OLG and Jackpot City Sarnia Share $5M Milestone for Charity
Jackpot City Sarnia in Southwestern Ontario is known for bingo. Furthermore, the venue has now reached an impressive milestone after raising $5 million for communities through its bingo and gaming offerings over the past five years. Read More
Gateway Opens Playtime in Hanover, Expands Across Canada
There is little doubt that Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is the preeminent casino company in Canada. And it has been growing at a faster rate in the past few years than ever before. Now with 27 casinos and more than 8,000 employees around the country, it is tougher than ever to find a new casino project not affiliate with Gateway.
Nova Scotia Opens Online Permit Process for Lotteries
One of several recent changes to the Nova Scotia lottery ticket permit process took place at the beginning of April. Those applying for Nova Scotia lottery ticket permits can now do so online. The new online Nova Scotia lottery process will make applications much easier for organisations that may want to obtain a permit for a quickly-approaching event. Read More
Ontario Budget Proposes Competitive Online Gambling Market
The revelation of the annual Ontario budget doesn’t normally excite online poker players and internet gaming advocates. But the proposals put forward by Ontario Premier Doug Ford last week are garnering praise from groups across North America, from the Canadian Gaming Association to the US-based iDEA Growth trade association. Nevertheless, the proposal for a competitive, open, and expanded online gaming market has also been drawing some criticism as well as praise. Read More
New Game of the Week: Durian Dynamite
Durian Dynamite may look like another fruit game at first glance. But the Quickspin developers put an entirely new spin on it with its latest release.
Quickspin is a Swedish slot developer under the Playtech Group umbrella, and it specializes in high-quality online slot games. It takes a somewhat traditional theme, combines it with the latest technology and graphics, and produces a unique game that takes the online casino world by storm.
Released on April 9, Durian Dynamite is one of those games. It puts the durian, a Southeastern Asian fruit, on center stage. The fruit is known for its outrageously strong smell, thorny skin, and sweet taste. It is sometimes called the king of fruits, and in Durian Dynamite, it is the king of the game. Read More
Mega Moolah, Mega Fortune Hit Big for Online Casinos in March
March was a big month for online slot jackpots. Many players won five-figure amounts of money from the jackpot games, and some even won six-figure amounts. But only three players won millions in mega jackpot slot spins.
Coincidentally, both of the games involved in the three wins have the word “mega” in their names: Mega Fortune Dreams and Mega Moolah. The former is one of NetEnt’s most popular games online, and the latter is the same for Microgaming. Read More
Durham College Opens New eSports Arena on Campus
For about one year, a Vancouver company has been touting the opening of an esports arena in Richmond, one that was to be the first of its kind in all of Canada. The facility was to open in 2019, but there has been little news since then.
Durham College in Oshawa decided to take the plunge first. On April 2 of this year, the campus in southern Ontario opened its own esports facility. The arena will serve as a training area for its own esports team, the Durham Lords. It will also host tournaments with seating for up to 120 spectators. Read More
First Nation Challenges OLG in Ontario Superior Court
Wauzhushk Onigum, a First Nation tribe in Kenora, is currently at the helm of a judicial review happening at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Divisional Court. It has been taking place this week, as a panel of three judges hears the allegations of Wauzhushk Onigum Chief Chris Skead. The tribe claims they were wronged by the Ontario Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Ministry of Finance regarding their Kenora casino project.
The tribe has been working toward developing a casino property on its reserved land in northwestern Ontario for years. However, decisions made by OLG and the Ministry of Finance have destroyed those hopes. Read More
Century Mile Racetrack and Casino Officially Opens in Edmonton
On April 1, 2019, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino finally opened its doors for business.
Near the Edmonton International Airport, Century Mile Racetrack and Casino is just off Queen Elizabeth II Highway and convenient in many respects. The facility had been Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino and operated as such for more than a century. In January 2019, however, it closed to undergo serious renovations per new management.
Century Casinos had already established casinos in Calgary, St. Albert, Leduc County, and Balzac. It subsequently bought the Edmonton property to expand its customer base in Alberta. Read More
New Game of the Week: Contact
It is not difficult to find online casino games focusing on the Mayan culture. Most probably due to a general fascination with the ancient civilization and its architecture, religious practices, and art. Contact maintains that focus, but in an entirely new and riveting way.
