Feb 10

A Question for the Modern Ages: Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

Question for the Modern Ages – Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

A simple question such as this deserves an equally simple answer. In today’s modern age, there are many different types of gambling. It would be easy to convolute the problem with legal jargon and complicated interpretations of the law, but I promise you, I won’t do that.

As an avid enthusiast of online gambling, I’ve spent more than enough time researching the Canadian Criminal Code to understand its meaning. Fortunately for you, as a career journalist in the field, I’d like to think I can translate it in a manner that is as easy as possible to understand.

Q&A: Is Gambling Legal in Canada?

The short answer is, Yes!, gambling is legal here in Canada. However, that is a vague question. There are many different types of gambling. I have no idea whether you’re referring to casino gambling, poker games, bingo, sports betting, horse racing, lotteries, raffles, etc.

Most of these are legal in some capacity, with restrictions. In the following sections, we’ll discuss each type of gambling, and just how legal it is.

Note that all of these laws extend into the online gambling realm, at least to some extent. To be thorough, I’ll give you a brief summary of online gambling laws to start.

Legality of Online Gambling in Canada

Is Online Gambling Legal in Canada

Online gambling is legal in Canada. Internet gambling sites come in two varieties – Provincialand International. Either way, both are legal.

Provincial online casinos are only available in B.C., Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, and only accept player’s who reside within their respective borders. International online casinos are located offshore, regulated by their own jurisdictions.

So long as an offshore operator does not have a physical presence in Canada (offices or servers on Canadian soil), they are not illegal.

Casino Gambling Laws

Casino games are legal in Canada, so long as they are conducted in a licensed gaming facility, or with a provincial charity-gaming permit. There are more than 100 commercial casinos in the country, from Quebec’s Casino de Montreal, to British Columbia’s Hard Rock Vancouver. We also have tribal casinos, like the Bear Claw Casino in Carlyle, Saskatchewan.

Charities are able to host “casino night” events, where table games like roulette and blackjack can be legally held, so long as the right permits are obtained from their provincial government.

As for online casino gambling, there are hundreds of legal, reputably licensed operators in Europe that accept Canadian players.

Poker Gambling

Poker-based card games are also legal in Canada. A commercial casino, poker room or charity may host poker games, and collect a “rake” (profit) for doing so, as long as they have the correct license or permit. Home poker games are legal, as well, but no rake (profit) can be taken by the host / home owner.

Online poker is also legal, either through provincially or internationally regulated websites.

Bingo Halls / Charity Bingo

Bingo games are among the most popular forms of game-based fund raising in the country. Again, with proper permits, bingo games are perfectly legal. Some Canadian casinos, especially the tribal variety, are famous for hosting organized bingo games.

Online bingo – same as casino and poker – can be done at provincial or international gambling sites.

Sports Betting in Canada

Canadian sports betting laws in 2020 are a topic of great import. As the law stands now, only provincially-run, parlay-style betting is permitted. It is conducted much like a provincial lottery. In fact, some provinces actually call it the Sports Lottery; others call it Pro-Line. In parlay wagering, bettors must select a number of correct picks from various sporting events, and they must all be correct to win anything. The payout is high, but the odds are higher.

It is for this reason that so many Canadian sports bettors are turning to offshore, online sportsbook operators – remember, these are not illegal in Canada – to place single-event bets. There’s a strong push in the federal government to pass a single-event sports betting law, but until that happens – of ever it does – most sports wagering dollars are flowing offshore.

Horse Race Betting

Horse racing is the oldest form of organized, legal betting in Canada. There are tracks all over the map, from B.C. to Nova Scotia. You can place bets at these tracks, at offsite betting locations across the country, or via online racebooks.

Lotteries & Raffles

The second oldest form of legal gambling are the national and provincial lottery games. The first drawings were held in 1973 to help raise money to pay for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. It was a huge success, raising $230 million from 1973-76. Lotteries have been helping to fund government budgets ever since.

