Sports gambling within Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a different turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving to allowing sports gambling (in the Las Vegas style) in several 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, are actually sagging and to provide them with a boost Ottawa has been urged by Queens Park to amend and change 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 is being restricted to Pro-line where they can select the results or outcomes of only three or even more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The new gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to put bets for the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and other sporting events as apposed to the Parlay multiple betting system that exists in the government run Pro-Line lottery.

The brand new sportsbooks will give the casinos in Ontario a very huge advantage over US rivals as sportsbook gambling is not allowed in most states other than Nevada Las Vegas and a few others. This is because sports leagues which are professional are against having the sportsbooks in cities that 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 transformation for purposes that are political. Nevertheless the undeniable fact that sports gambling in the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor will be a fantastic competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as illegal in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the residents of Niagara have observed layoffs in the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage due to increase in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) as well as other issues on the border etc. So it is obvious that a trustworthy, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help reduce the illegal sports gambling which is occurring on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a good tourist draw and must be allowed in Canada. It is because it can 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 located in the UK, Caribbean and other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

The Ontario Government that owns the Casino Windsor hopes that the sports gambling in Ontario will increase with the improvements being made in this casino. The brand 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 depend on the way the bettors embrace the games offered by the casinos.