by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor
January 28, 2009
It seems that Canada may mirror the U.S. in banning online casino gambling. Rival Gaming has had to announce to all of its players and affiliates that it will exit the Canadian market as of February 1st. The loss of Rival Gaming is unfortunate for Canadian casino gamblers, who will no longer have to pleasure of betting at Davinci’s Gold Casino, Pantasio Online Casino, Superior Casino, Cocoa Casino, Paradise 8 Casino, Sloto Cash Casino, Mayan Fortune Casino or This is Vegas Casino.
Rival Gaming powered casinos have been a hot commodity in the internet gambling industry, offering unique features such as the i-Slots series. I-Slots are multi-reel, multi-line slots games that have been enhanced with a more interactive platform, complete with an “unfolding story.” The beginning of each i-Slot includes an animated video of the gamblers character, or avatar, and as they move ahead, so does the character. The slots games are complete with a multitude of unique features, including interactive mini-games.
They have received multiple rave reviews for their originality and the storylines involved in their slots games. Pre-existing accounts will have until the end of February to continue playing with Rival Gaming, before Canadian wagers and withdrawals will be declined. U.S. players, however, will still be welcomed at Rival Gaming online casinos.
A statement sent to affiliates from the online casino group reads, “Unforunately as from 1st February 2009 Rival powered casinos will no longer accept residents of Canada. The
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decision was made by our Software Provider “Rival Powered Gaming” due to pressure from their Canadian suppliers to cease accepting Canadian residents.”
The notice leaves affiliates with a modicum of good news, explaining that its Sloto Cash casino is now available in eight languages: Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese and Greek. Rival Gaming is downloadable to Windows or Mac with real time remote access to reports via Blackberry. Rival Gaming also provides website hosting, assistance with gaming licenses for operators and comprehensive training programs.