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TubaChristmas, Boulder’s Freezie Fest, free Hallmark cards and more cheap deals in December



TubaChristmas, Boulder’s Freezie Fest, free Hallmark cards and more cheap deals in December

National Cookie Day

Cookie lovers will like “the way the cookie crumbles” on National Cookie Day. From Dec. 3 to 5, Insomnia Cookies is offering three sweet specials to celebrate the day. Anyone can stop by for a free Classic Cookie of their choice – no purchase necessary. (The offer also applies to delivery orders placed on its site. However, a $6 delivery minimum applies.) Plus, “cookie monsters” can enjoy a 12-pack of Classic Cookies for $15 or four-pack of Deluxe Cookies for $10. And, finally, members of the shop’s CookieMagic club enjoy a free six-pack of cookies. Even sweeter, through Dec. 31, new club members get their first month at no cost with promo code SWEETMAGIC. There are four shops in Colorado — Boulder, Denver (2) and Ft. Collins.

Target gift cards

Target is at the top of the list for many holiday shoppers and its gift cards are highly-coveted. However, bargain hunters know it’s nearly impossible to get a discount on the cards. That’s why this weekend special is right on target for savings. On Dec. 4 and 5, get 10 percent off Target gift cards in-store or online — up to $500. If you buy the maximum allowed, it’s a savings of $50. The offer is only available through the store’s loyalty program, Target Circle, as you must add the digital offer to your account. The one-time-use discount is only valid for a single transaction, so make sure all of the gift cards (in whatever denominations) are purchased at the same time.

Santa PetSmart

Meow-y Christmas! Santa Claus even knows when furry family members have been naughty or nice. And, because they’re family, pet parents have to include them in all of the holiday traditions, including sitting on the big jolly guy’s lap. Four-legged family members can get a complimentary photo with Santa at PetSmart on Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 — from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Schedule an appointment at Photos can be taken on your personal device or on a store device. If you choose the latter, the photo will be delivered via e-mail. For added fun, download the PetSmart app to use themed photo filters.

Holiday Ice Show

Ice is nice, especially when it’s a beautiful Holiday Ice Show and at the right price for budget-minded families: Free. Figure skaters present three shows at South Suburban Sports Complex and Family Sports Center on Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Skaters perform to traditional holiday music and Santa makes an appearance at the finale. Admission is free. Performances are at South Suburban (6580 S. Vine St.) in Centennial on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3:15 p.m. Then, on Dec. 12, at Family Sports (6901 S. Peoria St.) at 3:15 p.m. If you’re in the holiday spirit, bring some nonperishable items to any performance for donation to SECOR Food Pantry.

Boulder’s Freezie Fest

Celebrate winter and all things snowmen in Downtown Boulder. This year’s annual Freezie Fest (1300 Pearl St.) is on Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy visits with Santa, train rides on the Snowflake Express and loads of holiday crafts and activities along the Pearl Street Mall and beyond. Admission is free. It’s designed for kids ages 12 and under, but those of all ages can chill out and enjoy the family-friendly event. While you’re there, check out the creative and festive window displays at select Downtown Boulder businesses. They’re competing to be crowned “best in show”, as part of the shopping district’s annual holiday window display contest.

McDonald’s Holiday Giveaway

McDonald’s and superstar performer Mariah Carey are making the holidays merrier by unwrapping a daily deal with their 12 Days of McDonald’s Deals. The fast-food giant is giving away the pop icon’s favorite menu items daily through its app – The Mariah Menu. From Dec. 13 to 24, customers can enjoy a different menu item for free each day with a $1 minimum purchase.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Dec. 13 – Big Mac
  • Dec. 14 – McChicken
  • Dec. 15 – bakery item
  • Dec. 16 – Chicken McNuggets (6-piece)
  • Dec. 17 – cheeseburger
  • Dec. 18 – Hotcakes
  • Dec. 19 – McDouble
  • Dec. 20 – apple pie
  • Dec. 21 – Sausage McMuffin with Egg
  • Dec. 22 – double cheeseburger
  • Dec. 23 – sausage biscuit
  • Dec. 24 – chocolate chip cookies (2- or 3-pack.)

The giveaway is only available via a digital offer in the McDonald’s app – not in-restaurant. Our tip: The least expensive menu item for the additional purchase requirement is a fountain drink (any size), which sells for just one dollar.

Golden Character Meet & Greet

Spend a magical day in Golden meeting and mingling with family-favorite holiday characters along Washington Avenue. “Jingle On The Avenue, A Holiday Character Mingle” is set for Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Little ones are sure to be delighted and there will be plenty of photo opportunities (perfect for social media), live music and lots of festive holiday fun for the whole family. Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, meet-and-greets with characters, Newfoundland dog cart rides and hay wagon rides with Santa.


Up to 300 tubas, euphoniums and other low-register brass instruments spread holiday cheer on Dec. 19 at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The music is in the air from 11 a.m. to noon. It’s all part of TubaChristmas 2021, a nationwide series of free concerts performed by local, volunteer musicians. This marks the 47th year for Denver’s participation. The “orchestra” assembles only hours before show time to rehearse its “heavy metal” tunes. Afterward, jump on the free 16th Street Mall shuttle and explore downtown for holiday shopping and more festive fun. Thankfully the event is on Sunday because metered parking is free in Denver.

