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Ontario's Sportsbook Launch & News Updates

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Last updated: December 3, 2021

Canada legalized single-game betting in the country in late August 2021. Provinces like Ontario now have the right to now legalize single-game wagering as well as online sports betting within their borders.

Ontario Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is single-game sports betting available in Ontario? Yes, single-game wagering is legal in Ontario.
What sportsbooks are currently available in Ontario? ProLine+, BetRivers
Is there an ETA for more sportsbooks to come online? Late 2021, early 2022

Ontario Sportsbook Offers

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Pro Teams to Bet on in Ontario

Ontario Sports Betting

Ontario Legal Updates to Sports Betting Go-Live

Ontario is a solid favorite for launching full-scale sports betting with the big-time United States now that single-game wagering is legal. BetRivers will be the first sportsbook outside of Canada to launch in Ontario. As of October 14, 2021, BetRivers will offer their sportsbook that includes single-game and parlay betting via BetRivers.net.

Ontario Sports Betting Timeline

June 2021: 

Senate passes Bill C-218, which will allow Canadian sportsbooks to apply for licenses that will let sports bettors place single-game wagers. Only parlays, or multiple game outcomes, had been legal in Canada, so Canadians have had to use European sportsbooks.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) establishes iGaming Ontario, which will oversee all iGaming in the province. The definition of iGaming is any bet placed on the internet. 

August 2021: 

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) opens the digital sports betting platform PROLINE +, allowing users to place single-game wagers on their mobile or desktop devices.

December 2021: 

Per the ACGO, any registered operator under contract with iGaming Ontario may start offering their product to Ontario residents. 

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

Caesars sportsbook app positive factorsOur Positives for Ontario:

    • Mobile betting is live. It's been a long time coming, but now residents from Canada can bet on sports from anywhere.
    • Single-game betting from day one. Ontario is one of the first provinces to in the single-betting market, giving an advantage from the other provinces.
    • Highly competitive market expected by December 2021. With news of Canada breaking stride, U.S. Sports Bookmakers will want to put all-hands into this.

    Caesars sportsbook app negative feedbackOur Negatives for Ontario:

    • An unproven sports betting model in Canada could hinder their potential. Canada will need to figure out an approach that can match the U.S. and be a big player in the market.
    • PROLINE+ for Ontario residents only. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) extended its Proline brand by launching PROLINE+. This government-owned product is for use only in the province of Ontario, giving other provinces little to no access to sports betting at all.

    How to start betting in Ontario

    With the arrival of online betting, Ontario residents are able to place single event wagers via a mobile device, tablet, or computer. Bettors can also submit their picks at an OLG Lottery terminal.

      Select a sportsbook

    PROLINE+ is a great book to start with until more sportsbooks arrive.

    Step 2  Register online

    • Enter your Email Address and First and Last Name.
    • Enter a Username and Strong Password.
    • Scroll down and select two security questions and provide the answers for each.
    • Next, add your address and phone number.
    • Set your preferences for your account. Ex. Language and preferred sign-up promo
    • Lastly, review your registration information and agree to Terms & Conditions
    • Now, you have a new account.
    creating a proline account
    Mobile Registration Flow for OLG in Ontario

    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 are about to look a lot better as well. PROLINE+ offers a variety of bet types: 

    • 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

    Ontario Pro Teams to Bet on 

    There are plenty of sports teams in or near Ontario.

    NFL Logo NFL Betting in Ontario

    Buffalo Bills Logo Buffalo Bills

    Official Buffalo Bills Website | Roster | Schedule | Buffalo Bills Odds

    There are no NFL teams in Canada, but Buffalo is just a two-hour drive away from Toronto. Buffalo would likely be their first stop if Ontario NFL fans wanted to attend a live NFL game. 

    The Bills are the only NFL team that play their home games in New York, as both, the Jets and Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills franchise has been around since 1960, starting in the American Football League before the AFL and NFL merger in 1970. Buffalo owns two AFL championships (1964,1965) and has made the NFL playoffs 16 times, including four Super Bowl appearances. 

    They are led by superstar quarterback Josh Allen, who recently signed a lucrative six-year $258M contract extension that will keep the team through at least the 2025-26 season. Buffalo is currently -400 to win the AFC East and +750 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, per DraftKings Sportsbook. 

