Ontario's Online Gambling Averting Trouble

Published Monday, January 12, 2015 - Online-Casinos.com
Ontario's Online Gambling Averting Trouble

Now that the Province of Ontario has joined the other Canadian jurisdictions providing online gambling services the critics are at work putting the move in perspective. The spin the government has put on the Ontario and Lottery Corporation’s decision to modernize gambling in Ontario by offering internet wagering to its population is that it is trustworthy.

Cash strapped and in need of additional sources of revenue for the many social and sports programmes the government and the OLG provide, online gambling is reportedly supposed to make $375 million over the next five years, and $100 million per year beyond that. The $12.5-billion deficit that Ontario has will take some time to reduce with the estimated small revenue from online gambling. It has been suggested  the private online casinos and poker rooms take in as much as $500 million dollars per year in Ontario which the government hopes to take a part of with their internet offerings which include slots, blackjack, baccarat, poker and roulette.

Robert Murray of CAMH’s Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario said, “the convenience of gambling remotely is going to be attractive to a segment of the population.” Ontario is known for its inclement weather for a portion of the year so this statement may be very appropriate especially for the rural areas where travelling can be difficult at times.

With that in mind a number of safety measures have been installed to avert potential problems associated with uncontrolled online gambling. An interesting feature includes an application that automatically adjusts the marketing material it relays to consumers. If no adverse actions are evident in the players gambling activity then 75 percent of advertizing is given to product promotion and 25 percent to responsible gaming and if risk factors present themselves then more responsible gambling messages are presented. Other measures include a stop button to halt play and a hot line for immediate personal assistance.  



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