Wendy’s Key Tag

This annual offer from Wendy’s will leave hungry bargain hunters a little chilly…er, frosty. If you like to top off your burger and fries with something sweet, you will definitely want to snag Wendy’s Frosty Key Tag. For just $2, the key tag unlocks a free Jr. Frosty with any purchase, every time you visit the fast-food restaurant in 2022. The cool deal pays for itself in just a few visits, given a Jr. Frosty regularly sells for $1.49. The tags are available for purchase in-restaurant and online through Jan. 31. You can also buy a digital key tag via its app. Sweetest of all, 85 percent of the proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Hallmark Free Card

These days receiving a greeting card in your mailbox is extra special. However, sending one requires a little time and effort. Hallmark has the solution with its Sign & Send option. All that’s required is just a few taps, swipes and clicks from your smartphone. Shop online for the same Hallmark cards you’d find in-store. Add your personal message by uploading your handwritten note to be printed inside the card. Then, Hallmark stamps and mails it. Through Dec. 31, Crown Rewards members can send one of the personalized greeting cards for free with promo code SIGNANDSEND. The offer is only valid on eligible greeting cards at and requires U.S. billing and mailing addresses.

Recycle Holiday Lights

Do you have broken, burned-out or impossibly tangled sets of holiday lights? Don’t toss them, recycle instead for free. Thanks to the City of Denver’s recycling program, locals can recycle holiday lights from Dec. 6 to Jan. 8, 2022, at two locations. Light strings and wires for incandescent, LED and “icicle” lights are all acceptable. However, bubble (liquid-filled) and neon lights are not. Drop off your unwanted or broken holiday lights at Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off (7400 Cherry Creek S. Dr.) or Blue Star Recyclers (953 Decatur St.). Hours vary by location, so check first before making plans. Once you’ve recycled your lights, get ready to light up next year by shopping big box store holiday clearance sales that start Dec. 26.

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Post-COVID ‘brain fog’ could be result of virus changing patients’ spinal fluid



Post-COVID ‘brain fog’ could be result of virus changing patients’ spinal fluid

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. ( – Cases of “brain fog” among COVID patients are becoming more and more common, even among people recovering from mild infections. Now, new research is finally providing some potential answers to why people have difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, and completing easy daily tasks after battling COVID. A team from the University of California-San Francisco say brain fog may result from how the virus alters a person’s spinal fluid — just like other diseases which attack the brain.

Their study finds certain patients who develop cognitive symptoms following a mild case of COVID-19 display abnormalities in their cerebrospinal fluid, similar to the kinds which appear in patients with diseases like Alzheimer’s. While this is only a start, study authors are optimistic this work is an important first step toward understanding what exactly SARS-CoV-2 can do to the human brain.

“They manifest as problems remembering recent events, coming up with names or words, staying focused, and issues with holding onto and manipulating information, as well as slowed processing speed,” explains senior study author Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS, of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, in a university release.

Post-COVID brain fog is likely much more common than most people realize. One recently released study focusing on a post-COVID clinic in New York found that a staggering 67 percent of 156 recovered COVID-19 patients experienced some form of brain fog.

Brain fog patients experience more brain inflammation

This latest research featured 32 adults. All participants had recovered from a COVID-19 infection but did not require hospitalization. Twenty-two exhibited genuine cognitive symptoms, while the rest served as a healthy control group.

Among the entire group, 17 (including 13 with brain fog symptoms) agreed to have their cerebrospinal fluid analyzed. Scientists extracted the fluids from the lower back, on average, about 10 months after each patient’s first COVID symptoms.

Those tests showed 10 of the 13 participants with cognitive symptoms had anomalies within their cerebrospinal fluid. Importantly, the other four cerebrospinal fluid samples collected from people without brain fog showed no anomalies whatsoever. Participants experiencing cognitive issues tended to be older, with an average age of 48, while the control group’s average age was younger: 39 years-old.

All of the patients come from the Long-term Impact of Infection with Novel Coronavirus (LIINC) study, which tracks and assesses adults recovering from SARS-CoV-2.

Further analyses performed on the cerebrospinal fluid samples showed higher-than-normal protein levels and the presence of some unexpected antibodies usually found in an activated immune system. Researchers say these observations suggest a high level of inflammation. Some of these antibodies were seen in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, implying a systemic inflammatory response. Some antibodies, however, were unique to the cerebrospinal fluid, which hints at brain inflammation specifically.

Study authors don’t know the intended target of these antibodies yet, but theorize they may attack the body itself, like an autoimmune disease.

“It’s possible that the immune system, stimulated by the virus, may be functioning in an unintended pathological way,” explains Dr. Hellmuth, who is the principal investigator of the UCSF Coronavirus Neurocognitive Study. “This would be the case even though the individuals did not have the virus in their bodies.”

Pre-existing conditions raise the risk of COVID brain fog

Notably, patients dealing with brain fog symptoms had an average of 2.5 cognitive risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or a history of ADHD, in comparison to an average of less than one average risk factor for participants without brain fog symptoms.

