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Online Casino Gambling is Growing in Canada

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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.

Open-minded Laws

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.

Mobile Play

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

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New York Rangers get OK to interview Gerard Gallant for coaching job

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The New York Rangers plan to interview Gerard Gallant for their head coaching job, TSN reported.

The Vegas Golden Knights, who fired Gallant during the 2019-20 season, reportedly have granted permission.

A first conversation between the Rangers and Gallant was expected to take place quickly, before Gallant heads to Latvia to coach Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship, which runs from May 21-June 6.

Gallant, 57, was the first coach of the expansion Golden Knights and led them to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 2017-18. The Washington Capitals won in five games.

He was fired 49 games into his third season when the team was 24-19-6, and he had an overall record of 118-75-20 with Vegas.

He also coached the Columbus Blue Jackets (2003-07) and Florida Panthers (2014-17) and has a career record of 270-216-4-51 in 541 career games as a head coach.

The Rangers are in the midst of an overhaul. They fired head coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches on Wednesday, following the dismissal last week of team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton.

The Rangers failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight season after posting a 27-23-6 record in 2020-21. They finished in fifth place in the East Division.

Quinn, 54, compiled a 96-87-25 record during his three seasons as coach of the Rangers after taking over for Alain Vigneault on May 23, 2018.

–Field Level Media

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NHL wants answer on Canada border crossing soon

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The NHL has asked the Canadian government for a decision by June 1 about U.S. teams crossing the border during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, ESPN reported Friday.

 

The Canadian teams played only each other during the 2020-21 season in a revamped North Division because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that will continue during the first two rounds of the playoffs. It’s what happens after that — in the semifinals and finals — that is up in the air.

 

“The conversations are ongoing. We’ve told them we really do need to know by the end of the first round, and that’s around June 1,” Steve Mayer, the league’s chief content officer, told ESPN. “That’s pretty much the date that we’ve talked to them about, saying we have to know one way or another.”

 

Last season, the playoffs were held in bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto.

 

Under current rules, American-based teams couldn’t play in Canada without mandatory quarantines, which would make travel for home-and-away games impossible under the playoff calendar.

 

The NHL and government representatives last talked a week ago, and the Canadian officials submitted a variety of questions for the league’s response.

 

In the interim, Mayer said, the league has discussed the possibility of the Canadian team that advances from the North Division being based in the U.S. for the duration of the postseason. Talks have occurred with officials at NHL arenas where teams didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

 

An NHL source told ESPN this week that the league expects “a positive resolution” to the issue, however.

 

–Field Level Media

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Canada to play 2 more home World Cup qualifiers in U.S.

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As Canada continues to wrestle with the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s national soccer team will play two more of its home World Cup qualifying matches south of the border in June.

Canada will face Aruba in Bradenton, Fla., on June 5, and will take on Suriname in suburban Chicago on June 8, Canada Soccer confirmed Monday.

The games are Canada‘s last two of four matches in CONCACAF Group B. A March 26 Canadian home match against Bermuda was held in Orlando, Fla., which Canada won 5-1. Also, the Caymen Islands were the host team on March 29, when Canada rolled, 11-0.

Only one national team advances to the next round, and Canada and Suriname top the group and the game against Suriname in Bridgeview, Ill., figures to be the deciding match in both teams’ efforts to advance.

Thirty nations from Central and North America are competing in this first round with six group winners advancing to a second round of head-to-head knockout matches for the right to compete in the CONCACAF final round of eight teams competing for four places in the 2022 World Cup. A fifth team from CONCACAF advances to an intercontinental play-in round.

As was executed in Orlando, the match in Chicago will be staged in accordance with the FIFA International Match Protocols supported by the relevant public health requirements.

“We had hoped to play these matches at home with Canadian fans providing the support and momentum to play a tough nation like Suriname in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,” said John Herdman, coach of the Canadian men’s national team. “The reality of the global pandemic and the priority to keep our communities in Canada safe means the match will be played at a neutral site in Chicago with no home advantage, but we will embrace that challenge.

“Whatever comes at us, we will take it on and do whatever we need to do to advance to the next round.”

-Field Level Media

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