Aug 26

Review: InstaDebit or iDebit for Online Casino Deposits?

Correlative from Canada: InstaDebit or iDebit for Online Casino Deposits?

If you intend to play online casino games for real money, there are a lot of questions that should be going through your mind. “Which game(s) should I play?” is a common one, but there are some much more important questions to be answered first – namely, which casinos are safe, and how do I securely transfer money in and out of my account?

We’ve covered the first section at length, detailing how to find legitimate online casinos that accept Canadian players. Today, we’re going to talk about two long-time favorites in the Canadian iGaming payments market, how they compare and contrast, and which one works best for financing an internet gambling account – iDebit or InstaDebit?

“Wait… aren’t iGaming payments iDebit and InstaDebit the same thing?”

No, they are not the same thing. Don’t feel bad if you were thought they were. It’s a very common misconception. A lot of people have just assumed over the years that iDebit is an abridged nickname for InstaDebit. They are, in fact, two very different banking methods, with two distinct logos, and three antithetical properties worthy of note.

iDebit and InstaDebit Deposits Comapred

#1 Supported Banks: InstaDebit works with any and all Canadian banks, whereas iDebit only serves the nation’s seven largest banks (see complete list of iDebit supported banks).

#2 Cost to Deposit: iDebit charges a smaller, flat fee of $1.50 to transfer funds from a bank account to a merchant site (i.e. online casino), whereas iDebit charges a $1.95 fee per bank-to-merchant transaction.

#3 Accepted Currencies: iDebit will facilitate payments in any major currency, giving iGamers a wider variety of international online casinos to choose from. InstaDebit facilitates transfers in CAD and USD only; thus CAD/USD deposits and withdrawals must be supported. Either way, players will be subject to the same-day currency exchange rate.

Otherwise, these two payment methods are virtually mirrors of one another.

Similarities: Both require the user to register a free account and link it to their bank account. Both are available only in Canada, drawing funds directly from the linked bank account for the purpose of making a purchase/deposit. All withdrawals/refunds are sent to the user’s iDebit/InstaDebit account. When this account has funds in it, any purchases up to the available amount will automatically be drawn from this account. Any purchases exceeded the available amount will come entirely from the bank account; split payments are not permitted. Funds in the user’s iDebit or InstaDebit account can be transferred back to the user’s bank for a flat fee of $2.00.

iDebit for Online Casino Deposits

Making an iDebit deposit at online casinos is a simple process. You must first register an iDebit account, link your bank account to it, then verify that the account is yours. This can take anywhere from a minute to a full business day, depending on the speed and efficiency of your bank, but once it’s done, you’ll have instant access 24/7/365.

To make a deposit, visit any reputable online casino that accepts Canadian players and lists iDebit as an eligible payment option. Register an account if you don’t already have one. Next, head to the banking section, select Deposit, choose iDebit, and enter the amount you wish to transfer.

You’ll be directed to the iDebit website to log in and confirm the purchase. Assuming you have sufficient funds in your iDebit or bank account (+$1.50 to cover cost of transfer from bank, if applicable), the funds will appear in your online casino account within moments.

Making a withdrawal is just as easy, but takes up to 3-5 days (after the casino’s 24-48 hour pending period) to appear in your iDebit.

InstaDebit for Online Gambling Payments

The instructions for making an InstaDebit deposit at online casinos are almost exactly the same. First, you’ll need an InstaDebit account; registration is free. Link that to your bank account and verify that it’s yours by following the instructions on the screen.

Choose any distinguished online casino where Canadian players and InstaDebit payments are accepted. Sign up an account if needed, then head over to the Cashier page and choose to Deposit with InstaDebit. Enter the amount you wish to deposit and press continue.

You’ll be directed to the InstaDebit website. Login and confirm the transfer. If enough funds are in your InstaDebit account, they will immediately be moved to your casino account, free of charge. Otherwise, a $1.95 fee will be applied to transfer the funds directly from your bank account (if sufficient), and credited to your online casino balance within moments.

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Nov 27

Canada Online Sportsbooks & Casinos: One thing leads to another

Canada Online Sportsbooks & Casinos: One Thing Leads to AnotherThe largest, most populated provinces in Canada have recognized the need for a competitive, internet-based gambling market. British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec each offer their residents a safe and secure, home-grown online casino venue, complete with a wide range of gaming options. For Canadian casino fans, it’s more than enough. But what about those who also enjoy sports betting?

The argument has been circulating for years, but never so vigorously as it has since May of this year. That’s the month the US Supreme Court overturned a 26-year old law banning sports betting across most of the country.

