Internet gambling has surged in popularity in recent years, and Canada is no exception to that. But what’s driving the increased activity at online casinos? Read on, to find out.
The Global Surge in Online Casinos
On a worldwide scale, it is estimated that within just a few years the online casino industry will be worth half a trillion dollars, an astonishing sum of money. In Canada itself, the industry already contributes around $31 billion per annum. These are hefty sums indeed, but how did they come about?
It’s important to recognise that the rise in online betting sites is not a Canada-specific phenomenon, but part of a global pattern. Canada is very much part of a common trend of the rising popularity of casinos.
Not only can you easily play at Canadian casinos online, the corresponding rise in smartphone and tablet ownership means that players aren’t even tied to a desktop. People can, and do, play on the go, dipping in for short periods at a time, even whilst curled up on the sofa at home.
Finding Canadian Online Casinos to Play At
This convenience and increased number of online gambling sites has also worked in players’ favour by making the gambling industry very competitive. All the top online casinos vie to offer the best games and sleekest websites, and you can review them at Online-casinos.ca. Here you’ll find the best recommendations, along with generous online casino welcome bonuses you can use to test out sites before taking the plunge.
The proliferation of online gambling has also made review sites particularly useful for comparing and contrasting provision of games, software developers, promotions, and more. Over time, the competitive nature of the industry has led to bonuses at Canadian online casinos becoming more generous. Likewise, the mobile platforms and social aspects of gambling sites are continually being improved, factors which help keep things fresh and explain the increasing popularity of such sites.
The lack of a physical presence is another major plus point of Canadian online casinos. Not only does this make them more resilient to local or global events (the 2020 pandemic being the stand out example of our time), but it also means new slots and table games can
be brought online in practically unlimited number, whereas brick-and-mortar companies are constrained by the physical limitations of their establishments.
Technological progress has long been a hallmark of online casinos, from the inception of betting over the internet through to mobile compatibility and the use of cryptocurrency for payments. Many now expect VR to be the next major leap forward for the leading Canadian gambling sites, particularly in the field of live dealer table games which seem naturally suited to the potential and limitations of VR technology.
Online casinos are particularly good for Canadians, who have an enormous country with low population density. Unlike older, more crowded European states such as the Netherlands or the United Kingdom, real world establishments can be altogether further away, making them impractical for many residents. But gambling sites are only as far away as your hardware, whether computer or mobile device.
Money Matters: Financial Advantages at Online Casinos
Whilst old methods such as credit and debit cards, and even ye olde bank wire, remain universally accepted payment methods at Canadian online casinos, funding options are only going to increase. Already cryptocurrency (particularly bitcoin) is becoming more widely accepted, and e-wallets are available almost everywhere, although it’s worth noting Canadians will have difficulty betting with most e-wallets. This can be something of an issue as e-wallets including Neteller and Skrill aren’t available to Canadians for gambling purposes but are amongst the most popular options at casinos. Incidentally, players from Canada may also struggle to withdraw using Mastercard (although deposits should be ok). Pre-paid cards and new systems such as Apple Pay are also becoming increasingly available at online gambling sites, making them more convenient for players who prefer cutting edge methods of personal finance.
One general advantage that online casinos in Canada can have over real world establishments is the lower overheads. Just as an internet shop doesn’t have to pay for a physical storefront, a casino on the internet doesn’t have the same staffing and building costs. The upside for a player of this is that the house needs a smaller edge to turn the same profit if it’s online. That’s why gambling sites tend to have better chances of finishing ahead for players. The realisation amongst the player base that the intangible, internet model actually improves the odds of finishing green rather than red is one more reason why more and more people are trying their hand at casinos on the internet.
Casinos and Communities
Gambling is a significant part of Canada’s economy, contributing well over 100,000 jobs and billions per annum towards government coffers. In 2014/15, British Columbia had gaming revenue exceeding $1bn, with $39.5m from charitable associations (including casinos), and $95.8m from local government hosted casinos.
In 2017, the CGA (Canadian Gaming Association) reported that $1bn of the $17.1bn gaming win pertained to the hospitality sector more generally (food, retail, accommodation etc). In the same year, it was reported that Gateway Casinos & Entertainment had donated in excess of $1m to over a thousand community and charitable organizations throughout Canada.
