Canada’s Online Gambling Under Threat

The US Courts rule in favour of increasing online gambling selections, Canada’s online gambling is heading is taking a different route. Canada’s gambling industry is projected to have made profits of $17.3 billion CAD in 2017. In addition, it is continuing to grow at a faster pace.  To date, it is legal in Canada to place betting’s online as long as the gambling site or the poker site does not have a physical casino in the country.

Canada’s Online Gambling Under Threat

This has been one of the concerns for provincial casinos such as PlayNow.com, PlayOLG, and Espacejeux. They are the only operatives that are licensed to operate in the country.  Moreover, it is also a worry for legislators who see CA players gaming with foreign sites as lost tax income. The Quebec legislature passed Bill 74 in 2016. It includes a provision that will force the online Service Providers to block international online casino operatives.

Canada’s online gambling – Loto-Quebec

The provincial gambling body in Quebec runs EspaceJeux.com, an online gambling site that requires players to reside in Quebec. More prominently, EspaceJeux’s profits are passed to the provincial government. Also, lotteries and land-based casino profits are passed to the government and they are also regulated.

Canada’s online gambling – The Loss of Revenue

Simon Stern from toponlinecasinos.ca said that up until 2016, Loto-Quebec has specified on the record that they were taking a lot of money, this means that their Return to Player (RTP) was lower than competing worldwide based casinos. They were also unable to grow quickly to be sustainable due to casino gamblers having easy selections to play online games anywhere they wanted. Competition is aggressive internationally and biggest online casinos have great revenues to offer large welcome bonuses and outstanding RTPs.

Canada’s online gambling – The legislation

Quebec simply had to introduce legislation to be able to eliminate the competition by forcing ISPs to block international websites. In 2016 Bill 74 was passed with the provision. For the Quebec bill to work, loto- Quebec has to give a list of more than 200 online gambling sites that ISPs within the province to be blocked.

Overview

The most visited online casinos from Quebec include Casino.com, PokerStars, and LeoVegas. The law had a lot of time to prepare months an appropriate framework to achieve the goal. All other online sites will be blocked in the province and the ISPs will be responsible for blocking them.

Lightning Box launches a New Legend of Sleepy Hollow Themed Slot

Lightning Box, an online gaming creator, announced the release of a new online gaming slot. The slot game will be released momentarily. It is based on the classic Legend of the Sleepy Hollow. Lightning Horseman is a five reel, 40-payline slot game with a spooky theme. The game includes a 95.5% return to a player percentage. The game will be launched exclusively through Betsson on the 25th of July, then on August 8th, the game will be released to the general public.

Lightning Box launches a New Legend of Sleepy Hollow Themed Slot (1)

Lightning Horseman Slot Features

There are a number of things gamblers should look out for when they give the game a try. First, lightning bolts provide additional spins if six or more are on the reels. Fifteen lightning bolts trigger a Flippin’ Re-trigger special feature that offers re-flipped Lightning Bolts to provide extra cash for gamblers. The scatter symbol is the lightning bolt.

Symbols found in the slot game keep in line with the Sleepy Hollow theme with a red-caped lady, a raven, a man with a lantern, a treasure chest, and the infamous covered bridge. The base symbols comprise of the traditional card symbols of the Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. The wild symbol is the horseman who substitutes all symbols of the slot excluding the scatters.

When six or more features are found on the reels, the special lightning bolt bonus gets activated. With every extra symbol that appears in the additional spin round, the reels reset the spins back to three. Players are able to get a top deal of extra free spins.

Lightning Box Jackpots

Four jackpots are included in the slot game, the Minor, Mini, Grand, and Major. Take a spin and get lucky at Betsson this July. Luck might be on your site. Give the game a try today for some lucky win and fun gaming online.

SkillOnNet partners FortunaGaming

An agreement between SkillOnNet, an iGaming software provider, and the UK-based operative FortunaGaming will launch a white-labeled online casino. The Malta-licensed casino Cozino.com features over 1,200 game titles from a number of suppliers of video slots. Some of the top gaming software supplier’s include NetEnt, Yggdrasil Gaming, and Microgaming. This top gaming software providers are said to operate on the software provider’s platform. In addition, they will be joining PlayOJO.com and DrueckGlueck.com brands.

SkillOnNet partners FortunaGaming

SkillOnNet partners FortunaGaming – The Online Casino

Back office solutions with a payments gateway, CRM tools and also a casino marketing engine have already been provided by the SkillOnNet platform. Moreover, the new online casino will bring to the brand a medium-term plan for Television and also above-the-line campaigns. In addition, there will also have their own in-house SEO, PPC and other forms of digital marketing systems.