Online lotteries are legal in Canada, too. Most of our provinces sell online lottery tickets to drawings, as well as the scratch off variety. Tickets for international lotteries can be purchased from offshore websites.

Raffles are most often held as charitable events; legal with appropriate permits.

Conclusion & Brief Word on Internet Gambling

By now, you should have more than enough information to answer the question; Is gambling legal in Canada? However, before I wrap this up, I have to issue a brief warning about gambling over the internet.

If you do not live in a province where online gambling is locally regulated – or if you choose to gamble at internationally regulated websites – please do so with caution. Not all offshore operators are reputable. Stick to websites that are licensed in major European iGaming jurisdictions, like Isle of Man, Malta or The UK. They are held to the strictest standards, and are considered the absolute safest, most secure operators in the world.

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Dec 10

Evaluation and ranking of the most entertaining casino game Twitch streamers broadcast live.

The Most Entertaining Casino Game Twitch Streamers Broadcast Live

Over the last few years, Twitch TV has become an internet game-streaming sensation. YouTube may be the go-to video app for all other things, but when it comes to live-streaming game content, there’s no better feed source. Video games, PC games, mass multi-player online games, internet casino games – if it happens on a monitor, and there’s a game involved, Twitch is the place to see it happen in all its action-packed, real-time glory.

Most types of gaming harvest a niche audience. You have your MMO fans, Nintendo fans, sports fans, etc. Casino gambling also draws a niche market, but not every casino game is worth your time to view. With that in mind, today’s plan is to evaluate the most entertaining Twitch casino games, ranking them in order of viewing pleasure.

Most Entertaining Casino Game Twitch Streamers Play

Some players love slot machines above all else. Some are drawn to more strategy-based games like blackjack and video poker. But when it comes to watching other people play these games, popular demand is based more on entertainment value than anything else.

After playing just about every casino game under the sun, and having seen most of them in live-streaming format, I came up with the following list of Top 5 Twitch Casino Games to Watch.


#5 Virtual Horse Racing / Sports

Virtual Horse Racing on Twitch

This one may surprise you, but I actually found virtual sports games to be rather entertaining. They transpire quickly, anywhere from 20-60 seconds max, and many times, they come to a climactic conclusion. Virtual horse racing was my favorite, but you may prefer whatever sports you enjoy in real life more, like virtual football, virtual hockey, virtual bowling, etc.


#4 Monopoly Live (Evolution)

Dream Catcher Monopoly Live

This game is exclusive to the Evolution Gaming live casino platform. Maybe it’s because I loved the board game growing up, or maybe it’s the creator’s eye-catching 3D graphics, but there’s something about this game I found truly entertaining. I’d rather play it myself, but watching it on Twitch was fun too. It’s games like this one that have Twitch casino streamers flocking to live casinos.


#3 VIP Blackjack Live

Live Casino Blackjack

Live blackjack games might sound boring, and to many of you they may be, but the best Twitch streamers know how to beef up the anticipation. First and foremost, the broadcaster must have charisma. Without it, the live stream will royally suck eggs. Secondly, it has to be a VIP high-roller table. The more money on the hand, the more interesting it gets. For casual gamers like myself, living vicariously through the deep-pocketed gambling adventures of others is the next best thing.


#2 Feature-Rich Slot Machines

Twitch Casino Slots Win Roshtein

Generally I don’t like watching other people play slot machines, but if you pick the right games, it can be a lot of fun. The theme has to be fun, of course, with a good number of features in the mix – something like Microgaming’s Immortal Romance, or Yggdrasil’s Nitro Circus, should do the trick. These are the games most of us wish we had the bankroll to auto-spin until the features go wild. Well, a lot of Twitch streamers have that kind of cash, so why not enjoy watching them use it? It can be more fun than you might think.


#1 Deal or No Deal Live (Evolution)

Deal or No Deal Live Best Casino Game Twitch

Another Evolution Gaming exclusive, this pick was a no-brainer. If you enjoy the television game show, odds are you’ll love watching the live casino version just as much. The only difference is that the TV show players have nothing invested. Twitch streamers are paying money to play the game. Their genuine excitement over a good pick, or devastation after a bad one, is just as gripping.