Play’n GO used its latest technology to develop Contact as a cascading grid slot game. Created in 3D, this game uses an angled camera view.
There have been a few games in its collection to use a similar design, such as Viking Runecraft. However, Contact combines the technology with a game theme which truly benefits from that type of detail. Mayan pyramids, artwork, and symbols allow for a combination that is already drawing new players to the online casino world. Read More
Manitoba Launches New Exclusive Bingo Platform with IGT
International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has exclusively created and launched a new Bingo platform with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL). The new Bingo platform features live session bingo games, as well as a customised, 10-game content bundle specifically developed for MBLL. Read More
ALC Requests Supreme Court Dismiss VLT Class Action Lawsuit
A VLT lawsuit filed against the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC) in 2012 centred around video lottery terminals. They machines are found in restaurants, liquor stores, bars, and other locations specified by provincial laws. In Newfoundland and Labrador, they are set up to offer reel games and keno, all connected to the ALC as part of its video lottery program.
Players must be 19 years of age or older to use a VLT. Players can also start as low as $0.05 denominations, and play up to $2.50 at a time.
Around 30,000 people opposed to VLTs in Newfoundland and Labrador alone file lawsuits against the ALC in 2012. So many joined in that it became a class action suit. And nearly seven years later, the case is at the level of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The latest development in the saga involves the ALC’s attempt to dismiss the case altogether. Read More
Parq Vancouver Quietly Fired Three Cheating Dealers in 2018
The Parq Vancouver fired three cheating dealers in 2018 for colluding with players. Apparently, the dealers were all charged by police, although there is no confirmation of this yet. Read More
Playtime Casino Hanover Opens in Ontario, Preps for April Grand Opening
Having had its soft opening on the evening of March 18, the official grand opening of the Playtime Casino Hanover’ is now planned for Thursday, April 11.
The renovation and rebranding of the Hanover Casino took several months longer than expected. Under the ownership and oversight of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, the overhaul of the Ontario casino was announced in September of 2018. The anticipated completion date was the end of that year. And then delayed to March 2019.
Now that it is complete, players have been welcomed back. The last part of the makeover will be to host the grand opening next week. And once the party is over, it will be back to business. Read More
New Game of the Week: Agent Jane Blonde Returns
Remember 2005? For fans of online casino games, it won’t be too hard to remember that Agent Jane Blonde made her debut that year in the video slot world. Fast more than a decade later, and prepare to welcome Agent Jane Blonde Returns.
Blonde took slots online by storm at a time when few games put a woman at the centre of a spy game. Let alone use a female lead character to attract a generation of new players. And Microgaming took care to portray her as a professional agent, too, with various costumes, weapons, and tools. All while paying nine lines and making her one of the more popular games of that year.
Players enjoyed the game enough that Microgaming brought the spy star back in Agent Jane Blonde Returns at the end of March. Stormfront Studios brought her to life in a new way through its partnership with Microgaming. Read More
BCLC Investigation Prompts Gateway Casinos to Drill or Burn Decks
A BCLC investigation into disposal activities at Gateway Casinos has led to the issuing of new rules regarding the destruction of playing cards. The development will affect all casinos in British Columbia. Read More
New Game of the Week: The Grand
Picture a speakeasy in 1920s America. Imagine women wearing fringe dresses, beads and gems, and men in gangster-style suits, walking into a smoky room with a jazz singer and fancy drinks. Think of The Great Gatsby. All this puts a player in the mood to play a new online slot called The Grand.
On March 12, Quickspin, a Swedish arm of the Playtech Group, released The Grand to numerous online casinos around the world. Two weeks later, it still remains one of the top five new slot games on most of those casino sites. Its popularity stems from the Art Deco theme of glitz and glamour. It also benefits from a unique 6-reel grid, and total of 214 paylines.
It takes players back in time, a century ago, in fact. The graphics are the type one might have found on a marquis sign or hotel advertisement, as modern graphics are combined with retro symbols to create a sort of time machine. And the music is soothing during regular play, too. With exciting sounds taking it up a few levels during free spins and bonus effects. Read More
New Game of the Week: Cash Vandal
Play’n GO is a game developer that puts a new spin on traditional online games. The company has been at the forefront of game technology since the 1990s, having been the first to offer online games for mobile devices. While Play’n GO has developed everything from scratch-ticket games to video poker variations, their developers are best known for innovative and fun online slot games. Enter Cash Vandal.