    Week 13 Odds: New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

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

    Team Spread Moneyline Total

    New England Patriots

    (+3) -115

    +120

    Over 42.5 (-110)

    Buffalo Bills

    (-3) -105

    -145

    Under 42.5 (-110)

    Recommended resources to help you bet on football in Ontario:

    NBA LogoNBA Betting in Ontario

    Toronto Raptors LogoToronto Raptors

    Official Toronto Raptors Website | Roster | Schedule | Toronto Raptors Odds

    The Raptors joined the NBA in 1995 and have won seven division titles in that span. They won their inaugural NBA Championship in 2019 as they defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games. Team President Masai Ujiri shocked the NBA world that year by going all-in for a trade that sent superstar Kawhi Leonard to Toronto in exchange for DeMar Derozan and Danny Green. Leonard was the catalyst for Canada’s first professional sports championship since 1993.

    The 2021-22 Raptors are currently in rebuild mode and have a projected win total of 35.5 per DraftKings Sportsbook. They are a -360 favorite to miss the NBA playoffs.

    A recommended resource to help you bet on basketball in Ontario:

    MLB Logo MLB Betting in Ontario

    Toronto Blue Jays LogoToronto Blue Jays

    Official Toronto Blue Jays Website | Roster | Schedule | Toronto Blue Jays Odds

    Since becoming a Major League Baseball franchise in 1977, the Blue Jays have won six division titles and two World Series championships in their history, both coming in back-to-back years (1992,1993.)

    Led by young guns Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette in 2021's season, the Blue Jays sit one game back of the American League Wild Card with five games to go. Toronto also signed star outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150M contract this past winter, ensuring they will be American League East contenders for the next half-decade or so. When you play in the same division as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees -- two of the richest teams in baseball -- you certainly cannot be afraid to make moves. Team president Mark Shapiro and General Manager Ross Atkins have put this team in a position for continued success.

    Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on baseball in Ontario:

    NHL Logo NHL Betting in Ontario

    Toronto Maple Leafs logoToronto Maple Leafs

    Official Toronto Maple Leafs Website | Roster | Schedule | Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

    The Maple Leafs have been around since the NHL’s inception, joining the league in 1917. They were one of the “Original Six” franchises, joining the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Chicago Blackhawks. Toronto has 13 Stanley Cup wins in its history, but none since the 1966-67 season. 

    Led by hometown kid and captain John Tavares, the Leafs are currently the fourth favorite to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup this season (+900) per DraftKings Sportsbook. 

    Ottawa Senators LogoOttawa Senators

    Official Ottawa Senators Website | Roster | Schedule | Ottawa Senators Odds

    The other professional NHL team in Ontario is the Ottawa Senators, who have been in the NHL since 1990 and are still searching for that elusive first Stanley Cup victory. They made the finals in 2006 but fell to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. In 2021, there is not much expected from the Senators, as they’re currently projected to be a bottom-six team and sit as a -2500 favorite to miss the playoffs on DraftKings Sportsbook.

    A recommended resource to help you bet smartly on hockey in Ontario:

    MLS LogoMLS Betting in Ontario

    toronto fc logoToronto FC

    Official Toronto FC Website | Roster | Schedule

    Toronto FC competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home matches at BMO Field, located at Exhibition Place on Toronto's shoreline. Toronto FC joined MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.

    Recommended resource to help you bet smartly on soccer in Ontario:

    Ontario Casinos

    Caesars Windsor

    Experience many of the legendary names in entertainment in our 5,000 seat entertainment centre. Enjoy non-stop gaming action spread over two expansive floors, with World Series of Poker satellite tournaments and sports wagering. Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Operator: Caesars Entertainment

    Casino Niagara

    Casino Niagara is non-stop excitement in the heart of the Niagara Tourism area. Offering the hottest gaming action with over 1,300 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, including a Poker Room. Ownership: Ontario Lottery & Gaming Cooperation Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

    Fallsview Casino Resort

    Built on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada. The crown jewel in Niagara's stunning array of wonders, Fallsview offers a world-class casino with over 3,000 slot machines and 130 gaming tables. Ownership: Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

    Casino Rama

    Featuring 49 gaming tables including 6 Poker tables and over 1,780 slots. Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming & Chippewas of Rama First Nation Operator: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

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    430+ slot machines plus table games including Texas Hold'em Poker and more. Ownership & Operator: Gateway Casinos

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    Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.

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