Canadians are no longer content to play their Pro Line parlay tickets. They want good odds, on single event bets, and they know exactly where to get them. And while they’re at it, they’re taking advantage of other online gambling needs that they could have gotten right here in Canada. But why should they?

Best Canada Online Sportsbooks Aren’t in Canada

The law may not permit Canadians to bet on single sporting events here at home, but there’s no legal recourse for betting over the internet with internationally regulated sportsbooks. Logging onto these websites gives punters access to all the games they could ever desire to bet on, in all ways imaginable, and then some.

For years, a small margin of Canadian sports fans used offshore sportsbooks to place their bets. Now that it’s legal to do so for our neighbors to the south, the attraction is so much stronger. And with mobile gambling set to surpass traditional desktop betting, it’s more convenient than ever before, as well.

The end result is simple. With no good online sports betting in Canada, more and more people are accessing international betting sites than ever. But that’s only part of the problem. International sportsbooks aren’t just taking a toll on our Pro Line ticket sales. They’re detracting from the clientele at those provincially run online casinos our government officials spent so much time and money establishing.

One Thing Leads to Another…

So many of today’s premier online gambling websites are a multi-channel affair. Take Unibet for example. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your iGaming needs. There’s Unibet Sports, Unibet Casino, Unibet Poker, Unibet Bingo, etc., etc., etc. A lot of today’s major brands offer the same multi-channel set-up. When a Canadian joins one of these websites to gain access to good online sports betting odds, what’s to stop them from using the other verticals?

Think about it. Bob from Ontario could use Unibet Sports to bet on the Toronto Blue Jays, and then log into PlayOLG.com for his blackjack gaming, but why should he? Bob is a busy man. With Unibet, he could make a single deposit into a single account, then bet on both with just a few taps of his finger. Bob would also have access to larger deposit bonuses, bigger tournaments and a throng of additional promotions that home-grown operators simply can’t stack up to.

The only argument Canadian provinces can pose is that Bob should game with them, because his losses will end up in the provincial tax coffers. Bob doesn’t want to hear that. Bob wants to hear that. He doesn’t want to hear how his losing will benefit others. He wants to focus on winning. And with offshore online sportsbooks and casinos, his odds of winning are so much better.

We Need Good Online Sportsbooks in Canada

As you can see, the need for more liberal sports betting laws goes so much deeper than most of our government officials, and even regulatory bodies, realize. It’s not just sportsbook revenue we’re losing out on. It’s not just a mere fraction of Canadians taking advantage of offshore internet gambling websites.

One thing leads to another, and the problem will only get bigger. Instead of missing out on higher revenue, provinces are going to start losing revenue all across Canada. Online sportsbooks are what the people want, and until the government gives it to them, they’re going go out and get it—along with everything else they want to wager on—elsewhere.

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Jun 04

Legal age to gamble online in Canada and other countries in 2018.

Legal Age to Gamble Online in Canada and Rest of WorldOnline gambling has become one of the most common pastimes of the last decade. But like land-based gambling, there are unpermissive age restrictions that must be upheld. If a 16 year old is not prevented from gambling in Vegas, the casino at fault risks anything from a massive fine to loss of licence. The same strict regulations are enforced in the digital realm.

Different regions of the world, however, enforce different age limitations for gambling. Even within Canada, not all provinces enact the same restrictions. The legal online gambling age in Quebec, for instance, is 19. Skip across the border to Ontario or Newfoundland and Labrador, and the legal age limit drops to 18.

Whether you intend to gambling online or on land, it’s extremely important to know how old you must be to gamble within that locality. Knowing the age limit in a land-based casino may save you a lot of time and embarrassment. Try to play online when you’re underage, and you’ll just be met with a big, fat, “NO!”.

Legal Age to Gamble Online in Canada

The Great White North is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The following is an ordered list of Canadian provinces, and the legal age at which you can gamble online or online land. I’m providing two lists for convenience, first alphabetical, and a second by age.

Prov/Terr Alphabetical Age Prov/Terr By Age (Low-High) Age
Alberta 18 Alberta 18
British Columbia 19 Manitoba 18
Manitoba 18 Quebec 18
New Brunswick 19 British Columbia 19
Newfoundland & Labrador 19 New Brunswick 19
Northwest Territory 19 Newfoundland & Labrador 19
Nova Scotia 19 Northwest Territory 19
Nunavut 19 Nova Scotia 19
Ontario 19 Nunavut 19
Prince Edward Island 19 Ontario 19
Quebec 18 Prince Edward Island 19
Saskatchewan 19 Saskatchewan 19
Yukon Territory 19 Yukon Territory 19

 

Legal Online Gambling Age in Other Countries

The legal age to gamble in other major countries around the world can range anywhere from 18 to 23 years old. In some countries, legal gambling age can actually depend on whether you’re a local or a tourist. The following list includes the age restrictions in all US states, as well as major gambling regions across Asia, Australia and Europe.

