Sep 18

The palpable link between Canada casinos online and on land.

Does any Palpable Link Exist Between Canada Casinos Online and On Land?

In Canada, there are essentially three types of casinos for adult-aged residents to enjoy. First and most obvious are the land-based casinos that dot the map from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Next up are provincially run and regulated online casinos, like Ontario’s PlayOLG, and Quebec’s Espacejeux. Last are internationally regulated online casinos – operations that have no connection to Canada aside from accepting players from this region of the world.

There are clear and perceptible differences between the online and on-land versions. At terrestrial gaming establishments, players must travel to get there, and play physical gaming machines or table games when they do. Internet-based casinos can be played anytime, from anywhere, via desktop or mobile.

While most casino enthusiasts understand these obvious differences, there are other, less perceptible links between them that are harder to distinguish. The most common question I hear is this…

Is there any relationship between Canada casinos online and on land?

There’s a common misconception that live and online gambling operations are two sides of the same coin. This type of direct-link relationship does exist between certain operations in some parts of the world, where an online casino website is an internet-based reflection of the land-based operator that runs it. But not in Canada.

In certain US states like New Jersey, an online casino cannot exist without the direct backing of a land-based operator. Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino resort, for instance, is the proud parent of New Jersey’s online casino of the same name (GoldenNugget.com). At the same time, New Jersey residents are not permitted to gamble online at any site that is not licensed and regulated – and directly linked to a land-based casino – within the state.

This is not necessarily the case in Canada, though. Each province has the right to authorize land-based and/or online casino gambling, and thus far, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec have chosen to compliment their land-based gambling establishments with an internet gambling market. However, it’s not the land-based casinos that operate them. It is the local gaming regulator within each province that’s responsible for it.

In this way, provincially run iGaming sites are linked to land-based casinos, but only by the thin thread of equality in regulatory oversight.

There is no link whatsoever to overseas online casinos.

As for offshore gambling websites, they have no connection to any land-based casino or jurisdiction within Canada. They are not regulated by any Canadian authority, but at the same time, are not expressly legal or illegal. It’s kind of a ‘play at your own risk‘ type of situation. Many Canadians do take that risk – particularly those who are educated in the ways of offshore iGaming.

Our government loves to condemn the lack of regulation at international gaming sites, but that’s not exactly true. They are not regulated in Canada, but most of them are regulated elsewhere – some in far more respected iGaming jurisdictions than Canada has to offer.

The UK, for example, is the world’s strictest regulator of online gambling. Player protection is of utmost importance, and compliance with the law is mandatory. The UK Gambling Commission accepts no excuses for violating the law, dropping an expensive hammer on any operator that fails to comply. Suffice it to say, if an online casino holds a current UK license and accepts Canadians, it’s already undergone extensive audits and fairness certification.

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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 13

Ultimate new user guide to online casino gambling in Canada.

Canada Online Casino FAQs for New PlayersGambling is an extremely popular pastime in Canada. In 2000, right around the time internet casinos were starting to blossom, an international study revealed that 70% of Canadians participate in some form of gambling each year. With the rise of online and mobile gaming options, that number is sure to have increased.

Those of you seeking to venture into that realm surely have a lot of questions. Is it legal? Can I access offshore websites? Are there convenient banking methods, and are they secure? Today’s ultimate new user guide to Canada online casino gaming will answer these questions, and more.

Is Online Casino Gambling in Canada Legal?

Yes, it is. Gambling is legal in every province and territory of Canada. There are no specific laws that discriminate between land-based and online gambling. Therefore online casinos are perfectly legal, too.

There are two basic types of online casinos for Canadian players. There’s the provincially regulated variety, and the offshore variety. Only the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec host provincial casino sites (plus online lottery in the Atlantic regions), and you must live within the respective province to access them. Offshore casinos accept players from various countries, with Canada typically included.

Are Offshore Online Casinos Legal?

Yes, they are. Despite the efforts of provinces to change that fact, there is no law preventing Canadians from accessing internationally regulated gambling websites. It is equally legal for an international gaming operator to accept Canadians, so long as they follow one express rule.

The Criminal Code determines what types of gambling can be legal. The only way an online casino would be illegal is if it has a physical presence in Canada, but does not acquire a provincial licence. By remaining offshore, and opening no offices on Canadian soil, no laws are being broken.

How Do Deposits and Withdrawals Work?

Most online casinos offer a wide range of deposit methods. Credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, online payment processors (EcoPayz, Neteller, Skrill, etc.), bank transfers, instant eChecks—these are all common options. The key is to pick the one that best suits your needs.

They are incredibly secure, as well. So long as you choose reputable gaming websites, and keep your own computer or mobile device secure, you have nothing to worry about.

Are Online Casino Winnings Taxed?

Typically no, Canadians do not pay taxes on any gambling winnings. The Canada Revenue Agency states, “an individual may be subject to tax on income derived from gambling itself, if the gambling activities constitute carrying on the business of gambling”.

