The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a different turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving towards allowing sports gambling (in the Las Vegas style) in many provincial casinos. Casino earnings in Windsor as well as the Niagara Falls where increased security at the border and high Canadian dollar have caused fewer visitors from America, have been sagging and to provide them with a lift Ottawa has been urged by Queens Park to amend and alter 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 but the betting has been limited to Pro-line where they can select the results or outcomes of only three or more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The new gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to place bets on the result of football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and other sports activities as apposed for 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 just not allowed in most states other than Nevada Las Vegas and a few others. This is because sports leagues which are professional are in opposition to getting the sportsbooks in cities that have baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.
A hitch in obtaining approval to change Ontarios Criminal Code could be that the minority government of Federal Conservatives is anxious the New Democrats or the Federal Liberals will oppose this change for purposes that are political. Nevertheless the fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a great competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as unlawful in New York and Michigan.
Unfortunately the inhabitants of Niagara have observed layoffs at 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. Therefore it is obvious that a reliable, professional and properly regulated sportsbooks would help reduce the illegal sports gambling that is occurring on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and should be allowed in Canada. It is because it can attract the Americans to the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and provide excellent entertainment and fun. At present gamblers in Canada bet with sports books based in the UK, Caribbean and also other countries where sports gambling is legalized.
The Ontario Government which owns the Casino Windsor hopes the sports gambling in Ontario will increase together with the improvements being created in this casino. The brand new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will draw in the sports fans coming from all over. The success of sports gambling in Ontario may also be determined by how the bettors accept the games provided by the casinos.