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Northern Bear Casino - Canada's first official online casino

While folks further south of the border have all their attention focused on Obama’s re-election, we have some groundbreaking news of our own to keep us captivated. And it’s that man Bernie Shepherd at it again. Remember the former White Bear First Nation chief who out-muscled legislators to set up the very first brick and mortar casino on a White Bear reserve? Well, this time round he’s using his maverick streak to launch a new online casino from the Saskatchewan territory. Northern Bear Casino launched Tuesday, 6 November, a day after the province’s Liquor and Gaming authority decided against launching it’s own online casino business with overbearing risks being cited as the key reason.

Shepherd has made this audacious move without approval from government and some insiders say that while it may be considered illegal on a technicality, the chances of the operation being shut down are slim. This due to Canada’s general fence-sitting tendencies when it comes to online gambling legislation. Outside of Saskatchewa, the First Nations of Quebec have long been in the online casino business, which further confirms this position of the inside source.

Just as First Nations have benefited from a multi-million dollar brick and mortar casino industry, they stand to gain a great windfall from the online industry which registers annual profits in the billions. While it will take some time for Northern Bear Casino to rake in a substantial player base as seen in reputable long-standing online casinos like Platinum Play and All Slots Casino, the long term benefit in a rapidly changing technological society is worth the investment risk. Brick and mortar casinos have seen huge negative impact on their bottom line. This caused predominantly by other global casino hubs like Macau and Hong Kong attracting big spending casino whales which account for the majority of land casinos’ profits. So it’s also a matter of diversifying to protect one’s source of income.

Northern Bear Casino is listed on the Virgin Islands and has a relationship, though unclear, with the GEObet Gambling Network who already has a solid track record with providing turnkey services to online casinos. Importantly for would-be players, Northern Bear has opted to go with the best online casino software provider in the industry – Microgaming. With some of the biggest progressive jackpot games like Mega Moolah, Major Millions and Tunzamunni, the suite of games from this provider is unmatched. It launches new games on a monthly basis and also has the best and safest banking infrastructure tied into its software – that means easy depositing and withdrawing of winnings, all while being protected by SSL encryption – a standard in global banks.

As is customary when a new online casino comes along, Online Casino Canada, will be testing the full capability of the operator to give you an in-depth review and recommendation. So look out in the next few weeks for this and other exciting industry news.

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