Sports betting is one of the oldest and most commonly practiced forms of gambling; and is very much alive and well in Canada in 2018.Sports betting is a wager made between two or more people on the outcome of any sporting event in the world.
Gamblers do not even have to be at a sporting event to wager on its outcome. These days, sports betting is regulated, and wagers on sporting events can be made at many online casinos and land-based betting houses. Read on for more on sports betting in Canada in 2018.
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Online Betting Canada – History of Sports Betting
Gambling as a whole has had quite a tumultuous history in Canada.
In 1892, the Canadian Criminal Code implemented a ban that made all gambling activities illegal. The ban didn’t last long, and soon betting on horse racing (still one of the most popular forms of gambling today) at racetracks was legalized.
Over the years, more and more forms of gambling were decriminalized, legalized, and regulated.
Today, gambling and especially sports betting is commonplace in Canada. There are currently over 31 000 slot machines and 32 000 lottery ticket centers in use in Canada. There are also 70 race tracks, 20 of which are ‘racinos’ (race tracks that also offer slot machines for players to gamble on).
The change in laws came as society’s view on gambling changed. Today, gambling and sports betting are commonly practiced pastimes around Canada.
Sports betting in Canada isn’t just limited to racetracks and betting houses. Bets on sporting events are commonly made between friends looking to prove that their chosen team is the best.
Sports Betting Games in Canada 2018
The beauty of sports betting is that the wager can be made on any sport being played in the world. Depending on the online casino or betting house, players can theoretically wager on any sport they like, as long as the casino/betting house is willing to accept the wager.
Sports Betting – Ice Hockey
One of the most common sports to wager on in Canada has always been ice hockey. The NHL, which has 7 Canadian teams competing in it, sees millions of Dollars being wagered on it every year. The most common bet is still on which team will win the NHL and lift the Stanley Cup.
Other bets available to Canadian players include:
- Division Winner,
- Conference Winner,
- Total Goals (for both teams and players),
- Winning Margin,
- 1st Period Betting,
- 1st Period Puck Line, and
- First Goalscorer.
Sports Betting – Lacrosse
Officially designated as Canada’s ‘summer sport’, though not nearly as popular as ice hockey. Lacrosse has been played in Canada for more than 500 years and still remains popular today. The one problem players might encounter is finding an online casino that actually accepts a wager on Lacrosse. Many online casinos have canceled books on Lacrosse, simply due to a lack of interest.
Though, some of the most popular bets on Lacrosse are:
- Winner of NLL (National Lacrosse League)
- Over/Under Bet
- Spread Bet
- Total Goals per team and player
There are a number of sports that Canadian players can bet on, too many to mention here. Though most online casinos/betting houses will offer similar bets for most sports, with exceptions on special types of games/tournaments for each sport.