlam-based corporation has decided its American investments are no longer worthy of pursuit. The latest financial headlines indicate GCG is … Continue reading

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E-Bingo Saves the Day at Jackpot City Sarnia

Electronic Bingo Games a hit at Jackpot City Bingo in Sarnia, Ontario. Throughout the ages, so many once-beloved entertainment venues have found themselves on the endangered species list. Theatrical stages have given way to movie theaters. Board games were overrun by PC and video games. More recently, the world’s love for bingo has been surpassed by the digital realm of slot machines and casino table games. The problem was amplified by a situation a bit too close to home for residents of Sarnia, Ontario. The Canadian province has witnessed the closure of dozens of bingo halls over the last few years. In Sarnia alone, gaming fans remember a time when 11 charitable bingo halls stood tall. Now, just one remains – Jackpot City Bingo on Upper Canada Drive. It wasn’t long ago the Jackpot City in Sarnia nearly saw its doors closed for good, just like all of its former … Continue reading

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Gateway seeks Temporary Home for Sudbury Casino

With lease expiring, Gateway Casino at Sudbury Downs seeks temporary asylum. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, operator of the slots parlor at Ontario’s Sudbury Downs racetrack in Chelmsford, has found itself in quite a pickle. The company has spent so much time and energy working towards the upcoming Gateway casino project in the Kingsway Entertainment District, they’re now facing the fast-approaching expiration of their lease at the Sudbury casino. The way things stand now, the Sudbury slot machines will have no home as of April 1, 2020, the day after the current lease expires. Due to a number of stacked delays between the project proposal and construction phase of the KED casino, that property isn’t projected to open until 2022. That’s two years of downtime that Gateway looking for a way to avoid. Sudbury Casino Debacle 2016-2022 When Gateway won the bid for Ontario’s Northern Bundle in December of 2016, the … Continue reading

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Grand Re-Opening of Playtime Casino Hanover April 11

City preps for grand opening of all new Hanover, Ontario casino on April 11. The city of Hanover is abuzz with excitement as the grand re-opening of its casino draws nigh. Last night, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment held a sneak-peak soft launch in which more than 350 individuals were invited to visit the renovated and expanded gambling property. Three weeks from now, an official ceremony will welcome all to partake in the new experience. Gateway spared no expense in renovating the Southern Ontario casino, shelling out approximately $18 million on the project. On Thursday, April 11, 2019, locals, residents of nearby communities and tourists from far and wide are sure to turn out for the big grand re-opening ceremony to see where all those millions went. What’s New at Gateway’s Hanover, Ontario Casino? The most obvious change at the refurbished casino property is the signage. Gateway has opted for a … Continue reading

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Malta shares AIDP’s Vision of Equality in Gaming

MGA gambling watchdog teams up with All-In Diversity Project. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is among the world most respected regulators of the iGaming industry. The Maltese government was among the first to realize the great need for strict regulation of online gambling, establishing the MGA in 2001. In the last few years, the regulatory body has made significant strides in the cultivation of bar-setting standards. But responsibility and customer protection aren’t the only goals on the agenda. Enter stage right the All-In Diversity Project (AIDP). Established in 2017, AIDP is an organization that takes the focus off revenues and profit margins, and places it on diversity and equality in the gaming industry workforce. It’s a vision shared by the Malta Gaming Authority, motivating the European iGaming regulator to team up with AIDP for an all-inclusive future, spiraling headlong into the evolution of human equality. MGA Gambling Watchdog Partners with … Continue reading

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RGC goes All-In for Problem Gambling Prevention

Promoting diversification in educating Canadians to be responsible gamblers. Founded in 1983 on the principle of promoting a healthy gaming environment, the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada (RGC) has spent the last three decades working towards the vision of a nation free of problem gambling. As telescopic as the goal may seem, it’s one the RGC takes very seriously. Yet, in those three decades, statistics don’t seem to be changing much. It could be that their approach is all wrong. The All-In Diversity Project believes doing away with outdated modes and variegating their methods to match the variegation of those in need, could be the key to achieving ultimate success—at the least, for those who chose to seek it out. Diversification in Education of Responsibility With a new perspective and tandem mindsets, All-In and the RGC are teaming up to develop the next evolution in problem gambling prevention. As All-In’s … Continue reading

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Integrity of Ontario Slot Machines a Three-Man Job

OLG, AGCO and Ontario casino operators ensure fairness of slot machines. In Ontario, slot machines are the greatest source of gambling revenue. A virtual font of wealth, they generate millions of dollars every month, filling the provincial exchequer before spilling over into the coffers of their respective host municipalities. In part, their popularity is attributable to a positive degree of trust between players and those responsible for ensuring the fairness of each game. It’s not a single entity that takes on this formidable task. There are three such parties in charge of Ontario’s gaming oversight. They do not work in tandem, exactly, but rather like a gradual chain of command. If one link in the chain becomes weak, he must answer to the next higher link in the chain, who can either support the weak link, or banish it from the chain. Esoteric metaphors aside, let’s take a closer look … Continue reading

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