Yes, and not only – Ontario is one of the five biggest markets for sports betting on the continent. The Canadian province with the highest population is making efforts to run a competitive open market and is planning to host some of the most prominent industry sportsbooks by the end of the year.
Pluses and Minuses
Ontario is setting a precedent in the Canadian sports betting market. Its aims to be open and very competitive will be of advantage to all bettors. Among the pros are live mobile betting, the option to bet on single games right from the start, and the fact that Canada does not tax gambling profits. You can dispose of 100% of your sports bet winnings freely.
The lack of retail sportsbooks is a distinct disadvantage, but that will change. A bigger concern is that the model has not been proven, and results might be less than inspiring. Moreover, only residents of Ontario have access to PROLINE+.
In Ontario, you must be at least 19 to bet on sports online. To bet with Proline+, your official residence must be in Ontario. 18-year-olds can place physical wagers at lottery terminals. Mobile betting is possible from anywhere in the province. While there aren’t any retail sportsbooks in the province, it’s looking into options for physical locations in the future, such as Niagara Falls.
Play from Home
Bettors in Ontario can register and make single-game bets from any location: at home, a sports bar, or anywhere else. By registering remotely, you won’t have to go down to a local outlet – but you still can, of course. If your online sports betting platform of choice is regulated by the AGCO, you must be located within provincial borders. Provinces like Quebec and Manitoba also manage and run their own sports betting. Before placing a bet, you will have to confirm your exact location by turning location services on.
The arrival of online sports betting in Ontario was highly anticipated. Proline launched on August 27, while Score Bet, Points Bet, and other industry leaders are joining soon. The province will launch a new iGaming market in December.
How to Make Bets
Apart from a lottery terminal, you can bet on single events on a computer, tablet, or other mobile devices. Offshore sportsbooks guarantee a pleasant short-term betting experience and will be operational in the near future. To create an online betting account, you’ll be asked to provide some personal details. After your identity is verified, you can start betting.
Types of Bonuses in Ontario
Some very impressive signup and welcome bonuses are available to new gamblers in Canada’s most populous province. These include no deposit bonuses, deposit matches, and risk-free bets. Players can expect more and more bonuses to become available with a very high number of regulated sportsbooks to enter the market in the foreseeable future.
Types of Bets
When using offshore sportsbooks, bettors in Ontario can already access the main types of bets. However, the options will definitely improve with the arrival of online sports betting in Ontario. For instance, PROLINE+ offers point spreads, live bets, props, moneyline bets, and more.
Making a Deposit
It takes just minutes to fund an account. Sportsbooks accept credit and debit cards, e-checks, e-transfers, and a few other payment methods. The majority of deposit methods are free, but check the terms and conditions just in case.
Making a Withdrawal
Withdrawals are processed in one to two days. Depending on the sportsbook, you can expect to pay up to a few dollars in fees.
Other Possible Bets
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has strict criteria in place regarding the bets allowed. Bets that seem risky, unethical, involve minors, or are placed on a fixed event are not possible. You can bet on celebrity awards shows, political events, and esports.
It’s not clear whether bets on university sports in Ontario are possible, and that remains to be seen. Some offshore websites offer betting on important events like the Vanier Cup.
How to Read the Odds
American odds are the default option for Canadian online sportsbooks. Plus signs and minus signs are used to identify underdogs and favourites, respectively. For example, if you see +250 odds, that means you can win $250 on a $100 wager on the underdog. If you see -250, that means you need to wager $250 on the favourite to potentially make a profit of $100. It is only logical that the odds for the favorite are lower.