Sports gambling within Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a new turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving towards permitting sports gambling (in the Vegas style) in several provincial casinos. Casino earnings in Windsor as well as the Niagara Falls where increased security on the border and high Canadian dollar have caused a lot fewer visitors from America, have been sagging and to provide them with a boost Ottawa has been urged by Queens Park to amend and alter the Criminal Code of Canada and to create legal casino sportsbooks.

Casinos in Ontario already have infrastructure of sportsbooks with scoreboards, seating and TV screens in place but the betting has been limited to Pro-line where they can choose the results or outcomes of only three or even more events over a “Parlay” betting ticket. The new gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to place bets on the outcome of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball as well as other sporting events as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists under the government run Pro-Line lottery.

The brand new sportsbooks would give the casinos in Ontario an extremely huge advantage over US competitors as sportsbook gambling is just not allowed in many states except Nevada Las Vegas and some others. This is because sports leagues which are professional are in opposition to having the sportsbooks in cities which may have baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.

A hitch in obtaining 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 change for purposes that are political. However the fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a fantastic competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as illegal in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the inhabitants of Niagara have experienced layoffs in the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage because of increase in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) and other issues on the border etc. So it is obvious that a reliable, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help reduce the illegal sports gambling that is taking place on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and should be permitted in Canada. This is because it can attract the Americans towards the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and offer excellent entertainment and fun. At present gamblers in Canada bet with sports books located 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 created in this casino. The new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will draw in the sports fans coming from all over. The prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario may also depend on the way the bettors accept the games provided by the casinos.