A country that is perhaps better known for ice hockey, skiing, and humour (and not necessarily in that order), it could well add another couple of things to its future national heritage list over the next few months or so.
Two trends emerging from this great nation are rugby but also online casinos. Having played second fiddle to its neighbour USA in the gambling industry, Canadian-based company Amaya Gaming Group Incorporated are buying up as many gambling entities as possible in a bid to benefit from more relaxed gambling rules by US states for legalised online poker. Capitalising on the fact more and more bingo halls have been closed across the country in the past decade, they offer a multitude of alternative platforms and you can get the best bonuses here.
Perhaps Amaya ought to now focus on investment in the rise of Canadian rugby. The draw for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup was met with excitement in certain circles. A match in the group against fierce rivals USA is expected to attract big crowds and audiences.
It is also a competition that has started to attract significant investment, with emphasis on closing the gap between tier one and tier two rugby. A commitment of £3.3 million has been pledged, and the Pacific Nations Cup is an ideal tournament to act as an advert for the game, showing all the thrills and spills.
IRB Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said:
“The Pacific Nations Cup is an excellent opportunity for all participating teams to play some tough, competitive test matches with just over a year to go until Rugby World Cup 2015.”
“We have a long-term commitment through our 10-year Strategic Plan to create greater levels of quality Test competition for Tier Two nations in order to boost the competitiveness of the world Game.”
“The PNC will help us reach that goal, but also provide some great Rugby for local fans, especially on the last day when great rivals Fiji take on Samoa in Suva and USA host their neighbours Canada in California.”
Canada’s more experienced players such as Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron at the Ospreys understand that downtime will be fundamental in the tournament and sports players have been known to partake in activities such as video games, pool, darts, and despite carrying financial implications online poker. Gambling is something that sports players and athletes can get a thrill from with alcohol consumption prohibited. Amaya may just start taking an interest in Canadian rugby for more than just one reason.