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Boss Media Closes Door to Canada as State-run Operators Announce Entrance into Market

3 October 2010 by Devon Chappell

BossMediaApparently, Boss Media has been on the rocks with Canadian authorities. What else explains the sudden dropping out of the Canadian internet gambling sector by the longtime online casino software supplier? Well, I guess the announcements by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Loto-Quebec and Atlantic Lottery Corp. that all three companies will be entering the recently-regulated Canadian online gaming industry may have something to do with it.

So yes, if you haven’t heard already, Canada is now going to tax all manner of internet betting sites. And so long as the aforementioned big dogs are paying their fair share in taxes (an oximoron, if you will – what with the fact that all three operators are State-run), Boss Media doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers, if you know what I mean.

The fact of the matter is that Boss-powered sites, such as the infamous Bwin, are very popular with Canadian residents already, and would no doubt steal customers away. And let’s not forget the part about actually knowing how to keep an online casino….err…online. British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s Play Now Casino experienced some serious technical difficulties within hours of first launching, causing the lotto ops to completely shut down the site!

Boss Media, on the other hand, certainly knows a thing or two about internet gambling. Operating under an acquisition agreement between “The Architects of Gaming” – Providence USA based GTECH – and the Swedish media company, Medstroms, Boss Media has been around the block a few times. Not surprisingly, they are now owned by one of the world’s largest commercial lottery operators – publicly traded Lottomatica (Italy).

Now, before making all my Canadian brethren at the OCS top pick for Best Canadian Online Casino start crying their poor little eyes out, the news of Boss Media dropping out of the Canadian igaming market is not all that it’s cracked up to be. In fact, there’s no need to fret at all! Casino Club, which sent out an email to all Canadian members, “regretting to inform them” that due to the new regulations, Canadian residents could no longer play at Casino Club – unless, of course, they opt to play on Casino Club’s no download flash casino.

And there’s the rub, my friends! Casino Club only uses Boss Media to power it’s downloadable online casino….apparently. While I personally never knew that to be the case, it seems this is now how it goes. All the same, Canadian players who choose to stay at Casino Club will need to transfer their accounts to the backend of the no-download casino.  And to make the move more worthwhile, Casino Club is offering players bonus incentives to gamble online.

Whether or not Boss Media is thinking about reentering the Canadian online gambling market remains to be seen. Much of this will likely depend on how tough and affordable it will be to do business in Canada. In other words, the question is whether or not there will be enough financial incentive for Boss Media to take Canada’s State-run gaming monopolies on in the realm of what it knows best – online gambling.

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