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ALC Vows to Launch NS, PEI Gambling Site

ALC’s New Brunswick Online Casino Coming to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island? The Atlantic Lottery Corp (ALC) is the appointed provincial gaming regulator for all of Canada east coast, serving New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. For nearly a decade decade, ALC relentlessly debated the need for greater online gambling regulation. Online lottery sales are all fine and good, but the regulator says it’s online casino games that are attracting Atlantic Canadian residents to wager with offshore websites. It wasn’t until the unforeseeable lockdown of 2020 that things really began to spiral out of control. International online casinos boomed as individuals sought more means of home-bound entertainment. That’s when ALC officials decided to quietly launch its first provincial online casino, available only in New Brunswick. Following that soft launch in August, ALC now hopes to launch a Nova Scotia and PEI gambling site. New … Continue reading

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New British Law Prevent to US Takeovers

UK enacts new law to slow US buyout of British online gambling brands. For more than fifteen years, North American’s largest gambling corporations cared little for their British colleagues. Big wigs like Caesars and MGM saw no benefit in the UK’s heavily restricted – and heavily taxed – online gambling industry. iGaming was largely prohibited in the US, and subject to provincial monopolies in Canada. But that business mindset has flip-flopped, spurred by the 2018 reversal of anti-sports betting laws in the US. Last year, coinciding with the rapidly spreading state-by-state regulation of sports betting in America, Caesars Entertainment saw immense value in William Hill, taking charge for the meager cost of £2.9bn. Similarly, Canada’s The Stars Group (formerly Amaya) negotiated the acquisition of SkyBet, followed by a merger with Flutter Entertainment (formerly Paddy Power Betfair). Just last week, MGM Resorts International made an $11 billion bid for Ential Plc, … Continue reading

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How to Play Book of Keno by Evoplay Entertainment

Learn to play the unique 36 ball keno game, Book of Keno, by Evoplay. As far as casino game variety goes, only certain types of games tend to get a make-over. Blackjack is a popular one. There are more versions of blackjack available today than there are casinos in Las Vegas, if you can believe that. A slight rule change here, a new side bet there. It doesn’t take much to create a ‘brand new’ game these days. One classic casino game that doesn’t get a lot of attention from innovators is keno. The creative minds at the eCOGRA licensed iGaming development studio, Evoplay Entertainment, thought it was about time Keno get a face lift. This led to the recent introduction of Book of Keno, a game similar to its ancestor, but with just 36 keno balls in the mix. Book of Keno by Evoplay Released in October 2020, Book … Continue reading

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Ontario Gaming Blasted by Auditor General’s Report

Auditor General’s report on live and online gambling practices in Ontario raises multiple concerns. Last month, the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario released a scathing, 74-page report detailing numerous deficiencies found in the procedures of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The report covers activities and procedures from 2015 to 2020. It uncovered a strain of problems that will need to be addressed immediately; preferably before Canada’s gambling market expands with the all-but-guaranteed passage of single-event sports betting laws. The AGCO has a great deal of responsibilities in the province, including regulatory oversight of “the alcohol, gaming, horseracing and private cannabis retail sectors in Ontario”. Across all four industry sectors, the full list of licensees includes 78,500 businesses. These services are so strictly regulated because they generate a substantial amount of annual revenue for the province, but are the most susceptible to criminal infiltration.   Report Raises … Continue reading

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B.C. Court Approves Acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming Casino Giant

B.C. Supreme Court approves acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming casino giant. For more than a month, a group funding affiliate of the investment firm Apollo Global Management has been eyeing up the largest casino gaming, entertainment and hospitality company in all of Canada. On New Years Eve, the firm got the news it’s been waiting so long to hear. The Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a ruling in favor of Apollo’s acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming Corp. No doubt, the shareholders of both companies had a fabulous night ringing in the new year. Court Approves Acquisition of Great Canadian Gaming Casino Giant News came down the wire yesterday that Apollo had been given the green light to acquire GCG. Under the terms of the acquisition, the takeover will see Apollo dishing up $45 per share for Canada’s largest casino gaming corporation. Based on the latest filing of 55.03 million … Continue reading