Hands down, this is my top pick for most entertaining casino game Twitch streamers broadcast. My only disappointment is that not enough of them do.

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Dec 03

Evaluating the best of sports gambling Canada in 2020.

 Evaluating the best of sports gambling Canada in 2020.

Canada is recognized for a lot of things, as are its fun-loving people. We’re known for our amazing maple syrup, our friendliness, our top-notch healthcare system and, of course, our undying love of sports. Not all sports, mind you – just the really good ones 😉

We also happen to make a pretty decent living, with the average full-timer drawing nearly $27/hr. That leaves a lot of room for extra spending cash which, for many of us, translates to a friendly wager or two on our favorite sporting events.

Top Sports Gambling Canada

The Great White North plays host to almost every sport in the world; everything from football and soccer, to baseball and basketball, tennis, rugby, cricket, lacrosse, and racing. Let’s not forget minor sports leagues like bowling, darts, and good old lumberjack games. And who could forget our national treasures, ice hockey and curling? These just make up the obvious ones!

Some are more popular than others, of course. So today, we’ll evaluate the most popular sports in Canada, and the best ways to bet on them. Some of the results in our Top 10 list might surprise you… or not. Either way, here they are.

10. Tennis

There are no grand slam tennis events held here in Canada, but we do enjoy the head-oscillating competitions enough to make “sport” of it. Most punters wager on the outcome of a single match, where it be an exhibition, a preliminary, or a quart-, semi- or finals match. Since current Canadian law doesn’t allow for betting on a single match, you’ll need to join an international online sportsbook to place these wagers.

9. Golf

The PGA Tour Canada – aka Mackenzie Tour, or simply the Canadian Tour – comes to town each summer, touring the nation from British Columbia to Quebec. When it does, it ignites a prideful fire in the sports betting community. While it’s possible to bet on the winner, props are more popular in golf betting, wherein the punter chooses things like the winners nationality, or who will shoot lowest score out of a select group of competitors.

8. Football

Whether it’s the CFL or NFL, football betting is a big wagering sport in Canada. I prefer straight-up bets myself, but this is one sport where Pro-Line parlays get a lot of attention. Visit any lottery retailer in the nation, pick up a slip, and pick at least three winners to strike the big prize.

7. Baseball

Baseball isn’t huge in Canada, seeing as we only have one team – the Toronto Blue Jays. However, devout Jay Birds who follow their team tend to follow the rest of them, too – at least enough to know when there’s a good match-up ahead! Straight bets are the most common, but beware – an unexpected change in pitchers is likely to cancel out your wager.

6. UFC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has grown in popularity all over the world, and Canada is no exception. This is a sport where straight-up betting takes the cake, but props are common too, such as number of rounds, win by submission, etc. You can Pro-Line 3+ matches in a UFC tournament, or visit an online sportsbook for single-match and prop bets.

5. Horse Racing

There’s nothing like a day at the races! If you’re going to drop a dime or more on the ponies, you might as well visit the track and enjoy the full experience.

4. Soccer

This may be the favorite sport of Europe, but we Canadians love it too – so much that in 2019, we launched the Canadian Premier League. It currently has just 7 teams, but that’s more than enough for a little Pro-Line wagering on the side lines!

3. Boxing

For betting fans, boxing can be one of the most entertaining sports. Head to head, man to man, a battle of strength, endurance and sheer will. Like UFC, it’s not just about who will win, but in how many rounds they’ll do it, and whether it will end by points, KO or TKO. This makes boxing a perfect sport for straight-ups and props at online sportsbooks.

2. Basketball

Basketball wasn’t always a Canadian favorite, but since the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies joined the league in 1995, we’ve slowly gained more interest. Of course, the Raptors’ big win in the 2019 NBA finals didn’t hurt one bit. Now, side action of the court is all the rage. Whether it’s straight bets, big match parlays or playoff futures, basketball has become the second most popular betting sport in the Great White North.

