Illegal Online Gambling Comes to a Head

The horse racing industry is upset that illegal online gambling has been going on in Canada and they want Ottawa to do something about it. They say that illegal online gambling needs to be stopped, or they have to change the way that legislation is currently written so that they have better access to the industry.

The current law says that all online gambling is illegal except for lotteries that allow online ticket sales, gamblers with telephone accounts at horse racing tracks and private bets between individuals. However, the horse track industry says that the laws are not being enforced or adhered to and that there are hundreds of online gambling sites being allowed to operate within Canada’s borders.

They want the banks to block all online gambling transactions, and they want something done about the Kahnawake reservation which is responsible for the majority of those online gambling sites. They say that they are supportive of local employment and they pay their taxes but it is all in vain. Those that have online gambling going on are not supporting the country or the industry that they are betting on.

They say that they lose millions of dollars a year per track to the illegal online gambling operators. Estimates put it at a billion dollar industry, yet law enforcement officials say that it is not high on their list of priorities. This is frustrating for the tracks as they know that those billions of dollars of online gambling are going in someone else’s pocket.

The horse racing industry would like to see a similar law like that of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that the US passed. It still allows for online gambling as it pertains to horses, but all other online gambling payment processing would be made illegal.

The Advertising Standards Authority has called foul on several online gambling ads as they say that they have “breached the advertising code.” They say that the ads were written to appeal to children and they “link gambling with success” which makes them misleading.

The ASA says that more than one in ten TV commercials for online gambling has broken the rules. They checked 56 different online gambling services and found five companies that broke the rules. Four of the sites were online casino and free slots singapore sites and one was for an online gambling supermarket.

There was one other advertisement and that was for a bingo service. It was cited as it suggested that “gambling could improve self-image or self-esteem and achieve financial security.” They also monitored another 784 advertisements and found one that had broken the rules in regards to suggesting that there was a link between online gambling and “sexual seduction or success.”

The ASA says that overall, most of the online casinos and online gambling companies have worked hard at following the rules and that these cases are the exception, rather than the rule. ASA Director General Christopher Graham says that he feels that the “advertising self regulation was working effectively” and that he felt it had been a success.

He is of course referring to the Gambling Act that relaxed advertising – and made it possible for online casinos and gambling websites to advertise on TV.

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