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Impact of Canada’s New AML Laws on Casinos

Canadian casinos now coping with new anti-money laundering regulations. A couple of years ago, there were no news headlines more prominent in British Columbia than those telling the dark and duplicitous tale of money laundering at the province’s casinos. The River Rock Casino in Richmond, B.C. was particularly shunned for its involvement, as the investigation uncovered a rabbit hole so deep, it ran straight through to China. I won’t get into the ragged details of that fiasco. If you don’t already know the story, you can learn all about it in Queen’s Counsel Peter German’s famous Dirty Money report. The point is, it happened, and for more than a decade before the provincial cover up was revealed. As instructed, German made a throng of recommendations in his report. Among them, he suggested a strain of amendments to Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering ) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCTFA). In … Continue reading

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More Casino Rama Employees Cut by Gateway

Gateway continues to pass out pink slips in mass of Casino Rama lay-offs. On Thursday, July 19, precisely one year after Gateway Casinos & Entertainment took over the day to day managerial operations of Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario, the company announced the dismissal of 70 employees from its payroll. The fact that Gateway waited 365 days is telling, as that is the exact amount of time the company agreed not to alter the staff when taking over the casino from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). The very first day Gateway was allowed to pass out pink slips, they did. A total of 65 full-time, unionized employees, and 5 part-timers were eliminated from the pay roll that day. Those with the longest tenure were bought out (or in Gateway’s words, took advantage of a “voluntary exit incentive program”), others were reassigned, and the rest were simply fired. An … Continue reading

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Playtech to be OLG’s New BetBuddy for Responsible Gambling

Playtech joins Ontario in responsible online gambling campaign. The promotion of responsible gambling has long been a priority of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. The OLG is tasked with enforcing regulatory compliance among all gaming entities in the province, including land-based casinos and charitable gaming facilities, as well as the PlayOLG iGaming website. That job has grown indubitably larger in recent years. Ontario has allocated the managerial duties across dozens of land-based casino to private companies, easing their own load, but at the same time doubling their need for intense scrutiny of those operations. Expansion of the online gaming venue also requires a deeper and more meaningful level of supervision. That’s where the provincial regulator’s partnership with Playtech comes in. The two have been working closely together since 2014, with the London-based digital gambling games publisher supplying content and backend services for Ontario’s online gambling website. Now, their partnership … Continue reading

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The Shameful Promotion of Gambling without Morals

UK vs Canada Gambling Laws – A Simple Comparison Turns Ugly! Welcome, and thank you for your interest in reading what I’ve written hear today, but I warn you, the information you’re about to read, while factual (on my end) and informative (to those vested in iGaming) also includes my own ranting over the irresponsibility of others who seek only dollar signs, ignoring the humane side of this unique and volatile industry. With that being said, if still interested, please continue… I read an (arguably?) ill-conceived editorial today that had me scratching my head. I’m not going to name names or link to it for several reasons. First of all, I don’t wish to spread some of the ideals found within it. Secondly, it wasn’t a famous person or media outlet that published it. It was nothing more than a thoughtless online gambling affiliate looking to push some promotional links. … Continue reading

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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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Classic Gambling Games: Hazard Rules & Odds

Bygone days of Hazard gambling game; rules, odds and evolution. Classic casino games – I’m talking about the really, really old ones – had a tendency to befall one of two fates. They either faded into history, or they evolved into something more special; a modern favorite among gambling amusements. The latter was the eventual destiny of an age-old casino game known as Hazard. The history of this once-popular dice game is a rather remarkable one. It first appeared near the end of the Middle Ages, and spent several centuries as the dominant leisure activity among soldiers. What it evolved into is something every veteran gambler knows well. Condensed History of Hazard Gambling Game The game of Hazard dates far back in time to the 13th century, when Genghis Khan led the Mongols in a furious warpath across Asia, and King Edward I perched upon the throne of England. It … 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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Can Monkeys become Problem Gamblers too?

Canadian Professor takes Simian Gambling Research to “Outdoor Lab”. Most scientists conduct their research in a lab, where they can control the environment. Experimental requisites generally call for tractability, but not always. In some cases, studying a subject in its own unencumbered environment proffers the most reliable results. That’s what one Canadian professor is banking on as he makes his way to Bali for his latest investigation. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Leca, Professor of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, has spent years observing the wily ways of the macaque monkeys of eastern Asia. His observations include everything from the frugivorous creatures’ knack for bartering, to famously reported incidents of female macaques humping the backs of deer in Japan. This year, his intent is to find out if the macaque can take their cultured talents to a new level in the “outdoor lab” of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination. Canadian … Continue reading

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