Sports betting in Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a different turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving to allowing sports gambling (in the Vegas style) in many provincial casinos. Casino revenues in Windsor as well as the Niagara Falls where increased security at the border and high Canadian dollar have caused a lot fewer visitors from America, have been sagging and to give them a lift Ottawa has been urged by Queens Park to amend and change the Criminal Code of Canada and also to create legal casino sportsbooks.

Casinos in Ontario already have infrastructure of sportsbooks with scoreboards, seating and TV screens in place but the betting is being limited to Pro-line where they can select the results or outcomes of only three or even more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The latest gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to place bets for the outcome of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball as well as other sports activities as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists in the government run Pro-Line lottery.

The brand new sportsbooks would give the casinos in Ontario a very huge advantage over US competitors as sportsbook gambling is not allowed in many states except Nevada Las Vegas and a few others. This is because sports leagues which are professional are in opposition to getting the sportsbooks in cities which may have baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.

A hitch in getting approval to change Ontarios Criminal Code is that the minority government of Federal Conservatives is anxious that the New Democrats or the Federal Liberals will oppose this transformation for purposes which are political. However the fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor will be a great competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is considered illegal in New York and Michigan.

Unfortunately the inhabitants of Niagara have experienced layoffs at the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage because of increase in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) and other issues at the border etc. So it is obvious that a reliable, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help in reducing the illegal sports gambling that is taking place on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and should be permitted in Canada. This is because it will attract the Americans to the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and provide excellent entertainment and fun. Currently gamblers in Canada bet with sports books located in the UK, Caribbean and also other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

The Ontario Government that owns the Casino Windsor hopes the sports gambling in Ontario will increase together with the improvements being created in this casino. The brand new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will draw in the sports fans coming from all over. The prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario will also be determined by the way the bettors embrace the games provided by the casinos.