Indeed, the provinces are a major beneficiary of Canadian casinos, with provinces, municipalities, and First Nations receiving 48% of associated revenue (5% going to charities and 3% to the federal authorities). This is particularly important as people of the First Nations average significantly lower incomes and life expectancies than other Canadians, and using gaming revenue for educational and health purposes can help to redress this imbalance.
Relaxation of gambling laws in Canada, often aimed at ensuring gamblers visit reputable, licensed, and audited online casinos rather than more dubious sites, is another reason why internet gambling has increased in the country over the years.
In that sense, Canada has followed a more mainstream European model rather than the typically anti-gambling approach taken by the US (although it’s worth noting that loosening of gambling laws is gradually occurring south of the border now). Some countries do have an even more pro-gambling approach than Canada, so there’s scope for this to increase even more.
Touched on above, mobile platforms allowing individuals to play on the go have been a real shot in the arm for the online casino industry. Large numbers of people already have smartphones, and, unlike desktops, they’re specifically designed to be convenient to take with you wherever you might go.
New games are usually designed to be mobile compatible right from the start, particularly with Android and iOS (the leading mobile operating systems).
In addition, many internet casinos are learning from social media and starting to incorporate social interaction options. These can feed into competitions with leader boards and challenges, and one can expect the social aspect of casinos to increase and become more sophisticated.
Online Gambling is Always Accessible
This is a new, and hopefully short-lived, state of affairs but there’s no denying the impact of the coronavirus on real world establishments in every sector of life. This includes casinos, and here the advantage of the online world is starkly illustrated. Whilst land-based casinos have been shutting their doors, correctly, for reasons of public health, online casinos are relatively unaffected.
The absence of real world betting establishments combined with the sudden cancellation of sports (and thus sports betting) has helped to drive players towards Canadian online gambling sites, which are inherently more robust to public health emergencies such as the current pandemic. Whereas real world sites have opening and closing times (and the lockdown has meant prolonged closure for many), sites on the internet are open all the time. This makes them convenient for everyone, but especially players who find themselves working from home and who might have odd new hours.
All of these factors combine to explain the rising growth of online casinos in Canada. From the general global trend to the recent pandemic depriving sports betting fans of their preferred pastime, and the surge in smartphones which feeds in to convenient gaming on the go, there’s no sign of the rising popularity of online gambling coming to a halt anytime soon.
PUBLISHED BY HARRY MILLER
Canada suspends activities at world junior camp after 2 players contract COVID-19 – CBC.ca
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that two players at its national junior selection camp have tested positive for COVID-19.
The organization said in a news release that the players, who were not named, are in quarantine at the team’s hotel in Red Deer, Alta.
Hockey Canada said it is suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game.
Players and team personnel will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test before camp activities resume.
Hockey Canada said provincial and local health authorities have been notified of the positive tests.
Fantasy: Waiver Wire – Week 12 – theScore
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Every Monday during the season, theScore’s Justin Boone runs down the recommended waiver wire pickups.
Rostered percentages are based on Yahoo leagues. Free Agent Budget (FAB) amounts are set off a $100 salary cap. Only players rostered in less than 60% of leagues are considered.
Taysom Hill, Saints
We were excited about Jameis Winston‘s fantasy potential in New Orleans’ offense, but Sean Payton named Hill the starter. Hill went on to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback Sunday, rewarding his coach’s faith and giving fantasy managers a new weekly starter at QB.
Hill passed for 233 yards while adding 51 yards and two scores on the ground against a Falcons defense that’s given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Tougher matchups are on the way, but Hill’s rushing ability will keep him in the QB1 conversation for as long as he’s starting. Based on the latest reports on Drew Brees‘ health, this could be Hill’s job for several weeks.
Derek Carr, Raiders
As we just mentioned, the Falcons are the easiest matchup for fantasy quarterbacks. This week’s beneficiary is Carr.
The Raiders passer is coming off a strong showing against the Chiefs, throwing for 275 yards and recording his seventh multi-touchdown game this season.
