Ontario Casinos & Hotels Desperate To Reopen

Ben Hamill - June 24, 2020

Those representing Ontario’s local casino industry on Friday voiced their concerns before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, painting a scenario of ‘do or die’ in the face of a slow and harrowing eco...Read More

Ontario’s LHRA Says About Live Horse Races

Ben Hamill - June 08, 2020

Ontario’s horse racing industry certainly faces challenging times as it continues to try and navigate towards a public health-compliant new normal. Following a strategy similar to what Woodbine Entertainment has begun implementing, ...Read More

Live Shows Cancelled All Over Ontario

Ben Hamill - April 06, 2020

Having to cancel or reschedule any major event is a headache under perfectly normal circumstances. But rescheduling events during a time when nobody is able to realistically predict what future dates may be suitable for postponement purpo...Read More

Hotels & Casinos Lighting Up Hearts In Dark Times

Ben Hamill - March 30, 2020

There are now more than 1,500 confirmed cases of in Ontario alone. Industries all over the province are suffering severe economic consequences because of the Coronavirus-induced lockdown. And while some are able to continue to function a...Read More

Ford To Ensure OLG’s Affairs Are Above Board

Ben Hamill - November 26, 2019

The fact that Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG) CEO Stephen Rugby recently saw it fit to spend money on a complete redesign of his office as well as on the construction of a massive boardroom most probably had a great...Read More

Ontario Group Wins CA$1 Million Lotto 6/49 Prize

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2019

Ontario has become known as the land of big Lotto wins. No surprises there either given the fact that Canadians have been literally pocketing millions each week playing popular Lottery games Lotto MAX and Lotto 6/49. T...Read More

Great Canadian Gaming Celebrates Top Q3

Ben Hamill - November 06, 2019

It’s all milk and honey and money in the land of Great Canadian Gaming. The operator recently revealed its Q3 performance the public and what was shown was none other than a study in management-driven success. The fi...Read More

Casino Contributions Support Municipalities

Ben Hamill - October 24, 2019

Many people don’t realise that much of what they see in terms of improved road infrastructure, general repairs to roads, the beatification of cities even, are funded by casinos and other gambling organisations such a...Read More

Sabre-Toothed Cat May Have Trudged Canadian Soil

Ben Hamill - October 10, 2019

A recent find by young scientists associated with the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum indicates the existence of a very special pre-historic cat in the region residents of Alberta now call home. The ...Read More

Standardbred Horse Expo Returns To London

Ben Hamill - September 25, 2019

Standard horse breeding enthusiasts are yet again invited to join in on the information sessions and networking opportunities on offer at the upcoming mid-October annual London Selected Yearling Sale. The sale is expec...Read More

Ontario Slang May Soon Be Quality OED English

Ben Hamill - September 06, 2019

There’s no disputing the fact. Ontario residents may soon be getting their vernacular spunk back thanks to the endeavours of a dialect research project spearheaded by the University of Toronto. Those not familiar wit...Read More

Gateway Announces Edmonton Job Cuts

Ben Hamill - September 03, 2019

One would assume that after the recent staff cuts at Gateway’s Casino Rama in Ontario, and especially after the absolute pandemonium that ensued afterwards as unhappy workers and unions made it their business to take to the streets...Read More

8 Games Tables Coming To Western Fair Ontario

Ben Hamill - September 02, 2019

The community of London, Ontario, is in for a real treat. Canadian casino operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment recently afforded local players an elite sneak peak into what the future of gaming may hold at its ...Read More

Canadians Score Emmy Nominations

Ben Hamill - July 19, 2019

The 71st annual Emmy Awards nominations are out and its time to acknowledge the superb productions that have been rocking television. That Game of Thrones and Chernobyl received 32 and 19 nominations respectively was to be expe...Read More

How Gambling Almost Made For An NBA No-Show

Ben Hamill - July 08, 2019

Now a US marriage made in heaven, it’s hard to imagine that gambling once almost stopped the NBA from extending its reach into Canadian territories. The year was 1993 and a very resolute then NBA Commissioner David Stern had at the ...Read More

Next Triple Crown Stop – Prince Of Wales

Ben Hamill - July 06, 2019

The 160th Queen’s Plate trophy is in the bag and the honour of winning this historical event this year went to 3-year old Thoroughbred One Bad Boy. The horse, jockeyed by Flavian Prat, finished in 1st...Read More

