Ontario residents are less than three weeks away from seeing their single-game betting choices expand significantly. That will eventually include some of the biggest names in the game, including FanDuel Sportsbook and Unibet Sportsbook.
Beginning April 4, commercial sportsbook operators will be allowed to initiate full operations in the province, joining the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC)’s ProLine+ platform as sports betting options in the area.
Fortunately for Ontario sports fans and bettors, these two prominent commercial sportsbooks with well-established reputations have already been officially awarded their operational licenses by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO).
Unibet and FanDuel will be operating in Canada soon enough, and they join an ever-growing list of operators that is well into double digits.
FanDuel’s star to keep shining in Canada
Having already made a sizable mark in the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry in the U.S., FanDuel wasted no time entering the regulated sports betting market in 2018. Since that point, it has established its sportsbook operations in 15 U.S. states as a titan of industry.
The great news for Ontario sports bettors is that they will soon be able to enjoy the many exciting FanDuel Sportsbook features and offerings that their U.S. counterparts have already been partaking in. The many benefits FanDuel Sportsbook offers its customers include:
- Expansive Betting Menu
- Lucrative Promotional Offers
- Unique Betting Markets
- Live Chat Support
Considering it’s already been granted regulatory approval to initiate operations, perhaps FanDuel will be ready to go soon after sportsbooks are allowed to start taking bets.
Unibet joining the party in Ontario
Founded in 1997 and launching its first website in 1999, Unibet is a seasoned and well-respected gaming operator that already operates in 10 countries. It is already running in several states and will expand its North American presence in Ontario while launching in a new country.
Unibet has already laid the groundwork for its entry into the Canadian betting landscape with a new website catered specifically to the newly-regulated market that directs Ontario residents interested in signing up to a pre-registration platform.
The fact that Unibet has already had this mechanism in place could imply that it will be ready to begin offering its wide variety of sports betting products to Ontario residents beginning on or around April 4, though the exact launch date is unknown.
If Unibet does hit the ground running with an early start date, it could capitalize on the fact that this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game is on the day that Ontario sportsbooks go live.
CFL Betting In Ontario
While the NHL is rightfully considered the pace-setter in Canadian sports, pro football has its own ardent following.
The 64-year-old Canadian Football League (CFL) has a rich tradition that includes the famed Grey Cup championship game that caps off each season and is annually one of the country’s most popular sporting events.
Ontario also happens to be deeply entrenched in the CFL’s history and current operations.
Not only are the league’s headquarters located in Toronto, but Ontario is host to no less than three of the CFL’s nine teams – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks. Regulated Ontario sportsbooks are expected to offer a wide variety of CFL wagers, including:
The advent of legalized sports betting in Ontario will allow residents to finally participate in regulated single-game wagering on their favorite CFL teams. While legal CFL betting has been offered by several U.S. sportsbooks since its inception, the betting menu for this market should be even more robust in Ontario.