Launch of Betway, Nova Scotia’s online casino

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Game of the week

Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Calgary Stampeders — July 30

Will the Blue Bombers ever lose a game?

The back-to-back Gray Cup champions are a perfect 7-0 (5-2 ATS) this year and are 1.5 point favorites in the FanDuel this Saturday when they visit Calgary.

Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson said Tuesday that several players on his team are battling illnesses and there are at least a few cases of COVID-19. Calgary was initially a one-point favorite when the betting lines opened, but the COVID news pushed the line back in favor of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg prevailed 26-19 in the only previous meeting between these two teams in Week 6, when they handed Calgary their first loss of the season.

Betway Live August 1st

Sources have confirmed Sports handle that Betway will go live in Ontario on Monday August 1st.

Betway received a license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on April 19, but had not yet entered into an operating agreement with iGaming Ontario.

Players who already have accounts with Betway, which did business in the province as a gray market operator, in Ontario will be asked to migrate their accounts the first time they log in after August 1.

Betway will continue to operate in the rest of Canada under the Malta Gaming Authority via betway.com.

The operator will launch a wide assortment of sports betting, casino, esports and live casino marketplaces.

Super Group is the largest operator in Canada, operating in the offshore online gambling market under Betway and Spin, a multi-brand online casino offering, with 28% of the total online market share in 2021, according to H2 Gambling Capital .

Nova Scotia quietly launches online casino

Nova Scotia launched an online casino product through the Atlantic Lottery Corporation on July 21.

“We didn’t want to make a big announcement about it. We’re not really trying to promote it,” Nova Scotia Finance Minister Allan MacMaster told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sports handle requested a comment from MacMaster but received no response.

MacMaster recognized how widespread online gambling has become and felt it made sense for Nova Scotians to have a safe and secure website to gamble on, rather than rushing to online casino products. offshore.

The Nova Scotia government launched single-game sports betting in the province in February, just before the Super Bowl. Sports bettors across the province can bet at retail outlets or online with ALC’s Pro•Line games.

TheScore Bet undergoes a major technology update

Penn National subsidiary theScore Bet launched its own in-house risk and trading platform on Monday.

The migration to its own risk and trading platform significantly enhances theScore Bet’s mobile product offering in Ontario, including increased in-game betting options, event accessories and an expanded library of markets.

“Achieving technology independence has been one of our top priorities from the start and I couldn’t be more proud of the incredible team that built this cutting-edge platform from the ground up,” said John Levy, CEO of theScore, in an email statement. “Running on a system where all components are custom-designed to work together maximizes our speed and efficiency and strengthens our ability to seamlessly roll out new features, wagering options and innovations. We are extremely pleased to introduce this improved product to Ontario bettors well ahead of the busy fall season.”

Sports handle reported last week that theScore Bet was undergoing updates during MLB All-Star Week, which is the slowest overall sports week of the year and a logical time for app maintenance.

TheScore Bet also plans to roll out a new Parlay+ feature this fall for all major sports.

We are still awaiting the first revenue reports from Ontario regulators, but theScore Bet was one of the most downloaded apps in the province during the first days and months of the new regulated market.

Niagara retail sports betting on the way?

There was another indication this week that a retail sports betting site could potentially launch in Niagara Falls, Ontario in the future.

Greg Yott, who was recently promoted by Niagara Casinos to Director of Sports Betting, is now looking to hire a Sports Betting Ambassador.

Sports handle contacted Niagara Casinos regarding the potential launch of a sportsbook at one of their locations, but did not hear back prior to the publication of this article.

Canadian Gaming Association President and CEO Paul Burns said at this month’s SBC conference in New Jersey that he was disappointed that retail sports betting was not yet operational in Province.

Ontario’s provincial lottery operator, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, owns Niagara’s casinos, but day-to-day operations are handled by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, which holds a license with the AGCO to its PlayFallsview mobile app.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, President of Digital Gaming, Rich Roberts, recently stated Sports handle, “Fallsview Casino and Casino Niagara would be two great places to have sports betting.”

Workers on strike at two Ontario casinos

On Friday night, July 22, a major strike was averted at six major Great Canadian Gaming Corporation casinos in Ontario, but workers at two GCGC-owned Durham Region casinos – Pickering Casino Resort and Casino Ajax – did not could not reach an agreement in principle and are on strike for an indefinite period.

Workers are demanding improvements to wages, benefits and pensions and pushing for more full-time jobs. There is also a wage disparity between workers at the two Durham Region casinos and other GCGC-owned casinos in the province.

Both venues will still be open 24/7 and offer electronic slot machines and table games to patrons, but other amenities, such as on-site restaurants, will have reduced hours.

Table games will not be available at Pickering Casino during the strike period.

Both casinos are located in populated areas just east of Toronto, Canada’s largest city.

The land-based casino industry in the province and across Canada is desperately trying to rebound from the post-COVID-19 closures of the past two years.

Bragg Gaming appoints Mark Clayton to board

On Wednesday, Bragg Gaming Group announced the appointment of Mark Clayton to its board of directors following Cristina Romero’s resignation to focus on other commitments.

Clayton has an impressive resume as a gaming attorney and has previously held numerous positions with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the global gaming practice of Greenberg Traurig LP. He also sits on the compliance committees of Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands, 888 Holdings, DraftKings, Flutter and Entain.

“Mark is recognized as one of the gaming industry’s most accomplished lawyers, with a career that spans decades providing legal and strategic advice to clients who are some of the industry’s leaders” , Bragg Chairman Paul Godfrey said in a statement. “Mark’s wealth of expertise and experience will serve us well as we continue to execute our global B2B iGaming expansion initiatives.”

Toronto-based Bragg Gaming Group will release its second quarter 2022 financial results before capital markets open on August 9.

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