Timing is everything, and perhaps that’s never been more true than when referring to the upcoming rollout of commercial Ontario sportsbooks, which begins just weeks from now in early April.
There’s no better way to organically create excitement for a new betting market than an immediate smorgasbord of wagering options, and a busy sports calendar does exactly that for Canadian bettors in Ontario.
As Canada sports betting expands, will immediately have a signature sporting event available to partake in on Day 1 with the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Championship Game taking place on April 4th, the same day Ontario’s regulated iGaming market launches.
The coming days, weeks, and months will also bring a steady stream of options across the sports landscape and below, we’ll get a bit more into the upcoming options for bettors in Ontario.
2022 CFL regular season
There’s still some time to wait before we kick off the Canadian Football League year, but the upcoming season is garnering plenty of excitement as the first one where bettors have many different sportsbook options to choose from in Ontario.
After a 2020 season lost to COVID-19 and abbreviated 2021 campaign, Canadian pro football fans will finally get a full helping of the sport they ardently follow in 2022. The CFL plans to return to its traditional 20-week regular season that sees each of its nine teams play 18 games, followed by a three-week postseason that culminates in the Grey Cup.
This season will also mark the first for Ontario residents with multiple regulated single-game betting options for the CFL beyond the OLGC’s ProLine+ platform. Consequently, bettors are expected to have access to a more extensive menu of CFL wagers, including:
- Moneyline bets
- Spread bets
- Totals bets
- Game/Team/player prop bets
- In-game betting (ML, spreads, totals for quarters and halves)
- Same-game and multi-game parlay bets
- Team/Player futures bets
The 2022 CFL regular season is slated to kick off June 9 when the Calgary Stampeders host the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium.
2022 MLB regular season
Another notable day on the sports calendar that Ontario sports betting’s debut has synergy with is MLB Opening Day. Due to the slight delay caused by the recently resolved lockout, the regular season will now begin April 7, three days following the official launch of multi-operator regulated sports betting in the province.
As a result, Ontario bettors will have multiple options in terms of sportsbook platforms right from the first pitch of a 2022 MLB season that promises to be like none before, given the designated hitter is now universal for the first time in a 162-game campaign.
MLB bettors will essentially have the same game-by-game betting options as those listed for the CFL markets, with bet types specific to the sport such as run lines and in-game betting based on innings or multiple innings applying.
2022 NBA & NHL postseasons
Just five days after MLB Opening Day, the NBA will host the first day of its Play-In Tournament, which runs April 12-15. Two teams in each conference will emerge from that battle of the No. 7-10 seeds, and the NBA Playoffs will then officially begin April 16 and run until the NBA Finals conclude in mid-June.
The NHL‘s postseason road to the Stanley Cup officially begins May 2 and runs through no later than June 30th, keeping the sports train running at full speed into summer for Ontario bettors.
With hockey’s rich tradition in Canada, the usual fervor should only be enhanced by the opportunity for Ontario’s passionate hockey fans to also get some skin in the game through a wide variety of betting options.
Ontario bettors will enjoy access to a multitude of NHL and NBA postseason wagering opportunities. These include:
- Game-By-Game ML, Spread, Totals, & Props
- Live Betting
- NBA Finals/Stanley Cup Champion
- Conference Winner
- Series Winner
- Series Spread, Total, & Exact Outcome
While the exact prop markets will vary and hockey substitutes the spread for a puck line, many of the overall categories remain the same between these two postseasons, which run simultaneously.
2022 World Cup
As if that menu of major sporting events wasn’t enough, Ontario’s sports betting market’s first year will also see the FIFA World Cup being played. The 2022 edition will take place November 21-December 18 in Qatar.
With a 7-0-4 record and a perch atop the CONCACAF Octagonal table, Canada’s national team is in a strong position to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, getting a chance to do so as early as March 24 by winning a match over Costa Rica.
Once the World Cup begins, Ontario bettors are expected to have a menu of betting options for each game and the tournament as a whole very similar to those for the NBA and NHL playoffs already listed.