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How US Supreme Court betting decision will affect Canadian gaming industry

Niji Ng

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The US Supreme Court ruling that individual states can formulate their own regulatory framework for sports betting has been creating ripples in the country’s betting industry. Looks like it is going to affect the neighboring Canada as well, where betting on single games is still banned.

The obvious impact is that the decision will adversely affect Canadian gaming operators who are likely to lose businesses to offshore and US outlets. However, there are long-term positive hopes that the court ruling could catalyse a similar decision in Canada as well.  

Falling on Deaf Ears

It is certainly not due to lack of trying that Canada has not done anything to modernise its regulations around sports betting.

Paul Burns is the president of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) and says the country has fallen dangerously behind their neighbours.

“It’s unfortunate that Canadian Parliament has had a couple of chances to modernize our gaming laws but chose not to. Provinces requested a simple amendment to our criminal code seven years ago, which would have provided greater regulatory oversight and control to sports wagering to protect consumers, athletes and the integrity of sport. This request has fallen on deaf ears.”

Burn says that not only hurts the public and their insatiable thirst to legally wager on games, but also the operators that are losing huge revenue to offshore operators.

He points out that the government does not get to reap any tax benefits from the gaming activity that is going on regardless of the laws are in place.

The Canadian gaming industry faces the potential for even more lost revenue now that legalised sports betting looms south of the border.

Billions Leaking Offshore

While they may not have the numbers their American counterparts do, Canadians love their sports betting.

The country only has a population of about 36 million people, but they bet an estimated $10 billion every year on sports. The majority of that money, however, is going to offshore operators.

Canadians are allowed bet through government-regulated operations, but single-game betting has been prohibited for decades. And as all good sports bettors know, a parlay is a losing play in the long run.

“Canadians are spending billions of dollars illegally to bet on sports because of the product that they want, and that’s a single-game bet,” says Burns.

Unless the laws change, and that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon, Canada could lose even more business to the US if states start offering single-game bets at brick and mortar casinos. That would be a blow Canadian casinos, whose customers could start heading south to get in on the action.

The good news is that creating a legal landscape for sports betting in Canada would be much straightforward than it was in the US. The CGA is now calling on legislators to make a simple change to the Criminal Code to allow it.

However, it remains to be seen whether there is the political will to get it done.

 

Source: onlinegambling.com

 

 

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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GAN plc: New Jersey’s online gambling revenue rises in November

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GAN plc, an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, updated the market following the publication on December 12, 2018 by the New Jerseys Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for the calendar month of November 2018 in New Jersey.

According to the latest financial report of the New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement,  online gaming win for November in was $26.9 million in November, which represents a 30.7% hike year-on-year.

The total revenue from internet sports wagering was about $238.6 million for the month of November 2018, a rise of 36.8% from from the previous month.

Sports wagering gross revenue was $21.2 million, $11.7 million more than the previous month’s revenue.

GAN is a leading business-to-business (B2B) supplier of internet gambling software-as-a-service solutions (SaaS) to the US land-based casino industry. The Company has developed a proprietary internet gambling enterprise software system, GameSTACK„¢, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for regulated real-money internet gambling, encompassing internet gaming, internet sports gaming and virtual Simulated Gaming.

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Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign to be launched in Massachusetts

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In a joint initiative, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the state lottery are going to launch the Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign. The campaign is intended to create awareness about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children and the pitfalls of encouraging any form of underage gambling.

There is a widespread practice among adults to gift under-aged persons a variety of shadow-gambling gifts such as scratch tickets, lottery tickets, believe it or not, or even casino tokens.

“Let’s try to refocus our consumers into giving toys that are age appropriate. As I mentioned during our presentation this is the type of really cute gift you want to be giving to someone who’s a child, you don’t want to be giving them a five or ten dollar scratch ticket or something related to a casino operation,” said Massachusetts State Lottery Director Michael Sweeney.

A toy drive will be part of the campaign to help provide appropriate gifts for kids across Massachusetts.

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PointsBet obtains New Jersey approval

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New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has approved PointsBet, an Australian company that offers an innovative form of sports betting.

The Australian company will function in association with the Meadowlands Racetrack on a “soft play” basis.

PointsBet follows a different system of payouts calculation. Basically, payouts vary, not a constant amount. For example, if you bet $10 and correctly predict the over in an NBA game, you will receive $10 for every point over the total. Conversely, you will lose $10 for every point under the total in a losing bet.

“The more your bet wins by, the more you win,” the company’s website – which has already been updated to include Tuesday’s news – reads.

“PointsBet is New Jersey’s first specialist PointsBetting provider,” the website says, with a picture of local New York Jets legend Darrelle Revis pictured as brand’s ambassador.

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