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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 welcomes American Slots from Gameburger

Microgaming inks exclusivity contract with all new Gameburger Studios. Earlier this week, Microgaming hailed the launch of Relic Seekers, a new fantasy adventure online slot machine from their exclusive content partners at Pulse 8 Studios. What sets that digital gaming lab apart from many of their others partners is its predilection and aptitude for building Asian themed games. Why this seemingly irrelevant detail stands out so much to me is that just one day later, Microgaming was lauding a new exclusivity contract with a very different kind of iGaming software company, Gameburger Studios. This latest partner is a perfect parallel, with a team that focuses its energy primarily on the development of distinctly American slots games. With diversity and rapid expansion being prominent goals for the owners of the Quickfire portfolio, I’d say Microgaming is doing a rather fantastic job lately. In fact, I think they’d got this business figured … Continue reading

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Flash Casinos to Disappear by Late 2020

Gone in a Flash: HTML5 open web tech to power 100% iGaming in 2020. Anyone who’s browsed the web for ten years or more should be well aware of the impact Flash technology has had on the computer-verse. In the 1990s, it gave birth to a whole new realm of possibilities. Everything from animated graphics, to in-browser video games, to entire websites were built in Flash; all powered by the universal Adobe Flash plug-in. In 2017, Adobe announced an “end of life” for Flash to come in late 2020. At that point, updates to the multimedia software project were abandoned. In response, Google Chrome developers turned off Flash and disabled the ‘ask to run‘ option by default. Anyone wishing to run Flash, or even get a message asking to run it, would have to enable it manually in their browser – not just once, but every browsing session. Some called … 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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Is Will Hill Seeking Renewed M&A Courtship with Caesars?

Caesars Entertainment fails in €3bn bid to takeover UK sportsbook William Hill. The gambling industry, both online and on land, has been a volatile one of late. It’s incredibly lucrative, don’t get me wrong, but competition is so fierce, no one is safe. Caesars Entertainment and William Hill are among the most recognized casino and sportsbook brands in the world, yet both have experienced more than their fair share of hardship in recent years. Caesars just emerged from bankruptcy in late 2017. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn upped his stake in the company to 17.75% earlier this year, giving him majority influence. His first and foremost recommendation has for Caesars to seek out serious M&A offers. And wouldn’t you know, William Hill’s been down on its luck – why not start there? Caesars Attempts €3bn Takeover of UK Sportsbook William Hill According to a recent report in The Sunday Times, negotiations … Continue reading

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Close-Up: New Viking Voyage Slot from Betsoft

Betsoft takes to the high seas in the new Viking Voyage 3D online slot. Viking themed online slots games are all the rage these days. Every software company has one – if not far more than one – in its portfolio. Betsoft released its first, Viking Age, back in 2012. After seven long years, it was time for a new addition. Enter stage right – the all new Viking Voyage Slot. There’s no real plot behind the game. It doesn’t offer the immersion or enthrallment of major story-based titles, like Gonzo’s Quest or Jack and the Beanstalk from NetEnt, nor does it provide the unparalleled munificence of progressive jackpot games like the Mega Moolah network from Microgaming. What it does offer is comically cartoon-style 3D graphics and a unique Buy Feature option that gets cheaper as the game goes on. Viking Voyage 3D Online Slot Review Viking Voyage is a … Continue reading

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Great Canadian Gaming sells Great American Casinos

GCG pins focus on Canada, sells Washington casinos for $56 million. Established in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) has long since strived to be just that – Canada’s greatest gaming corporation. More than two dozen casinos later, GCG accomplished that goal long ago, now standing tall alongside Gateway Casinos & Entertainment as the only dominant commercial casino competitors in the Great White North. What many visitors of their multitude of properties across British Columbia, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces may not realize is that, despite its region-bearing name, Great Canadian Gaming also operates a few gambling establishments to the south. That’s because the company launched those operations under a subsidiary branch, aptly titled Great American Casinos (GAC). After shutting down one of those operations less than two years ago, the Coquitlam-based corporation has decided its American investments are no longer worthy of pursuit. The latest financial headlines indicate GCG is … Continue reading

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NetEnt Launches Avian Super Hero Slot Wild Worlds

NetEnt goes Super Fly! Players now enjoying the fine-feathered features of Wild Worlds Slot. What do you get when you combine the powerful elements of super heroes with a flock of fine-feathered friends from the future? One “super fly” video slot, that’s what! NetEnt has done just that in its latest online slot machine, Wild Worlds. The game boasts an industry average RTP of 96.47%, a medium variance, and a host of fortune-finding features. Our avian super hero friends take to the reels in vibrant colors to defeat the villains of a futuristic world, where wilds, scatters, boss fights, and payouts of up to 1,000,000 coins await! Wild Worlds Slot by NetEnt This is a rather unique game in several ways. Right off the bat, players will notice only half of the screen contains the game’s 5×5 reel grid. Those symbols include 6 standard symbols in three colors; pink, green … Continue reading

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Problem Gambling groups Concerned by Expansion of Canada Casinos

New Ontario Casinos don’t sit well with problem gambling prevention crews. Every time the public is met with the prospect of new Canada casinos coming to their communities, months of widespread debate ensues. The usual issues always come up. On the positive side, they will elevate the economy and create jobs. On the negative, there’s the social impact and increased traffic. These are all very common arguments, and as we’ve learned over the many years, the supporters usually win the debate in the end. It doesn’t hurt that the corporation proposing the casino generally has community leaders and provincial regulators on their side. But in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, there’s a more interesting argument brewing. Too Few Counsellors to Support New Ontario Casinos Earlier this month, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment proposed a preliminary plan to build a new Cascades-branded casino in Chatham-Kent. Community leaders are on board with the … Continue reading

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