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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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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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Join Pragmatic Play for The Great Chicken Escape of 2019!

Look at all those chickens! A platoon of poultry flees the coop in all new slots from Pragmatic Play. Rest assured, if there’s a slot machine on the market themed around a farm or ranch, it’s either got sexy young ranch hands as the main character(s), or the design team was aiming for comedic gold. I’m more of a fan of the latter myself, which is why I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the newest online slots release from Pragmatic Play. The Great Chicken Escape Slot hit the virtual casino market in the last week of August, featuring a courageous cavalry of plotting poultry intent on fleeing their coop. Jam packed with bonus features and fine-feathered mayhem, this slot has all the potential for humorous entertainment as players spin the reels in hopes of unleashing inimitable wealth. “We are delighted to release our latest thrilling slot, The Great … Continue reading

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A Week of Giant Jackpot Wins at Casinos Online

8 Days, $8 Million: The world’s biggest online slot jackpots shed their wealth. Progressive online slot machines have the unique ability to make millionaires out of people all over the world. Players from Canada, to Germany, to Sweden, South Africa, and Brazil, could all win the same illusive jackpot. Knowledge of this multi-cultural availability is one of the main factors in the value of online slot jackpots rising so quickly. Virtually anyone can win it, and everyone knows it. Headlines relaying the immense fortune of one player or another are nothing new. However, it’s not often three of the iGaming industry’s most lucrative progressives strike within a week of one another. It’s not unheard of, either. In fact, it just happened, when the mighty Mega Moolah, Jackpot Giant and Age of the Gods all struck between Thursday, August 29, and the following Thursday, September 5. World’s Biggest Online Slots Jackpots … 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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Pariplay Weaves its Magic in Mystic Manor Slots

Mystic Manor, the enchanting new slots game from Pariplay Ltd. If magical mysteries pique your interest, and slot machines draw your adventurous coin, you’ll surely be intrigued by Pariplay‘s latest creation. I’m talking about the new Mystic Manor Slot that went live at the studio’s associate online casinos on August 15, 2019. Within the ancient walls of a centuries old mansion lies untold mysteries and unimaginable wealth. Observe the delicate texts from the waning flame of glinting candle light. Discover the hidden location of gilded keys, capable of unlocking chests that overflow with timeless coins of shimmering gold. Will you survive the curious depths of Mystic Manor? Richard Mintz, Director of Commerce and Marketing for Pariplay, says Mystic Manor was “conceived for both mystery and adventure lovers”. Their latest creation “allows players to experience a game packed with fresh and progressive gameplay features,” such as random wilds, wild swap, reel … 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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Microgaming Progressive Jackpots are On a Roll in August!

Mega Moolah and Major Millions progressive jackpots strike back to back. The progressive jackpot network is really heating up at Microgaming powered online casinos this month! According to the latest reports, the digital gaming software firm’s two largest jackpot games, the Mega Moolah and Major Millions, both released their bountiful treasures within a day of each other. The Mega Moolah struck first, delivering a slightly above average payout of $5.96 million on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The very next day, Major Millions paid out $1.87 million. Not a bad haul for either of these lucky players, if you ask me! Mega Moolah Pays Out $5,956,662 This latest jackpot release marks the phenomenal fifty-seventh mega jackpot release in the history of Microgaming’s most famous ‘Millionaire Maker‘. No word yet on who the lucky winner is, or which online casino was responsible for the big win, but the strike has been confirmed … Continue reading

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