1. Hockey

When it comes to sports gambling, Canada can’t do without ice hockey. It is and will always be our most beloved sport. We play host to 7 of the NHL’s 31 franchise teams, all of whom collectively won the Stanley Cup (post-NHL inception in 1914) a staggering 52 times. Ottawa is the world’s top producer of star hockey players, being the hometown of more than 150 of the NHL’s finest. It’s as if ice hockey is bred into us. For those who don’t play it, we watch it, and many who watch it love a good friendly wager. As for how we bet, anything goes really. We bet on games, seasons, points, spreads, MVP props – you name it, we’ll find a way to bet on it!

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May 14

A fond farewell to mechanical horse racing games.

A Fond Farewell to the Nostalgia of Mechanical Horse Racing Games

I often talk about the variety of casino games found in today’s major gambling establishments. Everything from slots and video poker machines, to blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps and other table games, not to mention keno, bingo, and today’s big-ticket skill-based games slowly invading Atlantic City. One game I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned before is the Sigma Derby.

We’re not talking about genuine horse race betting. The Sigma Derby is a mechanical race simulator. It takes place at a massive table that seats up to 10 players, with 5 figurine horses racing around a miniature track. The results are random, the payouts are real, and that one minute of excitement is more than enough to draw beads of sweat as the mechanical ponies jerk their way ever-closer to the finish.

How Mechanical Horse Racing Games Work

Sigma Games Inc., based out of Japan, introduced the first electro-mechancial horse racing game in 1985. Named after their own company, the Sigma Derby was a big hit out of the gate. The set-up features 5 horses on an oval track. Each is pulled along from beneath by individual gear chains. To make the games fair and unpredictable, each gear runs at a random speed each time it’s initiated.

The only available wagers on Sigma Derby games are “quinellas”, meaning that the player must select two of the five horses to win and place (finish 1st and 2nd). It doesn’t matter which order they win and place in, so long as the two horses selected are the first two to finish. As such, there are only 10 betting options. Eligible quinellas and their respective payouts are as follows:

Much like a slot machine, the probability of the speed being high or low is predefined, but is determined at the moment the game starts by the algorithmic density of a random number generator (RNG). Suffice it to say (and this is only an example), horse #4 may only win or place in 8 out of 100 races, but no one – not even the manufacturer – can predict which of those races he will finish.

Horses Pays Horses Pays
#1 + #2 5 to 1 #2 + #4 20 to 1
#1 + #3 39 to 1 #2 + #5 2 to 1
#1 + #4 200 to 1 #3 + #4 160 to 1
#1 + #5 19 to 1 #3 + #5 15 to 1
#2 + #3 4 to 1 #4 + #5 79 to 1


Mechanical Racing Simulator a Dying Breed

The Sigma Derby fell from the grace of casino management many years ago when it was decided that the games just weren’t profitable enough to keep them around. It certainly wasn’t a popularity issue. Everywhere these games existed, the seats were occupied, and almost always at capacity.

Why the Sigma Derby is a Dying Breed

So why weren’t they making money? They can’t blame the house edge. Those horses were providing anywhere from 10-20% edge for the casino. Players didn’t even care, though. Even knowing how bad the odds were, the game provided plenty of excitement, at a low enough cost, to keep the seats filled. And with 10 players participating, wins occurred often enough to attract more bettors whenever one left the table.

The real problem was that Sigma designed the game to take quarters only. Players would bring a cup of quarters with them to the derby game, and could bet anywhere from 1 to 20 coins per race ($0.25 to $5), but most stuck to one quarter. With 10 players betting 1 coin per minute, even with a 20% edge, the casinos were only generating about $2.00 per minute. Removing a game of such considerable size and replacing it with a bank of slot machines, or a single $5-minimum blackjack table, could earn them so much more in the same span of time. So that’s what they did.

