Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 22 - Bill C-290: From Favorite To Underdog

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Canadians can place legal, provincially regulated sports bets through lottery terminals found in popular locations such as convenience stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls. According to the Canadian Gambling Digest, in 2012 there were 31,215 land-based locations for Canadians to place sports bets. In addition to these 31,215 locations, Canadians resident in British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland can bet on sports online, through provincially regulated websites. Certain Canadian casinos also offer sports betting opportunities.

The breadth of events on which Canadians can bet is limited only by the imagination of sports betting operators. If a person lives in British Columbia or Manitoba and wants to bet on Italian Serie A1 Men’s Volleyball, this person can bet on favorite Cuneo at 1.4 or underdog Perugia at 2.55. In some provinces, betting options are not limited to sports. Residents of Quebec may bet on which artist will win the “popular song of the year” award from the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéobets (predictably, Celine Dion is the favorite).

However, despite the numerous betting opportunities in Canada, it is illegal to offer bets on a “single sport event or athletic contest”. In other words, only sports parlay betting is available in Canada.

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