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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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Canadian Tax Man Coming for Casino Tips

Gambling winnings not taxable in Canada; casino tips are, agrees appellate court. If you’ve ever worked in the hospitality industry, you know how important tips are to your overall income. Whether you’re a part-time waitress or a hotel bellhop pulling minimum wage, or a fancy sommelier at a celebrity chef restaurant, tips tend to make up a notable portion of your income. No matter how much you earn in gratuities, they do count as income, and therefore must be claimed as such when filing taxes. Cheng Xai, a long-time slot machine attendant at BC, Canada’s Grand Villa Casino, is well aware of that. Yet, he failed to report a rather significant amount of tips on his taxes in 2011 and 2012. The Canada Revenue Agency wasn’t too happy about it, but Xai, who happens to have a rather unique background in tax law, was confident in his right to keep … 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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Canada a Leader in Gaming Technology Innovation

CGA explicates Canada’s forefront position in gaming innovation. For many, many years, Canada has enjoyed a healthy revenue stream from multiple gaming verticals. From centuries old horse racing, to Olympic-funding lotteries, to some of the world’s most respected land-based and online casino operations, Canada is a clear leader in the global gaming industry. The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has long applauded the collective efforts of the nation’s vested interests. Canada’s gaming market doesn’t just survive, it thrives; not by treading upon the footsteps of innovating pioneers, but by leaving its own footsteps for others to follow. CGA Explicates Canada’s Forefront Position in Gaming Innovation Technology is at the epicenter of almost every major modern industry. It is the reason you’re viewing this text on a back-lit screen, as opposed to a magazine, book or loose sheet of paper. Technology is all around us, and it’s had a substantial impact on … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Game of Thrones Power Stacks Slot

Microgaming to build new Game of Thrones Slot in 2020. Millions of people fell in love with the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Many of those same fans were equally enthralled by Microgaming’s 2014 dual-editions of Game of Thrones Online Slots. Those games, published in 15 line and 243 ways editions, were the result of a contract with HBO that gave the digital games developer exclusive rights to build the branded slot content. Now, it’s been confirmed that another branded game is in the making. Microgaming announced this morning that they’ve extended their contract with HBO. Another license-branded Game of Thrones slot machine is in the works, earmarked for launch sometime later this year. The newest version is currently being marketed as the Game of Thrones Power Stacks Slot. New Game of Thrones Slot 2020 Today’s press release confirms that the newest edition will feature a number of the … 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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Masse Hopes for Legal Sports Movement Next Week

Internet Gambling Canada: A “lose-lose position” without legal sports betting. It’s been nearly a decade since political figureheads began the push for legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada. In the early days, there was little more than a hope and a prayer. The required legislation was, at first, unanimously applauded, only to lose favor beyond the house, dying a slow and miserable death. Another push began a few years later, but was largely ignored. It wasn’t until our neighbors to the south amended their laws that more Canadians began to take notice. Now, with legal sports betting spreading at a rapid pace across US states, the need to legalize single-event betting in the Great White North is finally being seen as an issue worthy of intense debate. One of its most adamant supporters over the years, NDP MP Brian Masse, says the first real movement could feasibly happen as … 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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