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Gambling Strategies that Don’t Translate to Online Casinos

Best casino strategies that you can’t employ at online betting sites. Most of us enjoy a friendly wager now and again. Of those who do, most prefer to make smart bets that have a better chance of paying out. Gambling strategies can be an effective way to minimize risk and losses, while giving us a stronger sense of accomplishment when we win. For the most part, land-based and online casinos are the same. They offer the same great games, with the exact same rules of play. But the strategies involved don’t always translate from the physical to the digital realm. Best Casino Strategies that Don’t Work at Online Betting Sites The only discernible difference between live and online casino games is the use of RNG-based software. A lot of terrestrial casinos utilize electronic games these days, but over the internet, every game is governed by a random number generator (RNG) … 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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Gambling 101: Leave Your Emotions at the Door

Casino Gamer’s Guide: Emotions and gambling make a dangerous cocktail. Responsibility is the biggest and often hardest lesson to be learned by casino goers, especially as a fledgling gambler. The first time you walk into a casino can be an afflating experience. So many emotions flow through you at once. Excitement, anxiety, elation, intimidation – and that’s before you ever place you first bet. Once the money starts flowing, outward or back your way – the real emotional instability can set in. If Lady Luck chooses to grace your shoulder, even for a few moments, you can become inflated by greed. You may think the games are easy to win; that downswings are just temporary misfortunes that can be overcome by perseverance. Ask any gambling addict if that’s true or not. The answer is a resounding no. They, above all others, know that… Emotions and Gambling Mix a Dangerous Cocktail … 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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Tiki Vikings Online Slot Defies Logic, Pays Dividends

Slots makers Microgaming and JFTW deliver a clash of themes in Tiki Vikings Slot. Some things go great together – peanut butter and jelly, ice cream and chocolate syrup, coffee and cinnamon rolls, Barney and Betty Rubble. Other things, well, not so much – milk and lemon juice, strawberries and mustard, water and circuit boards. But sometimes, things a clash of logical pairings may be just what the doctor ordered. In terms of digital slot machines, let’s face it – thematically speaking, everything that can be done, has been done. Or has it? All logical themes have been covered, sure, but what about the less logical variety? The idea of basing new games on a purposeful clash of themes opens the doors wide for a whole new barrage of never imagined online slots themes. Who better to tap into this volatile new concept than Microgaming‘s exclusive content partners at Just … 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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Deliberating the Proposed Ban on Credit Cards at Internet Casinos

iGaming credit card ban a fix for problem gambling, or just an inconvenience? In the last two weeks, the iGaming headlines have been alight with news that some remote gambling jurisdictions may institute a ban on credit cards at internet casinos. First, the UK announced it was organizing a study to look into the matter. Then, the very next week, New Zealand‘s gaming regulators proposed a ban on credit card gambling deposits. The fact that the UK is even considering it is, of course, going to raise a red flag for all responsible gaming jurisdictions. The UK operates is the world’s most functional and successful iGaming market, setting a high bar for others to follow. The topic we aim to deliberate on today is not whether such a ban will or will not be imposed, but rather… Can an iGaming Credit Card Ban Fix Problem Gambling? New Zealand’s Department of … 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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