Sports betting within Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a new turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving towards permitting sports gambling (in the Las 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, have been sagging and to provide them with 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 set up however the betting has been limited to Pro-line where they are able to choose the results or outcomes of only three or more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The latest gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to place bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and other sporting events as apposed to the Parlay multiple betting system that exists in the government run Pro-Line lottery.

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

A hitch in obtaining approval to change Ontarios Criminal Code is that the minority government of Federal Conservatives is anxious the New Democrats or the Federal Liberals will oppose this transformation for purposes which are political. Nevertheless the undeniable fact that sports gambling in 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.

Sadly the residents of Niagara have observed layoffs at the Casinos at Niagara recently and also a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage due to increase in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) as well as other issues on the border etc. So it is obvious that a reliable, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help reduce the illegal sports gambling which is taking place on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a good tourist draw and should be permitted in Canada. It is because it can 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 located in the UK, Caribbean and also other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

The Ontario Government which owns the Casino Windsor hopes that the sports gambling in Ontario will increase with the improvements being created in this casino. The new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will attract the sports fans from all over. The success of sports gambling in Ontario may also be determined by how the bettors accept the games provided by the casinos.