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GGPoker and WSOP Collaborate on WSOP Super Circuit Online

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Tournament series to include hundreds of events and award 18 WSOP Circuit rings this May

 GGPoker and World Series of Poker (WSOP) today announced they have signed an agreement to see the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series debut on the global-facing GGPoker Network.

The online poker tournament series will consist of hundreds of individual events. A coveted World Series of Poker Circuit ring will be awarded to the winner of 18 headline WSOP Super Circuit Online Series tournaments. As is customary with offline WSOP Circuit Events, the WSOP Circuit Online Series will also extend two invitations to the $1,000,000 freeroll World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship official bracelet event, one to the Main Event winner and one to the overall series points leader.

Tournaments will begin in early May and continue for approximately three weeks. A full tournament schedule will be announced soon.

WSOP Circuit tournaments were first held in 2005, and the launch of the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series is the latest evolution for the poker tournament series, one of the world’s most recognizable and best-regarded.

The move online to GGPoker means that many more players from across the globe will get in on the thrilling WSOP Circuit action, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. GGPoker players will also be able to qualify for WSOP Super Circuit events via satellite tournaments, ensuring a shot at big prizes and WSOP glory for a potentially low buy-in.

“I’m thrilled to reveal that GGPoker will be hosting the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series in partnership with World Series of Poker,” said Jean-Christophe Antoine, Head of GGPoker. “A GGPoker and WSOP partnership brings together two like-minded global organizations, and I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online!”

Ty Stewart, Executive Director of World Series of Poker, continued, “We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world. It was unfortunate that we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this Spring, but with vast reach GGPoker plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly Super WSOP Circuit.”

GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu added, “I give credit to the WSOP for bringing the circuit online during these trying times. Winning a circuit ring is a great honor. Online players will love the experience of chasing rings at GGPoker.”

New GGPoker players are eligible to claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, spinning for cash prizes each time they reach a new status level.

About GGPoker: GGPoker is one of the world’s leading online poker rooms, with a growing global player base. It offers a range of innovative games and features such as the patented Rush & Cash poker, All-In or Fold, Spin & Gold, integrated staking platform, the ability to squeeze your card, PokerCraft, and Smart HUD, all designed to enhance gaming experiences and make poker more fun than ever. Find out more about GGPoker at GGPoker.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

About World Series of Poker: The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit www.wsop.com.

 

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Can Canada Take Lessons From European Nations Who’ve Legalised Sports Betting?

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Canada is another step closer to legalizing single-event sports betting, with a new bill proposing to overturn a federal ban on this kind of wagering recently securing approval in the House of Commons.

Currently, Canadian law only allows for parlay bets, meaning wagers must be placed on multiple selections, all of which have to come good for the parlay to win. If Bill C-218 becomes law, however, the market will potentially be opened up to sportsbooks offering single-event bets. It will signal the start of a new era, just as the overturning of a similar federal law in the US did in 2018.

Although technically outlawed, single-event gambling has not been impossible in Canada. Speaking in parliament, MP Kevin Waugh pointed out that single-event sports gambling is a $14 billion dollar industry in Canada, with the money going into the pockets of off-shore betting sites and black market bookies.

Summing up the problem with illegal betting, Waugh said, “There are no consumer protections in place. There are no problem gambling programs offered and no guidelines that bookmakers are required to follow. This also means that the economic benefits are not being felt by Canadians.”

While Canada may be poised to enjoy a big cash injection through the legalisation of single-event sports betting, what about the issues that come with opening up legal gambling? Canada will inevitably want to look at other nations which have long since allowed it, and learn lessons from the challenges and controversies they’ve dealt with.

 

Problem gambling and young fans

One of the issues with opening up sports betting is the potential risk of a rise in problem gambling. According to a study by the University of Guelph, sports bettors are at a higher risk of problem gambling compared to other types of gamblers. However, the problem isn’t so much with sports betting itself, as it is with the typical personalities of people who enjoy betting on sports. According to the researchers, sports gamblers tend to have a more optimistic, idealistic attitude towards gambling compared to non-sports gamblers.

Since the US Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) in 2018, a whole string of states have chosen to allow legal sports betting, yielding useful data on gambling patterns. A large-scale study by the American Gaming Association shows that 69% of sports bettors are male, with 45% in the 23-34 year old age bracket.