These cognitive risk factors are relevant because they potentially raise an individual’s risk of stroke, mild cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, and generally make the mind more susceptible to executive functioning issues. Additional risk factors include drug use, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression.

Additionally, all participants underwent a series of cognitive tests with a neuropsychologist modeled after the criteria used for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND). To the research team’s surprise, 59 percent of patients dealing with brain fog met HAND criteria, while 70 percent of the control subjects did the same.

“Comparing cognitive performance to normative references may not identify true changes, particularly in those with a high pre-COVID baseline, who may have experienced a notable drop but still fall within normal limits,” Dr. Hellmuth concludes. “If people tell us they have new thinking and memory issues, I think we should believe them rather than require that they meet certain severity criteria.”

The study is published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.

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Cole Bassett officially joins Dutch side Feyenoord on loan



Cole Bassett officially joins Dutch side Feyenoord on loan

Cole Bassett has a new home. He’ll be living and playing in the Netherlands.

The Littleton native officially joined Feyenoord, one of the giants of Dutch soccer, on an 18-month loan Thursday. In addition, the Rapids announced Bassett had signed a three-year contract extension through the 2024 season. If Bassett were to be transferred in the future, the Rapids will retain a sell-on percentage fee.

Feyenoord even gave him a new nickname: Cool Kid Cole.

“We’re incredibly proud of Cole for having earned this opportunity to pursue his dream of playing in Europe,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a club statement. “It’s a testament to his talent, his performances here with the Rapids and his dedication to continually improve as a player. This move also reflects our steadfast commitment to develop young players and provide a pathway to the highest levels of the game. We look forward to seeing Cole’s continued growth and wish him all the best as he takes this next step in his career.”

Bassett becomes the second American to ever play for the club and is the first since former Colorado Rapids defender Cory Gibbs played for the Rotterdam side from 2004-06. The move, first reported last week, was finalized earlier Thursday after Bassett passed his medical exam, where he has been in Rotterdam since Tuesday.

Bassett joined the Rapids Academy in 2017, after he spent his youth career playing for Colorado Rush. He made his Major League Soccer debut at the age of 17 back in 2018, while still a senior at Chatfield High School. He went on to make 72 appearances with the Rapids, producing 13 goals and 11 assists.

There was speculation he would move to Benfica of Portugal last summer, but he turned the deal down for one last run with the Rapids, who finished first in the Western Conference and reached the second round of the MLS Cup playoffs. After the season, rumors started to circulate again, and Feyenoord emerged the winner.

He becomes the second homegrown Rapids player to make the move overseas. Sam Vines, a defender from Colorado Springs, also made the jump to Europe last season and is now playing with Royal Antwerp F.C. in Belgium.

The two celebrated the occasion together with a photo, which Vines posted to Instagram, saying “Good to see you again my bro. Welcome to Europe”.

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Best Payout Online Casinos in Canada for the Highest Paying Games



Best Payout Online Casinos in Canada for the Highest Paying Games

Looking to max out your best chance at winning? You need the best payout casinos in Canada.

These best online casinos offer the biggest statistical win rates for players, have amazing jackpot potential, and provide the most state-of-the-art casino games online.

In short, they’re a fantastic way to maximize win potential in a fun way. That’s why we’ve rounded up the highest payout casinos that are fully licensed in Canada.

Come with us as we go through the pros and cons of each and list their exact payout rates.

Best High Payout Casinos in Canada by RTP

1. Jackpot City Casino (97.82%) – Highest Payout Online Casino Canada


  • 350+ online slots
  • Range of progressive jackpots
  • Mobile-only games
  • Top reputation dating back to 1998


Coming in at number one on our list of highest payout online casinos, with an outstanding payout percentage of 97.82% is Jackpot City.

This best payout online casino has been around since 1998 so is very trustworthy, is super popular with Canadian players, and has got a great selection of high-paying games.

Payout Rate: 5/5

Jackpot City is the highest payout online casino in Canada – and beyond this has one of the highest payout rates in the entire world.

Its RTP averages 97.82%, which means the overall house edge is just 2.18%.

Your best chances of winning at Jackpot City are arguably on their jackpot slots, which include titles like Break Da Bank Again, Mega Moolah (which has a whopping $10,000,000+ jackpot) and Thunderstruck II.

Wheel of Wishes, meanwhile, currently has a jackpot of over $9,000,000.

Game Variety: 4/5

Like with most online gambling sites, Jackpot City’s primary focus is on online slots. Out of their 486 online casino games, over 375 of them are slot games. These include progressive jackpots, must-fall jackpots, and a wide range of high RTP classic slots.

There are new slots being added often, too.

Other high RTP games you can play at Jackpot City include video poker and blackjack, and there are also over 50 live dealer games.

There’s a mobile casino as well, which is home to a wide range of high RTP mobile-only games.

Bonuses & Promos: 4/5

The best way to have a crack at high-payout games is with an online casino bonus that isn’t going to restrict you too much with strict terms and conditions.

