Canada Internet Gambling Laws

Internet gambling laws in Canada are, if nothing else, convoluted. Canada, with the exception of Quebec, is a common law country. This means that the decisions of previous courts have a large impact in setting the precedent, and therefore to a large extent, the law – or at least the application of the statutes passed by the various legislatures. What does this mean to us? It means that in the absence of any current court decisions that directly apply to internet sports betting, we must attempt to interpret the statutes in terms of previous court decisions regarding them.

Canada Online Gambling Laws At its inception in 1867, the Canada Criminal Code made gambling activities 100% illegal. Since then, however, there has been a general repealing of the laws to allow various types of gambling activity. In 1969 the Federal Government made it possible for the individual provinces to implement a variety of lottery and wagering variants, to include via electronic device.

All of the provinces have taken advantage of this, and have established the array pf lottery options available today. The only area that the Federal Government retained exclusive dominion over was pari-mutuel wagering. All of the provinces have maintained that electronic gaming devices are legal only if operated by the provincial government. It is categorically illegal to operate an online gambling site in Canada. The exception being the Kahnawake reserve, which has a certain amount of legal autonomy. The Kahnawakes have exploited this autonomy to their advantage and are the host to hundreds of online gambling sites. The topic of jurisdiction with respect to internet gambling has also been debated. Some have held that the actual gambling takes place on the server, so if the server is not in Canada, then the gambling is not in Canada. However, a federal court of appeals ruling in the case of SOCAN vs Canadian Association of Internet Providers found that the relevant factors in establishing jurisdiction were not solely based on server location.

Connecting factors such as the location of the content provider and the location of the end user were also included in determining where the activity took place. This would seem to put an end to the argument that server location is the sole determinant of jurisdiction. Can The Bettor be Prosecuted? What then of the end user? Is the gambler allowed, under Canada law, to place his bets on the internet? No law addresses this directly, but there is a large amount of legal precedent to suggest that the bettor cannot be held accountable under Canadian law.

The most notable decision in this regard is the 1997 decision of the Supreme Court in the matter of Canada vs Nelson. The court ruling in this case held that, “… This does not preclude the Canadian government (or a particular province) from enacting a statute that makes placing bets on the internet a crime in Canada. It would, however, seem unlikely given Canada’s involvement in the settlement against the US in the WTO dispute with Antigua regarding internet gambling. Canada would not want to follow the US down the road to WTO settlements to the tune of $US 21 million per year. Accordingly, Canadian sports bettors should find the legal environment safe and hospitable for the foreseeable future. s. 202(1)(b) (of the Canada Code) does not prohibit gambling itself, but rather is aimed at penalizing the conduct of persons who attempt to profit from the gambling of others .

Accordingly, it is argued that this provision does not prohibit the keeping of those things which an individual might use for his or her own gambling…but rather prohibits those things which a commercial operator would keep as part of his or her enterprise in profiting from the gambling of others. ”

This strongly implies that the current laws do not apply to individual bettors, and you would not be prosecuted in Canada for placing bets on the internet.

What They Dont Tell You About Soccer Betting

Some people depend their fun (and sometimes, life) on chance; sometimes they lose, but most of the time they wish to hit it big. If you are this type of person, you will probably fin interest in Soccer Betting. It is just like any other types of betting where punters in one side bets to win and those who, on the other side, just want to have fun.

Regardless of which kind of better you are, your eyes must look straight on victory. No matter how unpredictable (and exciting) the game gets, you must focus on beating your bookie. For those who are not new to this, the key to their success is to observe the guidelines set in the game. In that way, winning is almost always at hand.

But what exactly are these rules? Of course, the first thing is to know exactly what you are doing. You must clearly know what you are betting on, like the team and the points you will get from it. Of course, you should be confident about it.

The Team and the “Goal”

First, you have to choose which team you will side on. Next, you have to be updated on the team form, standing or performance of the team. You may want to search for the articles about the recent games of your team, know their strengths or star player and their weaknesses. Soccer teams have different motivation. Some just play for the sake of playing, others are so driven they have to win every game. With that, you have to get to know the “goal” of your team.

Home Field and Opponent

You know what they say about the team always performs well in their home ground? That is something you need to look for in your team – if they mostly win in their home ground or away. Also, a soccer team would most likely play against another team more than once. You may want to check the records between how your team stands against that other team.

Players and Updates

Another important thing to consider is to know the players of your team of choice. You will find this mostly by reading news about the team. Some questions to ask yourself are: who are the main players and who are most likely replacements? Who is the star player? Are there any injured player? Who is most likely to get suspensions, if not already suspended?

