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Threat of crackdown looms over online gambling industry in Canada

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The Canadian government’s friendly attitude towards online gambling is fading fast.

A new bill titled “Quebec’s Bill 74,” which is awaiting a court decision, could prevent foreign online gambling operators from taking too much of the revenue generated by the Canadian online gambling industry.

Canada’s existing online gambling laws allow for betting on an online gambling site, provided the operator does not have any offline gambling establishments in Canada. This is a big hit for the provincial casinos that operate their own websites like Espacejeux and PlayNow.com. Legislators are also concerned that a significant number of Canadians are playing an offshore websites and all that revenue is not being taxed.

Estimates show that the Canadian online gambling industry generated CAD$17.3 billion for 2017.

Bill 74 which was passed by the Quebec legislature in 2016 looks to address all of these issues. The bill also looks to get local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block foreign online casino sites and prevent gaming revenue from going out of the country. Quebec already blocked access to illegal poker sites in 2015 due to revenues being eaten up.

Loto-Quebec Pushing Hard For Bill To Take Effect

The bill has not gained as much momentum as Loto-Quebec would have expected but things are changing quickly. Loto-Quebec which operates EspaceJeux.com is the gambling body in Quebec that passes on all of the profits from EspaceJeux.com to the government. The operator has pointed out in the past that their profits have dropped while profits for foreign operators have increased. Loto-Quebec was willing to allow foreign operators to offer services in Quebec provided they were willing to share a percentage of their profits with them.

Loto-Quebec has a list of 2000 gambling websites that they have handed over to ISPs so that they could be blocked. However, several ISPs did not want the burden of handling the job. So they, along with civil rights activists who did not like the idea of the government handing down restrictions, formally filed a complaint against it. The court case has been delayed until March 2018 and is still awaiting resolution. Many legal scholars believe though that the case will end up going all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court.

If the court does agree in favour of Bill74, it would set a precedent that Canadian provincial governments would be able to restrict Internet access – and may lead to other provinces following Quebec’s lead.

Source: top10pokersites.net


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DraftKings joins hands with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

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US-based DraftKings has signed an agreement with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi to officially open DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook. The new facility will start functioning on 16 November 2018. The sportsbook will transform Scarlet Pearl’s existing PRL Bar into a multi-screen betting and social destination for sports lovers.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, whose leadership has a high bar for quality and a forward-thinking approach to sports betting; a perfect fit for DraftKings,” said Matt Kalish, Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of DraftKings. “We’re excited to bring and offer an innovative sports betting experience to sports fans in one of the largest and most competitive gaming markets in the U.S.”

DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook will offer a superior customer experience that includes the opportunity to wager on dozens of sports. In addition, the sportsbook will soon offer live, in-game betting with three windows, giving sports fans a variety of ways to place their bets. Pending regulatory approval, the sportsbook will incorporate on-site kiosks and an on-premise mobile app.

 “We are excited to introduce DraftKings, a ‘New Way’ to game for our current and future guests,” Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort CEO LuAnn Pappas said. “Our collaboration with DraftKings is an opportunity for us to continue to set high standards on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and give our players a new home for sports betting.”

Directing the Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook team will be Nicholas “Nico” Sfanos, who previously ran sportsbooks for Station Casinos throughout Nevada.

 

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Aragon and Catalonia officials visit Zitro Games

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The high officials of Aragon and Catalonia have visited the facilities of Zitro Technological Campus in Barcelona. The visiting team was headed by the Interior Justice Director of the Government of Aragón, Ms. María Ángeles Júlvez León, and the Tax and Gambling Director of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Ms. Natalia Caba Alba. They were accompanied respectively by the Head of Authorisation and Sanctions Service Ms. Elena Pérez Aparicio and by the Gambling Deputy Director Mr. Amadeu Farré i Morel. The team examined the manufacturing process behind each product in detail.

Forming an exceptional entourage, and accompanied by Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, founder of Zitro, Manuela Jiménez, Vice President, Sebastián Salat, CEO, Marta Cuesta, Product Director, and Cristina García, Director of Institutional Relations, the authorities have visited the different departments which are located in the Zitro Technological Campus, where software development, video bingo and video slot game design and Zitro Interactive applications are carried out.

The campus, which is fully devoted to Research + Development + Innovation activities, also has state-of-the-art video and sound recording studios, as well as a plant that’s dedicated to the manufacture and quality control of Zitro and Bryke gaming machines.

Johnny Viveiros Ortiz said that “we are very grateful to the authorities for their interest in learning about our Technology Campus and we are very proud to show them our Factory of Ideas in detail, where Zitro’s great team turns them into unique experiences for players around the world, using the most advanced technology on the market.”


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From Alpha to Omega, BetConstruct chooses SiGMA

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Staying on a track of the latest regulatory and technological developments, on November 28 to 30 BetConstruct representatives travel to the capital of Malta, to participate in professional networking event SiGMA 2018.

“Malta iGaming Summit started 5 years ago, just when we established our office on the island. Since then the event has grown tremendously, just like BetConstruct, and became one of the most significant exhibitions in our busy calendar of events. Given all that plus a number of our products licensed by Malta Gaming Authority, we simply could not miss the expo.” – said Kristina Hambardzumyan, Regional Director in Malta.

To the world’s igaming village BetConstruct takes its fully-fledged white label offerings for the regulated European market. The line-up of gaming products has RNG and Live Casinos, Skill Games and Poker that has been recently added to our set of licensed products by MGA. As for betting solutions we have Sportsbook, Fantasy Sports and Virtual Sports. FeedConstruct will showcase the company’s data feed products with 4 in 1 solutions and Friendship Platform, a live video stock for federations and sporting video providers.

Alongside our standard package, the gaming products of well-known Malta-licensed casino providers are also available through our platform due to the recently granted approval from the Malta Gaming Authority.

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