Carr should have no problem racking up stats in what’s projected to be the highest-scoring game of Week 12.
Streamer options: Daniel Jones at CIN (28% rostered), Andy Dalton vs. WAS (9% rostered), Baker Mayfield at JAX (31% rostered), Kirk Cousins vs. CAR (42% rostered), Philip Rivers vs. TEN (26% rostered), Alex Smith at DAL (10% rostered)
Injured streamer options (if healthy): Teddy Bridgewater at MIN (39% rostered), Gardner Minshew vs. CLE (13% rostered)
Gus Edwards, Ravens
That leaves Edwards as the last man standing in what was once a three-man committee. Dobbins took a commanding lead in playing time (41 snaps) and production (85 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown) in Week 11, but he’ll now be forced to sit out while Edwards handles the bulk of the work.
Edwards has shown he can perform, whether down the stretch in 2018 or even more recently when he carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards and a score against this same Steelers defense back in Week 8.
Pittsburgh’s ability to stop the run has been greatly diminished by the loss of linebacker Devin Bush, so treat Edwards as an RB2 in what’s likely to be a one-week stint as the frontman in the Ravens’ backfield.
James White, Patriots
However, with Burkhead suffering a torn ACL on Sunday, White was thrust back into a significant role. He led the backfield in snaps while totaling a season-high 83 yards from scrimmage and six catches.
Damien Harris remains the Patriots’ lead back, but White has returned to fantasy relevance as an RB3/flex option moving forward.
J.K. Dobbins, Zack Moss, Salvon Ahmed, Jamaal Williams, Latavius Murray, Wayne Gallman, and Phillip Lindsay are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
High-upside backups Alexander Mattison (33% rostered), Boston Scott (29% rostered), Carlos Hyde (46% rostered), and Brian Hill (7% rostered) should be rostered in most leagues.
Flex options: Frank Gore vs. MIA (10% rostered), Adrian Peterson vs. HOU (54% rostered), Kerryon Johnson vs. HOU (16% rostered), Tony Pollard vs. WAS (19% rostered)
Risky flex options: Cam Akers vs. SF (31% rostered), Malcolm Brown vs. SF (28% rostered), Justice Hill at PIT (0% rostered), Jordan Wilkins vs. TEN (10% rostered), Devontae Booker at ATL (10% rostered), Ty Johnson vs. MIA (0% rostered)
Other backups to roster: Sony Michel vs. ARI (25% rostered), Benny Snell Jr. vs. BAL (5% rostered), Joshua Kelley at BUF (28% rostered), D’Onta Foreman at IND (0% rostered), Jeremy McNichols at IND (1% rostered), Samaje Perine vs. NYG (1% rostered), Devine Ozigbo vs. CLE (1% rostered)
Injury stashes: Tevin Coleman at LAR (18% rostered), Rashaad Penny at PHI (4% rostered)
Deeper stashes: Anthony McFarland Jr. vs. BAL (1% rostered), Darrel Williams at TB (2% rostered), Jordan Howard vs. SEA (17% rostered), Royce Freeman vs. NO (1% rostered)
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
Get ready to see some familiar names in the receiver section because it’s filled with players we recommended last week.
Pittman has clearly asserted himself as the Colts’ top receiving option. In addition to posting stat lines of 4-56-0, 7-101-0, and 3-66-1 over his last three games, the rookie led the receiving corps in snaps by a wide margin this past week.
If he’s still available in your league, Pittman is a WR3 with WR2 upside for the rest of the season.
Tim Patrick, Broncos
Patrick is about to set a record for most consecutive appearances in my waiver wire column, yet he somehow still remains available in 79% of leagues.
Let’s once again remind everyone about Patrick’s weekly production since Courtland Sutton went down. Here are Patrick’s stat lines over the last seven games:
Patrick is now a top-30 receiver in fantasy points per game since Week 3, and he’s just patiently waiting for you to realize his value. Unless you’re stacked at wideout, go and give this guy a home on your roster as a WR3/flex.
