The start of the latest NFL season in the USA has triggered a new plea by Canadian casino operators for a review of Canada's federal Criminal Code, which puts a lot of constraints on operators, including a rule which bans bets place on the outcome of a single game.
The operators are complaining that these laws are making casinos miss out on significant revenues from Canadian punters. The reason for this is that a lot of them are turning to other appealing opportunities on the Internet, generally with offshore operators.
The restrictions which are imposed by the current Criminal Code force gamblers that use provincial betting services to wager on at least one other game, decreasing their odds of winning. But these restraints are not there when it comes to internet sites which are run by operators outside Canada, where single game bets can be placed either through a desktop computer or from your mobile.
The president of the Canadian Gaming Association, Paul Burns had this to say:"The Canadian casino operators and lottery corporations can't offer that product, but Canadians still have access to it through the Internet. Because of the Internet, sports betting is a global business. Why not allow for Canadian operators to fight for some of that money to allow the benefits to stay in Canada?".