At Jackpot City, you can grab a 100% up to $400 welcome bonus, while second, third, and fourth deposit bonuses are on the table, too (also 100% up to $400 match bonuses).

The great thing about these types of reload bonuses is that you get to extend your bankroll for as long as possible. Minimum deposit is $10.

User Interface: 4/5

Jackpot City looks swanky as hell when you first arrive on the homepage: A gorgeous neon-lit city acts as the backdrop, while the site is splashed with purples and whites. It certainly makes you feel as though you’re playing for the chance to win big money.

Web design is on the whole intuitive, and this casino is just as functional as it is easy-on-the-eyes.

Not just that, but Jackpot City has clearly taken the time to optimize their mobile casino, and there’s even a separate section on the site dedicated to mobile-only games.

That said, some of the menus and fonts are really small, so they may be hard to read for some players.

Misc: 5/5

If you want to test your strategy out before taking the plunge with real money, there are hundreds of demo games available. Playing for free won’t give you the chance to win big money on high RTP games but it helps you get into the swing of things.

While Jackpot City’s overall selection of online casino games is modest compared to some casino sites, the fact that it’s got the highest average RTP out of all the best Canadian online casinos should go a long way in mitigating that.

2. Ruby Fortune (97.40%) – Best Payout Casino Canada for Welcome Bonuses


  • 450+ online casino games
  • Massive progressive jackpots
  • Intuitive website
  • Sports betting available


  • Web design needs an update

Ruby Fortune is a popular online Canadian casino that gets you started with a 100% up to C$750 welcome bonus. Once you’ve triggered it, you’re free to take your pick from the 450+ online casino games that, altogether, have a combined RTP of 97.40%.

Payout Rate: 5/5

With an enormous casino payout percentage of 97.40%, Ruby Fortune gives you one of the best chances in Canada of taking the casino to the cleaners. The house edge is pegged at 2.60% – a tiny percentage that is hard to find elsewhere.

And like a lot of other best payout online casino sites, Ruby Fortune regularly updates their list of winners, with one of the latest lucky players scooping over C$4,170,128 on Mega Moolah.

The games are provided by the likes of Evolution, meanwhile, which is always a seal of approval for high-payout percentage games.

Game Variety: 4/5

Ruby Fortune has been busy behind-the-scenes of late adding a few more games to their canon. As it stands, the current total online casino games number 488.

Ultimately, it’s a fairly modest selection compared to some powerhouse online casinos, and the greater chunk of the games is made up of slots (there are around 375 slot games here).

However, Ruby Fortune has a decent – if not spectacular – selection of blackjack, roulette, and baccarat games, as well as more than 50 live dealer games. As such, there are still plenty of different forms of fun.

There are also massive progressive jackpots, while most of the games are powered by Microgaming, which is one of the biggest names in Canadian online gambling.

Moreover, game selection might be a tad modest, but most of their games are high-payout games – which is exactly what we all want.

Bonuses & Promos: 4/5

New players are entitled to a 100% up to $750 welcome package, which we think is a suitably-sized bonus for a high-RTP casino site.

Essentially, it gets you started in the best possible way by arming you with enough funds so as to have a real go at the crazy jackpots.

What’s more, it’s actually a three-tiered deposit bonus, with your first, second, and third deposits worth up to $250 in extra cash.

Subsequent promos tend to be dished out randomly, with Ruby Fortune emailing players to let them know when they can grab daily deals, cashback offers, free spins, and more.

User Interface: 4/5

If anyone has used Mansion Casino, they’ll see some similarities with Ruby Fortune – lots of black, white and red branding, and an overall professional user layout.

Indeed, Ruby Fortune does look professional for the most part, and it’s certainly intuitive. However, we have to take a point off for the fact that it can sometimes be a bit glitchy, as well as the fact that, despite a professional look, it’s kinda high time that the website received a refresh.

Misc: 4/5

Instant play, 24/7 customer support, and 16 different payment methods are just some of the extra perks you’ll enjoy if you sign-up to Ruby Fortune.

Included among these payment methods are Interac, PaySafeCard, and Much Better, although we think it’s high time that Ruby Fortune added Bitcoin, though surely with the advent of crypto this is not far behind.

3. Casumo – (97.24%) – Best Payout Online Casino Canada for Slots


  • 1,900+ slots
  • 100+ live dealer games
  • Live craps available


With a 97.24% RTP, Casumo represents one of the best online casinos for payouts in all of Canada. It’s got more than 2,000 games to explore, and these include 1,900+ online slots, almost 30 blackjack variants, and over a hundred live dealer games. Lucky you.

Payout Rate: 5/5

Casumo’s payout percentage of 97.24% is only slightly down on the top two – and it’s definitely good enough to ensure you have a great chance of winning real money here. Thanks to such a high payout rate, the house edge is 2.76%, which is super generous.

Not just that, but many of the online slots are packed with money-winning features, including a wealth of bonus rounds, sticky wilds, and stacked wilds. Indeed, Casumo claims there are over 380,000 bonus spins spun every single day.

Game Variety: 5/5

If you want to take a shot at big online casino money, you need to be in the right games. These include high RTP blackjack games, such as American Blackjack, as well as progressive slots – all of which are present and correct at Casumo.

