London bookies are taking bets for all kinds of possibilities at the Olympics; from things going wrong at the opening ceremonies to the likely outcome of events between rival countries, there’s a chance to lay down some money on almost anything. But the most outlandish bet has to go to what lies out there in the sky. People have placed legitimate bets on whether a UFO would appear at the opening ceremonies and by evidence captured on video, an argument can be made some people have won a lot of money.
There are now three big names interested in the prospect of building a new gambling complex in Toronto. First Wynn and MGM expressed their interest in the idea, and no Las Vegas Sands has decided to get in on the action. According to a new report in the Globe and Mail, the company has been exploring potential sites all over the Greater Toronto Area.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is dedicated to providing support for local Olympic athletes, and does so through its Quest for Gold program. This year, the OLG is excitedly cheering on the athletes which received support from the program and are now competition in the London 2012 Olympics.
William Hill is one of the largest sportsbetting operators in the United Kingdom, but the company has had its eye on the American market for quite some time. The operator has purchase three Nevada-based sportsbooks and has just finalized a deal with Bet Smart Media, a Canadian gaming company, which help to solidify William’s Hill place in the North American gambling market.
Ira Rubin is well-known for his role in processing payments for the three online gambling websites indicted on Black Friday. He is one of 11 individuals who had been arrested for the part he played in the debacle, and he is the first to receive his sentencing. This week, the American Supreme Court sentenced Rubin to three years in jail for processing online gambling transactions for PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.
When Ontario Place was shut down earlier this year, local politicians believed that the former amusement park should be made into a gambling complex much like the Las Vegas Strip. The idea was thrown around for the past six months, but that pipe dream will not come to fruition as a report on Ontario Place’s redevelopment does not include plans for a casino.
In Kingston, the topic of casino gambling is a heated one. The city is very much on the fence when it comes to deciding whether or not a casino should be built. A decision has been made to host a council meeting to discuss the issue of bringing casino gambling to Kingston; however, it has not been well-received by many local politicians.
The London Olympics are starting shortly and bookies are getting ready to handle millions of dollars’ worth of wagers. This year will be the busiest Olympics for both online and land-based sportsbooks, as a number of factors encourage even more betting activity this time around.
The time is now – Zynga has finally decided to launch a real-money online poker application. After months of speculation, the popular social gaming company is ready to take the leap – and several well-known gaming operators are jumping at the chance to assist.
Most provinces across Canada are working on offering their own online gambling websites, and Prince Edward Island has finally picked up on the trend. After showing its support for the Atlantic Lottery Corporation’s online gambling venture, the local government is beginning to consider new and interesting outlets for the activity. One of its latest projects is called GeoSweep, an idea generated by a UK gaming operator called Roboreus.
The last instalment of the Dark Knight series has hit theatres this weekend, filling movie theatre seats with comic book fans and movie buffs. To celebrate the launch of the film, Microgaming has released an online slots game based on the series – and it has seen a great deal of success recently.
Recent reports have shown that Nevada is working hard to develop its online gambling market. Granting preliminary approval to a wide range of companies has put Nevada far ahead of other states interested in passing online gambling legislation. However, many politicians hope to see online gambling legislation passed on a federal level rather than having individual states pass their own gaming laws.
For the past few months, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has been shopping around the idea of building a new casino in the GTA. A number of municipalities have stepped forward express their interest in hosting the new casino – but Hamilton-Burlington is not one of them.
You’d think the online gaming community would be past prejudiced and sexual harassment. The cloak of anonymity that the internet provides should put everyone on an even playing-field – but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Recent reports have shown that female online gamers are being abused by their male counterparts, and women are now speaking out against it.
A recent report by the CBC has uncovered that the number of big lottery jackpots cashed in by individuals affiliated with Atlantic Lottery Corporation has increased. This news has alerted officials, as it may mean that some fraud is taking place in the local lottery market. Over the course of 2011, 64 lottery wins over $10 000 were won by individuals who were in some way connected to the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
Social gaming is the new big trend in the gaming universe. It allows players to access a wide range of games using their Facebook accounts, so they can compete with friends and share their progress on their profile. It is an exciting movement for the gaming market, but some are concerned that children will be harmed by social gaming in the long run.
