Sports gambling in 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 many provincial casinos. Casino earnings in Windsor as well as the Niagara Falls where increased security on the border and high Canadian dollar have caused a lot fewer visitors from America, have been 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 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 are able to select the results or outcomes of only three or more events over a “Parlay” betting ticket. The latest gambling proposal will allow sports gamblers to place bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball as well as other sporting events as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists in the government run Pro-Line lottery.

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

A hitch in getting approval to alter Ontarios Criminal Code could be 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. However the 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 unlawful in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the inhabitants of Niagara have experienced layoffs in the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage due to increase in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) and other issues at the border etc. Therefore it is obvious that a reliable, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help in reducing 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 allowed in Canada. It is because it can attract the Americans towards the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and offer 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 which owns the Casino Windsor hopes that the sports gambling in Ontario increases together with the improvements being made in this casino. The 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.