In total, you’ve got over 2,000 games to choose from, with some of our top picks for high RTP slot games including Fire Joker (96.15% RTP) and Sticky Bandits Wild Return (96.22%).

You can also play over a hundred live dealer games, which give you a further chance of winning.

Moreover, the games are provided by some of the biggest names in online gambling, such as Evolution and Play’n’ GO, and which are known for their bank-boosting jackpots.

Bonuses & Promotions: 4/5

Casumo gets you started with a 100% up to $1,800 welcome bonus, which is a terrific way to start out at any best payout online casino site. The terms and conditions are pleasingly simple, while wagering requirements are as small as we’ve seen – 30x.

It’s a tad frustrating that Casumo’s subsequent promos are unclear (and apparently change often), but a tiered loyalty program gives you the chance to collect bonus points every time you place a bet, which can eventually be redeemed for free bets, reload bonuses and free spins.

User Interface: 4/5

Casumo has a clean, space-themed user interface, which some will love, while others might not.

Sure, there’s nothing to really dislike about Casumo’s layout, but despite the cool space theme, the white background and lack of animations might make the site seem too plain for some.

That said, we found it clean and super easy to navigate. The games are easy to find, too.

If we had one criticism, it’s that we’d prefer it if Casumo listed the RTP of their games so that you know where your best chances of winning are. This is a common pitfall of new online casinos in Canada but we’re sure it’ll remedy itself soon.

4. Spin Casino (97.10%) – Top Paying Online Casino for Free Spins


  • 450+ games
  • Sports betting available
  • 30+ different gaming providers
  • 20+ years’ experience


  • Lack of regular promotions

Spin Casino has an average RTP of 97.10%. And because its collection of online casino games is currently limited to under 500, such a modest selection actually works in your favor because it’s easier to separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of finding where the big jackpots are.

Payout Rate: 5/5

It seems almost wrong to give an online casino that has a 97.10% payout rate fourth place – but what can you do? Life ain’t fair sometimes.

What is fair is that, like all the other online casinos in Canada, Spin Casino’s games rely on RNG (Random Number Generator) tech to determine the outcome of their games, and that the house edge really is just 2.90%.

Game Variety: 4/5

Game variety at Spin Casino is a bit of a double-edged sword. Less than 500 total games would seem like a comparably modest selection, but a little quality over quantity never hurt anybody either.

As expected with a name like Spin Casino, most of the games you can play here are slots. Titles include 9 Pots of Gold and Wheel of Wishes, the latter of which has a minimum jackpot of over $2,000,000.

9 Pots of Gold, meanwhile, has a 96.24% RTP.

Apart from slots, there are just under 50 live games here, and another 50 combined baccarat, blackjack, and roulette variants. Lovers of table games look no further.

For online casino sportsbook lovers, you can also bet on sports and eSports here, too.

With more than 30 different gaming providers, it’s fair to say that Spin Casino covers most games in terms of game variety, despite such a relatively slender selection.

Bonuses & Promos: 4/5

When you make your first deposit of $10 or more, you’ll be entitled to a 100% up to $400 welcome bonus. This isn’t bad at all, but it’s slightly offset by fairly high 70x wagering requirements.

Regular casino bonuses and promos for existing players aren’t quite non-existent at Spin Casino, but the way they present their offers is rather unique.

Instead of throwing daily promos at you in the form of reload bonuses and cashback offers like most rival casinos, Spin Casino instead lets you spin their big bonus wheel to release more perks and prizes – including lots and lots of free spins.

It’s actually a really cool concept, but we’re not sure every player will like it.

User Interface: 4/5

Spin Casino can actually look a tad bland until you create your account – as a guest, all you can see is pretty much a white background and a handful of games.

Once your account is live, you’ll get to make use of the practical but sweetly designed user interface that, while it’s definitely not original as far as online casinos go, has everything in the right places. There’s no chance of you getting lost, and site speed is great.

Misc: 4/5

All in all, Spin Casino is a super-established Canadian casino that was founded over 20 years ago. We’d probably prefer it if Spin Casino had more games, but after 20 years this best payout online casino site clearly knows its customers. And who are we to argue?

5. Genesis Casino (97%) – Best Paying Online Casino for VIP Programs


  • 2,000+ games
  • 100+ blackjack variants
  • High RTP slots including Wolf Gold
  • Great incentives for live dealer casino players


  • Somewhat limited payment options

Genesis Casino is one of the world’s most established high payout online casino sites. It’s been around for well over ten years, while its owners Genesis Group are responsible for multiple high payout casinos.

With an average high RTP of 97% and a very lucrative VIP program, it’s one of the best places to stretch out your hard-earned money.

Payout Rate: 5/5

Genesis Casino’s payout percentage across all its 2,000+ games is exactly 97%, which means you can expect the casino to pay out $97 for every $100 wagered.

That’s really not bad at all, especially when you consider that Genesis is home to some of the most popular high RTP games on the planet, including European Roulette (98.37% RTP) and European Blackjack (99.33% RTP).

