Online casinos banning Canadian players

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 7:36 am | By: Jeremy Schrute

With parts of Canada opting to establish their own online casinos, it was only a matter of time before they started weeding out the competition. After all, governments don’t like competition from the private sector. Starting tomorrow, September 24, groups of online gambling sites will no longer allow Canadian customers to download and play their games.

Though more companies are likely to join the ban, so far only Paddy Power, bwin and Casino Club have stated that they will no longer allow Canadians to download and play their games. All three companies use software developed by Boss Media for their download casinos, but also have no-download streaming versions of their games that were developed by other companies. Interestingly, though the online gambling sites explained that Canadians can no longer download and play their games, there is nothing preventing those same customers from playing the no-download games. For that reason, the speculation is that the Canadian ban was decided by Boss Media.

But why would Boss Media make that call? Likely at the urging of the Canadian governments, specifically the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Loto-Quebec. To shed a little light on the move, Casino Club released a statement saying that due to new regulations by the aforementioned lottery corporations, “online gaming products in Canada are prohibited. Unfortunately we are required to add Canada to our list of excluded countries.”

If the Canadian lottery corporations are strong-arming companies into banning Canadian customers, you can bet that those three companies won’t be the only to release a similar statement. If you live in Canada, you may soon have no choice but to play on the province-run online casinos.

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