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Quick Reference Guide to Quebec Gambling Laws

Betting and the Law FAQ: Quebec gambling online and on land. The province of Quebec is Canada’s second largest by population, as well as land area. It is home to the NHL’s most decorated, 24-time Stanley Cup Champions, the Montreal Canadiens, and the largest casino in the country, Casino de Montreal. Its capitol, Quebec City, is one of the oldest English settlements in North America, highlighted by its world-famous Château Frontenac (right). Its rich heritage is showcased by a vast population of fun-loving individuals; many of which who list games of chance among their favorite pastimes. Whether it’s a wager on the ponies, a spin of the slots reels, or an evening of Texas Hold’em poker, gambling is as ingrained into the culture as readily as hunting, fishing, or going to the cinema. Like most regions of the world, there are strict laws that govern what Quebecois can and cannot … Continue reading

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Canadian Tax Man Coming for Casino Tips

Gambling winnings not taxable in Canada; casino tips are, agrees appellate court. If you’ve ever worked in the hospitality industry, you know how important tips are to your overall income. Whether you’re a part-time waitress or a hotel bellhop pulling minimum wage, or a fancy sommelier at a celebrity chef restaurant, tips tend to make up a notable portion of your income. No matter how much you earn in gratuities, they do count as income, and therefore must be claimed as such when filing taxes. Cheng Xai, a long-time slot machine attendant at BC, Canada’s Grand Villa Casino, is well aware of that. Yet, he failed to report a rather significant amount of tips on his taxes in 2011 and 2012. The Canada Revenue Agency wasn’t too happy about it, but Xai, who happens to have a rather unique background in tax law, was confident in his right to keep … Continue reading

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New Plans for Hard Rock Casino Ottawa?

Hard Rock puts the brakes on its Ottawa casino plan to explore moving the site’s entrance. For nearly a full decade now, the government of Ontario has been working diligently to modernize its gaming facilities. It started with the “bundling” of all its major casino properties, then offering their day-to-day management to the highest, qualified bidder. Some of those bundles came with the option to expand in certain areas, such as the Canadian capitol of Ottawa. In 2018, Hard Rock International – a company with a well-established reputation for building branded casino properties all across North America, including BC’s Hard Rock Vancouver – proposed a plan to expand the city’s Rideau Carleton Raceway. The project called for a full casino gaming floor, large theatre, additional restaurants, and a hotel. City council was thrilled with the original plan, destined for Albion Road (artistic rendering shown right). They gave it the thumbs … Continue reading

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Canada a Leader in Gaming Technology Innovation

CGA explicates Canada’s forefront position in gaming innovation. For many, many years, Canada has enjoyed a healthy revenue stream from multiple gaming verticals. From centuries old horse racing, to Olympic-funding lotteries, to some of the world’s most respected land-based and online casino operations, Canada is a clear leader in the global gaming industry. The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has long applauded the collective efforts of the nation’s vested interests. Canada’s gaming market doesn’t just survive, it thrives; not by treading upon the footsteps of innovating pioneers, but by leaving its own footsteps for others to follow. CGA Explicates Canada’s Forefront Position in Gaming Innovation Technology is at the epicenter of almost every major modern industry. It is the reason you’re viewing this text on a back-lit screen, as opposed to a magazine, book or loose sheet of paper. Technology is all around us, and it’s had a substantial impact on … Continue reading

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Masse Hopes for Legal Sports Movement Next Week

Internet Gambling Canada: A “lose-lose position” without legal sports betting. It’s been nearly a decade since political figureheads began the push for legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada. In the early days, there was little more than a hope and a prayer. The required legislation was, at first, unanimously applauded, only to lose favor beyond the house, dying a slow and miserable death. Another push began a few years later, but was largely ignored. It wasn’t until our neighbors to the south amended their laws that more Canadians began to take notice. Now, with legal sports betting spreading at a rapid pace across US states, the need to legalize single-event betting in the Great White North is finally being seen as an issue worthy of intense debate. One of its most adamant supporters over the years, NDP MP Brian Masse, says the first real movement could feasibly happen as … Continue reading

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Toronto iGaming: PlayOLG vs. Royal Vegas?

