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Alberta Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is single-game sports betting available in Alberta? Single-game wagering has been legalized in Alberta.
What sportsbooks are currently available in Alberta? Play Alberta 
Is there an ETA for more sportsbooks to come online? Late 2021, early 2022

Alberta Sportsbook Offers

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Pro Teams to Bet on in Alberta

Alberta Sports Betting

Alberta Legal Updates to Sports Betting Go-Live

As of now, Play Alberta is the first and only legal sportsbook to become live in Alberta and is leading the way for sports betting in the province. Additionally, bettors can play slot games via 6,000 VLT kiosks throughout Alberta and place their sports bets in person via Sport Select and at select locations that are hosted by the AGLC, the government agency of Alberta. 

Alberta Sports Betting Timeline

September 2021

Play Alberta, Alberta’s only regulated sportsbook, launches Sept. 1.

August 2021

Bill C-218 is in full effect beginning Aug. 27, legalizing single-game sports betting across Canada.

Caesars sportsbook app positive factorsOur Positives for Alberta:

  • Online and in-person sports betting is live. 
  • Extremely safe and trustworthy sports betting platform. 
  • AGLC provides GameSense, a provincial gambling awareness and education program for all casinos.

Caesars sportsbook app negative feedbackOur Negatives for Alberta:

  • Alberta residents are only allowed to bet within their province.
  • Play Alberta is the only legal sportsbook that is available to Albertans.
  • Offshore betting is prevalent due to the lack of sports betting availability.
  • Slow site loading time.



How to Start Betting in Alberta

While Albertans have limited options, they are finally able to participate in online sports betting through Play Alberta, which was officially launched on September 1st, 2021.

Select a sportsbook

At this time, Albertans are only allowed to use Play Alberta to place single-game wagers online. Additionally, players can place their wagers online or choose to submit them in person at any WCLC terminal through Sport Select.

Step 2 Register online

  • Go to playalberta.ca and click on “sign up” on the top right corner of the site.
  • Enter your email address and a strong password.
  • Enter your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number and answer a couple of security questions.
  • Your account has been registered and you are now able to bet!

step 3 Deposit funds

Funding an account can be done in a matter of minutes. Sportsbooks accept several payment methods.

Method  Fee Processing Time Minimum Deposit
Mastercard Free Instant CAD$10
Visa Free Instant CAD$10
Interac Online Free Instant CAD$10

step 4 Choose your bet types

 With the arrival of single-game sports betting in Canada, local options will continually become more accessible to bettors. Play Alberta offers a variety of bet types from single to multi-game sports betting.

  • Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game. Point Spreads
  • Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event. Moneylines
  • Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. Totals
  • Player Props. A prop bet, short for a proposition, wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. Props Bets

Alberta Pro Sports Teams to Bet On

There are four provincial professional sports teams to bet on in Alberta. Although Alberta has limited sports betting options, bettors will be able to bet on most of their favorite local teams on Play Alberta. 

NHL Logo NHL Betting in Alberta

Calgary Flames

Official Calgary Flames Website | Roster | Schedule | Calgary Flames Odds

After the Flames' transition from the Atlanta to Calgary in 1980, they had success in reaching the layoffs and to find their footing in the NHL they are trying to win their first Stanley Cup since the 1989-90 season. They are looking to win their first Stanley Cup since the 1988-1989 season. 

Edmonton Oilers logoEdmonton Oilers

Official Edmonton Oilers Website | Roster | Schedule | Edmonton Oilers Odds

Formerly known as the Alberta Oilers, this franchise became the Edmonton Oilers in 1979 when they transitioned from the WHA to the NHL. When comparing the Oilers to the Calgary Flames, their provincial rivals, they are considered the more successful franchise as they attempt to win their sixth Stanley Cup since the 1989-1990 season. 

Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on hockey in Alberta:

 CFL Betting in Alberta

Calgary Stampeders Football News | TSN Calgary Stampeders 

Official Calgary Stampeders Website | Roster | Schedule 

The Calgary Stampeders are looking to win their next Grey Cup since the 2018 season and currently stand third in the West Division.

Historically, the Stampeders have won 8 out of 17 Grey Cup appearances and aim to return to dominance to gain an edge in their rivalry with the Edmonton Elks.

Team logo Edmonton Elks

Official Edmonton Elks Website | Roster | Schedule 

The community-owned Edmonton Elks are last in the West Division and are struggling more so at home than on the road.

Despite not having the best season, the Elks historically won 6 more Grey Cups (14 in total) than their provincial rivals, the Calgary Stampeders. 

Notable Alberta Casinos

Grey Eagle Resort and Casino

Offering over 1000 slot machines, 40 table games, and live music, the 84,000 square foot Grey Eagle Resort and Casino is located near the Canadian Rockies and downtown Calgary. Starting on November 1st, the slot machines and other games will be open between 8am-5am.  Ownership: Tsuut’ina Nation and Sonco Gaming, Inc. Games Operator: AGLC

River Cree Resort and Casino

Known as one of the best casinos in Alberta, the River Cree Resort and Casino offers 1,350 slots, 40 table games, and weekly events for visitors. Aside from offering the most slots in Edmonton, the River Cree Resort and Casino has the largest accommodations and entertainment spaces among resort casinos in Alberta. Additionally, slots will be available 24 hours a day starting on December 1st, 2021.  Ownership: Enoch Cree Nation Games Operator: AGLC

Deerfoot Inn and Casino

Aside from its indoor water park, the Deerfoot Inn and Casino offers 814 slot machines, 24 VLTs, and 27 table games. The Deerfoot Inn and Casino also offers daily game, senior, music, and entertainment events throughout the year. Additionally, this inn and casino is located near the famous Calgary Stampede rodeo.  Ownership: Gamehost Inc. Games Operator: AGLC

Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino

Known as a First Nations settlement and as the “basecamp of the Rockies,” the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino boasts an incredible view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This resort & casino offers more than 250 slot machines, 15 table games, and  off-track betting in a 70,000 square foot casino. Ownership: Stoney Nakoda First Nation Games Operator: AGLC

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

Horse racing fans and casino bettors can come to Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, where they will find ample opportunities to bet on horse racing and play hundreds of slots and games. This casino also offers VLTs for bettors who prefer using kiosks to place their wagers.

Elbow River Casino

Elbow River Casino offers over 600 slot machines, over 40 table games, off-track betting, a racing theater, and weekly music and entertainment events in a 77,000 square foot facility. 

Pure Casino Edmonton

Pure Casino Edmonton currently offers 820 slot machines, 25 table games, 12 poker table games, and 28 VLTs in a 72,000 square foot casino. Additionally, live music and pay-per-view showings are also available at this location. Ownership: PURE Canadian Gaming Games Operator: AGLC

Pure Casino Lethridge

Another PURE Canadian Gaming property, this casino offers 416 slot machines, 11 table games, 5 poker tables, and 28 VLTs. Additionally, Pure Casino Lethridge hosts weekly live entertainment and pay-per-view events for visitors who would like to extend their stay beyond playing casino games.  Ownership: PURE Canadian Gaming Games Operator: AGLC

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