The Canadian gambling market has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years as the industry has become more accepted and normalized across the world. And gamblers in some provinces of Canada have recently been able to take advantage of relaxed laws which have already positioned the nation as one of the leading players in the industry.
The C-218 bill, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, passed just last year and enables Canadians to place bets on single-game sporting events. This has prompted authorities to further explore expanding regulations even more when it comes to online gambling.
It has also led many experts in the industry to firmly believe that they will witness a boom in online gambling which will grow exponentially. So much so that the industry on Canadian shores is already fast developing.
From the bricks and mortar in-person casino play – which is now considered by many to be old-fashioned – to sports betting and the exciting world of iGaming, Canadians are spoilt for choice when it comes to online gambling options. It is why Canada is now ranked safely in the top ten of worldwide online gambling markets.
Essentially the ability to gamble from anywhere at any time on mobile devices such as phones, laptops and tablets is a game-changer for the industry and nowadays, gamblers are becoming more trustful in online platforms when it comes to parting with money over the internet.
The industry of online gambling has historically been looked upon in a bad light but that is no longer the case thanks to robust security measures and the ability to use payment methods such as PayPal and Google/Apple Pay.
All of this allows for a more reassuring aspect to online gambling provided you confirm that the site you are using is legal, is regulated by the authorities, and possesses the necessary licenses to support that. If the site you visit satisfies all of the above criteria then you can rest assured that your personal information and your money is safe.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the two main gambling options that are available to access in Canada. Their varieties are fun to play, will keep you entertained for hours at all hours, and can even win you some money back if you’re smart (and lucky!)…
Online Sports Betting
Now the single-event sports betting market has opened up for business in Canada it is the perfect opportunity for predicting the outcome of matches in a whole array of sports that are popular in North America and all across the world.
The most popular sports to place bets on are the staple North American big-hitting sports of NFL, NBA, and MLB. You can even take a gamble on their respective subsidiary leagues and tournaments including the NCAA college scene if you are eager to show off your niche knowledge and flex your gambling muscles.
High-octane motorsports and the more calculating boxing, UFC, and golf are also amongst the huge variety of sports on offer to get involved with various online betting companies. Some of these platforms can provide “free bet” sign-up offers that can often mean you are not obliged to lose any money at the initial stage.
They even have specialized fixture offers providing enticing odds known as “price boosts” whereby the odds on certain outcomes have been increased in order to give you a chance of an even bigger return – this is especially the case in European soccer.
Before jumping straight into live sports betting you may wish to try your hand at fantasy sports betting sites for free. They work in a similar way to free casinos, so there is absolutely no risk, and some such sites offer small cash prizes for these free games.
The other main offering when it comes to online gambling is via online casinos. As we mentioned at the top of the article, the move from brick-and-mortar casinos to online casino play has rocketed across the world – it is now a multi-billion dollar industry. All the usual casino games such as blackjack, roulette, Baccarat, and craps can all be played at the press of a button anywhere you are.
When it comes to popularity in casino play, however, it is the slots that are right up there thanks to slot game developers creating a whole range of different, highly-entertaining products that can often be based on themes from the world of entertainment.
From films and TV shows to books and cartoons, there are all kinds of slot games to get your hand on. And just like the sports betting sites and apps, a lot of the Canadian online slots sites also feature sign-up promotions and bonus offers for your enjoyment.
Then there is, of course, poker of all forms from free fun games with no cash at stake to the more high-level big money games for those who feel they can rub shoulders with the high-rollers without losing too much money.
The whole range of poker games are available to play, from Texas Hold’em and Five Card Draw to Omaha Hi and Stud Poker – and everything in-between. It is best to browse the various different sites to find the best type of game you wish to play – and also to find the best (smallest) buy-in. Some online poker games will only set you back a couple of dollars so it is always best to check this before jumping in.
Some of the online casino sites even have live dealer options and real-life opponents who are also playing online via their own PCs, laptops and other mobile devices to provide as real-life an experience as possible for a ‘substitute’ casino. This is enhanced by the sites providing their own apps for download and play, allowing you to take part in the enthralling, engrossing experience literally from anywhere.
So how big is the market for online gambling? In a word, huge. There has been a rise of around 75% in online casino play in the past year alone and it is estimated that Canadians can spend as much as $14 billion a year on offshore betting websites. So with laws being relaxed all over Canada it is their turn to benefit from online gambling’s popularity.
And it is your turn to benefit from the enjoyment of taking part!