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Playground Poker Club Announces Online Launch

Playground Poker Online: Canada’s best poker room teams with PartyPoker to launch online cash games. For the last decade, poker fans all across the country, and beyond, have looked to the Playground Poker Club as the top poker destination in all of Canada. Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, just outside of Montreal, Playground features a massive, 128,000 sq.ft. gaming floor featuring 75 poker tables, and of course some slot machines to offset the entertainment variety. In the last ten years, the property has played host to some of the largest poker events this side of the 49th parallel. Daily cash games and regular tournaments, WPT and WSOP events – it all happens right here. But that all came to a crashing halt on March 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., when the property closed its doors indefinitely to promote healthy social distancing. At first, it was a waiting game. How long before … Continue reading

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Pandemic Not a Boon for Online Gambling

Online gambling web traffic down 3% in March, 2020. In a world gone indoors, the internet has become the outdoor playground of a global population. People are accessing certain types of websites more than ever before. On the opposing end of that spectrum, some formerly popular digital industries are performing much more poorly. With entertainment being among the most highly sought resources during this pandemic, it was initially believed that online casinos, poker rooms, bingo sites, etc., would see a remarkable boost in traffic. As it turns out, iGaming is on the decline, but not by much. Online Gambling Web Traffic Down 3% in March According to information coming from researchers at Imperva, online gambling isn’t suffering the way its terrestrial cousin is. As land-based casinos see stock value falling an average of 50% per mega-corporation, internet casinos are still attracting a good number of customers. However, the state of … Continue reading

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OPSEU Speaks Out Against Ontario Casino Layoffs

Ontario casino workers union president outraged by OLG layoffs. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has been awfully busy in the last few years, diligently working to sustain worthy pay rates and health benefits for the thousands of casino workers in the province. It hasn’t been easy – not since the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) began implementing its “modernization” efforts a few years back. Multiple properties, from Casino Rama to Caesars Windsor, have been forced to go on strike to show the OLG and operating managers that they mean business. Now, just as it looked like things were starting to get back to some sense of mutually beneficial normalcy, a global pandemic has sent the entire world into a tailspin, and its threatening to send millions of Canadians – including thousands of Ontario’s casino staffers – to the unemployment lines. No one is arguing that businesses should … Continue reading

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GCG Leads Charge in Canada Casino Closures

Kudos to GCG for shutting down all Canadian casinos ahead of mandates. How many of you readers out there would agree that the casino industry is a greedy one? They provide an entertainment service, true, but their service draws customers based on the idea that they can win money. And yes, some can win, but many more will lose. That’s just how gambling it works. Poker rooms collect money from rake. Betting exchanges collect commission. Sportsbooks constantly slide the odds scale into their favor. No doubt there are a lot of people that consider gambling industry CEOs to be rich scoundrels who would do anything to make yet another buck. But at a time like this, when the world is under ghost-like attack from an invisible virus that threatens our existence as we know it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that one major casino corporation thought first and foremost … Continue reading

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Canada’s Easy Online Casino Safety Checklist

Online Gambling 101: Safe and secure casino gaming for all. In Canada and all over the world, online gambling isn’t what it used to be. The games, the technology, the legal environment – each of these elements have evolved, and continue to do so with each passing year. In the beginning, it wasn’t just the games players were taking risks on. Each user’s safety and security was a gamble. All of the available sites were new, making operator selection a proverbial toss of the dice. As the years went by, due diligence was the answer to player protection. We were directed to investigate every aspect of an online casino, and if every safety category was checked off, the operator could be trusted. It was a reliable method, but such a tedious pain in the you-know-what. Today, there are much easier ways to ensure the online casino you’re depositing with isn’t … Continue reading

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2020 Guide to Legal Gambling in Nova Scotia

Legal Betting FAQ: Terrestrial and online gambling laws Nova Scotia (2020). Nova Scotia is what you might call the pinky toe of Canada; a relatively tiny island off the eastern coast, but one that plays a very important role in balancing the nation’s economy. It is the world’s largest supplier of everything from lobster and wild berries, to gypsum and Christmas trees. Having an inordinately drastic ebbing of the tide, and also being situated so close to the mainland’s busiest ports, results in a rather disturbing situation wherein Nova Scotia is home to an incredible number of annual ship wrecks; a fact that explains why there are a brow-raising 41 lighthouses situated along its coastline. Aside from agriculture and fishing, the ‘Bluenose’ of Canada also harvests a good deal of its economic gain from tourism. Cruise ships docking in the ports of Halifax and Sydney contribute $1.3 billion to the … Continue reading

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Working the Craps Table: It’s a 4-Man Job

How many dealers run a craps table, and what do they all do? If you’ve ever observed the craps table in a casino from afar, you may have notice there are a lot of employees working the game. If you’ve played on a busy day, you may have an idea why it’s such a big job. Most table games are easy. Blackjack, baccarat, any card-based game really – they all require just one dealer. But you’ll find up to four employees working the craps table. Why so many, you ask? Because craps is not your ordinary game. There aren’t just 5-7 seats to accommodate players. Everyone stands, and with the standard-size 12-foot tables installed, craps can accommodate up to 16 players at once; 8 at each end. As one of the most emotionally driven games in the casinos, it takes some extra man-power to keep the craps table running smoothly. … Continue reading

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New UNLV Director Explains the Global Gaming Model

UNLV’s new gaming director prepares to help shape the future of the gambling industry worldwide. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is unlike any other college on the planet. Its location amidst the epicenter of gambling in the western hemisphere presents a unique opportunity to proffer education in some very distinct genres; things like hospitality, gambling math, and the legal aspect of gaming regulations. No one knows this better then Joe Bertolone, the new Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR) at UNLV. It’s not just his current role, but years’ worth of progressive occupational education that’s fine tuned his understanding of the school’s felicitous diversity. Taking the helm, his primary focus is ensuring regulatory framework can keep up with the pace of ever-evolving technology. Shaping the Future of the Global Gambling Industry The gambling industry is moving forward at a more rapid pace than ever before. … Continue reading

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iGaming in Canada: BC Gambling Laws in 2020

Legal Betting FAQ: British Columbia gambling online & on land in 2020. British Columbia is known for a lot of things, but none so much as the beauty of its diverse landscape. An abundance of national parks and other natural tourist attractions include the famous ski resorts of Whistler, featuring the iconic Inukshuk Statue atop Whistler Mountain (right). It is one of many such statues, derived from Inuit culture, built atop the world’s highest mountain peaks, often sought out by adventurers for their unique photo opportunities. Beyond tourism, much of B.C.’s economic structure is built upon construction, manufacturing and a copiousness amount of natural resources. These features have contributed to a strong economy in the province, which translates to a substantial degree of pastime expenditures among the locals; many of which are keen on the entertainment value of the multitude of gambling activities regulated within the province. Residents of British … Continue reading

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Gambling Laws Manitoba Online and On Land

Legal Betting FAQ: Manitoba online casino and land-based gambling laws in 2020. Manitoba is one of Canada’s most unique provinces. The central most among them, its landscape is the most diverse in the country, stretching from its southern border with the US, where the bustling capital city plays host to NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and Valour FC, to its northern oceanic coastline, where the town of Churchill has rightfully earned the nickname, ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Due to its diversity in both climate and landscape, natural resources are among Manitoba’s most important domestic products. From forestry to mining, to drilling for oil, the land of the Glorious and Free is brimming with hard workers who take the enjoyment of their pastime activities seriously. One such pastime popular in the Keystone Province is gambling, but it’s not so readily available as it is in some other parts of Canada. Manitoba … Continue reading

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