Deebo Samuel, Jakobi Meyers, Sterling Shepard, Corey Davis, Curtis Samuel, and Cole Beasley are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
Flex options: Allen Lazard vs CHI (42% rostered), Jalen Reagor vs. SEA (28% rostered), Breshad Perriman vs. MIA (11% rostered), Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI (31% rostered), Denzel Mims vs. MIA (5% rostered), Emmanuel Sanders at DEN (49% rostered), Nelson Agholor at ATL (20% rostered)
Risky flex options: Sammy Watkins at TB (41% rostered), Keelan Cole vs. CLE (28% rostered), K.J. Hamler vs. NO (6% rostered), Josh Reynolds vs. SF (12% rostered), Damiere Byrd vs. ARI (2% rostered), Darnell Mooney at GB (8% rostered), Keke Coutee at DET (0% rostered), Rashard Higgins at JAX (12% rostered), Henry Ruggs, at ATL (31% rostered), Russell Gage vs. LV (7% rostered)
Dart-throw flex options: Marvin Hall vs. HOU (2% rostered), Khadarel Hodge at JAX (0% rostered), Gabriel Davis vs. LAC (1% rostered), Hunter Renfrow at ATL (19% rostered), Anthony Miller at GB (18% rostered), Michael Gallup vs. WAS (44% rostered), Zach Pascal vs. TEN (7% rostered), Jakeem Grant at NYJ (9% rostered), Steven Sims Jr. at DAL (2% rostered), Demarcus Robinson at TB (2% rostered), N’Keal Harry vs. ARI (8% rostered), Tre’Quan Smith at DEN (12% rostered), David Moore at PHI (5% rostered), Willie Snead at PIT (4% rostered), Chris Conley vs. CLE (1% rostered)
Injury stashes: Laviska Shenault vs. CLE (17% rostered), Julian Edelman vs. ARI (28% rostered)
Deep bench stashes: Auden Tate vs. NYG (1% rostered), Cam Sims at DAL (1% rostered), Jalen Guyton at BUF (1% rostered), Dez Bryant at PIT (9% rostered)
Robert Tonyan, Packers
Tonyan is coming off a five-catch, 44-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Colts.
Though his target share is likely to be more volatile now that the Packers’ receiving corps is back to full health, he has a favorable matchup with the Bears.
Chicago’s defense has been strong this year, but it’s giving up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends, making Tonyan a solid streamer in Week 12.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
Schultz‘s numbers dipped to unplayable fantasy levels after Dak Prescott was lost for the season. Fortunately, he’s had a resurgence in the last few weeks with stat lines of 6-53-0, 4-48-0, and 4-25-1.
Washington is the eighth-best matchup for fantasy tight ends, so Schultz can be played with confidence as a streamer this week.
Austin Hooper, Logan Thomas, and Mike Gesicki are around the 60% rostered mark and should be rostered in almost all leagues.
Streamer options: Jordan Reed at LAR (15% rostered), Jordan Kins at DET (2% rostered), Jimmy Graham at GB (38% rostered), Irv Smith Jr. vs. CAR (8% rostered), Trey Burton at TEN (17% rostered)
Risky streamer options: Jacob Hollister at PHI (0% rostered), Will Dissly at PHI (1% rostered), Chris Herndon vs. MIA (13% rostered), Tyler Eifert vs. CLE (5% rostered)
Week 12 streamers
Favorable fantasy playoff schedules: Seahawks DEF (28% rostered), Browns DEF (59% rostered), Cowboys DEF (13% rostered), 49ers DEF (38% rostered)
Hockey Canada statement on National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp – Hockey Canada
RED DEER, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams, on Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp.
“Hockey Canada confirmed earlier today that two players at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp have tested positive for COVID-19, and have been placed in quarantine at the team hotel in Red Deer.
Upon learning of the positive test this morning, the decision was made to postpone the Red-White game scheduled for this morning at the Westerner Park Centrium, and to suspend all camp activities for today. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at camp and have continued to be tested regularly throughout the past ten days. For precautionary reasons, we will also ensure that all players and team personnel go through an additional test before resuming camp activities. The appropriate local and provincial health authorities have been made aware of the situation, and we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services. We will have no further comment at this time.”
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