Ontario Sports Betting: 2021 Legal Update

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Canada Legal Update September, 2021

Canada has officially legalized single-game betting in the country as of August 27. This is massive news for the Ontario betting market, as single-game wagers are no longer illegal in the country. This was a similar day to when the United States overturned PASPA. This grants the provinces the right to now legalize single-game wagering as well as online sports betting within their borders.

Ontario Legal Update 2021

Ontario seems to be the favorite to launch sports betting with the major United States operators first now that Canada legalized single-game wagering. However, the regulations, licensing fees, and taxes are not concrete. Sportsbooks like DraftKings do expect a similar framework to that of the United States’ sports betting laws. This would allow for a pretty easy transition for many of the mobile sportsbooks that are already present in North America to enter the Ontario legal betting market.

While the regulations are not fully set in stone, there are a couple of options available in Ontario for sports betting. There are 71 casinos in Ontario with parlay sports betting available, all of which are working on making single-game sports betting available. Ontario has also made single-game sports betting available online through the government-run Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s PROLINE+ website.

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Ontario Projected Launch Time

The timeline for Ontario sports betting is rather complex. There are tons of moving parts. The first was legalized Canadian single-game sports betting. Now, Ontario will need to get its bills through in the province. At the same time, sportsbooks need to get their technology and business ready to enter a new market and new country.

However, Ontario has let the licensing process will begin! Many experts project that sometime in the Winter of 2021. Many of the top online sportsbooks in the United States are looking north and plan on expanding into Ontario. We will kee up-to-date on the licensing process and see who exactly is let in.

Top Projected Online Sportsbooks

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DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook is a staple in the American sports betting market. It has evolved past a simple daily fantasy platform and now offers an online casino and sportsbook. It provides some of the best-priced wagers and has one of the best mobile apps and browser sites in the sports betting industry. It has consistently been one of the top-rated mobile sportsbooks in the United States.

DraftKings Sportsbook offers its American consumers a $1,050 new-user bonus, which we project to be extended to Ontario. The $1,050 bonus breaks down into a $1,000 deposit match bonus and a $50 free bet, the latter being exclusive to LINEUPS. The deposit match is good for a 20% match rate.

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FanDuel

FanDuel was one of the big daily fantasy companies in the United States before legalized betting started. When it did, the company was bought out by Flutter Entertainment, an online gambling giant. FanDuel is now one of the most successful online sportsbooks and leads major markets like Michigan.

FanDuel Sportsbook has a welcome bonus in the States that may be offered to Ontario. That welcome bonus is a $1,000 risk-free bet. The risk-free bet is exactly what it sounds like, as your bet is insured up to the $1,000 amount. If you lose, you get your betting credit back.

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BetMGM

BetMGM is the online sportsbook offered by the prestigious MGM Resorts International. The company has paired up with Entain, an online gambling firm, to offer BetMGM to the United States. The online betting platform offers casino games, sports betting, and online poker. It has quickly become one of the most respected brands in the industry.

BetMGM currently runs a bonus for new users that is worth $1,000. This bonus very well may be offered to Ontario as well. The $1,000 comes in the form of a risk-free bet that can be used on a myriad of different selections. The risk-free bet allows your first wager to be stress-free with BetMGM, as you cannot lose.

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Caesars

Caesars has recently acquired William Hill and taken over the William Hill sports betting app, rebranding it as Caesars Sportsbook. These two gambling super giants have combined to create one of the best betting experiences in North America. We project that Caesars will look to expand north into Ontario when it is legally allowed to do so.

Caesars offers one of the largest bonuses that we have seen for new users. That bonus is a $5,000 risk-free bet when you use promo code “LINEUPSRF”, which we project Caesars to also offer Canadian markets when the sportsbook is offered to them.

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Top Ontario Physical Casinos

Ontario has a large casino scene with dozens and dozens of locations. Here are some of the biggest casinos in the province, many of which will likely offer sports betting if legalized.

Caesars Windsor

Address: 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Operator: Caesars Entertainment

Casino Niagara

Address: 5705 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T3
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

Address: 6380 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 7X5
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Operator: Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Casino Rama

Address: 5899 Rama Rd, Rama, Ontario, Canada
Ownership: Ontario Lottery and Gaming & Chippewas of Rama First Nation
Operator: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie

Address: 30 Bay St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 7A6, Canada
Ownership: Gateway Casinos
Operator: Gateway Casinos

Top Ontario Teams

Ontario is home to Toronto, one of the biggest sports towns in North America. There are several large franchises and organizations out of Ontario, and the province will be a hotbed for single-game sports wagering.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs 100x100The largest team in Canadian sports is arguably the Toronto Maple Leafs. Being the biggest hockey team in the biggest hockey country makes this franchise a staple of Ontario sports. As of now, hockey does not rack up a ton for sports handle in North America.

However, while NHL wagering lacks behind other major sports in America, many predict that the NHL could be massive in Canada and Ontario. The Maple Leafs will most likely be the most wagered on hockey team in the NHL, and Ontario bettors will lead that charge.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators 100x100The second NHL team in Ontario is the Ottawa Senators. While the team is not as popular as the Toronto Maple Leafs, it still pulls in big numbers in Canada. The team has had a rough patch over recent years, failing to put together a competitive side.