Also, we like the fact that Genesis updates their list of online casino winners by the minute, and total jackpots available at any one time typically exceed C$10,000,000.

Game Variety: 5/5

With its collection of over 2,000 games, Genesis blows most rival online casinos out of the water when it comes to overall game variety.

You can play over 1,700+ slots, an insane amount of 100 different blackjack games, 144 baccarat variants, over 100 live casino games – this is a table games paradise.

In terms of the online slots, high RTP slots you can play include Wolf Gold, Book of Dead, and Big Bass Bonanza, while some of the live games include Green Diamond Blackjack and Lightning Roulette.

There are, of course, lots of jackpot slots here, too, including the ever-popular Mega Moolah, and Immortal Romance.

Bonuses & Promotions: 4/5

Canadian players who sign-up to Genesis Casino are handed a very standard welcome bonus. The 100% up to $100 match bonus comes with 300 free spins though, which is one of the highest offers we’ve seen.

What really separates Genesis though is that they also offer a live casino welcome bonus. Live casino lovers take note – nobody else is doing this, so you may want to go where you’re wanted.

Wagering requirements for both bonuses are a very respectable 40x.

Aside from the welcome bonus, you’ll be able to take advantage of numerous, frequent treats including exclusive events, reload bonuses, and an invitation to the monthly VIP prize draw – and you’ll also have your very own account manager.

User Interface: 5/5

Genesis Casino sparkles with its sumptuous, sophisticated user interface that utilizes purples, whites and blacks to great effect in their best payout online casino.

It’s easy on the eye, intuitive to navigate, and despite essentially using the same template as many other online casinos, the fact that so much effort has gone into making it look so professional means you’ll feel high-class, almost like an internet Bond in Monte Carlo.

Misc: 3/5

If there’s an area where we think Genesis could improve, it’s with its payment methods.

While there are 12 popular Canadian ones available like Apple Pay and Interac e-Transfer, it wouldn’t hurt if Genesis followed in the footsteps of our best Bitcoin casinos and accepted cryptocurrency.

6. PlayOJO (96.90%) – Highest Paying Online Casino for Live Games


  • 2,000+ games
  • No wagering welcome bonus
  • Very easy-to-use website


  • No free cash as part of welcome offer

PlayOJO is one of the biggest names in online gambling – and one of the top online casinos in Canada, high payout or no.

With an average RTP across its 2,000+ casino games that almost reaches 97%, PlayOJO gives you an awesome chance of winning in a huge variety of ways.

For instance, you can chance your arm at slots, roulette, or bingo, you can try to beat the dealer at one of the 165 blackjack variants, or you can test your mettle at poker or baccarat.

As well as boasting a fine selection of high RTP table games, PlayOJO also has more than 50 live dealer games.

It’s also worth mentioning their no strings attached 50 free spins welcome bonus. That’s right, deposit just $10 and any bonus winnings from the free spins are yours to collect and withdraw – no rollover requirements, no hassle.

PlayOJO also rewards no strings attached cash back on every bet, something we’ve never seen before. They’ve paid out more than $1.5 million since launching in 2017.

The fact that Neteller and Skrill come with deposit fees will no doubt irk some players. But there are plenty of alternative payment methods, and there’s no doubt that on the whole, PlayOJO is one of the top-rated online casinos in the world.

7. Leo Vegas (96.50%) – Best Online Casino Payout Site for Sports Betting


  • 1,800+ games
  • High-quality live dealer games
  • Sportsbook available


Leo Vegas was arguably the highest payout online casino in Europe, but now it’s available to Canadian players. It has an average payout of 96.50% across all of its online casino games, which is enough to allow it to slide into our top 10 with ease.

There are well over a thousand games to try your hand at here. These include lots of progressive jackpot slots, some must-fall jackpots, and hundreds more classic 5-reel slots. These include Double Stacks, Book of Gold: Double Chance, and Gonzo’s Quest (Megaways).

We like the fact that Leo Vegas helpfully arranges its most-played games into a “Top Games” section because it lets you know where other players are trying to make their money. That said, not all of these are high RTP games – but a good chunk is.

You can also play bingo, blackjack, and roulette at Leo Vegas, as well as a host of live games where the min and max stakes range from under C$1 to C$10,000+.

Bear in mind, though, that Leo Vegas also has a sportsbook, and that the RTP doesn’t extend to this area of the site. Whether you win or lose on sports bets depends entirely on the outcome of real-life games, which aren’t affected by RTP.

8. PlayAmo (96.20%) – Top High Paying Online Casino for Bitcoin


  • Excellent VIP program
  • Daily Drop & Wins
  • Bitcoin accepted


  • Might take a while to get used to the site design

PlayAmo is another high-ranking, high payout Canadian casino that’s stuffed with casino games, bonuses, and promos, and which has a VIP program that gives you even more chances to win big.

There are also regular Drops & Wins, which give you the chance to win over C$150,000.

Let’s start with the games. At PlayAmo, you can take your pick from a huge selection of slot games and classic table games, as well as scratch cards and live games.

Blackjack fans are especially well-catered to here, with variants including VIP Blackjack and Speed Blackjack (great for those in a hurry).

