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How Canada Might Not Be Acting on Concerns Raised About Gambling
By Elina

As gambling is a very popular activity which is enjoyed around the world, one of the most prominent examples is Canada. Although this country is sparsely populated, there are a considerable number of opportunities to gamble. Experts estimate that $4 billion is spent by Canadians on gambling every year. However, recent speculation has been raised about the legality of gambling and the government’s attitude towards it.

In the USA, there are strict gambling regulations. The Department of Justice has clamped down on many online casino sites which are very popular. Not only is Full Tilt Poker banned in the USA, but so too is Absolute Poker as of 2011.

Canadian law stipulates that only governments are permitted to run online casinos. However, it has been reported that over 2,000 gambling sites can be played in Canada, but these are found outside of Canada’s borders. The amount of money which is being spent at these particular casinos is excessive, and they are very popular.

Canada’s attitude to gambling can be summed up by Paul Burns, who is the Vice President of the Canadian Gaming Association: “There hasn't been a huge public outcry. There's a high level of acceptance of offshore operators in Canada.”

Furthermore, as the amount of money which is generated in Canada by offshore online casinos is minimal when compared to other forms of crime (i.e. drugs), the Canadian government will probably not pursue the matter further until there has been a change in opinion. Stanley Sadinsky, who is a professor at Queen’s University, has also commented about this predicament: “For police authorities, it's not their top priority. They have much bigger fish to fry.”


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