Some pretty amazing people in the sports betting industry have been inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, but for the first time in its history, a Canadian has made it in.
Paul Burns, the CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association, will finally go down in history as one of the greats with his entry into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame.
Paul Burns was appointed as CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association in 2018, but he entered the sports betting industry many years before that. In 2005, he actually helped to establish the Canadian Gaming Association, which helped the sports betting industry spread across Canada and made casinos and other wagering areas far more organized.
Burns is extremely knowledgeable about the economic side of the sports betting industry. He’s been a part of many research groups that have collected information regarding how casinos and other sources of gambling have affected the country and the industry in general. He has also done work to expand the Canadian Gaming Summit conference.
Paul Burns is definitely deserving of his induction into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, and he is continuing to do work that will help the industry grow throughout Canada.
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Burns’ Past and Current Work
You might be wondering about the exact reasons why Burns has been inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. Well, there are plenty.
Over the past few years, Burns has taken major steps regarding the legalization and expansion of sports betting throughout the entire country of Canada. This includes decriminalizing certain types of betting, like single-event betting, as well as being a key part of the creation of the iGaming market in Ontario.
These days, Paul Burns is focusing on retail sports betting. Casino sportsbooks haven’t made great progress throughout Canada, and Burns wants to change this. He has voiced his support for an increased focus on retail wagering, as this would greatly assist the owners of small casinos, and would make gambling easier and more accessible throughout the country.
Thanks to Burns, Ontario’s mobile sports betting market is thriving. The province has a total of 19 mobile operators and over 30 gambling apps and websites. However, Burns doesn’t want to stop there. His goal is to increase the popularity of mobile, online, and retail betting across all of Canada’s provinces.
Others highly valuable players in the industry, such as Vincent Magliugo (VP of strategic partnerships and marketing for VSiN), Sandy Drozd (USBookmaking’s VP), and Chris Andrews (the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s sportsbook director) were also inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame.
Burns Demonstrates Gratitude for Induction
Paul Burns has voiced his gratitude for being the first Canadian inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, he stated:
“It’s been a wonderful experience for me to be able to work with all of the terrific people in the industry…I’ve never had a day I didn’t want to go work because it’s been awesome, and a lot of fun. You’re always learning and meeting new people. The innovation, the growth, the changes. It’s been fantastic. I’ve been blessed and privileged to do this.”