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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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Online Casino Games vs. Sports Betting

How does gambling for real money at an online casino compare to betting on sports? Ask any given group of 100 avid, educated gamblers what type of gambling is best, and you’ll get a wide range of responses. That’s because every gambler, no matter how experienced they are in wagering, is built differently. A lot of people like casino games like slot machines or blackjack best. Others prefer betting on sporting events, playing poker, or just buying a plain old lottery ticket. Today we’re going to compare the two most popular varieties of gaming found online – sports betting and casino gambling. They both have their similarities, but far more differences between them. Which is better? Well, that’s for you to decide. We’re just here to help you make the right decision for you. Online Casino Games & Sports Betting Similarities The most obvious aspect casinos and sportsbooks have in … Continue reading

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Will Seneca Casino Become Hotspot for Canada Sports Wagers?

New York tribe’s rare opportunity to provide legal sports betting for Canadians. The Seneca Tribe of Upstate New York has been given a very unique opportunity. Located a stone’s throw across the border from Canadian soil, the Seneca Niagara Resort Casino could soon become the closest legal option for Canada sports wagers, thanks to the recent passage of a bill legalizing sports betting in the state. So far, the tribe doesn’t seem to interested in the option, but there’s good reason to suspect that, deep down and behind closed doors, they’re grinning like kids in a candy store. After all, Canadians have long expressed their desire for a legal single-event sports betting product in their home country. With local legislative efforts stalling for years, this could be catalyst that sends more Canadians across the border than ever before. New York to Offer Closest Thing to Legal Sports Betting for Canadians … 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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UKGC Investigating Ladbrokes Sportsbook… Again!?

UK regulator to probe Ladbrokes Sports over promotional player profiling? The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been on the warpath for well over a year now, seeking out any remote gaming operator that may be in violation of the region’s strict online gambling regulations. If the UKGC gets wind of inappropriate behavior, it will investigate, and if non-complaince is discovered, the result could be anything from a hefty fine to revocation of the company’s operating license. Stripping a license seems like an empty threat at this point, seeing as how the UKGC has never gone so far as to even temporarily suspend a license, regardless of the severity of any violation. These operators are their bread and butter, after all. Why eliminate your revenue source when you could fine it up to 7-figures? But I digress… According to the most recent reports, one of the British gaming regulators’ largest repeat … Continue reading

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NJ Lobbies for Higher Penalties as PokerStars Pays $10k Fine

NJDGE fines PokerStars $10k for accepting illegal sports bets. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) has spent the last six years regulating the most successful online gambling market in the United States. There have been ups and downs. There have been mistakes made, problems realized, and solutions conceived. Is this not to be expected when pioneering any market of such a volatile nature? One thing gaming regulators in the Garden State have learned in recent times is that the penalties for non-compliance could have – nay, should have – been set a lot higher. That was the sentiment coming out of NJDGE offices last week when it was announced that one of their most prominent licensed operators had been fined just $10,000 for violating the state’s strict sports gambling laws. PokerStars Fined $10k for Accepting Illegal Sports Bets On April 12, 2019, David L. Rebuck, Director of the … Continue reading

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MGA Orders 4 Online Gaming Licensees to Cease Operations

The Maltese Gaming Authority promised it would protect online gamblers with a heavy hand, and is proving it means business. In seven days, the regulator revoked or suspended four online gambling licenses, ordering the owners to “cease operations immediately”. After decades of circumspect behavior in the global iGaming industry, a few regulatory bodies are taking the protection of players more serious than ever before. If you’ve followed internet gaming news at all in the last few years, you probably guessed the UK is one of them. The other is the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA); the only other international regulatory body to mimic the UK’s bar-setting example so closely. After thoroughly revamping its remote betting guidelines last year, the MGA promised its plethora of licensees that they mean business. Operators received plenty of notice as to what would and would not be acceptable practices come 2019. It was a classic case … Continue reading

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What to Expect from 2019 Prague Gaming Summit

Online gaming industry’s top topics of interest at Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Two weeks ago, ICE Totally Gaming, the online gambling industry’s most prestigious, must-attend trade show wrapped up in London. Less than three weeks from now, the majority of that event’s attending delegates will be on their way to the Czech Republic for one of Europe’s most important information sharing and networking conferences, Prague Gaming Summit 2019. Now in its third rendition, PGS3 will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Vienna House Andel’s Prague. It’s a single-day event, but one that’s packed with panel discussions and activities. Online Gaming Industry’s Top Topics of Interest at PGS3 From 9:00am to 5:00pm, attendees will be bombarded with information imperative to the continued growth of the global online and mobile gambling market. Many of the industry’s most challenging issues are on the agenda. Before, after, and a few times in … Continue reading

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Sportsbook Refunds Bets on Saints NFC Championship Loss

Saints bettors find online sportsbook more fair than NFL referees. On Sunday, January 20, 2019, American football history was written, just as it is every year around this time. That was the day the NFC and AFC Championship games played out. The winners of each would go on to compete in Super Bowl LIII on February 3. By the time the clock the struck midnight, all had been decided. The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to claim the AFC Championship title, while the Los Angeles Rams overcame the New Orleans Saints to win the NFC Championship. The Patriots earned their third consecutive appearance in the Super Bowl, and the Rams will join them, making their first appearance since 2002, when they lost to—guess who?—the New England Patriots. But the history books won’t be so cut and dry for the 2018-19 season. There are many who question whether … Continue reading

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