Alberta commission lifts ban on UFC gambling following action against James Krause


James Krause is out and Alberta is back in.

Following the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission taking action against Krause, barring the coach and any of his fighters from appearing at UFC events, Canada’s Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) has decided to lift a ban on gambling on the UFC in the province that was handed down on Dec. 2.

The announcement was made by the AGLC in a press release.

With the recent announcement by the UFC that Krause, his managers and fighters will not be permitted to participate in UFC events, pending Nevada State Athletic Commission’s investigation, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) has reinstated UFC betting markets on

AGLC is committed to protecting Albertan consumers. AGLC will continue to monitor the situation closely and make sure that players have access to safe, secure games on Play Alberta.

Krause and his associates have been under investigation in connection to possible insider betting ties. Krause-coach Darrick Minner is at the centre of this controversy following a November loss to Shayilan nuerdanbieke, Las Vegas. Minner appeared to suffer a leg injury just seconds into the fight before losing by first-round TKO.

Controversy began to swirl around the contest due to an abnormal amount of betting activity that dramatically changed the line in the hours leading up to the otherwise low-profile fight. Minner has since been released from the UFC.

AGLC announced an initial ban on UFC betting just after Ontario. Both the province and AGLC cited concerns about betting integrity following the Minner controversy. Krause, who had until recently advertised an online tip service for betting — was also being investigated. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario used similar language in their announcement, saying that it would review the situation before reinstating UFC betting.

View a section of the AGCO statement here :

In recent weeks, the AGCO has learned of publicized alleged incidents, including possible betting by UFC insiders, as well as reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions.

Therefore, the AGCO is now taking this step in the public interest. AGCO indicated that operators may receive information once they have taken the appropriate remedial measures.

It’s not known when the AGCO or AGLC will be following AGLC in lifting its ban on UFC betting.

Mike Heck helped to create this report.