Note: Some states and countries expressly prohibit online gambling. Be sure to check with current local laws. The ages listed below are based on regulatory statutes for land-based gambling.

We’ll start with the United States of America. All US states, and the other countries below, are listed alphabetically.

US States Age Notes
Alabama 21
Alaska 18
Arizona 21
Arkansas 21
California 18 or 21 Varies by casino
Colorado 21
Connecticut 21
Delaware 21
Florida 21
Georgia 21
Hawaii None All gambling is illegal in Hawaii
Idaho 18
Illinois 21
Indiana 21
Iowa 21
Kansas 21
Kentucky 21
Louisiana 21
Maryland 21
Maine 21
Massachusetts 21
Michigan 21
Minnesota 21
Mississippi 21
Missouri 21
Montana 21
Nebraska 21
Nevada 21
New Hampshire 21
New Jersey 21
New Mexico 21
New York 18 or 21 18 to play bingo, 21 to play casino games
North Carolina 21
North Dakota 21
Ohio 21
Oklahoma 18 or 21 Varies by casinos
Oregon 21
Pennsylvania 21
Rhode Island 18
South Carolina 21
South Dakota 21
Tennessee 18
Texas 21
Utah None All gambling is illegal
Vermont 18
Virginia 21
Washington 18 or 21 Varies by casino
West Virginia 21
Wisconsin 21
Wyoming 18

 

Legal Gambling Age in Asia, Australia and Europe

Country Age Notes
Australia 18
Belgium 21
Bulgaria 18
China 18 or 21 Gambling is only legal in Macau; locals may gamble at 18, but tourists must be 21
Denmark 18
England 18
Finland 18
France 18
Germany 18
Greece 23
Ireland 18
Japan 20
Netherlands 18
New Zealand 20
Portugal 18 or 21 Locals 18, tourists 21
Russia 18 Gambling is only legal in special areas of Altai, Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, and Primorsky regions
Scotland 18
Singapore 21
South Korea 18
Spain 19
Taiwan 20

 

Disclaimer: Online gambling is restricted in some countries. The above age restrictions are based on regulatory gambling laws for each jurisdiction, and do not imply that online gambling is or is not legal. Furthermore, these laws are current as of June 4, 2018, and are always subject to change without notice. Please check with the local authorities for current legal age to gamble online Canada and other countries. Only gamble legally and responsibly!

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May 15

Canada to feel the burn as government ruling legalizes sports betting in US.

Canada Trembles as Government Legalizes Sports Betting in USFor decades now, Canadians have been restricted to a very limited form of legal sports betting activities. Parlays aren’t the most advantageous type of betting. But they are the only type permitted here in Canada. Then again, for most of those years, we could at least bask in the knowledge that Americans had it much worse.

Ever since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed in 1992, US punters in all but one state have been unable to bet on sports—at least, not legally. Before PASPA went into effect, four states were given the option to grandfather-in legal sports betting, but only Nevada chose to do so. Thus, any American who wanted to make a legal sports bet, traveled to Las Vegas to do it.

Those days are about to be over…

Government Legalizes Sports Betting in US

On Monday, the US Supreme Court did away with the federal law that banned sports betting in most states. By a vote of 6-3, history was made—PASPA was repealed. This opens the doors wide for any US state to regulate sportsbooks. Not just sports betting, but the most popular form of single event sports betting.

PASPA Overturned, US Sports Betting Laws ComingNot only are most states sure to jump aboard this lucrative market—in fact, several have already passed the necessary laws to do so in anticipation of this day—chances are it will trigger a mass expansion of US online gambling legalization as well. After all, online sportsbooks are sure to make a fortune, especially considering the exponential growth of mobile gaming.

Canada Must Play Catch-Up w/ Sports Betting Laws

Overnight, Canada has become the underdog in the North American sports betting market. The nation’s provinces, which are currently allowed to offer nothing more than sports lotteries (parlay tickets), stand to lose millions of dollars. They’ll have to play some very quick catch-up in the legislative ledgers to prevent it.

It would only make sense now for provincial governments to beseech federal lawmakers to amend the laws, post-haste. Until that’s done, major provincial gaming regulators in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and elsewhere won’t be able to provide their punters with equally appealing odds.