At the time of writing, it’s believed that just one Sigma Derby game remains in North America, occupying a small piece of property on the second floor of The D Las Vegas. More recent remakes are being introduced, but they lack the tinny nostalgia – as well as the cheap betting options and 5-horse build – of the original, mechanical horse racing games.

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Apr 02

Get your horse race betting on at Alberta’s new Century Mile Racino in Edmonton.

The province of Alberta is geared up for some fine horse racing this year as the Century Mile Racetrack, Edmonton’s brand new racino, held its grand opening on Monday, April 1, 2019. It was a unique choice, as it matches the former grand opening of the company’s Century Downs in Calgary, inaugurated on April 1, 2015. The two will share their anniversary celebrations for many years to come.

Get your Horse Race Betting On at Edmonton's New Century Mile Racino
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Century Mile Racetrack in Leduc County, Alberta, April 1, 2019.

Located at 4711 Airport Perimeter Rd., near Edmonton International Airport, Century Mile has historic significance as well. The new facility is an emblem of the industry’s growth in Canada, being the first mile-long horse racing track this side of Ontario. Community and provincial leaders all turned out to share in the festivities with champagne, honorable speeches, and a grand tour of the Canada horse racing industry’s newest entertainment complex.

Horse Race Betting & More at Century Mile Racino

Although officials aren’t using the term “racino”, that’s exactly what Century Mile is. A racino is a race track that features casino games on the side. This new facility fits that bill to the letter. It features a state-of-the-art, mile-long track, an impressive grandstand and a capacious casino floor with gaming machines and tables. Add in a wide selection of F&B options, and you’ve got a complete entertainment package.

All told, the 3-story facility spans 89,700 sq.ft. The first floor is dedicated to casino patrons. It’s equipped with 550 slot machines and a variety of electronic table games, plus a selection of 14 video lottery terminals (VLTs). It also features a full restaurant, bar and lounge area.

The second floor belongs to the property’s prominent grandstand building. An extensive betting area is provided for live and simulcast race fans. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, along with a trio of private suites, a bar, a grill, and buffet dining.

Up on the third floor, visitors can enjoy an open patio with excellent views of the racetrack below – an exquisite option in the summer months when weather is at its finest.

Alberta, Canada Horse Racing Industry “Rejuvenating”

Horse Racing Alberta CEO Kent Verlik is extremely proud of what the province is doing for the Canadian horse racing industry. At yesterday’s grand opening celebration, he pointed out that horse racing generated $300 million for the province in 2015, and is poised to generate much more now following the launch of two more racetracks since then.

“We really believe this industry is rejuvenating, and it’s exciting to be part of that,” said Verlik.

“The first horse races took place in Alberta in the 1880s,” he continues. “We’ve had a proud racing history in and around the city of Edmonton for the past 118 years.”

Paul Ryneveld, Managing Director of Century Casinos – the company that laid the groundwork for Western Canada’s only one-mile track, featuring one of North America’s longest homestretch distances of 1,280 feet – is equally proud to be a part of the resurgence of horse race betting across Alberta.

“We can pursue better races and subsequently better horses over the next years for the benefit of horse racing and horse racing fans,” he said on Monday.

Century Downs in Calgary and the new Century Mile in Edmonton will each feature thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter-horse racing throughout the year.

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Jan 31

Konami Gaming’s Fortune Cup™ real money horse racing sim headed for Canada casinos?

Konami Releases Fortune Cup Real Money Horse Racing SimIf you know anything about old-school arcades and video games, the name Konami should ring a bell. Konami Gaming, Inc. has been producing first-in-class games for nearly 50 years now. Frogger, Contra, Metal Gear, Gradius, Castlevania, Silent Hill… these are just a few of their most popular series creations.

In more recent years, Konami has been using its superior gaming expertise to develop real money gambling amusements, both for online and land-based casinos. This week, the company is announcing the release of what’s sure to be a hit all across North America.

