One of the main perks of online gambling, which Canadians of Nova Scotia and the eastern Atlantic region can most definitely appreciate, is that it does not require you leave the comfort and warmth of your home to place a bet. This is an advantage Canadians are so much closer to enjoy, so it seems.
Another advantage the a legal and regulated online gambling market in Canada will bring is visitors from the south of the border - people who live a driving distance away and who will cross the border to place their bets until the day online gambling is legalized again in the US.
Based on the latest move by the Atlantic Lottery Corp. of Nova Scotia, Canada may be preparing to legalize its market.
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. is seeking to hire a software developer to build a sports betting platform for the company to serve the Atlantic region. On its website, the Atlantic Lottery Corp. posted the following announcement: "In order to remain relevant to our players we must deliver what the player wants in the safest and most entertaining way possible."
Canada may see 6-8% of an estimated $50 billion over the next 10 years, according to estimates and a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Internet sports betting in the US.
Courtney Pringle, from the lottery's New Brunswick offices only commented saying the tendering process is confidential: "At this point in time, there are no details I can discuss." The bidding closes May 6.
On the opposition one can find Nova Scotia Legislature member Michel Samson who was quick to question whether controls would be in place to protect minors, though such concerns have been raised - and dealt with - in the past across the Internet.