Play’n GO’s latest release, Cash Vandal, was opened to the online casino public on March 12, and casinos are snapping it up.
Cash Vandal is a play on the traditional fruit slots but with an entirely new spin, so to speak. It is the first 4-reel slot from Play’n GO to use paylines, of which there are 10 fixed. With a 16:9 resolution and all major browsers supported, the game is available for desktop and mobile devices. And it is available in 37 languages for worldwide distribution. Read More
Loto-Québec Extends with IGT, Set to Meet 2018-2019 Goals
The Québec government’s entertainment arm, Loto-Québec, has been a part of the lives of people in Quebec since 1969. The organisation was first established to offer games of chance in a controlled environment and reduce opportunities for organized crime. Loto-Québec has since become a part of the economic and social fabric of eastern Canadian life.
Loto-Québec now enters its 50th year of business. It is therefore only fitting that its financials prepare to show growth and meet its full-year goals for 2018-2019.
In addition, one of its most successful partnerships was recently extended. IGT (International Game Technology) and Loto-Québec are now linked until at least September 2021 for its video lottery system. Read More
New Game of the Week: Bookie of Odds
Slot games are popular. Horse racing is popular. Betting on horse racing is popular. What happens when all three themes are combined into one game? Players get a new game called Bookie of Odds. And it is one of the newest additions to online casinos as of March 6.
The timing couldn’t be better. Horse racing season is around the corner. Horses, jockeys, and trainers are coming out of hibernation, shaking off the remnants of winter, and preparing to race. Bettors are brushing up on their reports so they know all about the horses when they hit the tracks. And race tracks around the world are gearing up for a big season.
Everyone can’t make it to the track, though. That’s where Bookie of Odds comes in. The excitement of the races is captured in the game, complete with the sound of the crowds cheering, horses running, and announcers calling the race. Read More
What Are The Advantages Of Online Slots Vs Land-Based Slots?
Playing online slots and land-based slots both have their merits, but which is better? Online or land-based slots? This is what we are about to find out as we explore the great online slots vs land-based slots debate. Read More
RGC, AIDP Join Forces For Responsible Gambling
The Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is known throughout Canada for reducing the levels of problem gambling in the country. The non-profit organization is among the most well-known in its field. In February, the RGC then entered into a partnership with another gambling industry group, namely the All-In Diversity Project (AIDP). This aid-based organization focuses on diversity and inclusion.
While this partnership may not seem too significant in the gambling industry, it is nevertheless important in many ways.
One benefit is that it helps ensure that RGC’s staff represents the diversity of the society it represents. But further, the AIDP can raise awareness about inequities in the treatment of problem gamblers, and identification of gambling issues. As well as ways to better address the various types of people who may need the help of the RGC. Read More
New Casino Game of the Week: Arctic Valor
The time of year may be winter, when people are daydreaming about warmer weather and sunshine. However, Arctic Valor reminds online casino players of the grandeur and beauty that makes winter wonderful.
Microgaming is the vehicle through which Arctic Valor will travel to casino operators online. But its deal with Crazy Tooth Studio® is the source of the game itself. A recent long-term supplier deal made way for Arctic Valor to go public on February 20.
The graphics and features are stunning, capturing the player’s attention from the first moment. Six reels and four rows deliver 4,096 ways to win. Read More
New Casino Game of the Week: Champions of Rome
One of the hottest new games making its way to online casinos around Canada is Champions of Rome. Players at LeoVegas can’t get enough of it!
Developers at gaming content provider Yggdrasil only released the video slot for public consumption on February 21, 2019. So it is new, fresh, and currently the among the most popular games on the internet casino scene. It’s also available on mobile (iOS, Android, and Windows) and desktop platforms.
Champions of Rome is available in 26 languages, English and French among them. Read More
Microgaming Sets the Stage for 2019 with ICE Showcase
ICE Totally Gaming, often simply referred to as ICE, is a forum in which all members of the B2B gaming industry from around the world come together. It includes everything from the land-based casino world to online gaming operators, and everyone connected to the industry. Each year, there is an ICE gathering in London and from Feb. 5-7 ICE London 2019 brought everyone together for seminars, exhibits, and networking.