Comparing two of the top Toronto online casino sites, PlayOLG and Royal Vegas. As Canadians, we live in one of the world’s most beneficially liberal countries. The freedom of the people takes precedence above all else. We have freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association, etc. In many things, we are given the freedom of choice, including – unlike so many other jurisdictions – the freedom to choose where we gamble online. In Ontario, players have access to a home-grown and locally regulated iGaming website known as PlayOLG.com. It is a ring-fenced gaming site, meaning it is only available to adult-age residents of Ontario, Canada. But we are not limited to playing here. We can safely and legally access any of the world’s reputable, internationally regulated iGaming sites. Comparison of Top Toronto Online Casino Sites Today’s goal is to compare PlayOLG with one of the international market’s most … Continue reading

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Online Casino Bonuses with Low Playthrough

Online casino low playthrough bonus offers: How low is low? Almost every promotion in the world looks great on a banner. It’s not until you read the fine print that you find out whether it’s really a good deal or not. Leasing a brand new vehicle with no down payment and a cheap monthly rate seems great, until you find out about all the fees, like security deposit, acquisition fee, doc fee, excess wear fee, disposition fee, excess mileage fee, lease-swap fee, gap insurance, I could go on and on… Online casino bonuses are similar. Matching a deposit dollar for dollar up to, say, $400, is a great deal. But the fine print can include intensive wagering requirements, or playthrough, game restrictions, withdrawal limitations, and other unsavory demands. Most of the common requisites are understandable. After all, casinos aren’t in the business of giving away money. But what most people … Continue reading

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Canada Sports Betting Laws Keeping Up with the Jones?

Legal sports betting at a Canada casino in 2020 – What are the odds? For more years than most of you have been alive, Canadians have been able to place a wide range of bets on a vast number of amusements. Horse race betting was always a thing. Bingo and special charity events have been around for ages. We’ve had lotteries since the 1970s, and the first genuine casinos came along in the 1980s. It was around that time the nation’s lottery officials came up with the idea of a launching a sports lottery they called Sports Select (Pari Sportif). Most provinces launched it under the name Pro-Line. Any adult-aged Canadian could walk into a lottery retailer, fill out a Pro-Line slip, and purchase it, just like a 6/49 lotto ticket. For many, many years, we were content with this; especially in the 1990s, when the US government through a … Continue reading

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Espacejeux Celebrates “10 Years of Ta-Dah!” with $100k Giveaway

Arrival of 2020 marks 10 year anniversary for online casino Quebec. It’s finally here – the new year, a new decade, a time to look back on the wonders of recent past, and reinvent yourself for the bright future ahead. While you’re at it, you might as well take advantage of some rare opportunities afforded by Quebec’s home-grown and locally regulated online casino. Espacejeux.com is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2020. Anyone who’s followed them in the previous decade may remember that promotions aren’t their strong point. There’s no big welcome bonus package for new players; no weekly or monthly reload bonuses; no free spins on the slot machines for your birthday. So when I heard Espacejeux was hosting a six-figure cash prize giveaway, it caught my attention. 10 Year Anniversary for Online Casino Quebec It was January 26, 2010, when the government of Quebec officially passed a motion … Continue reading

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Canada Online Betting, Then and Now

Online Betting Canada: A factual recollection of lawful iGaming. In some ways, it’s surprising just how much online gambling has evolved throughout the world. Far more surprising, however, is the rapid evolution of digital technology. Just look how far we’ve come in the last 30 years. When I was a kid, nascent video gaming consoles were all the rage. I still remember unwrapping my first Nintendo Entertainment System. Not the Super Nintendo. Not the Nintendo 64, or today’s Nintendo 3DS, Wii U or Switch editions. I’m talking about the original NES that came with the original Super Mario Brothers / Duck Hunt cartridge combo, and that laser gun that made every small child wonder how pointing it at a TV worked to shoot down animated ducks. More gaming consoles arrived, followed by computers small enough to put on a desk, and then, the granddaddy of them all – the information … Continue reading

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