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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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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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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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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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iGaming in Canada: BC Gambling Laws in 2020

Legal Betting FAQ: British Columbia gambling online & on land in 2020. British Columbia is known for a lot of things, but none so much as the beauty of its diverse landscape. An abundance of national parks and other natural tourist attractions include the famous ski resorts of Whistler, featuring the iconic Inukshuk Statue atop Whistler Mountain (right). It is one of many such statues, derived from Inuit culture, built atop the world’s highest mountain peaks, often sought out by adventurers for their unique photo opportunities. Beyond tourism, much of B.C.’s economic structure is built upon construction, manufacturing and a copiousness amount of natural resources. These features have contributed to a strong economy in the province, which translates to a substantial degree of pastime expenditures among the locals; many of which are keen on the entertainment value of the multitude of gambling activities regulated within the province. Residents of British … Continue reading

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Can New Age Slots Hold 20-Somethings’ Attention?

ICE 2020 unveils new attempts at attracting a younger generation of gamblers to new age “slot machines”. For more than a decade now, gambling businesses have been suffering an industrial crisis. For the first time in over a century, they are having a really hard time attracting the youngest generation of gambling-aged adults to casinos. Those who do come are not impressed with slot machines, and it’s threatening to bite an enormous amount of revenue out of the market. The Millennial generation just isn’t interested in staring blankly at a game while myriad symbols dance down the screen; maybe awarding a prize, maybe not. They find slot machines boring, monotonous, and quite frankly, pointless. They are more likely to enjoy table games – especially card games – where at least some degree of interaction exists. But even these aren’t grabbing their attention for long. The problem for casinos is that … Continue reading

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Gambling Laws Manitoba Online and On Land

Legal Betting FAQ: Manitoba online casino and land-based gambling laws in 2020. Manitoba is one of Canada’s most unique provinces. The central most among them, its landscape is the most diverse in the country, stretching from its southern border with the US, where the bustling capital city plays host to NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and Valour FC, to its northern oceanic coastline, where the town of Churchill has rightfully earned the nickname, ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’. Due to its diversity in both climate and landscape, natural resources are among Manitoba’s most important domestic products. From forestry to mining, to drilling for oil, the land of the Glorious and Free is brimming with hard workers who take the enjoyment of their pastime activities seriously. One such pastime popular in the Keystone Province is gambling, but it’s not so readily available as it is in some other parts of Canada. Manitoba … 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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Layman’s Guide to Alberta Gambling Laws Online and On Land

Legal Betting FAQ: Land-based and online gambling laws in Alberta, Canada. The province of Alberta is truly an amazing place. Its majestic landscape is beautiful all year round. It is especially famous for its eclectic range of festivals, hosting everything from the Edmonton Fringe Festival (the world’s second largest), to Canada’s largest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede (right), dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. With petroleum, agriculture, and technology leading Alberta’s industrial engine, the province boasts one of the world’s strongest economies. Residents seek out a range of entertainment that is as diverse as the region’s culture. Gambling is a pastime enjoyed by many, whether it’s a night at the poker table, a session at the slot machines, or a day at the track. Unlike some of their neighboring provinces, Alberta does not regulate as many forms of betting. Online gambling, for instance, is not provided by the local government, … Continue reading

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