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Canadian Police Confront Online Casino Gambling

Even senior citizens who enjoy online casino gambling aren’t safe from the Canadian crackdown on online casino operators. Three Alberta clubs for senior citizens have been accused of running gambling tournaments and allowing members to participate in online casino gaming on the premises.

Online casino gambling in Canada is strictly prohibited under federal law, despite the large numbers of Canadian players frequenting offshore based online casino sites. Recently a bill aiming to ban online casino advertising has been applauded by gambling opponents, while others say it infringes upon personal freedom.

The Alberta gaming and liquor commissioner issued a warning to the clubs after an anonymous tip off was received from an Edmonton resident. The police received information from the complainant that cribbage gambling was taking place at the clubs, along with online casino gaming. The accusations were centered on Navy and Air Force Veterans clubs located in Alberta, Edmonton, and Grande Prairie. Angry club members have defended their actions, saying that focusing on individuals is unnecessary. Prosecutors have reiterated the illegal nature of online casino gaming but state no further action will be taken against the clubs at this stage.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.