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Why You Don’t F— with the UKGC

UKGC reminds online gambling operators why proper reporting of source of funds is so important. For years I’ve lauded the strict standards of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) as the best in the world. The agency’s commitment to player protections and the prevention of criminal activity is commendable. No other online gambling regulator has taken so many actions against its licensees for failure to comply with the law. Last month, the UKGC decided to reiterate the case of MaxEnt Limited, a former remote gambling operator that had its license revoked back in June of 2019. Why rehash the six month old story of a failed iGaming operator? Because it makes one very good point that the regulator believes its current and future licensees need to understand: You don’t F— with the UKGC. UKGC Reminder for Online Gambling Operators The incident that led to MaxEnt’s loss of license was one … Continue reading

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Layman’s Guide to Alberta Gambling Laws Online and On Land

Legal Betting FAQ: Land-based and online gambling laws in Alberta, Canada. The province of Alberta is truly an amazing place. Its majestic landscape is beautiful all year round. It is especially famous for its eclectic range of festivals, hosting everything from the Edmonton Fringe Festival (the world’s second largest), to Canada’s largest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede (right), dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. With petroleum, agriculture, and technology leading Alberta’s industrial engine, the province boasts one of the world’s strongest economies. Residents seek out a range of entertainment that is as diverse as the region’s culture. Gambling is a pastime enjoyed by many, whether it’s a night at the poker table, a session at the slot machines, or a day at the track. Unlike some of their neighboring provinces, Alberta does not regulate as many forms of betting. Online gambling, for instance, is not provided by the local government, … Continue reading

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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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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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Key Takeaways from iGaming Industry Failures

What players should learn from failed online casino startups. They say history is among the most important educational subjects because, without it, we would not learn from the mistakes of our past. It’s hard to ignore that logic. Knowing what the world’s first atom bombs did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan has stopped world leaders from launching nuclear warheads ever since (albeit reluctantly, for some). History taught us that segregating people by race, creed or religion is a terrible concept. These are just some of the most obvious examples. At its core, history helps us to find better solutions to present and future problems. For online casino enthusiasts, this concept can help to protect people from the all-too-real threat of rogue iGaming operations. Most of the duplicitous operators of the past did not enter the market with the intent of going rogue. Some did, yes, but the majority attempted to … Continue reading

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Review of Slot Machines at Singapore Casinos

Double Play: Singapore casino slot machine offerings reviewed. There’s something about Singapore that attracts all manner of tourists from every region of the world. It is one of the most curious locations on the planet. Singapore is an island, a city, and a nation, all at once. It’s also located just north of the equator, giving it a tropical climate that’s hard for travelers to resist – like an upscale, resplendent version of Costa Rica. Among Singapore’s multitude of attractions are a pair of luxury casino resorts; the Marina Bay Sands and the Resorts World Sentosa. Both are located along the southern shores of the island; both opulently designed by some of the world’s largest, multi-billion-dollar casino corporations. The question is, for avid slots fans, is one any better than the other? Singapore Casino Slot Machines Offerings Reviewed We’ll take an insider look at each of these casinos, comparing their … Continue reading

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The Truth About Free Casino Apps

Why even the best free slot app is dramatically unrealistic. There are literally thousands upon thousands of free slot machine apps on the Google Play and iTune app stores. It’s crazy how many results come up when you search for things like slots and casino games. We’ll never know exactly how many there are, because the results for any given search on Google Play stops at 250. I find it especially troubling that you’re not allowed to sort them by review ratings, but that’s besides the point of today’s topic – the lack of realism in free slot machine apps. Ask anyone who’s played these ‘social casino games’, and they’ll tell you something they don’t like about them; something that makes them unrealistic. The most common reason circulated is the belief that free slots games have a higher return to player (RTP) than the real money editions. It is always … Continue reading

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3 of Canada’s Top 5 Online Slots are by Play’n Go

Play’n Go slots rule the roost at Canada online casinos in 2020. A few years ago, no one knew who Play’N Go was. Despite having been in the digital gambling software business since 2005, they spent their early years developing games for other software brands, who subsequently earned all the credit. Once they decided to go it alone, it took a few more years to make a name for themselves. Now, in the first weeks of 2020, almost every avid online casino gamer knows Play’n Go. Even those who don’t know the brand name are probably familiar with their games. Play’n Go is the proud creator of titles like Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, Ankh of Anibus, and Fire of Egypt. Play’n GO attributes its success to its elite staff of games creators. In their own words; “Play’n GO people have the expertise and passion for slots that … 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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