Changes for Canadian Players in Online Casinos

Published on: October 1, 2010 

The online casino industry continues to change, evolve, take steps back, and basically just try to keep running. Canadian players received something a bit interesting about their online casinos. Many players were sent emails regarding their accounts with Paddy Power, Bwin, and Casino Club. The emails stated that they would no longer be accepting Canadian players. It comes as something of a shock to most players since Canada specifically British Columbia has launched their first online casino.

However, it is not all bad news. The email from Bwin stated that their online players would be able to play in their instant play format. It was with regret that they had to take access from the download section away. They stated new regulations are the cause of the changes. The new regulations have stated a block on the online casino will be put in effect if they continue to allow Canadian players.

The reason for the block is quite interesting. Bwin, as with the other online casinos named above, use Boss Media. Boss Media wants to be able to get a licence in Canada as soon as regulations change. In order to do that, they must stop allowing Canadian players into their download section. Since the instant play software is different the regulations are not going to ban players from these accounts completely.

What the online casinos stated is that their players will simply have to join the online casinos instant play action with a new account, rather than with the Boss Media account they have. To make this transition appealing Bwin and other casinos are offering welcome bonuses in the form of 100 percent free money based on the amount of the deposit made by the player.

For the moment no changes have been made to Canadian laws, but the expected change is what has caused this move. Many online casinos feel that Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia will have more online casinos in the near future with regulation changes allowing licences. Once this occurs and regulation along with legalisation occurs the online casinos want to be ready. There has been nothing to confirm how soon the changes will be made.

United Kingdom players do not have to worry about these changes, other than it creates an interesting story and more money in the download casino for them to win. With less competition in the download casino more UK players can win the jackpots.

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