Jerry Land, the vice president for B2B Solutions at SkillOnNet said that Casino is new in a line of online casino brands. But it will be opened through the SkillOnNet platform.

“With proven successes such as DrueckGlueck, PlayOJO, PlayMillion, and Megacasino, it’s no wonder other brands want to leverage our experience and expertise. Moreover our state of the art online casino platform. “Cozino comes hot on the heels of other new brand launches including Finnish-themed casino AhtiGames. In addition, internationally marketed LuckyLouis.com, with more planned over the coming months,” said Land.

The chief executive of FortunaGaming, Scott Manford, said, “We are happy that Cozino.com is now live on SkillOnNet platform. This brand has been a long time in the making, as we wanted something really new, fresh and exciting. But which encompassed all of the important performance elements and features that attracted us to SkillOnNet in the first place.”

Overview

Cozino.com is the most recent brand to be launched by Fortuna Gaming, which operates 666 Casino Brands, Barbados Bingo, Easy Slots, Slots Baby, Wizard Slots and Mega Reel and Dream Jackpot.

MGM Resorts International Employs Scott Butera

One of the world’s biggest casino operators, MGM Resorts International, has announced that it has employed the top entertainment and hospitality executive, Scott Butera. Butera will work as the casino’s operative Interactive Gaming President. In addition to this, he will be helping the business grow its dominance in the developing American sports betting sector.

MGM Resorts International Hires Scott Butera

MGM Resorts International – Scott Butera

The Las Vegas-headquartered MGM Resorts International gave an explanation regarding the hiring of Butera follows last month. MGM Resorts International stated that Butera has more than 25 years of experience in finance and hospitality. This includes a spell as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as Chief Executive Officer for Tropicana Entertainment Incorporated.

“Scott is joining the company at a really exciting time,” –said Corey Sanders, the COO for MGM Resorts International. That is responsible for more than 25 properties around the world including the Excalibur Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and Maryland’s recently launched MGM National Harbour. “Skill-based gaming is expanding exponentially and his experience will help us to dominate the field,” he added.

MGM Resorts International – Sports Betting

The casino operative announced that PASPA’s repeal represents a great development for the industry and that Butera will focus on implementing its own sports betting strategy. This is to help the company bring its industry-best sports wagering operations to new markets across the United States.

“As an industry leader in sports betting and cutting-edge interactive gaming offerings, MGM Resorts is well positioned to bring our decades of experience and also a well-earned reputation to new markets through the country,” -Sanders

Swiss Voters Legalize Online Gambling Block Foreign Sites

Switzerland has now legalized online casino gambling. The new law intends to keep foreign operations from benefiting from the new legislation.

According to BBC, Swiss voters have voted above rates. The legislation is approved by Parliament to authorize certified Swiss online casinos. However, the internet access providers will block all foreign wagering sites.

Swiss Voters Legalize Online Gambling, But Block All Foreign Sites

Swiss Voters Legalize Online Gambling – Gambling Act

The new Gambling Act has won the support of 72.9% of electorates. This is according to last results, despite the accusations that the law takes full control of online censorship.

The law will take effect in 2019, moreover, it is going to be one of the strictest acts in Europe. It will only allow Swiss-certified casinos and gaming providers to provide gambling services. The government is trying by all means to tackle gambling addiction.

Both houses of parliament agreed to pass the legislation. Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Justice Minister has argued that the bans are essential to ensure obedience to the nation’s laws on gambling. Known addicts are also going to be blocked from engaging in online gambling.

The minister also said that Switzerland gamblers pour close to 250 million francs into foreign gaming sites. The government is losing a lot of money due to no in-country taxes and it doesn’t contribute to anti-gambling programs.

Swiss Voters Legalize Online Gambling – Oppositions

Those who are against the blocking of foreign gambling sites said that the government could have offered incentives to businesses that agree to be taxed. In addition, they also think that the referendum on the issue was being driven largely by big money from Swiss casinos. Those who stand to cash in big time from the prohibition on using the internet to place bets with their competitors.

Voters also rejected a law called the Sovereign Money Initiative according to per the BBC. Supporters branded the measure as reigning in the highly unstable world of global finance.

Caesars Windsor Strike is finally over – casino and union reach a deal

The good news is that Caesars Windsor strike is over and they will reopen their doors on Thursday morning. This is after they have been out of business for over 60 days due to a strike by 2,000 of its members and Unifor Local 444 that is employed by the casino resort.

The walkout took place on 5th of April where union members turned down a new contract offer from the casino company. The property had to close all of its operations due to the union representing close to 87 percent of Caesars Windsor’s 2,300 employee staff.

