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 several provincial casinos. Casino revenues in Windsor and the Niagara Falls where increased security on the border and high Canadian dollar have caused fewer visitors from America, are actually sagging and to provide them with a boost Ottawa has been urged by Queens Park to amend and change the Criminal Code of Canada and to create legal casino sportsbooks.

Casinos in Ontario have already got infrastructure of sportsbooks with scoreboards, seating and TV screens set up however the betting has been restricted to Pro-line where they are able to select the results or outcomes of only three or more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The latest gambling proposal will allow sports gamblers to put bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball as well as other sports activities as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists under 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 most states except Nevada Las Vegas and some others. This is because sports leagues that are professional are against having 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 change for purposes that are political. However the fact that sports gambling in the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a fantastic competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as unlawful in New York and Michigan.

Unfortunately the inhabitants of Niagara have experienced layoffs in the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage due to boost in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) and other issues at the border etc. So it is obvious that a trustworthy, professional and properly regulated sportsbooks would help in reducing the illegal sports gambling that is occurring on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and should be allowed in Canada. It is because it will attract the Americans towards the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and offer excellent entertainment and fun. At present gamblers in Canada bet with sports books based in the UK, Caribbean and also other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

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