Fortune Cup™ Real Money Horse Racing Sim

The new Fortune Cup™ game is a mechanical horse racing machine that simulates live races. Its immense in size, consisting of a 9-foot wide race track, large LCD screen, and betting stations for up to 10 players. The track is fitted with 8 mechanical horses capable of traversing to course freely and independently of one another. It’s already been lab certified to meet Nevada’s strict regulatory demands, thus we know the races are as fair as any real-life situation.

Fortune Cup Mechanical Horse Race Betting

The new horse race betting game is sure to change the dynamics of casinos all across North America, where it’s being heavily promoted. Konami’s creation combines modern technology with the high demand for innovation. It was specifically designed to appeal to all gamblers, especially the tech-savvy millennial generation.

The actions of each horse are mimicked in real-time on the digitally animated LCD display. Players have access to odds and statistics for each runner, as well as information on a special mystery progressive jackpot, via touch-screen betting stations. Optional bets include the usual win, place and quintella.

Konami’s Horse Race Betting Las Vegas Approved

The creators have been running a trial of the Fortune Cup game in limited Las Vegas Strip casinos for several months through Nevada’s New Innovation Beta program. The field test evaluates new games that have been lab certified to determine whether they successfully meet payer demand. The process saves a lot of time and money for casinos and manufacturers.

Following a very successful trial, the game is now live in four Vegas casinos and available for installment all across the US and Canada.

“Mechanical horse racing is a unique attraction and beloved casino classic for its shared social experience, fun creative ingenuity, and irresistible nostalgia,” says company EVP and CCO Tom Jingoli. “Konami’s Fortune Cup is bringing that dynamic back to the casino with top quality and advanced features for players to enjoy for years to come.”

Jongoli went on to extol the excitement around the office following the official product release. “Fortune Cup has proven entertainment value both in the legacy of the product category and Konami’s roots as an amusement company for nearly 50 years.”

Fortune Cup Coming to Canada Casinos?

The only question that remains now is this; what casinos will jump on the chance to install the new mechanical horse racing game? According to this morning’s press release, Konami’s multi-station Fortune Cup machines are now available for placement in casinos all across North America.

“Fortune Cup is designed to provide new entertainment options to players and appeal to a broad audience,” says Jingoli. There’s no question that horse racing is immensely popular in Canada and the US. So many of the region’s land-based casinos were first horse racing tracks, long before the slot machines and table games came along.

The device may take up a lot of floor space, but it’s nothing compared to the space betting track casinos devote to live horse racing. This innovative real money horse racing sim gives stand-alone casinos a chance to compete with them in the burgeoning digital realm.

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Apr 17

Single-Game Sports Betting in OntarioOntario isn’t what you would call the most modernized gambling-centric community; certainly not when it comes to online casino gaming. That title belongs to British Columbia, where the BCLC launched Canada’s first home-regulated, internet-based gambling website, Playnow.com, in 2004. Quebec came next in 2010, with Ontario waiting until January 2015 to officially launch PlayOLG.com.

While we can’t say Ontario was on top of the game, we can commend provincial leaders for their cautious nature. Observing the efficacy of online gambling regulation in other regions, and developing models that mimic the good, while avoiding the bad, is worth a little praise.

The region’s historic attitude may soon flip-flop though, with reports that single-game sports betting could actually become a reality in Ontario; something no Canadian province offers at this time due to existing laws. For the moment, disappointing parlays are the only legal form of sports betting across the nation.

According to Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, if and when Canada does legalize single-game sports betting, his forward-thinking company is already prepared to roll out the software required to deliver in-house and online sports betting wagers on single events.

Lawson’s company has been in talks with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) recently. Following a recent partnership, both are showing interest in the potential for Woodbine to present online horse race betting via the OLG’s online gambling website.

Ontario Online Horse Race Betting

Woodbine Single-Game Sports Betting Tech ReadyAccording to reports, Lawson is ‘cautiously optimistic‘ about integrating horse race betting on PlayOLG. He believes bringing the pari-mutuel betting market to online punters would be a great boost for the sport, bringing in more revenue and reinvigorating the excitement that once revolved around horse racing.