Trenton Sets New Human Maple Leaf Record

Ben Hamill - July 04, 2019

There is nothing that says Canada and everything the country stands for than the iconic maple leaf. Which is why the municipality of Trenton, Ontario now has every right to brag and celebrate. The municipality is now officially the older ...Read More

No Casino And Hotel For Ontario Place

Ben Hamill - June 08, 2019

Toronto’s Ontario Place will for the foreseeable future, remain casino-free. This is the latest news in a long line of developments following a push by Premier Doug Ford to include a casino as well as an accommodation hotel tower in...Read More

Toronto Calls On Ont. To Discuss OP Venue

Ben Hamill - June 07, 2019

With the decision that Toronto’s Ontario Place will remain casino-free now having been finally made and officially announced, Toronto’s provincial government has again invited Ontario to enter discussions with regards to suita...Read More

Starlight Casino Heads Towards London, Ontario

Ben Hamill - May 03, 2019

The city of London in Southwest Ontario may very well soon be in a position of having its cake and eating it too; if it decides to play the hand that it’s been dealt, that is. The city has been approached by the Gateway Casinos &...Read More

Salty-Sour Gose Beer Comes Home To Nova Scotia

Ben Hamill - April 26, 2019

Thanks to North America’s craft beer revolution, the world is once again in the fortunate position of being able to savour the blissfully bitter tang of salty-sour gose beers. A very unique beer in terms of its taste-combination, sa...Read More

Casino Rama Undecided Regarding Free Alcohol

Ben Hamill - April 26, 2019

Ontario’s latest budget submission; and one yet to be approved; makes provision for a number of improvements in terms of the casino and entertainment industry. One of the most prominent of the proposed changes is the provision of fr...Read More

Ontario To Open Up The Online Playing Field

Ben Hamill - April 23, 2019

Ontario may soon follow in the footsteps of Sweden. Canada’s biggest province has indicated that it plans on ending its current online gambling monopoly by allowing private operators to enter the game. As it stands at the moment, on...Read More

Bingo Changing Lives In Ontario

Ben Hamill - April 19, 2019

Jackpot City. A gaming and entertainment brand run by the OLG. A great name for any operator, really. Whilst we’re all vaguely aware; mostly somewhere in the back of our minds; that casino and games operators donate a chunk of their...Read More

Legal Marijuana Not Raking In the Cash

Ben Hamill - April 18, 2019

Thursday afternoon’s release of the long-anticipated Ontario budget contained a number of surprises about the local (now legal) marijuana industry. Judging by the budget, pot isn’t quite the high that it was anticipated to be,...Read More

Lotto MAX Approaches The CA$50 Million Mark

Ben Hamill - March 28, 2019

The joy of becoming an instant millionaire is most probably one of the most life-changing experiences that any person can have. Thanks to Lottery games, the possibility exists for literally everyone. It’s a revolutionary considerati...Read More

Ontario Horse Racing To Receive Major Boost

Ben Hamill - March 27, 2019

Ontario’s horse racing field is about to receive financial aid to the tune of an annual CA$10 million contribution. The province’s Minister of Finance and pro-sportsbetting advocate, Vic Fedeli, recently made the announcement....Read More

Community Receives First Shorelines Funding

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2019

It’s payday for the Peterborough community and mayor Diane Therrien could not be more chuffed at having received the very first contribution from the Shorelines Casino Peterborough. In most parts of the gambling world, it’s be...Read More

Big Weekend for Canadian Lotteries

Ben Hamill - February 08, 2019

The past weekend was the making of more than one celebration as two giant-sized Lottery wins were registered, followed by millions in Canadian Dollars being paid out the lucky winners. One of the winning Lotto tickets were sold in Quebec,...Read More

Brooke Henderson Hoping for a Great Golfing Year

Ben Hamill - January 18, 2019

No matter where she goes nowadays, everybody recognizes Brooke Henderson. The 21 year old Smith Falls, Ontario native has rocketed her way up the international golf rankings over the past few years – but despite that...Read More

9 Co-workers Grab Lotto Max’s $60m Prize

Ben Hamill - January 15, 2019

Nine co-workers who work together at a Guelph auto-spares manufacturing plant have taken the plunge and quit their jobs together. Of course, they did have a backup plan; that being a record-breaking $60 million Lotto MAX cash jackpot! Th...Read More