The official attendance numbers have not been released yet. However, ICE London 2018 recorded 33,536 unique visitors from 153 nations, with attendance up 11% from the previous year. The numbers should be up yet again in 2019.
Microgaming presented one of the largest exhibits on the floor this year. The company even referred to it as a showcase, complete with game introductions, live performances, and even specialty lighting.
One Settlement Down in P.E.I. Supreme Court Case, 13 Remain
Capital Markets Technologies and former CMT business partner Paul Jenkins have reached a settlement as part of the company’s P.E.I. Supreme Court e-gaming lawsuit. Meanwhile, 13 defendants also named as defendants in the suit still remain.
P.E.I. hired some businessmen to seek companies that would be able to develop a proprietary online gaming system and to become a regulator. It all happened in the early 2010s. However, the project quickly got out of hand, prompting P.E.I. to abandon all online gaming plans by early 2012.
The entire process was so rife with incompetence that lawsuits continue today. Read More
LeoVegas Wins Big At Global Gaming Awards 2019
LeoVegas is one of the top online casinos in the world. In fact, the site often appears at or near the top of the online casino rankings across a range of areas. This includes customer service, game choice, promotions and graphics. In particular, Canadians prefer Leo Vegas for its generous deposit bonus and 98% payouts. As it turns out, players all over the world feel the same, too. At the recent Global Gaming Awards 2019 ceremony, LeoVegas subsequently picked up two coveted accolades. Namely, awards for Online Casino of the Year and Mobile Operator of the Year.
The Global Gaming Awards is an annual ceremony that honors the very top firms in the online gaming industry. Other firms also receiving honors this year include Evolution Gaming and NetEnt for its Jumanji online slot. Read More
Microgaming Pays Record Progressive Jackpots in 2018
No matter what online casino games are popular at any given time, progressive slot jackpots remain the most sought-after games online. All slot jackpots are fun to win. But Microgaming’s Mega Moolah games regularly set records and pay out millions at a time.
When the numbers were tallied for 2018, Microgaming revealed that it had paid out more than $234 million CAD in progressive jackpots winnings for that one year alone. This includes the largest Mega Moolah jackpot ever paid worth nearly $28 million CAD in September 2018. Read More
Alberta to Launch Online Gambling via AGLC in 2020
Online casinos are prevalent throughout most of Canada. There are many sites available to Canadian players, from 888 to LeoVegas and dozens more. Most provinces, however, also offer online gambling regulated within their territory. Residents and visitors can play online poker, casino games, lottery offerings, and bingo, to name a few games.
They are all predominantly overseen by local gaming regulators with taxes and profits going to benefit some aspect of each province. For instance, education or charitable organizations.
Now, Alberta is ready to get in on the action. Read More.
New Year, New Online Casino and Slot Games From Microgaming, NetEnt, and Yggdrasil
As online gaming fans settled into the new year, some of the world’s largest casino game developers launched a number of new and upgraded online slot games. From Lucky Blackjack to Trolls Bridge and the Great Albini, the new releases offer fresh features and graphics.
NetEnt went further with a Turn Your Fortune game inspired by French Art Nouveau. Meanwhile, Microgaming celebrates the 15th anniversary of its brand partnership with Lara Croft with new offerings to come. All in all, Microgaming, NetEnt, and Yggdrasil found fun ways to ring in 2019. Read More.
Canadian Video Lottery Terminal Fate Rests on Unique Lawsuit
Video lottery terminals, better known as VLTs, are common throughout Canada, whether in restaurants, bars, or liquor stores. However, not everyone is happy with their presence in the country. In fact, approximately 30,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador have now been given the green light to file a class action lawsuit against state-owned VLT operator Atlantic Lottery Corp. Read More.
CGA Launches New Program To Showcase Benefits Of Canadian Gaming Industry
The latest initiative from the Canadian Gaming Association is a way to illustrate the positive efforts of the country’s gaming industry. The goal is to better inform everyday Canadians about the gambling community.
Too often, people without much information about the world of gambling view the industry as a dark one. To them, gambling conjures up images of old movies, back-room transactions, and the underworld. Today’s gambling businesses, however, are legitimate and respectable. This is exemplified by the companies and employees represented by the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA).
This, too, is the epitome of the Get to Know Gaming Canada program. The CGA launched the initiative at the end of 2018 to highlight some of the exceptional stories that emerge from the gambling community on a regular basis. Read More.