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MPN Out, Progressive SnG Hold’Em Poker In

Microgaming scraps MPN for progressive Hold’Em Poker SNG games. Over the summer, Microgaming announced the regretful dissolution of its MPN online poker network. MPN (formerly Microgaming Poker Network) was a popular network that had been performing well, attracting countless poker players for much of its 16 years. Now, the revelation of Microgaming’s real plan comes full circle. Now for the good news… The iGaming juggernaut has just launched a worthy replacement with the release of Hold’Em Poker; the first in an upcoming collection of poker-style games coming to Microgaming online casinos. Microgaming Introduces Progressive Hold’Em Poker SNG In a recent press release, Microgaming announced the launch of its all new Hold’Em Poker game. According to the verbiage of the report, Hold’Em Poker is just one of a series of poker-oriented games that will be coming to the online casino platform. “Hold’Em Poker is the first in a full suite of … Continue reading

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Single-Event Betting in Canada, According to the Experts

Find out what the experts are saying about Canada sports betting Bill C-13. Canada’s political figureheads have been trying to pass a single-event betting law for years now. Legislation was tabled in 2012, 2016, 2018, and again in February of 2020. For whatever reason, each of these bills suffered an unceremonious death. When yet another bill was tabled in late November 2020, the response was entirely different; not because of any revisions to make it more appealing to lawmakers, but because times are very different today from what they were ten months ago. In the following text, we’ll take a quick look at what CA Minister of Justice and Attorney General David T. Lametti’s sponsored Bill C-13 contains, and what the so-called experts are saying about it. Canada Sports Betting Bill C-13 Lametti’s bill is hardly any different from the multiple pieces of single-event sports betting legislation before it. Even … Continue reading

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Apollo Aims High for Great Canadian Gaming

Private equity firm boosts bid for Canadian casino corp GCG. Prior to 2020, none close to the situation would have expected the shareholders of Great Canadian Gaming (GCG) to even consider a buyout. One of Canada’s largest and most equitable firms, the casino conglomerate operates over two dozen gambling properties across the country. But as with so many things in modern life, 2020 has been unkind to the hospitality industry (to put it very mildly). Thus it wasn’t too surprising when bids to buyout shares in GCG began coming in. One such bidder is Apollo Global Management Inc., a private equity firm with headquarters in New York City and additional offices across North America, Europe and Asia. The investment firm is constantly seeking out advantageous opportunities, and they may have hit the mother load with the potential acquisition of this massive Canadian casino, entertainment and hospitality group. Apollo Offers Mega … Continue reading

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Taking Sports Betting Mobile the Right Move for NJ

Mobile sports betting proves immensely profitable in New Jersey. If there’s anything that can convince a government to follow in the legislative footsteps of another, it’s a boundless influx of wealth. New Jersey’s latest figures following the legalization of mobile sports wagering are beyond impressive, and just might compel other states, if not entire countries (cough~Canada~cough) to do the same. New Jersey’s most recent financial statement, issued monthly, details the amount of money wagered on its regulated mobile sportsbook offerings in the month of July. It amounted to nearly twice the betting volume Nevada brought in during the same time frame, proving the imminent value of online and mobile betting options. Mobile Sports Betting Proves Immensely Profitable in New Jersey The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, in conjunction with the NJ Office of the Attorney General, has released its latest land-based and internet gambling financial reports. In a press … Continue reading

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MGA + KSA = Stronger Legal Online Gambling Framework

Malta & Netherlands team up to thwart illegal online gambling via MoU. It’s not so easy to dip your toes into any industrial market that’s already saturated, but having an experienced mentor can make it a lot easier. That’s exactly what the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has agreed to be for Netherlands’ Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) after the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week. The KSA is in the process of setting up remote gambling regulations in the Netherlands. As per the terms of the MoU, the MGA will play mentor to the KSA, providing their European neighbours with a wealth of information as to the former’s extensive history as a regulatory authority. Malta is among the world’s most respected jurisdictions when it comes to upholding a legal online gambling framework. MGA & KSA Team Up to Thwart Illegal Online Gambling The Maltese government was among the world’s first to … Continue reading

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