Ontario Place’s Many Contentions Continue

Ben Hamill - January 13, 2019

Ontario Place is without a doubt one of the most contentious casino projects in the Canadian province. There seems to be a constant stream of developments on its wake, and the latest worrying move for opponents of the property has been th...Read More

$16 Million Lotto Winner Drawn

Ben Hamill - January 08, 2019

Sometimes we need a reminder of just what is at stake when we buy lottery tickets – and a massive jackpot is often just the ticket! Most recently, one extraordinarily lucky player over in Calgary managed to score a jackpot worth man...Read More

Ontario Racetrack Inks Accord with HBPAO

Ben Hamill - December 31, 2018

Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack is one of the most popular destinations in Ontario for thoroughbred horse racing events. This supports both the racing industry and those wagering on it. Recently, the course revealed that it had inked a ...Read More

OLG To Put Sports Betting Plans Into Motion

Ben Hamill - December 11, 2018

Sports betting is, for the most part, illegal in Canada. Operators are not permitted to run retail betting shops or on-location kiosks. This is quite ironic, as Canada is a sports-loving nation. As a result, Canadian p...Read More

Business Booms for Bede Gaming in 2018

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2018

Bede Gaming, the popular developer of online and mobile gaming software, has hailed 2018 as its ‘most successful year’ to date, thanks in part to its completion of no less than ten content integration deals. Another developme...Read More

GCE May Regret Recent Orillia Deal

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2018

Too many cooks spoil the broth, or so the old saying goes. Sadly, it now appears as if one of Canada’s most prominent and successful gaming and entertainment groups, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment (GCE), will be learning one of l...Read More

IPO Documents Clarify Gateway’s Operations

Ben Hamill - December 04, 2018

Documents that were filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this November have given residents of northern Ontario a deeper look into the company that operates three regional casinos – and is planning to construct anoth...Read More

Abuse Allegations Surface Against the OHL

Ben Hamill - December 03, 2018

According to David Branch, the commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League, his organization has failed the players it sought to protect. According to Branch, he had no idea how bad the hazing was for iconic players like Daniel Carcillo. C...Read More

Ontario Gives Bingo a Boost

Ben Hamill - November 23, 2018

The government of Ontario has decided to invest over $645,000 into two digital economy programs in a bid to support local business ventures. The move is also intended to help to generate more innovation when it comes to gaming in the Nort...Read More

California Lottery Winner Guilty of Fraud

Ben Hamill - November 22, 2018

The latest news out of the American lottery industry is a tale of fraud from a past winner. A woman from California who won $5.2 million has reportedly now pleaded guilty in a South Dakota federal court to scamming six different people ou...Read More

Ford Government Mulls Ontario Place Plans

Ben Hamill - November 21, 2018

The government of Premier Doug Ford has taken yet another step towards seizing control of the future of Ontario Place over the past week. However, some opponents are arguing against the planned redevelopment, saying that it is not necessa...Read More

Ontario Pair Score $9.6m Lotto 6/49 Win

Ben Hamill - November 19, 2018

It was just under two weeks after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) revealed that the winning ticket for its November 3 had been sold in London that a thrilling announcement was made. It was then when the provincial opera...Read More

$9.6m Lotto Jackpot Won by Ontario Ticketholder

Ben Hamill - November 07, 2018

CBC News Canada has just made an announcement that will come as a particularly exciting one if you’re an avid lottery player. According to officials and the national news agency, a winning Lotto 6/49 ticket was recently sold in Lon...Read More

OLG Pays Out $36.9m in Non-Tax Q2 Revenues

Ben Hamill - October 26, 2018

Communities that host casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming facilities in Ontario have now received some impressive checks, courtesy of the . Last Friday, the Crown Corporation paid out its Q2 non-tax gaming revenue payments that came ve...Read More

Shorelines Casino Peterborough Opens

Ben Hamill - October 22, 2018

The Shorelines Casinos group has proven to be committed to the province of Ontario, where its properties are located, and to its hundreds of players. This is clearly seen in its new Peterborough establishment, which held its grand opening...Read More

Wasaga Beach Casino Complex Confirmed

Ben Hamill - October 18, 2018

A new casino venture has just been confirmed, with the establishment likely to be built in the town of Wasaga Beach in Ontario. According to Mayor Brian Smith of Wasaga Beach in a recent press release, a...Read More

Ajax Downs Casino Gets Permission to Stay

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2018

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced an agreement that would give permission for two local casinos in extremely close proximity to each other to operate simultaneously. The decision was made in a bid to appease two dif...Read More