Roulette fans won’t be disappointed either, and there are over 30 different roulette variants to play. Poker is available too, while the VIP program lets you move up eight different levels. There are free spins and extra perks and prizes, such as higher bet limits, galore.

And while this online casino can feel a bit overwhelming at first – due to the fact that so much is going on here – we think players will quickly get used to it.

As well as competing in tournaments for even more chances to win, you can also deposit and withdraw via Bitcoin.

9. Royal Vegas (96.10%) – Best Payout Canadian Casino for Video Poker


  • Almost 700 games (9 video poker titles)
  • Huge progressive jackpots
  • 100% match deposit bonus up to C$300


Royal Vegas has a 96.10% RTP, which means it creates more winners than the average online casino site.

Like a few other high payout casinos, Royal Vegas has just under 700 games – but this isn’t exactly a bad thing. It just means that – unlike high payout online casinos that have thousands of games – you won’t need to spend too long finding the high RTP ones.

Games you can play here include over 375 slots, 45 live games, as well as a number of roulette, blackjack, and baccarat variants.

You can also play over 10 video poker games, while the progressive jackpot currently totals more than C$14,500,000.

Most of the games are provided by Microgaming, and there’s a very generous four-part welcome bonus on the table for new players, which essentially starts off as a 100% match bonus up to C$300 and could top out at $1200.

Any downsides? Probably that Royal Vegas doesn’t stand out in any one area.

Instead, it’s an all-rounder. If that’s what you’re looking for (as well as more chances to win), Royal Vegas, with its simplistic user interface, awesome user experience, and extensive range of payment methods, is a reliable, trustworthy high-paying casino.

10. All Slots (96%) – Best Paying Casino for Progressive Jackpots


  • Huge progressive jackpots
  • Hundreds of high-quality slots
  • Regular promos


  • Higher than average wagering requirements

As per its name, All Slots is a dedicated slots site – and here you will find hundreds of high RTP slots and jackpots.

Popular slots you can play here include the likes of Ancient Fortunes, Diamond King Jackpot, and Break Da Bank Again, and the current progressive jackpot total stands at over C$20,000,000 (and counting).

All Slots is constantly updating its slots library with the latest and greatest slots games, too.

Naturally, you won’t find just slots here. If you’re more of a skill-based player, you can also play poker, blackjack, and baccarat variants, while roulette, keno, scratch cards, and Sic Bo are also available in various varieties.

There are live dealer games here too, an outstanding online casino loyalty program that rewards consistent players, and it’s one of the best mobile casinos in canada for playing games on the go.

All Slots is also fully licensed, it’s been around for over 20 years, and we have absolutely zero trust issues.

The first deposit bonus also offers a higher dollar ceiling than others, with a 100% match up to $500 but do keep in mind you’ve got your work cut out here – you’ll have to play through it 70 times before cashing out.

How We Chose the Best Payout Canadian Online Casinos

Payout Rate – The first thing we looked at when choosing the best Canadian gambling sites was each site’s RTP. This stands for ‘Return to Player’, and it refers to the number of times online casinos in Canada will payout over their total number of games. For instance, a payout rate of over 96% is higher-than-average, and it means you’ve got a better chance of winning.

Game Selection – Naturally, we couldn’t just base our list of online payout casinos on payout rates alone. We also took into consideration the game selection at these Canadian casinos so that you can play your favorite games. After all, there’s little point in signing up to a high-paying site if the games you excel at aren’t there!

Casino Bonuses & Promos – Did someone say high online casino payouts and great casino bonuses together? We refer to this winning combo as “the jackpot,” and we’ve made sure to add best paying online casinos that offer great reload bonuses and regular promos.

Licensing and Fairness – Lastly, if a casino online had an awesome payout but wasn’t licensed, we took it off our list. Instead, every single casino site we added has a high RTP and is fully licensed in Canada.

Best Payout Online Casinos in Canada FAQ

Why Play at a High Payout Casino?

The answer to this is simple: Because high-paying online casinos increase your chances of winning by virtue of the fact that they pay out more often. In other words, they create more winners. This means you won’t have to bet as frequently in order to land a winner.

That said, it’s typically beginners or casual players that prefer to join high payout casinos. Pros and seasoned players who have developed strategies tend to take more risks and don’t mind trying their hand at lower payout games.

What Are the Highest Payout Casino Games in Canada?

If you want to have the best chance of winning real money, it’s important that you find the best payout games.

For many, slots are their go-to casino game. However, while there are definitely high RTP slots out there, such as Wolf Gold, most slots have an average RTP of around 95%.

That said, there are some best payout online casinos which are packed with slots that have an RTP of more than 96%.

Online blackjack also represents a good chance of winning, thanks to a minimal house edge, which benefits from the fact that there are only 1-2 decks. This is in contrast to a land-based casino, where there are as many as 8 decks.

Roulette gives you a strong chance of winning, too, although European roulette pays better than American roulette, thanks to the double zero, which improves the edge in your favor.

There are video poker games, meanwhile, such as Jacks or Better and Double Joker Poker, which have a payout ratio of 99.54% and 99.96% respectively.