Therefore, the only players who pay taxes are those that gamble ‘professionally’. If you gamble regularly, and make consistent profits from it, then you may be subject to taxation. But as a casual player, no.

You can learn more about the minutiae of Canada gambling taxes here.

Can I Play in CA$?

Yes, usually. If you play provincially regulated Canada online casino games, all wagers are in Canadian Dollars. If you choose to play at internationally regulated websites, some of them do offer CA$ deposits and withdrawals. Be sure to skim over the banking options and payment details to see if it’s available.

The major benefit to online casino gambling in Canada’s own currency is the avoidance of foreign exchange rates. Although relatively inexpensive, currency exchange fees do add up over time, taking away from cash that should be part of your bankroll.

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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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Feb 23

Is the lack of online gambling promotions crippling Canada online casinos?

Online Gambling Promotions at Canada Online CasinosThere are only a few notable differences between Canada’s online casinos; the home-grown variety and the internationally regulated ones. The most significant of all – one that’s contributing to a hauntingly wide gap in revenue generation – may be the lack of online casino promotions on Canadian gaming sites.

Online Gambling Promotions Crippling Canada Online Casinos

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, gambling promotions are, for the most part, illegal. No gambling operator, online or on land, is permitted to entice a player to continue wagering beyond their means. They must also uphold strict responsibility guidelines, making it difficult to judge which promotional material is appropriate, and which is not.

Handing out free betting credits to entice new players to sign up at an online casino is a pretty clear violation of Canada’s gambling laws. Thus you won’t find any ‘welcome bonus packages‘ at sites like Playnow (BC , Manitoba), PlayOLG (Ontario) or EspaceJeux (Quebec).

However, you will find these in abundance at offshore online casinos. They are extremely prominent, often promoting $1,000 or more in bonuses to new players. The value of these bonuses continue to increase over time, due to the exponentially competitive nature of the internet gambling industry. But not here in Canada.

Canada Can’t Win Without Online Casino Promotions

Without any form of promotions, it’s extremely difficult for Canada online casinos to compete with their offshore rivals. It’s not just welcome bonuses that are grabbing the attention of players, but continual promo offers. Make another deposit, get another bonus. It’s your birthday? Here’s another bonus. Climbing the VIP ladder? Here’s an even bigger bonus!

The promotional offerings from internationally regulated casinos that accept Canadians are incredibly enticing. If provincial regulators aren’t allowed to do something similar – even on a much smaller scale – convincing players in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec to choose them over offshore sites will only become more difficult.

Who’s Really Losing Out? Revenue vs. Responsibility

When it comes to responsibility, Canadian gambling laws do make sense. The nation is on a narrow track in its efforts to reduce at-risk and problem gambling. As journalist Russel Wangersky of The Telegram points out, promotions of this nature would be terrible for a recovering gambling addict.

“It would be the equivalent of the liquor store sending a recovering alcoholic a coupon for a free flask of vodka,” he says.

In Wangersky’s case, the issue arose when he received a free $20 voucher in the mail from Atlantic Lotto to place bets at ALC.com. His story went a bit deeper though.

Back in late 2014, in order to fulfill due diligence in an investigative report, he joined ALC.com and dropped $20 in his account. He then wagered his way through it, playing various online lotto games, and went about writing his article. With his account tapped out, he let it go dormant.

Then all of a sudden, just last week – more than 3 years later – he received a plain white envelope in the mail. No return address or other information was visible on the envelope. Inside was letter that began, “We miss you!”. It was from Atlantic Lotto, who missed him so much they sent him a free $20 betting coupon.

“I’m glad I’m not a recovering gambling addict,” says Wangersky, who went on to analogize the situation with a recovering alcoholic enticed by free liquor.

It brings into focus two questions. First and foremost, is the ALC in violation of Canada’s gambling laws with that kind of material? And second, would a potential spike in problem gambling be worth the vast increase in revenue that legalizing Canada online casino promotions could create?

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Feb 02

Canadians look to Super Bowl LI Prop Bets

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Canadian sportsbooks are always finding something interesting to entice their punters with. This week, the sports betting world is turning its attention to Super Bowl LI prop bets, and there’s definitely some strange ones to place odds on as we prepare for the big game this weekend.

2017 Super Bowl Prop Bets

On Sunday, February 5, the world will look on as super-star quarterback Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots to into their ninth Super Bowl appearance – the seventh since Brady took the helm in 2000. Undoubtedly the best quarterback in Patriots history, he’s helped earn the team 4 Super Bowl rings, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015.

The Atlanta Falcons will have their work cut out for them this weekend. This year marks only their second appearance in a Super Bowl, with no Vince Lombardi Trophy yet adorning the team’s locker room. But the Falcons are on a hot streak as QB Matt Ryan and RB Devonta Freeman led the Falcons in scoring 540 points in the regular season; the 7th highest in NFL history.

