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The Foreseeable Future of Canada’s iGaming Frontier

Are mobile live casinos the final frontier for gambling in Canada? There’s no denying that gambling is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. Not for the gamblers, mind you, but for the owners and operators of gambling establishments; casinos, card rooms, bingo halls, race tracks, sports books, etc. Billions of dollars pass through Canada’s commercial casinos every year, and it’s been this way since the activity was legalized so many decades ago. Yes, gambling is one of the country’s most popular pastimes. With the national GDP on a steady incline, the amount of money we spend on this unique form of entertainment is sure to continue rising as well. How we partake in it, however, has been evolving since the dawn of the internet, so much so that the question of stability in the land-based gambling industry is questionable, at best. Are Mobile Live Casinos the Final … Continue reading

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US DOJ Aims to Reverse Online Gambling Laws, Again

US DOJ files appeal to include all internet gambling activities in Wire Act. To the surprise of no one with any knowledge of the situation, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) is still donning their summer flip-flops. Following a sorted history that goes back more than a decade, the federal administration is hoping to see the definitions with in the Wire Act of 1961 altered to include all forms of online gambling. At present – as it has for the last 8 years – the Wire Act makes it illegal to offer sports betting over any type of telecommunication service, including the internet. Such activities can only be offered, where legally regulated, at a licensed retail sportsbook. Since the reversal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) earlier this year, sports wagering is being legalized and regulated in more and more US states, which seems to be drawing … Continue reading

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Can You Really Win Free Money Gambling Online?

The Fine Print: How to win free cash at online casinos and poker rooms. For nearly two decades, online gambling sites have been luring players with promotions that promise a chance to win money without investing a single dollar. Do these promotions actually exist? Can you really win free money gambling online? Yes and no… It’s true that online casinos offer free credits to play with. It’s also true that free poker tournaments are available to non-depositing players. But there’s fine print involved in all of them, and if players aren’t familiar with the context of those terms, they could be disappointed, if not irate, before it comes time to collect on any winnings. Can You Really Win Free Cash at Online Casinos? The short answer is yes, and here’s why. If you take advantage of a no-deposit bonus – they are getting more and more rare these days, but … Continue reading

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How Professional Gamblers Justify Wins & Losses

Gambling Terminology: Difference between Luck, Variance and Skill If you’ve ever known a professional gambler, the following content should be extremely familiar. If you happen to be a pro poker or blackjack player, you may recognize some of these traits in yourself. I’m talking about the way gamblers use certain terms, as opposed to the way a dictionary would define them. Three of the most common misinterpretations revolve around the words luck, variance and skill. It’s not that gambling pros don’t know what these words mean. It’s that they don’t always label relative situations accurately. Gambling Terminology: Luck, Variance, Skill Let’s take a close-up look at each of these terms, and what they mean to casual and professional gamblers. Luck success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. When the average player thinks of luck in gambling, they might think about winning a slot machine … Continue reading

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GVC Encouraging Cultural ‘Change for the Bettor’

UK firm GVC Holdings champions greater responsibility in online gambling. Does the name GVC Holdings PLC ring a bell? Unless you’re an industry insider or major player (i.e. high roller) in the iGaming market, it may mean nothing to you. However, some of its operations may sound familiar. How about Bwin, PartyPoker, Ladbrokes or SportingBet? Maybe Coral, Gala Casino or Foxy Bingo? These are just some of the major iGaming brands under the expansive wing of GVC. The UK-based firm is one of the largest online gambling companies in the world. They didn’t get their by ignoring their customers, or the higher powers that enforce strict regulations upon each of their operations. As the company grew over the years, it’s evolved into one of the most respected names in the global market in terms of business and customer responsibility. On Wednesday, GVC issued a press release announcing greater commitment to … Continue reading

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Alberta seeks a Slice of Online Gambling Pie