How Do I Find the Best Payout Online Casinos?

It can be very hard to find the highest payout Canadian online casinos by yourself because a number of the top online casinos keep their RTP to themselves.

However, some sites actually list the RTP for each game in the thumbnail.

Other than that, it’s a good idea to read online casino reviews written by trusted sources.

What are the Best Online Casino Payouts?

We tend to view payout rates that are over 96% to be above average. 96% itself can naturally be considered the median, while anything below gets into less than average territory.

As mentioned, most slots are in 93-95% territory, but a number of games, such as blackjack and roulette, have much higher RTPs, and it’s often these games that contribute to an overall high RTP.

What is RTP?

RTP stands for Return to Player, and it refers to the payout percentages of a game. If a game has a 90% RTP, you can expect to win C$90 for every C$100 you spend.

Of course, RTP takes into account the long-term usage of a game, which means that anything can happen in the short run both good and bad. Just because a game has a really high RTP, it doesn’t mean you will win at the first, second, or even third attempt.

Will High Payout Casinos Give Me My Winnings?

As long as you sign up to a reputable, fully-licensed online casino, the casino site will have no problem giving you your winnings.  All the sites listed in our article have Canada’s own Kahnawake license, MGA, or Curacao.  These casinos are reviewed by independent testing labs that verify their games are fair and they pay out winnings fairly, if a casino ever scams its customers they lose their license.

Best Payout Online Casinos in Canada Compared

Casino Editor’s Notes Games Score
🥇 Grosvenor Longest-running casino with sports betting. Widely diverse casino games with max wagers up to £50,000 in select live dealer games. 659 98%
🥈 PlayOJO Bonuses with no wagering requirements and massive game catalogue from over 20 providers. 3061 97%
🥉 MagicRed Ultra-sharp graphics and fast-loading mobile gaming speeds; 20 available banking methods. 859 95%
The Sun Vegas Trustworthy casino site with easy to navigate interface. Games are mainly provided by Playtech. 947 91%
Genesis Neat user-friendly interface with over 500 mobile-optimized games and a high number of games overall. 1890 89%

Our Way of Decision-Making on the Best UK Casino Sites

Licensing: We can never emphasize enough how crucial it is to check if an online casino has a proper license. The list we have compiled are gambling sites that met the security threshold.

Games Variety:  The best UK online casino sites partner with world-class software developers to provide the best gaming experience. The online casino sites we reviewed offer a great variety of games with no less than 100 titles on their catalogues.

Bonuses: Bonuses and promotions work well for online casinos because they retain existing players and attract new ones. We selected casinos that offer reasonable bonuses that can benefit players and not trap them into empty promises. Most of them had welcome bonuses, bonus spins, and regular offers for existing players.

Payment Methods: If you opt to play for real money, it is important to choose a casino that has convenient payment methods for you. Check the charges per transaction, payout periods, and security.

Best Payout Online Casinos in Canada Compared

Casino Editor’s Notes First Deposit Bonus Score
🥇 Jackpot City Casino Great slots selection, long time reputation, fully optimized mobile version 100% up to $400 (70x) 99%
🥈 Ruby Fortune Massive sportsbook, huge progressive jackpots, large first deposit match 100% up to $750 (70x) 98%
🥉Casumo Huge amount of slots, live craps available, low bonus play through 100% up to $1,800 (30x) 97%
Spin Casino Long term reputation, nice sportsbook, unique reload bonus wheel 100% up to $400 (70x) 96%
Genesis Casino Enormous blackjack selection, separate first deposit bonus for live casino players, free spins upon sign up 100% up to $100 plus 300 free spins (40x) 94%

How to Sign Up on a Canada Casino like Jackpot City

We’ve described how to get started at Jackpot City below, but the steps below will be similar for every casino site:

1. Sign up for a new account

  • Click the yellow ‘sign up’ button located to the top right of the screen
  • Fill in some personal details and create a username
  • Click ‘register’

2. Check your email

  • Open your verification email sent by Jackpot City
  • Click the giant ‘play’ button

3. Deposit & Play

  • You’ll be taken to your account page
  • Deposit using the payment method of your choice
  • Start playing your favorite casino games

Best Payout Casinos Canada Final Thoughts

The highest-paying online casinos are the best places to play casino games if you want to improve your chances of winning.

However, if an online casino doesn’t hit across multiple verticals the fun tends to dry up, which is why we chose Jackpot City Casino for their amazing slots menu, huge live dealer casino, and long-time reputation dating back 20 years.

That said, we’re sure any of the best payout online casinos in our list could be a great choice depending on your preferences – just remember to gamble responsibly.

If you suffer from a gambling problem or suspect somebody you know does, then we strongly suggest that you call the Gamblers Anonymous at 1-626-960-3500 to talk with an advisor for help and to make gambling safer for you or your loved ones.

We are committed to responsible gambling. Underage gambling is an offence, all sites are 18+ ONLY. Gambling can be addictive, please play responsibly and only bet what you can afford.

Online casinos listed on our site may not be available in your region. Check your local laws to ensure online poker is available and legal where you live.

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