Atlantic Lottery Chief Says Offshore Online Gambling Illegal

Published Thursday, October 03, 2013 -
Atlantic Lottery Chief Says Offshore Online Gambling Illegal

The online competition is strong in the internet wagering industry and in Canada the government run operators are feeling the heat from offshore betting service providers.

A recent CBC posting has brought the situation to the public’s attention with a complaint from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation’s chief executive officer, Brent Scrimshaw. The executive said an illegal, offshore gambling site was advertising at the recent Canadian Football League game in Moncton New Brunswick. The game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tigercats was played in Moncton on Sept. 20 and it included advertizing from United Kingdom based gambling company Bet365. It is one of the world’s leading online gambling groups with over seven million customers in two hundred countries. Bet365 offers online gambling including sports betting and poker.

Scrimshaw pointed out before the Crown corporations committee of the New Brunswick Legislature that the lottery corporation lost $64-million last year to offshore online gambling sites. Scrimshaw commented, "The signs of one of those operators was painted on the field and displayed on the sidelines, and marketing teams worked the crowd,"

Scrimshaw says these illegal sites are not returning any profits to taxpayers. "So unlike Atlantic Lottery, these offshore, unregulated and illegal sites do not operate with responsible gaming as part of their DNA" Scrimshaw added "They do not have a stake in the well-being of Atlantic Canadians."

So far the CFL has declined to comment and the Hamilton Tigercats are listed as partnered with the U.K. firm Bet365. The Atlantic Lottery currently offers very little in the way of online betting.

While it is a difficult situation in Canada where this sort of internet poaching happens the government is powerless to stop it because Bet365 for example is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and beyond the reach of Canadian laws that restrict gambling.

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