Will Alberta be Next Province to join the Canada Online Gambling Market? It’s January—a month that calls for inherent introspect and change. We all do it. Many of us vow to eat healthier, get more exercise, or work towards a better position of employment. Resolutions aren’t just for individuals, though,. The province of Alberta, Canada is looking to make some constructive changes, too, promoting the salubrity of its gaming revenue. For a while now, Alberta’s government has shown interest in the provincial regulation of online gambling. Up until recently, interest is all it was. Now, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) is taking steps to get the ball rolling. If successful, Saskatchewan would be the only province in Canada that does not offer any form of internet-based gambling (lottery, casino, poker, sports, racing, etc.) AGLC Seeks Partner for Online Gambling To be successful in today’s modern age of business, it … Continue reading

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DOJ taking Another Look at US Online Gambling Laws

Are US and Canada to become the doppelgangers of online gambling regulation? The way US and Canada online gambling laws stand now, there are many similarities, with a few important contrasts. But there are waves rising in the waters on both sides of the 49th parallel that could bring them closer to egalitarianism than ever before. According to the Associated Press, the US Department of Justice is rethinking its opinion towards cross-border player pooling between states where online gambling is lawfully regulated. At the same time, an argument for the legalization of single-event sports betting is brewing in Canada. Major Similarities Between US and Canada Online Gambling Laws There’s a lot these neighboring nations have in common when it comes to internet gambling. The most critical is the way their federal governments pass responsibility off to their subdivision of jurisdictions. In the US, the federal government decides what forms of … Continue reading

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Slovakia Starts New Year with Online Gaming Regulation

Then Slovakia jumped out ahead of the Canada online gambling market… For years, I’ve been pondering the future of Canada’s mish-mash online casino laws. Some provinces offer internet gambling, some do not. Those who do monopolize the industry, claiming to be the only legal source, and yet players can access international operators with no legal threat of repercussions. It creates a confusing situation for Canadian iGamers, and prevents our government from collecting the millions in revenue that forward-thinking jurisdictions have been wrangling for years. Over the last decade, I’ve twice predicted our government would take the regulatory plunge, in one direction or another. Both times, I was wrong. We have not made the more likely (and unfavorable) move to outlaw international gaming sites, nor have we taken the more lucrative (and preferable) option to offer licenses to international iGaming operators. Today, my disappointment rings louder than ever as I solemnly … Continue reading

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PokerStars Drops $280k Countersuit against Gordon Vayo

Online Poker showdown between PokerStars and Gordon Vayo comes to quiet, uneventful end. For the last year and a half, PokerStars and online pro Gordon Vayo have been embroiled in a heated debate that escalated from accusatory emails, to the US District Court of California. Today, the dust is settling as both parties have officially withdrawn their lawsuits against one another. Vayo originally accused PokerStars of wrongly refusing to pay his $692,460 prize in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). PokerStars argued he used a VPN to spoof a location in Canada, when he was really playing illegally from California, forfeiting his position in the tournament. Online Poker Showdown Flares, Fizzles and Fades Vayo sued PokerStars for the near $700k owed to him, then immediately dropped his lawsuit when evidence emerged that he’d forged documents in an effort to prove his case. PokerStars countersued Vayo for $280,000 in … Continue reading

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Profitability of Fortune Pai Gow Poker Live and Online

Evaluation of the Fortune Bonus side bet in Pai Gow Poker. Casino games come in all shapes, sizes and profitability levels. You have your common games that everyone is familiar with, like blackjack, roulette and slot machines. Then you have your niche-player games that only certain players tend to gravitate to. Fortune Pai Gow Poker is one of the latter. Fortune Pai Gow Poker is a descendant of two other traditional gambling games. Pai Gow is the ancient Chinese version, played with tiles. Pai Gow Poker is the North American version, utilizing playing cards. The addition of the word ‘Fortune‘ in the title refers to an optional side bet that can pay as much as $8,000 for a $1 bet. Fortune Bonus Side Bet in Pai Gow Poker If there’s one thing that’s true of every side bet (a.k.a. proposition bet) in the gambling world, it’s that they’re all sucker … Continue reading

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