Sports gambling in Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a new turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving to permitting sports gambling (in the Las Vegas style) in many provincial casinos. Casino revenues in Windsor as well as the Niagara Falls where increased security at the border and high Canadian dollar have caused fewer visitors from America, have been sagging and to provide them with a lift 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 have already got infrastructure of sportsbooks with scoreboards, seating and TV screens set up however the betting is being limited to Pro-line where they are able to select the results or outcomes of only three or even more events over a “Parlay” betting ticket. The new gambling proposal will allow sports gamblers to place bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and other sporting events as apposed to the Parlay multiple betting system that exists under the government run Pro-Line lottery.

The new sportsbooks will give the casinos in Ontario a very huge advantage over US rivals as sportsbook gambling is just not allowed in many states other than Nevada Las Vegas and some others. It is because sports leagues that are professional are in opposition to having the sportsbooks in cities which may 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 that the New Democrats or the Federal Liberals will oppose this transformation for purposes that are political. However the undeniable fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a great competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as illegal in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the inhabitants of Niagara have observed layoffs at the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage due to boost in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) as well as other issues at the border etc. So it is obvious that a trustworthy, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help in reducing the illegal sports gambling that is occurring on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a good tourist draw and should be allowed in Canada. This is because it will 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 based 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 with the improvements being made in this casino. The new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will attract the sports fans from all over. The prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario may also be determined by the way the bettors accept the games provided by the casinos.