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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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Facts & Figures: Ontario Gambling Laws 2020

Legal Betting FAQ: Terrestrial and online gambling laws of Ontario in 2020. Ontario is perhaps the most famous of all provinces in Canada. It is certainly the most populated of them all, home to 38% of the nation’s total population, and the second largest by area. Its capital of Toronto hosts an impressive collection of professional sports teams, including the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors, and MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays. Ontario has a bustling economy, driven largely by manufacturing and natural resources. Tourism is another major economic driver, greatly spurred by the presence of the majestic Niagara Falls. Residents of the province tend to visit the area more than one might think necessary; not to see the famous Horseshoe so much as to visit the multitude of local attractions. These include a pair of world-class, integrated commercial casino resorts. Tourists are drawn to these, as are the locals … 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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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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Toronto iGaming: PlayOLG vs. Royal Vegas?

Comparing two of the top Toronto online casino sites, PlayOLG and Royal Vegas. As Canadians, we live in one of the world’s most beneficially liberal countries. The freedom of the people takes precedence above all else. We have freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of association, etc. In many things, we are given the freedom of choice, including – unlike so many other jurisdictions – the freedom to choose where we gamble online. In Ontario, players have access to a home-grown and locally regulated iGaming website known as PlayOLG.com. It is a ring-fenced gaming site, meaning it is only available to adult-age residents of Ontario, Canada. But we are not limited to playing here. We can safely and legally access any of the world’s reputable, internationally regulated iGaming sites. Comparison of Top Toronto Online Casino Sites Today’s goal is to compare PlayOLG with one of the international market’s most … Continue reading

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Online Casino Bonuses with Low Playthrough

Online casino low playthrough bonus offers: How low is low? Almost every promotion in the world looks great on a banner. It’s not until you read the fine print that you find out whether it’s really a good deal or not. Leasing a brand new vehicle with no down payment and a cheap monthly rate seems great, until you find out about all the fees, like security deposit, acquisition fee, doc fee, excess wear fee, disposition fee, excess mileage fee, lease-swap fee, gap insurance, I could go on and on… Online casino bonuses are similar. Matching a deposit dollar for dollar up to, say, $400, is a great deal. But the fine print can include intensive wagering requirements, or playthrough, game restrictions, withdrawal limitations, and other unsavory demands. Most of the common requisites are understandable. After all, casinos aren’t in the business of giving away money. But what most people … Continue reading

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Canada Online Betting, Then and Now

Online Betting Canada: A factual recollection of lawful iGaming. In some ways, it’s surprising just how much online gambling has evolved throughout the world. Far more surprising, however, is the rapid evolution of digital technology. Just look how far we’ve come in the last 30 years. When I was a kid, nascent video gaming consoles were all the rage. I still remember unwrapping my first Nintendo Entertainment System. Not the Super Nintendo. Not the Nintendo 64, or today’s Nintendo 3DS, Wii U or Switch editions. I’m talking about the original NES that came with the original Super Mario Brothers / Duck Hunt cartridge combo, and that laser gun that made every small child wonder how pointing it at a TV worked to shoot down animated ducks. More gaming consoles arrived, followed by computers small enough to put on a desk, and then, the granddaddy of them all – the information … Continue reading

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