Article published on 19 May 2011

Sky Vegas Departs Canadian Gambling Market

Sky Vegas has left Canadian Gambling market
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Sky Vegas Casino, the Alderney licensed online casino, surprised Canadian gamblers this week by sending a statement to players, announcing that it would be leaving the local market from next month already.

Canadian based customers were surprised to receive a notice announcing that from the first of June, Sky Vegas Casino would not be offering its gambling services to them.

"Following a Sky Betting and Gaming group review of operations, we will not be offering any of our products or services to customers who are based out of Canada," read the statement.

"Therefore, your account will be closed as of June 1st, 2011."

This effectively means that players who have funds in their online casino account at Sky Vegas Casino should withdraw them from the site before the end of this month.

"If you have an outstanding balance you will need to use or withdraw amounts before this date," said Sky Vegas in its statement.

No Reason Given

In the statement sent by Sky Vegas Casino's customer support, there was no concrete reason given for the departure from the Canadian gambling market.

It could have to do with recent moves by provincial governments to set up and regulate their own online gambling sites in order to cash in from the growing number of players who take their gambling entertainment online.

Offshore operators are thus exploring their options and, as in the case of Sky Vegas, deciding to leave the market before the Canadian federal government decides to go the same route as the US Department of Justice and clamp down on offshore sites.

About Sky Vegas Casino

Sky Vegas Casino is run by the global TV broadcaster, Sky and is operated by the group's Betting and Gaming arm.  The online casino is licensed in Alderney and is powered by Wagerworks, the online subsidiary of IGT.

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