January 19, 2007

Jan. 19, 2007: Gaming and Smoking


FBI arrests Canadians for online gambling -- Founders of firm that transferred cyberspace wagers , David Baines, CanWest, January 17, 2007

www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=
4a5660d9-1a60-423a-b0ea-4aca6b6a469f

VANCOUVER - [....] Saltspring Island resident John Lefebvre, 55, ... conspiring to promote illegal gambling by transferring billions of dollars of cyberspace bets placed by U.S. citizens with offshore gaming companies.

[....] NETeller Inc. co-founder Stephen Eric Lawrence, 46, formerly of Calgary, was arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands and similarly charged with transferring funds with the intent to promote illegal gambling. [....]

Mr. Lefebvre cashed in $123- million ... in November, 2005.

... support various academic, philanthropic and political endeavours, including a $170,000 donation to Vancouver mayoralty candidate ....

Based in the Isle of Man, NETeller [....]

... took their company public in London in 1999 (in a deal brokered by Vancouver-based Canaccord Capital Corp.), ....

[....] Bodog.com, one of the biggest Internet gaming companies in the world and owned by part-time Vancouver resident Calvin Ayre, announced in December its headquarters would move from Costa Rica to Antigua. [....]


Ont. quietly gives government-owned casinos permission to build smoking rooms - Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government granting asymmetrical rights , posted by Canadiana

www.forumsvibe.com/elwoodpdowd/viewtopic.php?t=
1827&mforum=elwoodpdowd

The Smoke Free Ontario Act, which became law last June, doesn't allow bars and restaurants to provide covered areas to protect smoking patrons from the weather.

But provincially owned casinos in Niagara Falls and Windsor have been building shelters for gamblers who like to smoke, and the Liberal government says that's OK. [asymetrical rules for smokers?]

A similar covered smoking area has also been approved for gamblers who play the slot machines at Windsor Raceway.


Note Coyote's comment: "BIG problems with the smoking ban in Saskatchewan. Unless you're an indian run casino [sic], you just can't smoke in any building in the province other than your house!"



Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 18 - 22, 2006

Search: Barry Critchley: Big payoff for private casino owners

www.canada.com/nationalpost/
financialpost/story.html?id=
0175f5b8-a12d-4412-a663-1cea7efa2efc

transactions involving a public company and a private company in which management of the public company has a stake set off some alarm bells" .... Gateway Casinos Income Fund .... Cascades Langley Casino and Hotel

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