Canada will allow legalized betting on individual sporting events as of August 27.
“Canadians will have the opportunity to participate in single-event sport betting in a regulated and safe environment, at the discretion of the provinces and territories,” Attorney General David Lametti told a news conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Thursday.
It’s an attempt to reclaim the almost $15 billion a year the government says Canadians are already spending on sports betting in other countries and on the black market.
Six provinces already allow betting on the outcome of a minimum of three events. The new rules allow betting on just one event, the Super Bowl for instance, or Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is launching Proline+, allowing players to bet on a single event from their mobile device, tablet, or desktop for the first time.
“OLG has been looking forward to offering single-event sports wagering to adult Ontarians for many years,” says Duncan Hannay, OLG President and CEO. “We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to incorporate this exciting feature that bettors have been anxiously awaiting into Ontario’s only legal online sportsbook… PROLINE+ will provide the same security and trust that has been established by OLG’s sports products over the last thirty years.”
Thousands of new betting options will be available at any time across all major North American sports leagues and major international sports, including soccer and exciting additions like tennis, golf, boxing, and mixed martial arts.
Active OLG.ca users will be able to use their existing accounts to log in and bet when PROLINE+ goes live. New players can sign up at proline.ca.
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