He also noted that, should the partnership be successful, he has high hopes for the future of single-game sports betting in Ontario. Lawson intends to continue the push for iGaming expansion via legislation to remove restrictions on sports betting.

Single-Game Sports Betting Platform Ready

The bulk of that argument could come from the fact that Woodbine Entertainment already has the necessary technology developed to integrate single-game sports betting, via its HPI Betting System.

Lawson, who also happens to be the Chairman of the Canadian Football League, said it would be “a real game-changer” if provided the opportunity. “You don’t have to just project it, you can see the impact in other countries in the world,” expressed Lawson in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun.

“We could run single-game sports betting off the backbone of that,” he said. “Our tote systems, our whole information technology systems are sophisticated enough to do that.

“We’re hoping and thinking that there is a role for single-game sports betting and the importance to horse racing is we be part of it rather than be cannibalized,” he said.

The CEO added that Woodbine has “been engaged in a number of conversations,” with OLG, and has been proactive in delivering the message that its software is fully capable of providing a single-game sports betting platform.

“We’d like racing to even be a part of a pro-line type bet today where the parlay betting is allowed. Is it imminent?” he questioned. To that, he could only say, “I’m not sure.”

Woodbine – and the Canadian horse racing industry as a whole – has struggled in recent years. Attendance is down, revenue is down, and that means less yield for tracks and provincial governments alike.

“I really think it’s the type of thing we need to do to create revenue for horse racing and there is a real push on to integrate our gaming with what the gaming authority is doing,” said Lawson.

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Jan 06

Sports Betting: Popularity of Horse Racing in Canada

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For centuries – ever since man discovered it was possible to train these wild beasts – horse racing has been a favorite pastime worldwide. It’s not just fun for breeders and jockeys, but especially for live and online sports betting enthusiasts, who enjoy the expectant thrill of making some quick cash.

Online Sports Betting on Horse Racing

Horse racing isn’t just a big deal in Canada. It’s become an extremely popular form of sports betting all across the globe. According to statistics, it’s most prominent in the countries of Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

What is it that makes horse racing so incredibly popular throughout much of the modern world? There’s no single answer to that question. In fact, there are at least three very good reasons for it.

Speed, Speed and More Speed

Guys love speed. I’m sure a lot of ladies do, too, but anything that moves fast tends to draw the attention from the male population. Cars, planes, trains, horses – we guys loved to play with these things growing up. It only makes sense that we continue to be attracted to fast moving objects as we get older.

But it’s not just the speed of the horses themselves that gamblers enjoy. It’s the speed at which the races take place.

Sports betting on things like football, baseball, or basketball; it takes hours for the matches to conclude. A horse race generally lasts anywhere from 40 to 300 seconds. It’s a lot more exhilarating than spinning the slots reels or a roulette wheel, but doesn’t last so long that we become immune to the thrill.

Odds Increased in Strategic Sports Betting

If you’re betting for fun and the money doesn’t really matter, pick a pony and let it ride. If you’re really out to win, though, horse racing gives us the opportunity to increase our odds by doing a little research.

The breeding background and past performances of racing horses are very well documented. One can go online and find a wealth of information on all the ponies for a particular race, just as easily as they can log onto an online sports betting site to place their wagers.

Strategic betting is much easier in horse racing than it is in most other sports, where a game’s initial probabilities can easily be effected by things like injuries and turnovers.

More Bettors Means More Money

Because of the pari-mutuel engine, the more popular horse racing becomes, the more money bettors stand to win by wagering on it. Betting on a horse race isn’t like betting other sports. You’re not taking specific odds on a team or contestant. The amount you win depends entirely on how much money was wagered on the race overall, and how many people placed winning bets.

Thus, when a great deal of people bet on a race, the prize pool grows to enormous heights, ensuring a bigger payout to those who pick the right ponies. For this reason, its a good idea to place your wagers at the track, or at a popular online sports betting site where lots of wagers are going to come in.

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