2017 Super Bowl Prop Bets

It’s going to be a tough match-up, but most sports bettors aren’t focusing on who will win the game, so much as what will happen from start to finish. Super Bowl LI prop bets are the talk of Canadian sportsbooks, with some obvious – and some rather strange – odds on offer.

Deflategate

One of the most interesting I’ve seen yet is how many times will the word ‘Defalte‘ or ‘Deflategate‘ be used during the game’s live broadcast. Most sportsbooks have the Over/Under on this set at 1-1/2, and that’s a no-brainer in my book. It’s going to be awhile before Brady and the Pats overcome that scandal. I’ll take the Over, please.

National Anthem

Luke Bryan has been scheduled to sing the National Anthem, and there’s a wide range of prop bets available on his performance alone. What will he be wearing? Will he have a hat on? How long will the song last, and will he mess it up? There’s even odds on whether any players will be seen kneeling on the sidelines during his performance.

The Don

US President Donald Trump came up in a few Super Bowl LI prop bets, as well. Sports betting enthusiasts can wager on who the new US leader pick to win the game, as well as how many times the word ‘Trump‘ will be said during the game (excluding halftime and commercials). There’s even a prop bet for what will be larger – the number of yards Tom Brady rushes for, or the length of President Trump’s same-day interview with Bill O’Reilly (in televised minutes)?

Game Props

And of course, there are many 2017 Super Bowl prop bets actually associated with the game, like who will win the coin toss, who will kick first, score first, get the first TD and first field goal, etc. To the surprise of no one, odds are on Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl MVP, with Matt Ryan running a close second.

Super Bowl Prop Bet Promos

For Canadian sportsbook fans in BC and Manitoba, there’s even a special $1,000,000 Super Pool taking place at PlayNow.com. Members can pay $5 to set their picks on a range of 25 Super Bowl prop bets, and if they manage to tick the right box in every single one of them, they’ll be awarded the massive million dollar prize.

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Nov 17

Two Manitoba Casinos begin 24hr Gambling on Weekends Dec 2

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Two Casinos in Manitoba to Open 24 Hours Ever had the urge to hit the slot machines at 4am? Maybe you had a hankering for blackjack at 6am? You could always do this at an online casino, but if you happen to live in the Winnipeg area, you’ll be happy to know that two Manitoba casinos will be open 24 hours straight starting December 2.

The provincial government has selected the Club Regent and McPhillips Station, both in Winnipeg, to spearhead their latest pilot project. The idea is to find out whether it’s a good idea to allow casinos in Manitoba to stay open 24 hours on weekends.

At the moment, Manitoba casinos are required to close their doors no later than 3am, and open up again at 10am the following morning. Except on Sundays, when they don’t open until noon.

New Schedule for 2 Manitoba Casino

Under the new pilot program, Club Regent and McPhillips Station will follow the traditional schedule during the week. On Fridays, though, the doors will open at 10am, as usual, but will not close again until 3am on the following Monday morning. If that Monday happens to be a statutory holiday, the casinos will remain open an additional 2 hours, closing at 3am on Tuesday.

There’s only one day out of the year that the schedule will be altered, and that’s for the Christmas holiday.

On Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 – Christmas Eve – the two casinos in Manitoba will close at 6pm sharp. They will reopen on Boxing Day (Dec 26) at 10am, ensuring that no staff members have to work on Christmas Eve night or Christmas Day.

The Manitoba casinos will continue to operate with these weekend hours for four months. At that time, provincial officials will review the new hours of operation to determine if the project was successful. If so, all casinos in Manitoba could soon be servicing slots fans and blackjack aficionados during all hours at week’s end.

Gaming at Club Regent Casino Manitoba

There’s a lot you can do at Club Regent between the hours of 3am and 10am (and all other hours, of course). You could play one of the 900+ slot machines, including more than 650 penny slots and 2-cent slots (others take as high as $100).

Maybe you fancy a late-night round of bingo? The final balls are usually called at the Sunset II midnight session, but could go on into the wee hours come December. And who doesn’t love waking up with the dawn to pick some Keno numbers?

If you prefer table games, there’s no shortage of those either. Winnipeg’s finest can toss chips in the live poker room, hosting Texas Holdem or Omaha Holdem games, or go for broke at one of 8 casino table game variants: Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, EZ Baccarat, High Card Flush, Texas Holdem Bonus Poker, Let It Ride and EZ Pai Gow.

Gaming at McPhillips Station Casino Manitoba

McPhillips Station Casino is, for the most part, a slightly smaller mirror of it’s sister-site, Club Regent. The game variety is a bit different and includes over 800 slots machines (200+ penny and 2-cent slots), Blackjack, Baccarat, Squeeze Baccarat, High Card Flush, Craps, Roulette, Texas Holdem Bonus Poker and Fortune Pai Gow Poker.

The Manitoba casino also hosts Bingo, Keno and a live poker room with $1/$2 No Limit Texas Holdem.

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