Regardless of the competitiveness, the team is still projected to be one of the more bet on franchises in Ontario. The popularity of hockey, while being in the capital of Canada, makes it a hot spot for wagers.

Toronto Raptors

toronto raptorsAnother massive Canadian franchise is the Toronto Raptors. The 2019 NBA Champions have quickly become one of Toronto’s and all of Canada’s favorite teams. The franchise pulls in huge numbers from across the entire country.

Currently, basketball is the second-most bet on sport next to football in North America. The Raptors will be a big-ticket team when it comes to sports handle in Ontario. Many sportsbooks will race to get sponsorships and partnerships done with the team.

Toronto Blue Jays

blue jaysThe Blue Jays have been the sole Canadian baseball team since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington D.C. The Blue Jays have always been an Ontario favorite and pull in good ratings and attendance numbers. However, due to COVID, the team was not able to play in their own stadium for the 2020 season.

The Blue Jays will pull in a good chunk of bets for the Ontario betting market. The sheer amount of games that MLB plays makes it a lucrative sport for sportsbooks, both retail and online.

Daily Fantasy Sports

dk icon box white150Daily fantasy does not really have any restrictions or oversight in Ontario or all of Canada. DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest daily fantasy sports operators, both operate in Ontario, allowing residents to play real-money competitions.

Daily fantasy laws may get an overhaul when online, and mobile sports betting becomes legal, but for now, there are not many restrictions on the competitions, games, and platforms that you can play with in Canada.

Online Casino Gambling

Online casino gambling is not legal in Ontario. This legislation very likely could come alongside the online sports betting legislation that is expected now that single-game betting became legalized in Canada. Ontario will need to create a regulatory framework for both of these if it chooses to allow mobile sports betting and online casino gaming to be legal in its province.

Horse Race Betting

Horse race betting is fully legal at racetracks all over the province. You can bet on horse racing legally at these locations, but you cannot bet online at this moment. There are some casino games available at racinos in the province.

Online race betting has not been discussed in regards to legalization. However, one would expect that if online sports betting is allowed that online horse race-betting will also be allowed and regulated in Ontario.

Ontario Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Canada?

Single-game betting has just become legal. This is a massive step forward, as previously, only parlay wagering was legal. Now, each province can choose to push ahead with single-game sports wagering, both online or retail. Legal sports betting launched on August 27, 2021 and now sportsbooks are free to negotiate licenses with provinces.

Is sports betting legal in Ontario?

As of August 27, single-game sports betting is legal in Canada, and Ontario is now free to push for legislation following the federal legalization. There are currently some government options for online single-game sports betting, including PROLINE+, but national sportsbook operators have not yet entered the market.

When will single-game sports betting launch in Ontario?

Single-game sports betting is now available from a few select operators in Ontario, including the government-owned PROLINE+. Ontario could see national operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings enter the market as soon as the end of the year depending on how quickly rules and regulations are finalized.

Will there be mobile sports betting in Ontario?

Ontario’s government now has mobile single-game sports betting available from government-owned entities such as PROLINE+. DraftKings, FanDuel, and other sportsbooks expect Ontario to have online and mobile sports wagering in the future and plan to launch in the province soon after regulations are finalized.

Can I visit a casino in Ontario to bet on sports?

Yes, single-game sports betting is now legal both online and in-person. In-person retail locations such as casinos and racetracks are hopeful to have single-game sports betting available by the end of 2021. Formerly, visitors could only bet on “parlays” involving multiple legs.

Will online casinos launch with sports betting in Ontario?

Yes, it is just about guaranteed that casinos will launch single-game betting and expanded sports wagering when/if Ontario legalizes it following the federal government’s ruling. Since sports betting is already available at many casinos, it will be an easy transition to expand the wagers offered.

Are there any Canadian-based sportsbooks?

theScore is a Canadian-based sportsbook. However, several international and American sportsbooks are planning to enter the Canadian market. There will not be a lack of sports betting options in Ontario, barring Ontario limiting the number of licenses that it gives out.

Can I bet on American sports in Canada?

Yes, you will not be restricted to Canadian-only sports bets if Ontario and Canada legalize single-game mobile and retail wagering. In fact, you will be able to place bets on Canadian sports, American sports, international sports, and more. The expansion of wagering options will be drastic.

Will I need to make a sports betting account separate from my DFS account in Ontario?

You will not be able to wager with the sportsbook on your DFS account with DraftKings or FanDuel. You can link your sports betting and fantasy accounts by using the same email. Sports betting has more restrictions and will need more personal information in order for you to wager.

Will there be taxes on online sports betting in Ontario?

Yes, sports betting winnings will be considered taxable income. However, currently, there are no specific laws put in place regarding mobile wagering and its winnings. There will be more information available if the Canadian government legalizes single-game betting and Ontario regulates online wagering.

Matthew is a UC Berkeley economic and philosophy graduate. He has played DFS, Football pools, and survival leagues for most of his adult life. Matthew brings to the table great strategies for both your GPP and Cash plays as well as a winning track record with his picks of the week.