The takeaway from such research is that gaming authorities and charities in Canada may need to focus particular attention on younger, male gamblers who can so often fall into risky behaviour patterns. At the same time, lessons should also be learned from countries like the UK, where the widespread availability of betting sites on platforms like smartphones has seen a steep rise in women problem gamblers. Experts have highlighted that social stigma rooted in expectations that women are level-headed “caregivers” can lead to females flying under the radar when it comes to gambling addiction.

The UK has a long-established sports betting market, with gambling being further opened up with the Gambling Act 2005. An issue that has caused concern is the potential targeting of adolescents by gambling firms. A recent University of Stirling study showed that 96% of 11-24 year olds had seen some sort of gambling marketing in the previous month.

While there have been attempts to mitigate the issue – for example, by banning gambling adverts during live sports games broadcast before 9pm – controlling the problem on social media has become more of a challenge. Social media accounts for betting companies may feature content that’s interesting to young sports fans, especially when it comes to esports. This is another potential minefield that legislators in Canada may have to navigate.

 

Normalization of sports betting

Canadian lawmakers may also want to consider the significant controversy around how marketing sports betting can inextricably link sports with gambling within the culture. One of the countries with the highest gambling losses per adult is Australia. In 2017-18, this stood at a huge $1,292 AUD per adult for the year, with sports betting losses seeing the largest percentage increase. A 2017 article in the Harm Reduction Journal explored the normalisation of gambling in sports, and concluded that marketing aimed at young men was strongly linked to this mindset.

Many participants in the Australian study talked about how sports commentary links the game with gambling, using specific betting language and focusing on performances and stats. Some sports broadcasts rely on odds given by bookmakers, even crossing over to them during the broadcast to give live odds. In the words of the report, “Most participants stated that crossing to bookmakers throughout the match had become such a normal part of the game that they rarely thought to challenge the presence of these forms of promotions”.

In the UK, there’s been fiery debates around gambling companies advertising on soccer shirts. Eight Premier League teams currently advertise gambling companies on their team kit, while money from the gambling industry is also poured into lower-level leagues. Campaigners in the UK have long been voicing strong opposition to this influence, though they have had pushback from figures within football who cite the lifeline that lucrative sponsorships have brought the sport, particularly during the economic catastrophe of Covid-19. A new era of sports gambling in Canada may well bring such debates to the Great White North.

 

Creating laws and setting limits

Another challenge is getting gambling legislation right. For example, the UK’s Gambling Act 2005 was written at a time when online sports betting was still evolving, before the rise of smartphones made it accessible in an unprecedented way. The UK is set to update its gambling laws in 2021, and it’s speculated that there may be sweeping changes regarding online stake limits, deposit payment methods, and advertising. There will also be a review of VIP and loyalty schemes, which often target sports bettors, and can carry a higher risk of fraud and problem gaming.

Right now, many companies operating within the industry – including sites aimed at Canadian bettors – make a point of applying their own regulatory standards. For example, affiliate site BestOnlineCasino.ca vets its listed operators, making sure they meet compliance standards before recommending them to users.

Reputable online casinos and sportsbooks also have their own policies and tools to help people gamble responsibly, from deposit limits to algorithms that can detect risky behaviour.

The upshot is that, if and when Canada brings in single-event sports betting, it will have other countries’ experiences to draw on, and legislators will no doubt be looking around to see what kind of laws have been introduced and what’ll need to be included from day one.

As such, it could be argued that Canada has a significant advantage over other countries which implemented sports betting years or decades ago. While places like the UK have had to tweak and adapt legislation over time (with the UK Gambling Commission recently slapping online casinos with new rules on how slot games operate, for example), Canada will have a much clearer view of the ramifications of sports betting. It’s clear that the lawmakers know the potential impact of legalisation, but now it’s up to them to ensure they build a framework for safe and fair gambling in the country.

 

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Fortuna Gaming: Wizard Slots Launches in Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand

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A new online casino has launched in Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Wizard Slots, which is home to over 500 slot games, will now be accessible in Canada Ireland, and New Zealand to players over the legal gambling age. Wizard Slots is a popular slot game website in the United Kingdom, and the company is now expanding to other locations across the world.

Online gambling is a large worldwide industry and it continues to expand along with changing laws and legal practices.

