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This Week in Online Gambling: April Ends with a Bang

iGaming News: Match-fixing locks, IP blocks and mega slot jackpots. Every week, some extraordinary story comes out of the online gambling industry. Some athlete gets in trouble for fixing a match violations. A regulator alters the state of iGaming laws. The world’s luckiest gambler strikes it rich to the tune of a 7-figure jackpot prize. Yes, these stories aren’t all that uncommon. But when they all happen within the course of a few days – that’s headline worthy! Cricketer Slapped with 3-Yr Lock-Out for PCB Violation To start the week, 29-year old batsman Umar Akmel of Pakistan was issued a three-year ban from all cricket games. The retroactive lock-out dates back to February 20 of this year, when Akmal was found guilty of violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code; specifically Article 2.4.4, relating to failure to report being approached about the match fixing. To be clear, Akmal is not … Continue reading

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CA Lotteries get Creative to Entertain Bettors

Canada’s lotteries keeping players interested with alternative sports bets and greater incentives. All over the world, businesses are suffering. Many have shut down, while others are forced to accept the minimal revenue they’re still pulling in. Canadian lottery corporations are operating at a mere fraction of their previous capacity. All retail sales are suspended until further notice, but online sales remain active. That’s good news for the provincial governments who rely heavily on gambling revenue to supplement their budgets, but bad news when you consider at least 75% all gambling revenue came from land-based sales, video lotteries and casinos. The news gets worse when you calculate in sports lotteries that drew the vast majority of their revenue from North American and European sporting events. Every major athletic sports league on the planet has suspended activities until further notice. There are no NBA basketball games, no MLB baseball games, no MLS … Continue reading

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LeoVegas Casino to save $12M/yr in Software Migration

LeoVegas migrates 12 casino software brands over to its proprietary platform. A lot of people are working from home these days. For some companies, the transition has been difficult. For others, they continue to thrive. The heads of LeoVegas Casino actually found this to be a perfect time for some much needed in-house remodeling. The tasked their at-home employees with integrating 12 independent software brands into their proprietary platform. The move is projected to save the company $12 million per year. LeoVegas is one of the UK’s most recognized online casino platforms. It’s not just famous for its widely marketed lion, but its seemingly endless plethora of games, made available by the company’s large-scale approach to licensing every virtual casino software studio under the sun. It’s a great tactic for attracting players who appreciate variety, but also an expensive one, as each software licensing contract comes with an intermittent licensing … Continue reading

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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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