Over a year ago, PokerStars was one of three websites indicted on Black Friday. Along with Full Tilt and Absolute Poker, PokerStars was charged with running an illegal online gambling operation, which forced the company out of the American gaming market. Now, PokerStars has filed a claim, hoping that the American Department of Justice will dismiss the charges.
Last year, when the American Department of Justice announced that running online gambling websites is not technically illegal, federal lawmakers jumped at the chance to pass online poker legislation. While plenty of states have attempted to launch their own online gambling websites (and a few have been successful), federal lawmakers are still committed to legalizing the activity nation-wide.
As far as celebrity poker players go, Roberto Luongo fared well in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Sponsored by the BCLC’s PlayNow.com, Luongo’s $10 000 was covered by the online gambling site – and he certainly did them proud. While finishing in 642nd place does not sound impressive, he beat out over 6000 of his peers, earning almost $20 000 in prize money.
Amazon.com is one of the world’s premier destinations for entertainment in the online world. You can purchase just about any book, movie or video game from the website. So, it would seem only natural for the company to venture into the online gaming market – and that is exactly what it has done. The new Game Connect Service from Amazon offers a new way for players to take part in all types of online games.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Raymond Bitar was unlikely to be released from jail, but those predictions have been proven false. After his bail was increased from $250 000 to $2.5 million (with $1 million required to be paid in cash), it did not seem as though Bitar would be walking the streets anytime soon. However, that has not been the case, leaving prosecutors concerned that he may skip town once again.
An issue that is becoming increasingly prevalent in Canadian society is that of underage gambling. Young people under the age of 18 are now getting involved in an activity that is reserved for adults, and a new program from the McGill Centre seeks to discourage them from doing so.
PlayNow.com is working hard to become an all-inclusive online gambling destination for players in British Columbia. With online casino games and online poker, the website caters to the needs of most players. Now, PlayNow.com has everything that sports fans could ever want with its new in-game live betting platform.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has paid for the World Series of Poker entry for Vancouver Canucks’ Robert Luongo. The company has recently coined a sponsorship deal with the famed hockey player, and this will be their first major venture together. Luongo will be playing in the main event of this year’s World Series of Poker, and BCLC is footing the bill.
Things do not seem to be looking very good former Full Tilt Poker CEO Raymond Bitar. After being granted bail last week, it has been revealed that he will be required to stay in jail as he fails to meet his bond requirements.
The biggest ever Lotto Max jackpot will be offered in the BCLC weekly lottery draw tonight. $100 million is up for grabs tonight, and several lucky players will be cashing in. It is a record-breaking occasion, and players across the province are excited for the event. Since the Lotto Max jackpot is capped at $50 million, the prize has been divided up. One lucky player will win $50 million while 50 other players will win secondary prizes worth $1 million. It is a unique format, but it still an occasion worth celebrating.
It has been over a year since we have heard about the potential for American players to receive refunds from Full Tilt Poker after the site was shut down during Black Friday. Over $350 million is owed to players, and the company has had a world of trouble paying it back. Now, Raymond Bitar, who has recently turned himself in to American authorities has finally spoken out about player refunds.
PokerStars has one of the widest-reaching poker tours in the world. The company sponsors dozens of tours across North American, Australasia and Europe. Now, PokerStars is adding another location to its internationally-renowned tournament schedule, announcing that it will be the new sponsor of the Brazilian Series of Poker.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has worked hard over the course of the past year to launch a successful online gambling website. Despite a few hiccups at the initial launch, PlayNow.com has thrived in British Columbia’s gaming market. Now, the BCLC is looking to take this show on the road, as it considers exporting its online gambling system for other provinces to use.
For over a year, former Full Tilt Poker CEO Raymond Bitar has avoided the American authorities. He has spent time in Ireland, where the company was based during its last years, but has finally turned himself in. Facing charges of running an illegal gambling operation and defrauding players, Bitar’s sentencing has been scheduled for July 23, 2012.
Our neighbours to the South have had quite a difficult time with the process of legalizing online gambling. Despite the American Department of Justice giving states the ‘okay’ to launch their own online gambling websites, state governments have been unable to agree on how to move forward. As such, it has been months before any state has been able to legislate online gambling, but one has finally made some progress.