Sports gambling within Ontario
The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a new turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving to allowing sports gambling (in the Vegas style) in several provincial casinos. Casino earnings 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 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 in place however the betting is being limited to Pro-line where they are able to choose the results or outcomes of only three or more events on a “Parlay” betting ticket. The new gambling proposal would allow sports gamblers to put bets for the outcome 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 an extremely huge advantage over US rivals as sportsbook gambling is just not allowed in most states other than Nevada Las Vegas and some others. It 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 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 in the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a great competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is regarded as illegal in New York and Michigan.
Sadly the inhabitants of Niagara have observed layoffs at the Casinos at Niagara recently along with a decline in Fort Erie racetrack patronage because of boost in competition (the New York state has better exchange rates) as well as other issues on the border etc. Therefore it is obvious that a reliable, professional and effectively 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 must be allowed in Canada. This 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 other countries where sports gambling is legalized.
The Ontario Government which owns the Casino Windsor hopes that the sports gambling in Ontario increases together with the improvements being made in this casino. The new Legends Sports Lounge, 36 video-displays, comfortable leather chairs and excellent food will draw in the sports fans coming from all over. The prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario may also be determined by how the bettors embrace the games offered by the casinos.