Caesars Windsor Strike is finally over - casino and union reach a deal

After more than 60 days the two sides have reached a three-year agreement that meets everyone’s expectations.

“Caesars Windsor is happy to announce the labor disruption has been resolved,” “We look forward to welcoming back our guests.”; the casino posted on its social media platform.

Caesars Windsor Strike – Casino

The resort had to cancel and also reschedule a number of Colosseum shows. Acts that have been rescheduled include Pitbull (taking place on June 23), Blink-182 (taking place on September 18), and also Brian Wilson (taking place on November 25).

Caesars Windsor is the city’s main tourist draw, and it also provides critical tax revenue to the government. Windsor’s tourism office estimations of the city are out with over $1.5 million in lost tax money due to the strike that lasted two months.

New Labour Terms Revealed

However, Windsor Star has attained issued brochures to the union members regarding the contract. This was to inform them about the new terms prior to the member-wide union voting’s.

The new contract says that Caesars Windsor will pay new employees a $1,600 signing bonus. Existing employees will get a general wage increase of $0.75 in one to two years. Moreover, they will also get a $0.25 increase in a year.  The new contract permits them  2,000 hours per year. The general wage increase bump on average will add about $3,500 more cash into the union members’ pockets over the three-year period.

Caesars Windsor Strike – the union

After union members have rejected the two earlier proposals from Caesars. Unifor said that the latest offer received about 75% support. Caesars Entertainment, which is the parent company to Windsor casino that is based less than a mile from Detroit across the US-Canada border, also signed a deal in Las Vegas with Nevada’s largest union that stopped the strike at eight of its gaming houses.

Conclusion

Dave Cassidy, Unifor President, said that he is confident that customers will return to Caesars. He went on to say that “customers know that Caesars Windsor is the way it is because of our membership. They’re first class.” Cassidy concluded that “Caesars Windsor is the brand, but our membership in the face. They give the best service. They’re the best in the business.”

Gambling website games that are based on fairytales get banned

Advertising body decides to ban gambling games which feature fairies and wolves that are likely to entice children. Games named Fairies Forest and Fairytale Legends on gambling sites are banned.

One of the sites, the m88.com promoted the three gambling games Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairies Forest and Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel this past January. The games featured animated pictures of a pixie and a fairy in a forest with a wolf.

Gambling website games

 

Gambling website games – Campaign

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling complained about the content of the ads. They said that the content is attracting children. ProgressPlay that trades as m88.com has responded to the complaint. The gambling website has now made the games only accessible to members when they log in to their accounts. They have also made sure that they remove images of fairies and other inappropriate characters.

Moreover, m88.com said the gambling games were created by a third-party software firm. The games appeared on some other sites that are run by different gambling operatives.

Gambling website games – The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)

Advertising rules do state that gambling adverts must not be of particular appeal to young people and children. This is especially when they are reflecting or associating with the youth culture. However, The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) appreciates the action that m88.com took in response to the complaint.

The ASA also did notice that Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood was based on the children’s fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. The game also included an animated image of a wolf and a fairy. The Hansel and Gretel game features a moonlit forest with gameplay stars and gambling coins.

“We have considered that the appearance of the wolf resembles similar characters from TV programmes and films aimed at under 18s, mainly children.”

The ASA concluded that all the gambling games were more related to kids so the website must remove the games. There was another similar complaint about a different gambling site. The games that appeared on fun88.co.uk and letou.co.uk have been banned as they related more to children as well.

The European Cup Final 2018

Two of the biggest teams in the world went head to head Saturday night for the European cup final. Arguably one of the most anticipated matches before the FIFA World Cup tournament, it was anybody’s game. Football fans all over the world were watching the game with anxiety. The most memorable moments from the 2018 UEFA Champions League final were documented and history was made.

European Cup Final - Real Madrid vs Liverpool

 

Real Madrid took on Liverpool

There was victory and excitement for Los Blancos. Meanwhile, pain and misery followed Liverpool. The 2018 UEFA Champions League final that took place between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine was a lively event and one of the most long-awaited European finals rematch of all time.

Bale’s Goal

The first goal came in the most bizarre fashion. Liverpool shot-stopper Karius tried to pass the ball to the adjacent teammate, only for the German international to throw the ball to the opposition. The second goal came when Karius failed to stop Bale’s brutal strike. The keeper’s butterfingers and ill-disciplined save saw the soccer ball hit the back of the net, making it a 3-1 for Madrid. Gareth Bale wonder goal was the final straw that broke Liverpool’s hearts.

