“Gaming in Canada will only grow as long as products, venues and the delivery channels modernize and become more compelling in order to attract younger players.”
offer online gaming today,” Burns explains.
“Most provinces already manage online gaming operations that players can enjoy on their PCs and mobile devices,” says Salim Adatia, vice president of iGaming and Canadian Services for Gaming Laboratories International.
Tribes on the Fringe
Even First Nations like the Kahnawake are pioneers in online gaming.
“We were one of the first jurisdictions in the world along with Antigua to offer online gaming starting in 1999, even before we opened our land-based gaming facilities,” says Murray Marshall, general counsel for the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the official licensing and regulating authority in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.
“In the United States, approximately 240 Native American tribes operate about 460 gaming operations,” says Adatia.
“In Canada, the First Nations operate just 16 casinos in the country today.”
According to the National Indian Gaming Commission, established by Congress after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, gaming tribes generate annual revenue of $27 billion.
Gaming in Canada will only In the December issue of the Journal of Law and Social Policy, Dr. Yale Belanger reported that First Nations gaming only yields about C$1 billion (roughly US$747 million) in gross revenue each year.
As First Nations gaming enters its third decade, Marshall attributes the vast discrepancy in scale and profitability to one key difference.
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