No doubt, officials are already scrambling to take action. Several provinces rely very heavily on the revenue generated from land-based and online gambling. Losing millions of dollars isn’t something they’ll take kindly to. And a history of competition between Canada and their neighbors below the 49th parallel should only help to expedite the process.

Uncertainty Looms as Canadians Play the Waiting Game…

While this all sounds well and good, the Canadian government isn’t exactly known for its consonance. As much as regulators and experts alike know the correct path to take, there’s every chance political figureheads will spend months, even years, debating the future of sports betting laws in Canada.

The country already passed up on a chance to generate millions, if not billions, of dollars from Americans in the northern states. MP Brian Masse spent years touting the benefits of legalizing single-event sports wagers, which would inevitably draw punters from all bordering US states to place their wagers at nearby Canadian casinos. But alas, every effort was dismantled.

Harley Redlick, a sports writer and regular columnist for the Toronto Sun, is confident that—despite Canada’s missed opportunities of the last few years—single event sports betting will be legalized in the Great White North.

“Canada will follow the USA and legalize single sports betting within a couple years to ensure its casinos and economy do not lose jobs and money to the U.S,” writes Redlick. “It is just a shame we always have to react to the U.S. versus proactively doing the right thing when we have the chance.”

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Feb 08

Hard Rock brings casino table games to Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Casino Tables Games now at Rideau Carleton RacewayLet the competition begin! That’s the cry of Ottawa gamblers-in-the-know this week as two of the areas casinos are now competing for customers on the felt. CTV News reports on Wednesday confirm the Hard Rock’s Rideau Carleton Raceway is now offering a full layout of live table games for their casino goers.

The Rideau Carleton has been hosting slot machines since it first cut the ribbon in 1998. But it’s taken two long decades to get any table games on the floor. That final step also took a few years to accomplish, thanks to the lobbying efforts and lofty investment of universally-renowned Hard Rock International.

The announcement was made in May 2017 that Hard Rock would take over day-to-day operations, and 51% ownership, of the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Gloucester, Ontario, just south of Ottawa. Hard Rock won the favor of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) with a “master plan” to invest millions of dollars into the property, turning it into a full-fledged, integrated entertainment resort.

Hard Rock and OLG agreed to pool their resources, dropping $320 million into the project. This includes the construction of a 250-room hotel, signature Hard Rock music venue, four new restaurants, and an all new 140,000sf gaming floor. There are already 23 live table games installed; a number Hard Rock can increase to 35 in time.

Live Tables Games at new Hard Rock Ridaeu Carlton Casino

New Casino Table Games at Ridaeu Carleton

Hard Rock went all out when initiating its master plan for the Rideau Carleton Casino. They’ve installed a wide range of table games that goes well beyond the usual favorites. The Ottawa casino now boasts over 1,200 sot machines and the following list of live table games.

  • Blackjack
  • Casino War
  • Craps
  • Mini-Baccarat
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Roulette
  • Three Card Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Holdem

Competition Heating Up w/ Casino du Lac Leamy

There are now two Ottawa casinos offering table games for customers. Hard Rock’s installment eliminates the long-time monopoly on tables held by Casino du Lac Leamy, situated just across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec. Needless to say, operators there weren’t too thrilled by the news that Hard Rock would become a major competitor.

Operators of that casino are preparing for the competition with a few renovations of their own. Casino du Lac Leamy is set to undergo a $47.3 million rejuvenation, mostly to remind visitors that it’s the number one destination for gaming around Ontario’s capitol.

The Gatineau casino already boasts a much wider variety of casino table games than Hard Rock’s new resort. The current list of electronic and live tables games at Casino du Lac Leamy includes:

  • Blackjack
    • Traditional Blackjack
    • Blackjack Switch
    • Free Bet Blackjack
    • Spanish 21
    • Interactive Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • EZ Baccarat
  • Caribbean Stud Poker
  • High Card Flush
  • Let It Ride Poker
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • EZ Pai Gow Poker
  • Roulette
  • Interactive Roulette
  • Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Three Card Poker
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em

Will Hard Rock’s Reputation be Enough?

While the Rideau Carleton Raceway is sure to be a hit in the early days of launch, will it be able to sustain a steady flow of customers? Casino du Lac Leamy may be across the river in Quebec, but it’s still closer to downtown Ottawa than Rideau Carleton. Plus, their game variety goes well beyond that of the Gloucester casino.

Then again, the Hard Rock brand is known throughout the world. The company is renowned for bringing an unrivaled level of entertainment to its properties. The casino table games alone might not be enough, but overall, I think the competition between these Ottawa casinos is going to be fierce!

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