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Canadians Wary of Online Casinos
More than half of Canadians think playing Internet poker for cash is
unacceptable, suggests a new Decima poll obtained by The Canadian Press.
Fifty-six per cent were against such a pastime, one-quarter had no
problem with it, and the rest fell somewhere in the middle.
The poll, one of the most detailed snapshots to emerge of gambling
attitudes, suggests great unease about online casinos. It also reveals a
spike in public concern about addiction and lax regulation in regions
where video lottery terminals are widespread.
There’s no shortage of foreign-based Internet commercial casino
games. But such sites are illegal in Canada unless run by provincial
Politicians are leery of a potential public backlash, and have only
recently made forays into web-based betting.
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