Loto-Québec Croupiers Critical of Online Gambling Move

Published Friday, February 05, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

It is without a doubt a most controversial subject in most countries that are not licensing or regulating online gambling. In Canada in the province of Quebec on the Mohawk Nation's land within Quebec's borders online gambling has been supported for years.


Ordinary Quebecers currently have access to approximately 2000 online gaming and gambling sites. It is suggested that without regulations the growth of this activity results in negative consequences both for players and the community. Representing about 1,200 croupiers at three of Loto-Québec's four land based casinos, Jean-Pierre Proulx of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, has said that the government move to open access to online gambling is going to impact the business in a negative way. He feels that poker revenues will suffer and existing casinos will have trouble competing with existing online operations that have millions of players around the world. Proulx and other CUPE members contend that Quebec's online gambling offering will contribute to problem gambling. He says trained casino staff can identify and offer help to problem gamblers while an online casino does not have the same safeguards. Jeffrey Derevensky, co-founder of McGill University's International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems, said "it is very easy to track behaviour" and follow a person's gambling habits online. He added "Loto-Québec has assured me that they will be popping up warning signs to people when it looks like they will be gambling excessively,"

Opposition Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois, has been critical of the present government for allowing Finance Minister Raymond Bachand to start up an online gambling industry in the province. Marois stated she was, "very disappointed Loto-Québec chose this path," The minister defended his decision saying internet sites that now draw about $80 million a year will generate about $50 million from its online poker and sports betting operations in 2012. The President and CEO of Loto-Québec, Alain Cousineau, said, "Loto-Québec will apply its internationally-recognized expertise in responsible gaming and ... will introduce a number of control and prevention measures,"



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