#1
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/10/ontario-gambling-olg546.html

Ontario is going to set up their own online gambling site in an attempt to eliminate the offshore gambling sites which make an estimated $400m a year. It's going to be up and running by 2012 and is expected to bring in $100m a year.

The idea is that it will bring money back into our economy that was previously leaving it, as well as having stricter enforcements on age, registration, limits on how much money can be spent in a certain amount of time, ect.

OLG also claims that they will have a system to monitor players who are showing signs of high risk behavior and will be able to help them with online rehabilitative methods available, such as information and the ability to talk to a trained professional for free online.

What do you guys think about this step by the Ontario government?

For people who don't live in Ontario, how would you feel of your provincial/federal government took actions similar to this?

And finally, how do you guys feel about government programs such as this (whether it be the idea of legalising and controlling production of various, er, strains of herbs, online gambling, ect)?
#2
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OLG also claims that they will have a system to monitor players who are showing signs of high risk behavior and will be able to help them with online rehabilitative methods available, such as information and the ability to talk to a trained professional for free online.

How the hell would it work Can a computer really identify gambling addiction?

That's probably just something they added because they have to. I know here in Oklahoma all the casinos are required by law to have X amount of addiction counselors

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How the hell would it work Can a computer really identify gambling addiction?

That's probably just something they added because they have to. I know here in Oklahoma all the casinos are required by law to have X amount of addiction counselors

You could probably get the computer to check loss-to-bet ratio, so if they were still making large bets after losing large sums, they have a higher chance of being addicted. Or whatever.
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How the hell would it work Can a computer really identify gambling addiction?

That's probably just something they added because they have to. I know here in Oklahoma all the casinos are required by law to have X amount of addiction counselors

Well whether they added the counselors because they had to or otherwise, the current sites don't have any counseling/help whatsoever so at least that is a big step in the right direction.

I don't know exactly how it works (I haven't heard anything be disclosed about specifics in regards to that yet, keep in mind it's sitll 18 months away before scheduled release), but OLG claims to have plans for a system where they can accomplish that. The plan seems to revolve around the idea of capping how much can be bet in a specific amount of time and a monitoring system for "high risk" tendencies based on what has been said so far.

The release date is fairly far away because they are trying to make sure safety concerns are adressed after the fiasco that happened with BC's online gambling site where people could place bets with other peoples money.
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The release date is fairly far away because they are trying to make sure safety concerns are adressed after the fiasco that happened with BC's online gambling site where people could place bets with other peoples money.

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people could place bets with other peoples money.

Where was I when this happened? Maaaaaaan!

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#6
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For people who don't live in Ontario, how would you feel of your provincial/federal government took actions similar to this?
I believe that online sites shouldn't be interfered with, whether that means Ontario setting up its own site or even violating net neutrality. All it does when government decides to set up its own response to private firms is drive up the cost. If the cost is high enough, it drives people to the government sites, which is a dirty-low down move and is what it sounds like Ontario is trying to do.

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And finally, how do you guys feel about government programs such as this (whether it be the idea of legalising and controlling production of various, er, strains of herbs, online gambling, ect)?
I believe it all should be legalized. I don't advocate smoking of herbs, but I believe you should have the right to do so without government interference. I don't believe in gambling, at least to the point of being addicted to it (in other words, I find addiction to gambling as the issue, not gambling itself), but I do think you should have the freedom to do so. I don't believe smoking cigars or cigarettes is good for one's health, if one does it too often, but I believe people should have the right to do so. And so on and so forth.
#7
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Wha- waitjustagodaminute.

Where was I when this happened? Maaaaaaan!

You were talking to your bank trying to figure out where your $1500.00 went.
You have shitty luck btw.
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#8
Quebec's doing the same thing. If they're going to be gambling... why not with the government where there can be profit and the possibility of help? Otherwise it's with offshore sites that don't benefit our province in any way.