Ontario Legalizes Online Gambling

By Dan Nedelko

August 11, 2010

Last Updated on September 14, 2019 by Dan Nedelko

<p><a href=httpsdannedelkocomwp contentblogsdir1files201008ontario government stupidjpg><img class=alignleft size full wp image 790 style=margin 5px src=httpsdannedelkocomwp contentblogsdir1files201008ontario government stupidjpg alt=ontario government stupid width=302 height=303 ><a>So yesterday was an interesting day for me as a resident of Ontario and having been involved in the internet marketing side of online gambling for the past 10 years via clients who operate in the offshore space<p> <p>The Province of Ontario and specifically <strong>Premier Dad<strong> or <strong>Dalton McGuinty<strong> announced that online wagering on Casino Poker and Sports via ProLine will be offered in 2012 Now beyond the fact that Im 100 sure that the <strong>OLG<strong> Ontario Lottery and Gaming the overseer of all things gambling in Ontario will royally screw up the implementation of any online gaming site there is the higher level issues I have with Dalton McGuinty<p> <p>Specifically in Ontario<p> <ol> <li>Were not allowed to host Mixed Martial Arts events meaning they cant be held in the province <strong>Ed Note<strong> Yeah I know sigh<li> <li>If youre under 22 you cant have a drop of alcohol in your system if youre driving a vehicle <strong>Ed Note<strong> Im all for this actually lets just make this simple and make it zero tolerance for everyone<li> <li>Cigarettes cannot be on display in any convenience store They have to be covered in these massive grey cabinets see teenagers are dumb they even even cover their eyes and when they do they think they disappear<li> <ol> <p>In Ontario under the McGuinty government were coddled and treated like morons I say this as a pretty consistent supporter of the Liberal party although I would say Im a fiscal conservative ie dont waste massive amounts of money and social liberal ie universal education for all public support for the most vulnerable in the community<p> <p>Also keep in mind this Ontario Liberal government is scandal plagued Here are few notable examples<p> <p><strong>eHealth Scandal<strong> the Ontario government hired a completely under qualified Sara Kraemer to digitize all public health records in the province Its a daunting task and as I predicated when the project was started they screwed it up royally Not only has nothing been accomplished but there was also a nice contractor scandal to go alongside with it<br > <strong>OLG Expense Scandal<strong> In Late August 2009 the entire OLG board resigned over inappropriate expenses Now were not talking about a cup of coffee these were ongoing an high ticket price expenses from corporate douche bags that made 6 and 7 figure incomes Some examples include<p> <ul> <li>gym memberships worth $250<li> <li>Weight Watchers memberships<li> <li>club link golf fees<li> <li>a $1500 bar tab at a $3700 dinner for 38 people<li> <li>a $500 nanny fee so that a vice president member could attend meetings an amount since repaid<li> <ul> <p><strong>OLG Insider Lottery Wins<strong> yeah you heard me right If youre from Ontario you know about this scandal but if not then you might need a bit of background It comes down to people who were selling tickets were claiming their own winning tickets to the tune of $198 Million over a 13 year period Scandals will hapen I can imagine that retailers get greedy as they only get a small percentage of sales But 13 years<p> <p>This basically tells me the OLG is either incompetent and filled with highly paid bureaucratic do nothing greedy corporate douche bags or their just as greedy and corrupt as the insiders performing the fraud Maybe a little from column A and a little from column B<p> <p>Learn more about the <a href=httphttpwwwcbccaconsumerstory20090204insider winshtml>OLG Insider Lottery Scandal<a> via CBC News<p> <p>Ok so you might be wondering what my point is here Im not simply ranting about the incompetence of my Provincial government or the scandal plagued OLG or my personal opinion of the agency which as you can tell isnt very high<p> <p>Im saying that<p> <ol> <li><strong>Legalized and regulated online gaming <strong>makes sense simply put prohibition doesnt work Its been proven over and over again<li> <li>Government run gaming <strong>agencies should not be the sole provider of gaming services<strong> It should be a regulated and licensing process to let actual competent organizations run profitable and fair e gaming websites<li> <li>A <strong>government monopoly on the egaming space<strong> is going to be rife with <ul> <li>Really really <em>bad sports betting lines<em> This is in the houses favor obviously but the lines on ProLine are simply so far out of whack with any other competing lines its ridiculous Wanna lose parlays and be offered bad lines Play ProLine<li> <li><em>Poor customer service and not a clue from an operational side<em> what makes an online casino thrive Frankly they can contract it to a private sector company here in Ontario and they will not know what theyre doing either They simply havent operated in the space<li> <li><em>Online Poker will suffer from a lack of volume <em>always a problem in the poker space for upstart sites unless they plug into another network like Cake but they wont and they cant since these operators are currently violating UIEGA and I dont think that is politically correct<li> <li><em>Poor security<em> yeah yeah youre gonna secure it So was the BCLC with their PlayNow online gaming site<li> <ul> <li> <li><strong>Create a licensing system<strong> and let third parties operate legally in Ontario Lets not make this yet another LCBO scenario but who am I kidding Ive lived here all my life and Im predicting itll never change This will ensure a legitimate group of operators who will then provide tax revenue to each of the provinces offering their services in that locale<li> <ol> <p>So for these reasons I wouldnt say that this is a huge revelation or earth shattering event plus any additional revenue garnered by the Ontario government will blown in absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous scandals and programs all day Kindergarten anyone<p> <p>Stay tuned Ill definitely be updating this post with any new and stupid revelations in the Whacky Wild Dalton McGuinty Gambling Extravaganza<p> <p>Update August 122010 Looks like the <a href=httpwwwedmontonjournalcomnewsOdds+Alberta+will+roll+dice+cyber+gambling3388246storyhtml>Alberta Government is also seriously considering online gambling offerings<a> via The Edmonton Journal<p>

Dan Nedelko

About Dan Nedelko

A human being spinning around on this big blue marble with the rest of you, interested in Digital Marketing // Music // Art // Family // Business // Founder of http://hny.pt

  • Hanna Trafford says:

    This is a great article! Why is it that the politicians are not capable of speaking clearly and to the point? And still – why don’t they talk to people who know this stuff, would it not prevent them from looking stupid? I don’t get it – having these jokers making decisions is really scarry!

  • 2012 is still two years away. Obviously, I’m very much against in any form of gambling. Legal or illegal. I wish the world can do away with it.

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