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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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Gambling 101: Leave Your Emotions at the Door

Casino Gamer’s Guide: Emotions and gambling make a dangerous cocktail. Responsibility is the biggest and often hardest lesson to be learned by casino goers, especially as a fledgling gambler. The first time you walk into a casino can be an afflating experience. So many emotions flow through you at once. Excitement, anxiety, elation, intimidation – and that’s before you ever place you first bet. Once the money starts flowing, outward or back your way – the real emotional instability can set in. If Lady Luck chooses to grace your shoulder, even for a few moments, you can become inflated by greed. You may think the games are easy to win; that downswings are just temporary misfortunes that can be overcome by perseverance. Ask any gambling addict if that’s true or not. The answer is a resounding no. They, above all others, know that… Emotions and Gambling Mix a Dangerous Cocktail … 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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Evolution Launches Live Side Bet City

Side Bet City live casino poker game new from Evolution. Evolution Gaming is at it again, expanding its world-leading live casino platform with yet another innovative new way to place a wager. They call it Live Side Bet City, and it’s based on your typical poker hand rankings, while making space for an unlimited number of players to join in. Instead of playing your own poker hand against other players or the casino, the dealer will set one hand of 7 cards face up on the table. Your job is to place a bet on the strength of those cards – the first three, the first five, and/or all seven. Or, the more pessimistic among you can bet against them all! Oh, and did I mention it’s set in the fabulously neon 1980s? Side Bet City Live Casino Poker Game Evolution Gaming built an all new studio segment where the … Continue reading

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3 Craziest Roulette Winners of All Time

The craziest winning roulette bets you probably shouldn’t mimic. I’ve seen some pretty wild wagers in my days. I might have even made a few, But none of them compare to the stories I’m going to share with you now. These are the tales of three very different men who took similarly huge risks at the roulette table. I’m not talking about billionaire businessmen who toss millions at the casino every year. I won’t regurgitate the story of Sean Connery’s 3-in-a-row, let-it-ride wins on black 17. Although considerably crazy roulette winners, players like that have nothing to fear from a loss. The guys I’m going to tell you about put everything on the line! Craziest Winning Roulette Bets of All Time Before I get into the details of these stories, please consider just how crazy these actions were. I do not recommend following in their footsteps! Unfortunately, many people have … 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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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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Canadian Poker Pro Jonathan Duhamel Tough as Nails

Nothing can stop Canadian pro and WSOP crusher Jonathan Duhamel. We’ve all heard stories of strong people who’ve overcome ridiculous odds. It happens in the poker world all the time. Every WSOP Championship bracelet ever awarded took guts, skill, and a survivalist instinct. But I don’t think any Main Event winner overcame so much as Canadian poker pro Jonathan Duhamel. Anyone who’s followed live poker for any length of time should recognize the name. Even if you weren’t up to date when Duhamel achieved his most memorable accomplishment, winning $8.9 million in the WSOP ME in 2010—the first Canadian poker player ever to do so—his imminent skill continues to make headlines each and every year. At just 30 years of age, he’s the second highest career earner on the Canadian all-time money list (#22 in the world) with $17.98 million banked. He’s now up to three WSOP bracelets, having won … Continue reading

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Understanding US & Canada Online Gambling Licenses

US & Canadian Internet Gambling Jurisdictions by Province / State As promised in a previous segment detailing National Online Gambling Licensing Jurisdictions, today’s edition will cover more locally run regulatory bodies—specifically those in the states and provinces of the US and Canada—where online casino and/or poker games are locally operated. In these countries, the federal government has limited control over internet gambling laws. Both nations have decreed that gambling is not specifically legal or illegal, unless deemed so—one way or the other—by the state or province in which one resides. Therefore, the legality and regulation of internet gambling depends entirely upon where one lives in North America. We’ll give a brief run down of US and Canada online gambling licenses, where they exist, and what they permit. Important Note on Federal Gambling Laws United States: Unless otherwise legislated, online gambling is generally illegal in any US state where the activity … Continue reading

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