In Canada and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation reportedly chalked up a successful start to the nation’s single-game sports wagering market after processing standalone bets for the five days from last Friday worth some $591,000.
According to a Thursday report from the online news domain at SportsHandle.com, Canada legalized single-game sportsbetting in June via the passage of C-218, which is colloquially known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act. The source detailed that this piece of federal legislation changed the nation’s laws so as to allow punters to lodge legal bets on individual events such as games of football, baseball, and ice hockey.
Ontario is Canada’s most populous province with approximately 14.8 million people and reportedly permitted sportsbetting aficionados to start lodging single-game sports wagers from the morning of August 27. The ensuing five days then purportedly saw the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s new mobile-friendly Proline+ online sportsbook record around $799,000 in aggregated handle with about 74% of this amount having involved individual match-up markets.
Dave Pridmore serves as the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer for the state-owned Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and he reportedly asserted that the debut of single-game wagering for punters in Canada’s wealthiest province is due to give his organization an advantage over the many private operators that are expected to appear over the course of the next few months.
Reportedly read a statement from Pridmore…
“Ontario bettors had been waiting for a best-in-class option to place bets and that’s exactly what the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has delivered with Proline+. This product is competitive and exciting and players are seeing that.”
SportsHandle.com reported that Ontario would be a top-ten sportsbetting market if it were located in the United States with the territory’s recent performance only expected to improve as aficionados get interested in the latest National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) seasons.
Regarding other parts of Canada and the source explained that single-game sportsbetting has furthermore gone live in Manitoba, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia. This latter jurisdiction’s PlayNow.com platform, which is run by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, purportedly chalked up over 1,200 new registrations last week alone while experiencing a 96% swell in the number of wagers as its aggregated handle rose by 72%.
SportsHandle.com reported that 41% of the business processed by PlayNow.com last week along with 53.5% of the site’s overall handle had concerned single-game wagers. As an aside, it revealed that punters in the western province had wagered a total of $32,000 on the Sunday fight between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley to account for almost half of the territory’s daily bets.