TonyBet Sportsbook Review

A Review of TonyBet Canada Sportsbook

9.5/10

For nearly a year, TonyBet Ontario has been one of more than 30 sports betting options available to players in Canada's largest province.

With roots in Eastern Europe, the TonyBet brand might not be as well-known to Ontario sports bettors as some of the major U.S. outlets that dot the province's landscape. But with a parent company that has been in business for two decades, TonyBet Ontario brings a strong reputation of its own.

Read on to learn more about TonyBet Sportsbook, including its history as an international sportsbook and its offerings in Ontario for both the sports betting markets and its online casino.

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TonyBet Sportsbook Overview

Established in Estonia in 2003 as OmniBet, the platform known today as TonyBet quickly became a popular sports betting platform in its home country. In 2009, Antanas Guoga, a Lithuanian/Australian professional poker player and entrepreneur, also known as Tony G., acquired OmniBet and renamed it TonyBet.

Over the years, Guoga has actively participated in the poker, blockchain, and iGaming communities. He also has a political career in Lithuania. During this time, TonyBet has expanded its presence in the sports betting industry, attracting users from various countries.

In December 2022, following the legalization of single-game online sports betting in Ontario, TonyBet obtained its registration from iGaming Ontario. This significant milestone led to the spring 2023 launch of the TonyBet betting site in Ontario. By partnering with the Canadian Premier League soccer as its sports betting sponsor, TonyBet Canada carved out its niche in the market. This strategic move is a key highlight in any TonyBet Canada review, showcasing how the brand has adapted and thrived in different environments.

Today, TonyBet stands among over 30 legal sportsbooks in Ontario, a province that accounts for approximately 40% of Canada's population. Unique in its approach, Ontario is the only Canadian province to license commercial operators for sportsbooks and casino games, while other provinces manage online gambling through their provincial lottery corporations.

Pros & Cons of TonyBet Ontario

In this section, we'll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks that sports bettors may find when using the TonyBet Ontario platform to place their wagers.

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  • TonyBet Ontario online sportsbook offers a clean, straightforward interface and a bet slip that is easy to use.

  • The signup is straightforward.

  • TonyBet Ontario offers a wide variety of betting markets for each event — more than you might see on some competitors' platforms.

  • Dynamic live betting is available, with clear indications of when the betting odds for a specific bet are rising or falling.

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  • There is no mobile TonyBet Ontario app available. Users who wish to play on their mobile devices must search "TonyBet Ontario Sportsbook" in their mobile web browser to gain access to the website. Users who join TonyBet Ontario can also play on the site's desktop version.

  • Beginner bettors might find the TonyBet Ontario interface a bit overwhelming. The vast array of sporting events and potential betting markets can be difficult to navigate unless a user knows what they are looking for.

  • There could also be some disappointment if you are interested in occasionally playing casino games. The TonyBet casino options include only a selection of slot games, with no card games and minimal live casino play.

  • Customer service options are limited. There is no live chat function, and no phone number is available.

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How To Sign Up With TonyBet?

In this section, we'll explain how eligible users can access the TonyBet Ontario sportsbook.

As mentioned above, there is no TonyBet app available for download.

How To Register

On a computer or mobile device, users can access the TonyBet Ontario sportsbook by searching for that term or typing in tonybet.ca. They'll know they're in the right place when they see the iGaming Ontario logo in the upper left corner of the screen, next to the TonyBet logo.

Then, users can click the Sign-Up button and enter their email address and password. After that, users will be asked to enter their personal information to confirm that they are residents of Ontario and are at least 19 years of age. Finally, users will enter their banking information. Banking options available for TonyBet Ontario users include Interac, Visa, and Mastercard.

How To Play

Once a user is registered, the TonyBet Ontario interface opens with a live betting page. On the left side of the screen, users can access 'hot' sporting events and all the global leagues offering live-betting options at that moment.

If a user is looking for traditional sports betting, that option must be clicked at the top of the home page. This presents the current top events and a wide array of sports or leagues from around the world.

What Can I Bet on at TonyBet Ontario?

The basic betting options — moneyline, point spread, and total — are easily accessible on TonyBet Ontario's main pages. Other options tend to focus on specific game outcomes. Popular options like player props are not as prevalent at TonyBet Ontario as users might find on some other sites.

Types of Bets

  • Straight bets: A straight bet is an individual bet on a single outcome in a game. These include the basic options mentioned above: the winner of a game (moneyline), the point differential between the winner and loser (point spread), or the number of points scored in a game (total).

  • Prop bets: Prop bets, or propositions, are bets placed on whether or not a single occurrence will take place during a game. This can include whether or not a player scores a goal or even non-game-related props, such as the length of the national anthem. Player props are not very prevalent on the TonyBet Ontario platform.

  • Parlays: Parlays are bets that involve two or more outcomes, which must all occur for a ticket to win. The more 'legs' a parlay bet has, the higher the odds — and the harder it is to win. Because of its emphasis on game outcomes, single-game parlays are not common on the TonyBet Ontario site. But bettors who follow multiple sports can combine wagers for different events into a 'combo bet', which will pay higher odds if two or more outcomes are predicted correctly.

  • Futures: Futures bets target the outcome of a multi-stage event, such as a season or a tournament. These bets can be for a champion, an MVP, an award-winner, or a player to reach a specific statistical goal. As with prop bets, futures are not prominently featured in the TonyBet Ontario interface.

  • Live betting: Live betting is featured prominently on the TonyBet Ontario site. As a game progresses, the odds of certain outcomes, such as the moneyline and total, will shift depending on game action. As those shifts occur, bettors can place new bets at these updated odds, backing a particular outcome.

