The sports gambling in Ontario has taken a different turn with the Ontario and Federal Governments moving towards permitting sports gambling (in the Vegas style) in several provincial casinos. Casino earnings in Windsor and 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 have already got infrastructure of sportsbooks with scoreboards, seating and TV screens in place however the betting has been limited to Pro-line where they can choose the results or outcomes of only three or even more events over 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 sporting events as apposed for the Parlay multiple betting system that exists under 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 many states except Nevada Las Vegas and some others. This is because sports leagues which are professional are against having the sportsbooks in cities which may have baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams.

A hitch in obtaining approval to alter 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. However the fact that sports gambling within the casinos of Niagara Falls and Windsor might be a fantastic competitive benefit and advantage as sports gambling is considered illegal in New York and Michigan.

Sadly the inhabitants of Niagara have experienced 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. So it is obvious that a trustworthy, professional and effectively regulated sportsbooks would help reduce the illegal sports gambling which is occurring on unregulated websites and offshore sites. Sports gambling or betting is a superb tourist draw and must be permitted in Canada. This is because it can attract the Americans towards the Niagara Falls and Windsor border casinos and offer excellent entertainment and fun. Currently gamblers in Canada bet with sports books based in the UK, Caribbean and also other countries where sports gambling is legalized.

The Ontario Government that owns the Casino Windsor hopes the sports gambling in Ontario increases together with the improvements being made 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 prosperity of sports gambling in Ontario will also depend on the way the bettors embrace the games offered by the casinos.