It would seem that online sports books are the latest and most popular trend among online gambling Canadians. For a country where online gambling was not really embraced for a long time, it is quite a change of pace.
Some online gambling companies have been around for a while, catering to our northern neighbors, but since Canadians have recently become very attune to the industry, those numbers have increased. Those companies that have been there, like Gambling911.com, are now finding that they have a whole lot of competition now.
Now online sports book operators and poker rooms are both looking to make Canada their new home, and residents are eating it up. Now this is not to say that there haven’t been sports books in the country this whole time, but they have simply exploded due to increased interest. Canadians are big on their sports, and now they are big on betting on them.
They are betting on everything from the NFL to the NBA, to Golf and of course, Hockey. This is not to say that Gambling911 is being pushed out of the fold. They have their SportingBet.com site that they have embraced and are using to gain a whole new niche within the online gambling market in Canada.
The company was skeptical that the teaming would work out, but they say that they have been pleasantly surprised to find that it is working out better than they could have imagined.
A new bill that will essentially be going after online sports betting is being supported by the Remote Gambling Association, or RGA. The bill looks as though it might be making online sports betting illegal as it is seeking to clarify what the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, is actually targeting.
The RGA is a large European group that works basically for online gambling sites in the UK and Europe, and they say that the bill will open doors that were once closed. HR 6663 otherwise known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Clarification and Implementation Act of 2008 will be clarifying what is legal and what is illegal under the UIGEA.
However, many are upset with the RGA’s support of the bill. They say that the idea that this would make online poker somehow legal is skewed at best. The Poker Player’s Alliance shunned the bill saying that they don’t even understand why it is being introduced or what it is for.
The PPA says that the bad part of the bill is that it asserts that online poker is illegal and that they need special protection from prosecution. They allege that this is only making the matter of the UIGEA even more confusing that it was before. They say that the European firms don’t understand how online gambling and the political process in the US work and that they should basically keep their nose out of it.