Available Sports & Leagues

The TonyBet Ontario platform goes beyond many of its competitors in this area. It offers a wide range of betting options for popular sports from around the world, women's sports, and even eSports or simulated reality leagues.

Sports

TonyBet Ontario offers a vast range of sports for bettors to choose from. In addition to the traditional sports you'll see nearly everywhere, the TonyBet platform strongly emphasises popular sports from regions outside of North America. The list includes:

  • Basketball

  • Hockey

  • Soccer

  • Baseball

  • Tennis

  • American Football

  • Volleyball

  • Handball

  • Cricket

  • Table Tennis

  • Futsal

  • Darts

  • Snooker

  • Boxing

  • Rugby

  • Golf

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Ski Jumping

  • Cycling

  • Floorball

  • Water Polo

  • Badminton

  • Gaelic Football

  • Gaelic Hurling

The TonyBet online sportsbook separates itself from many of its competitors by offering betting options on eSports. Options include eSoccer's GT Leagues, which feature fast-paced 12-minute virtual soccer games, first-person shooter tournaments, League of Legends, and DOTA.

Leagues

Here's a look at the top leagues offered for each sport on the TonyBet app. Some offerings change depending on the season, and TonyBet also offers betting options for many lesser-known leagues.

This list is current as of November 2023:

  • Basketball: NBA, Liga ACB (Spain), other European leagues, women's European championship

  • Hockey: NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA men's hockey, world championship, KHL, other European leagues

  • Soccer: MLS, NWSL, international games including World Cup, European, South American, Asian and African leagues, and simulated reality leagues

  • Baseball: MLB, leagues in Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic

  • Tennis: ATP, WTA, Challenger Tour, and the Federation Cup

  • American Football: NFL, CFL, and NCAA college football

  • Volleyball: European, Asian and South American men's and women's leagues

  • Handball: European and international men's and women's leagues

  • Cricket: World Cup and national leagues, including simulated reality leagues

  • Table Tennis: Czech league and international

  • Futsal: national leagues in Europe and Japan

  • Darts: Grand Slam of Darts, PDC World Championship, and the Modus Super Series

  • Snooker: Champion of Champions, the Masters, U.K. and the World Championship

  • Boxing: men's and women's international matchups

  • Rugby:
    - Rugby League, including NRL, Super League and RFL Challenge Cup
    - Rugby Union, including World Cup, Six Nations, English Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup

  • Golf: men's golf, including The Masters, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the Nedbank Golf Challenge

  • Alpine Skiing: men's and women's World Cup events

  • Ski Jumping: individual events and overall futures

  • Cycling: international events, including the Giro d'Italia and UCI Pro Tour

  • Floorball: women's leagues in Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland, and a Swedish men's league

  • Water Polo: men's and women's Champions League

  • Badminton: men's and women's Korean Leagues

  • Gaelic Football: GAA All-Ireland Football Championship

  • Gaelic Hurling: GAA All-Ireland Senior Championship

As you can see, this list of leagues runs much deeper than many TonyBet Canada competitors in the Ontario market. A sport like badminton, which is wildly popular in Korea, occupies only a niche status in Canada. The TonyBet sportsbook app serves customers who love sports that are a bit off the beaten path.

While there isn't much to compare them to, betting odds for these sports appear to be competitive.

Payment Options & Customer Support

This section will examine the payment methods available to Ontario residents at TonyBet and on the TonyBet app. Browsing these options makes it easier for prospective customers to review the platform further before they sign up to open a TonyBet account.

Payment Methods

On the TonyBet Ontario website, promoted payment methods are Interac, Visa, and Mastercard. Minimum deposits are $10 by any method. While deposits are free, some fees can be attached by the payment provider.

Withdrawals can take up to seven days, depending on the payment provider.

TonyBet Ontario carries both minimum deposit and withdrawal limits:

  • Minimum deposit: $10

  • Daily maximum: $4,000

  • Weekly maximum: $15,000

  • Monthly maximum: $50,000

All funds are in Canadian dollars (CAD). A user's real money balance can be easily accessed while logged in.

Customer Service

The customer support options available to users of TonyBet Ontario are, to be honest, limited.

Any user who has an issue with their TonyBet account can click on the 'Contact Us' button at the bottom of the TonyBet Ontario website.

Then, they'll have two choices to reach out to the customer support team:

  • Fill out an online form specifying which category their concern falls within

  • Send an email to info@tonybet.ca

The customer service page does promise a response within 24 hours. However, that's a far cry from the 24/7 support offered by many sports betting sites or online casino platforms.

There is no option for live chat, and no phone number is offered for TonyBet users to speak directly with a customer service representative.

TonyBet Ontario Sportsbook Conclusion

For bettors in Canada's largest province, the TonyBet Ontario platform serves as a valuable tool, especially for those managing their TonyBet Canada account. Its standout features include a user-friendly interface for wagering on game outcomes and an extensive range of sports and leagues, encompassing even esports betting. However, the platform fails to offer options like player props and lacks a variety of online casino games, including live casino experiences. Additionally, limited customer support may cause some hesitation among users. Despite these drawbacks, TonyBet Ontario Sportsbook remains an excellent choice for those interested in niche sports or sports with greater popularity outside Canada.

Carol is an NHL writer for The Action Network. Based in Vancouver, she has written about the NHL, international hockey and women's hockey for outlets including The New York Times, The Hockey News and Bleacher Report. Carol also covers the business of hockey for Forbes SportsMoney.

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