Gareth Bale’s ‘Un-Bale-vable’ overhead kick made headlines and created a lot of media buzz for the Real Madrid attacker. Unfortunately, Salah was substituted in the first half after a terrible shoulder injury that could see him possibly miss the FIFA World Cup 2018. Liverpool’s goalkeeper had a rough one last night.

The game had everything from sobbing players to chanting supporters and Real Madrid got their 13th European title.

European Cup Final –Mo Salah took down

Liverpool’s Egyptian king, Mo Salah, and Africa’s top player saw his European desires fade away. The Liverpool striker had to leave the game due to a shoulder injury. The injury took place after he was taken down with what was later dubbed a WWE arm lock from Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

Liverpool played a different game after Mo Salah was taken out. It is not confirmed if it was Madrid’s way of neutralizing Liverpool by taking Salah out or it was accidental. It was very heart-breaking to see Salah leave the pitch.

States want to keep the Federal Regulation out of Sports Betting

Sports gambling leagues want sports clubs to be seen as the federal level. However, the State gambling watchdogs are against the proposals made by major sports leagues.

A statement was issued on Tuesday on behalf of the four state regulators by the International Centre for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The statement reads – “coordinated action among jurisdictions states and tribal agencies is the key to stop illegal betting and possible corruption of the sports themselves.”

sports gambling

Although the officials did welcome “strong support from federal-level enforcement agencies,” they also took a direct swipe at the leagues, most suggested that wagering houses should pay a fee to the leagues. This will be for the right to use their data for gambling online. The leagues also thought that the fee will help pay for new measures to safeguard against match-fixing and improper betting.

Sports gambling fees

There is also a reliability fee that will increase legal sports betting costs. While the statement was signed by the gambling control officials of four states Massachusetts, Nevada, Michigan, and Louisiana. Some of the states also seem to agree to the suggestion of federal oversight.

“We strongly believe in a regulatory body in conjunction with other states, and believe that could work much better than the federal government taking over the reins,” said Raymond J. Lesniak.

Mr. Lesniak said, “We have been very clear: We’re not going to pay one dime of tribute to the leagues.”

Managing director of Gambling Compliance, an independent research service, James Kilsby, said that states see offers that sports wagering falls under federal control as an infringement on states’ rights.

“All forms of gaming have historically been regulated at the state level,” Mr. Kilsby said.

Sports gambling overview

Existing forms of illegal sports betting involves an internet-connected device or a website, with data. This is for scores and statistics that pass easily over international boundaries and the states. The first sports game regulation laws that conditions pass are expected to tie betting and online. In addition land-based institutions such as horse tracks and casinos.

Legal Blunder Could Derail the Online Gambling Mogul David Baazov Trial

Quebec’s securities regulator disclosed over 300,000 documents to defence by mistake. The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) shared a lot of information in its court battle against David Baazov, the former online gambling mogul. It is now believed that the legal mistake could destroy the trial.

Legal Blunder Could Derail the Online Gambling Mogul David Baazov Trial

Gambling mogul David Baazov

Baazov is the former CEO of Amaya based in Montreal. Baazov and two men, along with three firms face charges of insider trading that are connected to Amaya’s $4.9 billion acquirements of PokerStars in 2014. The Montreal based online gaming magnate is charged with insider trading charges.

Amaya so far has moved to Toronto and it has since changed its name to The Stars Group. The deal that took place in 2014 has made Amaya the world’s leading online poker firm. The tycoon is facing five charges, including manipulating or trying to influence the market price of Amaya’s securities.

Gambling mogul David Baazov – the Battle

Baazov’s lawyers want the charges to be continued, moreover, they accuse the AMF and its lawyers for an abusive procedure. What is the AMF’s wrongdoing?  It incorrectly shared over 300,000 confidential documents with the defence.  And six weeks into the trial, The AMF’s wants the files back.

On the 15th of May, AMF lawyers wrote to the defense and explained the issue.

“Following certain verifications, the AMF has noted that some of the divulged elements … are potentially privileged,” the email reads.

“As a result, we ask the judge to make an order so that they are removed from disclosures,” it continues.

The defence then filed a motion to request a stay of charges for all offenses.

“The defendants — who are entering week six of a trial which will require at least 12 more weeks before the parties complete their proof — will no longer have access to more than 320,000 documents which had been disclosed to them,” the motion reads. “Denying defendants access to such evidence in the middle of an ongoing trial violates their fundamental constitutional rights,” it continues.

“The repeated errors committed by the AMF in matters wholly within its control to the inevitable conclusion that only a stay of proceedings can put an end to these abusive proceedings,” it concludes.

Overview

Quebec court Judge Salvatore Mascia rejected a defence motion in January to have the charges thrown due to an irrational delay to get them to trial.