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Lucky Lotto Player from Quebec holds $32M Ticket

Who won $32M Lotto Max in Quebec last weekend? Check your tickets now! There’s a new multi-millionaire in Quebec today, but that lucky person may or may not know it. On October 18, 2019, the Lotto MAX drawing resulted in one perfect winner. That one person held the ticket with the exact numbers, and bonus ball, to unleash the massive $32 million jackpot. Yet to date, no one has stepped forward to claim that monumental prize. We don’t have a whole lot of information to go on. Until someone steps forward, or until enough time passes that it’s worth shedding a bit more light on the situation, lottery regulators are not pin-pointing any particular location. All we know for now is that the ticket was purchased somewhere in the vast province of Quebec. Who Won the $32 Million Lotto Max in Quebec? There’s just one ticket out there worth $32 … Continue reading

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The Foreseeable Future of Canada’s iGaming Frontier

Are mobile live casinos the final frontier for gambling in Canada? There’s no denying that gambling is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. Not for the gamblers, mind you, but for the owners and operators of gambling establishments; casinos, card rooms, bingo halls, race tracks, sports books, etc. Billions of dollars pass through Canada’s commercial casinos every year, and it’s been this way since the activity was legalized so many decades ago. Yes, gambling is one of the country’s most popular pastimes. With the national GDP on a steady incline, the amount of money we spend on this unique form of entertainment is sure to continue rising as well. How we partake in it, however, has been evolving since the dawn of the internet, so much so that the question of stability in the land-based gambling industry is questionable, at best. Are Mobile Live Casinos the Final … Continue reading

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Canada Casino Growth a Societal Boon or Bane?

Weighing the cost of expansion in live and online gambling in Canada. It’s rather phenomenal how fast the online gambling industry has expanded in just two decades time. Like a sports car spinning 0 to 60 in two seconds flat, iGaming went from one of the world’s least trusted industries in the late 1990’s, to the world’s second most profitable eCommerce (behind adult entertainment, of course). It was an industry with fantastic potential, giving gambling enthusiasts all over the world an opportunity to partake in the same casino games they know and love in land-based gaming halls, via desktop computers and, eventually, mobile smartphones and tablet devices. All it needed was the right level of security and regulation, and the rest was history. Expansion of Live and Online Gambling in Canada a Societal Boon or Bane? Gambling isn’t your average sort of eCommerce. Where auction sites like eBay and online … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Healthy Relationship with Gaming?

BCLC invests in PlayPlanner to promote healthy casino gaming in Canada. Gaming regulators across Canada have spent the last few years seeking ways to quell public outcry. Since the dawn of internet gambling in particular, its been feared that problem gambling will swell out of control. Prior to multi-provincial regulation of iGaming, evidence surfaced to support those concerns. Researchers were commissioned to study the situation and recommend solutions. What they’ve come up with is a fundamental need to raise awareness and promote greater responsibility. All this time, regulators have been pumping revenue into the promotion of gaming. Every other commercial encourages adults to go out and buy a lottery ticket. Billboards depict the broad-grinning excitement of slots players and table games enthusiast. Such advertisements aren’t going to go away – the government does need to sustain its most abundant source of entertainment-driven revenue. However, they will be promoting greater responsibility … Continue reading

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Are Casinos using Subliminal Apophenia to Make us Gamble More?

The Human Gambling Condition: Apophenic fallacy or subliminal messaging? The human brain is an incredible thing of enigmatic beauty. I’s like the perfect computer, running on its own, super-powered, self-charging battery. Scientists have yet to discover all of the things our miraculous brains are capable of, as they’re still busy trying to understand so many of the abilities they’ve uncovered so far. One such concept is the way our minds process information. Our brain is like a transponder. We constantly send and receive messages. Each message we receive, we must interrupt before deciding whether to send out a response, and if so, what response is appropriate. The most enigmatic aspect of human existence is that we are all unique. A group of 100 people may all respond exactly the same to one message, but completely different to another. Aside from extenuating circumstances, a red traffic light will make everyone stop. … Continue reading

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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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