You have to be updated on the team’s schedule of games – not just the future ones, but also the past games they played. In this way, you can analyze if the strength of your team, on their possibility of winning, and if they would advance on a new level.

To have a higher chance, here is a checklist of techniques on bagging the jackpot:

Two Online Casinos Shut Down

Despite the problems caused by the UIGEA and the economic downturn the online casino industry is thriving. Yet every now and then there is news of some online casinos shutting down. This is because even in the best of times it is the fit that survive and thrive. Online casinos that have not taken the right steps at the right time are doomed to fail.

The first of the two casinos to close down was one of the first online casinos, Lasseters Online. The imposition of the UIGEA hurt many online casinos that were dependent on American traffic and Lasseters was one of them. But whereas other casinos made the right moves to attract traffic from Europe and elsewhere in the world, Lasseters did not do so. This lack of overall vision and the stuck in the mud attitude of the owners was the cause of Lasseters downfall. In fact for the discerning online players it was not a question of if but of when. Lasseters suffered a loss of $15.5 million last year. Lasseters International, the owners of the online casino, refused to inject funds because they were not convinced that things would improve. The review by an independent auditor made the same recommendation. The surprising aspect about Lasseters is that its sports betting portal is not closing down. So those online players who liked Lasseters can nurture a teeny weenie hope that that the online casino will make a comeback should the environment improve.

The second of the online casinos to close down, LazerWager, was one of the latest entrants on the Internet. It was launched in September 2007 with more hype than the heralding of a maharajah. It was touted that the management team had “more than 50 years combined online gambling experience”. The team included people of the caliber of more than 50 years combined online gambling experience who had worked with organizations like BetOnSports, Evolution Software, and Nine.com. But the expectancy of professionalism never materialized. Online gaming industry watchdog InfoPowa began to voice concerns over the promotions offered by LazerWager.

There were even complaints of slow payments, which are poison to any online betting establishment. Unlike Lasseters, which had announced in advance that it would be closing down, LazerWager shut abruptly by presenting a notice on its site without any warning. Also unlike Lasseters, LazerWager has shut down its sports betting operations as well. The notice in substance said that problems in processing payments have led to the freezing of their assets and therefore no further transactions are possible. LazerWager has apologized to its vendors, advertisers and its players and said that it would be informing them of the status of their accounts. Reading between the lines this implies that the payments may take a long time to come if they do come at all.

The Legalities Of Online Sports Betting

What is lawfully accepted in the US online sports betting scene? Is betting different from gambling, and does this affect the existing laws penned to address internet gambling? Let’s quickly look into the information that’s available to date.

Gambling has been an underground and mainstream activity that has got many people hooked for its play of chance and the opportunity to take home plenty of cash with little work. Although it does involve a large amount of cash in the long run, it’s still considered easy money to most especially with the convenience of the internet playing its part.

From horse race betting to baseball game wagers, the advent of the internet has propelled the betting industry into a global sensational matter that has people and lawmakers from various parts of the world debating and filing cases against each other. A few laws have been enacted but instead of setting the record straight, it produced even more confusion not just to the US but to partnering countries as well.

The three known rules in the US that addresses online sports betting are as follows:

US Wire Act

Known as the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, this law prohibits betting and wagering through the use of wired communications among states within the US or receiving money from betting or wagering through the same channel. While it does address the transmission of money for a wired sporting event, it does not directly cover the entire online gambling scope.

It did not cover a lot of bases in the betting field and it caused confusion to many people. As an example, through this act, the US was reported to the World Trade Organization by the small country of Antigua and Barbuda because they believe that their WTO membership rights was violated through the US Wire Act. This complaint won Antigua and Barbuda $21 million.

UIGEA

In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was put in place to ban of businesses to accept payments from individuals that result from internet gambling. This affected banks in such a way that they, too, are no longer allowed to process transactions that are associated to internet gambling.

This derailed some businesses and even closed down many. But some stayed strong transacting with the non-US market. The betting retailers that operated in physical sites continued to run its operations as they were not covered by this law.

Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act

HR 2046, or the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank in 2007. This provides licenses to internet gambling facilities by the FCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) which pushed to the side the UIGEA.

Its goal was to regulate online sports which was eventually followed by Rep. James McDermott’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act that taxed betting outfits, controlling the way they operate and helping the states through the profits earned.

To date, certain states in the US like Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, California and Pennsylvania have their own online sports betting laws which now allow a certain level of authorized betting within specific places.