New Revenue Record for OLG

Ben Hamill - October 15, 2018

The have contributed a whopping $2.8 billion to local coffers over the past twelve months. The bulk of these impressive earnings have reportedly stemmed from casino game and slots offerings, according to recent reports. As noted by new ...Read More

Ontario Bingo Hall Regulator to Monitor Cannabis Stores

Ben Hamill - October 10, 2018

Since 1998, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has kept a watchful eye over the Canadian province’s and bars. However, as of this month, it also has an additional market to oversee: the soon to be legalized marijua...Read More

Idemia to Supply Canadian Lottery Terminals

Ben Hamill - October 04, 2018

Enhanced gaming is coming the way of Canadian players in retail outlets around the country. Augmented identity leader Idemia has been chosen by the to provide 10 700 new lottery terminals. According to reports, the OLG hopes the camera-...Read More

Gateway Hanover Casino Renovation On the Cards

Ben Hamill - September 30, 2018

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited, Canada’s largest private gambling operator, has recently revealed that it will be pumping $14 million into the renovation of its casino in the small Ontario town of Read More

Greater Sudbury Casino Expansion a Mystery

Ben Hamill - September 27, 2018

The fate of the Greater Sudbury Casino project in Ontario is still a mystery, with discussions about the future of the Kingsway Entertainment District addition still one of the most-covered topics in the ...Read More

Canada’s Love Affair with Lottery Games

Ben Hamill - September 24, 2018

Canada and its residents have long had a love affair with lotto games, dating back to the very first national lottery launch back in 1974. That first jackpot of $1 million was split among nine lucky ladies hailing from Quebec – but ...Read More

Premier D. Ford Plans Ontario Place Casino

Ben Hamill - September 24, 2018

Canadian Premier Doug Ford’s plans to revamp Toronto’s waterfront has garnered plenty of interest in the gambling industry. Now, it seems that a downtown casino complex could once again be o...Read More

Midland, Wasaga Beach Hit by Cyber Attacks

Ben Hamill - September 21, 2018

Two small towns in Ontario, Wasaga Beach and Midland, have paid over hefty ransoms in order to retrieve data after their computer systems were hacked by computer criminals. According to town officials in Midland, they paid the ransom to rec...Read More

Bede Gaming Inks Content Deal with OLG

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2018

Newcastle software firm Bede Gaming has reportedly struck a huge deal with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation – one of the world’s largest lottery operators. The exclusive new agreement will see it launch its products ...Read More

Raonic Plays to Canada’s Davis Cup Victory

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2018

Canadian player Milos Raonic successfully took down Scott Griekspoor and secured a 3-1 win against the Netherlands during a Davis Cup game in Toronto on Sunday. His victory managed to propel his country back into the world group for 2019 as...Read More

Mohegan Wins Niagara Gaming Bundle License

Ben Hamill - September 17, 2018

In local Canadian gaming news, US firm like Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Hard Rock International in the tender process to operate Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara for the next 20 years. According to an officia...Read More

Mohegan Gaming Enters Canadian Industry

Ben Hamill - September 13, 2018

Popular tribal gaming operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (colloquially known as just Mohegan) has finally begun its expansion into Canada. The move was revealed after the operator was chosen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corpor...Read More

Lotto Fraud family Goes To Prison

Ben Hamill - September 08, 2018

A father, son and daughter trio who won a hefty $12.5 million on a free lottery ticket they had scammed off a customer at their variety store were officially sentenced by Canadian courts on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The father of the f...Read More

Brooke Henderson Wins CP Women’s Open

Ben Hamill - August 30, 2018

Canadian Brooke Henderson has long known what was at stake at the most recent CP Women’s Open. The 20-year-old golfer from Smith Falls, Ontario was aware that her country had gone 45 years without a victory in the event, which was only co...Read More

GCGC and Casino Workers Reach a Deal

Ben Hamill - August 02, 2018

It was just over a week ago that it was revealed that Unifor was in talks with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation surrounding new, improved contracts for workers at several Ontario casinos. After the discussions were held, workers were...Read More

Ontario Court Sides with The Stars Group

Ben Hamill - August 01, 2018

After a saga relating to one of its share offerings, Canada’s The Stars Group has revealed that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has sided with its version of events. The ruling pertains to the previous application submitted by...Read More