Perhaps, the Canadian online gambling market has reaped unending benefits of the services of offshore betting operators. However, things are changing now, as many international operators are withdrawing their services from Canada. They are planning to leave the Canadian jurisdiction and will not accept players from Canada in the coming days.
Announcement by William Hill
The iconic British Book, William Hill will be the first operator in 2016 to withdraw its gambling services from the country. According to media reports and announcement by William Hill, players in British Columbia will not be able to place any bet from 10TH May 2016. However, they will be allowed to withdraw their balance left in the accounts at any point of time. To express its concern towards the players, the casino recently sent an email to all its customers mentioning that it is leaving the Canadian jurisdiction for a better future.
The casino apologized to all the players for the inconvenience caused but it assures that the decision has been taken on a short notice and due to regulatory reasons. The William Hill casino club expressed that the regulatory reasons are beyond its control and it will have to leave the country.
The Legality of Online Gambling in Canada
While talking about the legal status of online gambling in Canada, the country allows only individual provincial lottery corporations. Nonetheless, some sources reveal that the law also allows activities of the other internationally licensed operators until they have located their servers outside Canada. In the year 2011, Paddy Power became the first global company to terminate its services in Canada. However, it continued to offer B2B services to the provincial lottery corporations. In addition to this, Ladbrokes, a British based online gaming operator withdrew its services from the Canadian market two years back. The operator did not justify its action with a concrete reason.
Moreover, in the year 2015, Betfair, the popular sports betting operator declared that it would restrict the punters from Canada to use its gaming products including fixed odds bets and exchange bets. In fact, Toronto Ontario Stock exchange has recently mentioned the name of NYX Gaming Group, the online gambling technology firm that confirmed the procurement of OpenBet, its rival company. With this, it gets clear that not only William Hill but also other casino operators are also moving out from the Canadian online gambling market.
Even after the major casino operators have withdrawn their services from Canada, Canadian punters can still enjoy their favorite casino games at the available casino sites. Whether you wish to play a table game or the very popular 5- reel game, Tiki Island, you can enjoy it all after signing up at the casinos still operating in Canada. You can just do a little research about the current Canadian casinos and become a member of it. It would be better to sign up at a casino offering welcome bonus, free spins and great jackpot opportunities. No doubt, the passion and interest of the Canadian punters is not going to be any less in any situation.