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British Columbia Sportsbook Launch & News Updates

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British Columbia was one of seven Canadian provinces to launch single-game sports betting on Aug. 27, 2021. PlayNow remains the province’s lone online and retail sportsbook, but opportunities to expand will undoubtedly present themselves in the near future. This page will be updated as the B.C. single-game sports betting market continues to develop.

British Columbia Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is single-game sports betting available in British Columbia? Yes, single-game wagering is legal in British Columbia.
What Sportsbooks are currently available in British Columbia? PlayNow
Is there an ETA for more sportsbooks to come online? Late 2021

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Pro Teams to Bet on in British Columbia

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British Columbia was one of seven Canadian provinces to launch single-game sports betting on Aug. 27, 2021.

While some Canadian jurisdictions have decided to take a more deliberate approach following the amendment to Canada’s criminal code (Bill C-218), the British Columbia Lottery Corporation’s PlayNow Sportsbook was well-positioned for an immediate launch. PlayNow remains the province’s lone online and retail sportsbook, but opportunities to expand will undoubtedly present themselves in the near future.

Timeline of Sports Betting in British Columbia

1991: The BCLC launched the Sports Action sports betting lottery product at lottery retailers, offering the only form of sports betting that’s currently legal in Canada: parlay betting. Sports Action parlays can be from two to six legs. All legs within a parlay must win for the parlay to win.

2004: Sports Action launched in British Columbia.

2012: Sports Action replaced by PlayNow Sports online in 2012. PlayNow Sports is a much broader offering and its parlays can be anywhere from from two to 20 legs.

2020: Paddy Power Betfair, which is now Flutter Entertainment and the owner of the FanDuel and FOXBet sportsbook brands in the US, ran sports betting for PlayNow and the BCLC from launch. However, Las Vegas based Scientific Games Corporation took over the contract in May 2020 and immediately signed an extension to run sports betting for PlayNow and the BCLC through 2024. Scientific Games currently offers a full suite of sports and novelty parlay bets through PlayNow, including pre-match and in-play lines.

2021: The Canadian government passed a law making single-game wagering legal. PlayNow.com added single-game wagering, race and fight bets will be available for the first time, and PlayNow.com now includes a fully functional online sportsbook.

At Action, we’ve taken a look into Ontario Sports Betting and found pros and cons.

Caesars sportsbook app positive factorsOur Positives:

    • Single-game betting available

    • PlayNow offers mobile wagering

    • Retail sportsbook located in New Westminster

     

    Caesars sportsbook app negative feedbackOur Negatives:

    • Geofencing could lead to sign-up issues

    • Only B.C. residents can bet online with PlayNow

    How to start sports betting in British Columbia

    British Columbian bettors now have the ability to place wagers on single events online, at a BCLC retailer, or at Canada’s only retail sportsbook — PlayNow Sportsbook in New Westminster.

     Select a sportsbook

     Bettors in B.C. currently have only one choice when it comes to provincially regulated sportsbooks, PlayNow Sportsbook.

      Register online

    • Select the Welcome Bonus for your new account.
    • Enter your Email Address, First and Last Name, Email, and DOB.
    • Enter a Username and Strong Password.
    • Scroll down and select two security questions and provide the answers for each.
    • Next, agree to the PlayNow.com Player Agreement.
    • Lastly, review your registration information and decide if you want to join their subscription.

    Now, you have a new account.

    playnow sign up

    Depositing Funds on PlayNow Sportsbook

    BC bettors have plenty of depositing options:

    Method  Fee Processing Time Minimum Deposit
    Mastercard Free Instant CAD$5
    Visa Free Instant CAD$5
    Interac Online Free Instant CAD$5
    Online Bill Payment Free Instant CAD$5

    Choose Your Bet Types

    PlayNow Sports offers bettors all of the popular types of sports bets — most notably in Canada, single-game wagers.

    • 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

    British Columbia Pro Teams to Bet on 

    There are plenty of sports teams in or near British Columbia.

    NFL Logo NFL Sports Betting in British Columbia

    Seahawks LogoSeattle Seahawks

    Official Seattle Seahawks Website | Roster | Schedule | Seattle Seahawks Odds

    The club entered the NFL as an expansion team in 1976. From 1977 to 2001 Seattle was assigned to the AFC West. They have played their home games at Lumen Field in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood since 2002, having previously played home games in the Kingdome (1976–1999) and Husky Stadium (1994 and 2000–2001). As the only NFL team based in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, the Seahawks attract support from the wider geographical area that includes some parts of the U.S. states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

    The Seahawks had a .500 record when it came to covering in 2020, owning an 8-8 mark against the spread. Seattle’s 12 wins were by an average margin of 9.4 points — a number slightly inflated by a 37-point win over the Jets — while its four losses came at an average of 6.3 points.

    Week 13 Odds: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Here are the live-odds (via BetMGM) for this upcoming Week 13 battle. Check out more about this matchup here.

    Team Spread Moneyline Total

    San Francisco 49ers

    (-3.5) -105

    -175

    Over 45.5 (-110)

    Seattle Seahawks

    (+3.5) -115

    +145

    Under 45.5 (-110)

    Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on football in British Columbia:

    NHL Logo NHL Betting in British Columbia

    Canucks Logo Vancouver Canucks

    Official Vancouver Canucks Website | Roster | Schedule | Vancouver Canucks Odds

    The Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Sabres. In its NHL history, the team has advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals three times, losing to the New York Islanders in 1982, the New York Rangers in 1994, and the Boston Bruins in 2011. They have won the Presidents' Trophy in back-to-back seasons as the team with the league's best regular-season record in the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. The Canucks, along with the Sabres, are the two oldest teams to have never won the Stanley Cup.

    The Canucks are currently in the middle of the pack to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this season with odds at (+6500) per DraftKings Sportsbook. 

    MLS LogoMLS Betting in British Columbia

    toronto fc logoVancouver Whitecaps FC

    Official Vancouver Whitecaps Website | Roster | Schedule

    The Whitecaps FC were the 17th team to enter Major League Soccer in 2009. In the 2012 season, the team became the first Canadian team to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. With Lucas Cavallini as the main man up top for Whitecaps FC, they will be poised to make the MLS postseason this year after missing out last season by three points.

    The Whitecaps are currently at +4000 to win the MLS Cup this season, per DraftKings Sportsbook. 

    Here are some of the casinos in the province, many of which will likely offer sports betting.

    Rivers Rock Casino

    River Rock Casino Resort is Western Canada's only 4-Diamond Casino Resort located in beautiful British Columbia.

    Hard Rock Casino

    Unparalleled entertainment, gaming, and restaurant options make us the perfect choice for anyone looking for things to do in Vancouver. The Hard Rock Casino's gaming floor offers 951 slot machines and a number of table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Their 1,100 seat theatre hosts some of the best Vancouver concerts, comedy shows, and performances.

    Lake City Casino

    The Lake City Casino offer hundreds of slot machines, live table games, off-track betting, and fabulous dining.

    British Columbia stadium

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