With the launch of Wizard Slots in Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand more than 500 slot games will now be available online to players of legal gambling age. Games include famous titles such as Fluffy Favourite Slots and Starburst Game, which are two of the most popular online slot titles in the UK.

Wizard Slots is a casino website that requires players to create an account before they can access any of the slot games or promotions available online. The website boasts new games being released weekly, and it is currently one of the most popular online casinos in the UK for slot games.

Online slot games are a form of gambling where the objective of the game is to spin the reel and match symbols. This is the most popular form of online gambling in the UK, which has caused Wizard Slots to expand their reach to be accessible in countries such as Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Wizard Slots is an online casino that is accessible on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices in the UK and now Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand following the launch.

The company is fully authorised and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission for players within the United Kingdom. They also are now regulated under the AGCC in their new locations, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

For more information regarding the regulation of Wizard Slots and responsible gambling, please see the website: https://www.wizardslots.com/

Fortuna Gaming owns and operates over 20 casino brands throughout different GEO’s that includes Wizard Slots.

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Trends for new casinos in Canada 2021-2022

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The online casino industry is developing at a rapid speed and there is no doubt that this year will continue in the same way. As the market is growing, some new trends are coming as well, especially among new names in the online casino world. Of course, things like the current outbreak have also made a big impact on the overall situation, so it’s not that easy to predict what’s going to happen in the future. Still, we can notice new trends that will characterize the current year.

Market Will Continue to Grow

One of the most certain things about this year is that the online casino market will continue to grow. It’s not just about pandemics, the growth is caused by so many factors, including further development of mobile gaming technologies. Also, keep in many that many countries around the world have legalized or about to legalize online casinos this year.

As a result, we expect to see huge growth once again. The last year ended with more than 13% of growth, with a total market value of nearly $70 Billion. The year 2021 shouldn’t be any different.

Crypto Currencies are Becoming Mainstream

Another interesting trend for this year is that more and more casinos, especially new ones, are accepting Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. Not only that they have such a payment method in the offer, but also promote such a way of transactions with all kinds of benefits. Players who use cryptocurrencies are usually rewarded with additional bonuses. Finally, this payment method seems like a perfect way to resolve all the trust issues between players and operators. Although, looking a new casinos at Foxbonus – only a fraction offers payments with cryptocurrencies.

Much Bigger Share for Live Dealer Games

Live casino games aren’t a new thing but the last couple of years were really important due to the significant technological breakthrough. These days, such games offer the best playing experience among all online casino games. So, what we can expect to see in the following months is that the offer of live dealer games will become bigger and that such games will become way more popular. All that leads us to a bigger share in total revenue.

Virtual Reality Breakthrough

VR is still quite expensive technology and that’s the reason why we are still waiting for it to become mainstream. Still, we hope things will change in the near future. Once an average VR set becomes relatively affordable, the popularity of VR casino games will skyrocket. At this point, there are just a couple of VR casino games and there is no doubt that further development will bring the playing experience to the highest possible level.

Better Offers from Operators

The world of new online casinos is growing at a rapid speed and the competition is fiercer than ever. With such tough competition, operators are trying to attract new players with generous bonuses. So, we have no doubt that these kinds of rewards will become better. You may count on higher welcome bonuses, as well as on other benefits, such as no deposit bonuses, which allow playing without depositing any money.

Rapid Growth of Esports Betting

Esports games have become hugely popular and the current audience measures hundreds of millions. Among them, there are millions of players who like to put their bets on certain tournaments, competitions etc. The latest researches have shown that Esports are more popular than most traditional sports games and it’s only a matter of time when this competition will have an audience that’s comparable with football and other major sports. Therefore, it’s no wonder that pretty much every major bookmaker has included Esports in its offer.

Responsible Gambling Promotion

As we already mentioned, one of the biggest trends for 2021-2022 is the process of legalization and further legislation. One of the things we have noticed is that these acts are regulating not just the way operators can work and similar things, but also pay a lot of attention to problem gambling. We can see that fields like age restriction and advertising tools that help users limit their gambling activities or self-exclude themselves from playing altogether are all included in the legislation.

New Titles

While other industries are struggling during the outbreak, online casinos continue to develop at rapid speed. With the competition getting stronger, there is no doubt that a lot of new titles will arrive during 2021. This refers to all kinds of games, including slots, live dealer games, VR casinos etc.

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