Sports betting within Ontario

The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a different turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving towards permitting sports gambling (in the Vegas style) in many provincial casinos. Casino revenues 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, 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 set up however the betting is being limited to Pro-line where they can select the results or outcomes of only three or even more events over a “Parlay” betting ticket. The latest gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to put bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball as well as other sports activities as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists under the government run Pro-Line lottery.

The new sportsbooks would give the casinos in Ontario an extremely huge advantage over US competitors as sportsbook gambling is not allowed in most states other than Nevada Las Vegas and some others. This is because sports leagues that are professional are against getting the sportsbooks in cities which may have baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.

A hitch in getting approval to change Ontarios Criminal Code is that the minority government of Federal Conservatives is anxious the New Democrats or the Federal Liberals will oppose this transformation for purposes which are political. Nevertheless the fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor will be a great competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is considered illegal in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the residents of Niagara have experienced layoffs in the Casinos at Niagara recently and also a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage because of boost in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) and other issues at the border etc. So it is obvious that a trustworthy, professional and properly regulated sportsbooks would help in reducing the illegal sports gambling that is taking place on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and must be allowed in Canada. This is because it can attract the Americans to 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 other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

The Ontario Government that owns the Casino Windsor hopes the sports gambling in Ontario increases with the improvements being made in this casino. The brand new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will draw in the sports fans from all over. The prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario may also be determined by how the bettors embrace the games provided by the casinos.

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