May 25, 2016
If you are any sort of fan of online casino action at all you will want to pay very close attention to what follows. First a review of the current rules and regulations for online casino action in Canada as they exist on the books today. According to the way current law reads, online casino action throughout Canada is strictly limited to the individual provincial lottery corporations.
That being said, there is a sort of a loophole in this law that allows regulated internationally licensed online gambling site operators to offer online gambling services to Canadians as long as the servers are not located anywhere within the borders of Canada. Truth be told, that worked just fine for a number of years. You see, the Canadian online gambling market has been served by a number of international online casino operators for quite some time.
However there is what looks to be an alarming new development in the Canadian online gambling industry. For reasons that are not quite clear as of yet, one international gambling company after another has been effectively pulling up stakes and exiting the Canada market.
The latest such company to release such an announcement is none other than the giant online gambling company William Hill. An email sent out to customers of the William Hill Casino Club informed them that William Hill is leaving the jurisdiction for the “foreseeable future”. This email went on to say: “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you; however this decision has been taken for regulatory reasons beyond our control and with very short notice.”
Pay attention to the fact that it is not just William Hill that is exiting the Canadian online casino market. Back in 2011, none other than Paddy Power pulled the plug and left the Canadian online gambling market. More recently, back in 2014 the U.K. based online gambling company Ladbrokes pulled out of the market with very little notice. In addition, just last year, the online sports betting operator Betfair stopped accepting wagers from Canadians.
As you can plainly see from the above it would appear that those legislators who have decided that online casino action should only ever be available from the individual provincial lottery corporations are having their way after all. In other words, despite the undeniable popularity of the offshore online casino operators, Canada is slowly but surely pushing them away.
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