Legal Gambling in New Brunswick

New Brunswick residents can legally gamble in all the popular formats. There are live casinos, Pro-Line sports betting, poker rooms and bingo halls. Big wins are possible on the lottery, as well.

Live casino options include both commercial and First Nation casinos. Video lottery terminals are available in bars around the province. Online casino games, instant lottery games and sports betting are available via the Atlantic Lottery Corp. website. Gambling comes under the jurisdiction of the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corp. This body was formed in 2008 to oversee all aspects of gambling in New Brunswick.

Whatever form of gambling you enjoy, this guide has you covered. Below is a summary of the gambling options available in New Brunswick. After that, casinos, poker, sports and lottery games are each covered in depth.

Is online gambling legal in New Brunswick?

Residents of New Brunswick and three other Atlantic provinces can gamble online via the Atlantic Lottery Corp. portal. This provides the chance to buy lottery tickets and play instant games like iBingo. It also includes casino games like online slots and table games, plus sports betting via the Pro-Line system.

Gaming in New Brunswick is under the jurisdiction of the New Brunswick Lottery. This agency was established following the deregulation of gambling in the provinces in 2008. As well as licensing and oversight, the NBLGC owns and operates casinos.

New Brunswick’s legal gambling options

  • Casinos: There are only a handful of live casinos in NB. The largest is Casino New Brunswick, in Moncton. This venue has 600 slot machines, 18 table games and a poker room. In addition to this venue owned by the province, there are First Nation casinos and high stakes bingo halls that offer slot-style gambling via VLTs.
  • Poker: You will find charity poker tournaments and (non-raked) home games are legal in NB. Poker rooms are available at Casino New Brunswick, Grey Rock Casino and St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre. These rooms are far smaller than those in other provinces and run a mix of cash games and tournaments.
  • Sports betting: In line with the national criminal code, only bets on two or more games are allowed in New Brunswick. People can use the Pro-Line service for sports betting in the province. This allows wagers on two to eight games, with win bets, props and totals possible on a limited range of sports.
  • Lottery: The Atlantic Lottery Corp. allows entry into national and provincial draws. Tickets can be bought from retailers or online. Scratch cards are also available. You can check your numbers and buy tickets for multiple draws via the New Brunswick Lottery website.
  • Horse racing: There are three harness racing tracks in New Brunswick. You can place bets on live races and bet via simulcast on races around the world. You can bet via off-track betting offices, which are known as “teletheatres.”
  • Bingo/charitable gambling: Fund-raisers for charity are licensed by the NBLGC. They include bingo, break out games, raffles and charity poker tournaments.
  • Online gambling: New Brunswick shares an online gambling portal with the three other Atlantic provinces. The ALC website offers slots, table games, instant lottery-style games and sports betting. You can also buy lottery tickets and take part in second-chance draws.

Live casinos in New Brunswick

While other provinces have long lists of live casino venues to choose from, New Brunswick only has three casinos. It also has bingo halls, which offer (limited) slot-style gambling via VLTs.

Casino New Brunswick

  • Address: 21 Casino Drive, Moncton, NB
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily

The only “resort”-sized casino in the province, Casino New Brunswick has a hotel, entertainment and dining — as well as a large casino. There are more than 600 slots and electronic games, plus 18 casino table games to choose from. Stakes start low, with a separate high-limit room available for high rollers. This casino also has a separate five-table poker room. Dining is available at the Hub City Pub, which also hosts entertainment like live music. This venue also has an event centre and a spa.

Grey Rock Casino

  • Address: Maliseet First Nation, 100 Chief Joanna Blvd., Saint-Basile, NB
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily

You get a lot of choice when it comes to slots at Grey Rock — thanks to technology. There are officially 160 slots and electronic games available. With server technology, you can access more than 200 games from gaming company IGT on many of the cabinets. This casino also offers bingo and a poker room. This venue is located close to Edmundston. It has two restaurants, plus an event hall that offers live music. Regular players can join the Totem Rewards Club, which offers regular rewards and special promotions.

St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre

  • Address: 185 Gabriel Drive, Fredericton, NB
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily

This venue is a huge bingo facility — the largest anywhere in Atlantic Canada. It doubles up as a casino thanks to 77 VLTs. They offer video poker, slot-style games with versions of many classic titles, and lottery games. Bingo is high stakes, with $50K “bonanza” jackpots available. This casino also has a poker room, which runs cash games plus tournaments Wednesday through Saturday. Dining and entertainment are available at the Pine Tree Pub.

Eagles Nest Gaming

  • Address: 17 Muwin Lane, Woodstock First Nation, NB
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily

Slots at the Eagles Nest are provided by 33 VLTs. They offer a choice of slot-style games, video poker and lottery-style games. There are regular bingo games and “cards,” which is a deal your own Texas Hold’em poker tournament. You can enjoy food from a snack bar — and try bar games while you watch sports in the Nighthawks venue.

Other options for casino gamblers in the province include VLTs in bars. There are more than 2,000 video lottery terminals in New Brunswick.

Live poker rooms in New Brunswick

There are three poker rooms in New Brunswick. All of them are tiny compared to the giant rooms in Québec, Ontario and elsewhere. The largest single room has just five dedicated tables. This is the poker room at the Casino New Brunswick in Moncton. The others are at the Grey Rock Casino (four tables) and at St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre (three tables).

Expect small stakes cash games and tournaments with modest buy-ins. Some of the tournaments are self-dealt.

Poker home games are legal in New Brunswick. In line with other provinces, the rule is that these games cannot charge for entry to tournaments or take any rake from pots. Charity poker tournaments are also legal. They need to be licensed by the NBLGC.

Legal sports betting in New Brunswick

Sports betting works in the same way across Canada. New Brunswick has a dedicated web portal — prolinestadium.com. Bets are under the jurisdiction of the Atlantic Lottery Corp., a subsidiary of the NBLGC.

Bets need to be on two or more games — with single-game wagers explicitly banned under national laws. You can use the Pro-Line betting service to bet on between two and eight games, with a minimum $2 bet. The bets can be on teams winning, over/unders or props.

You can also take part in fantasy sports/picks-style contests via Pro-Line Fantasy — or bet on season-long futures.

Horse race betting in New Brunswick

There is only one active horse racing track in New Brunswick. This venue host harness racing events in-season — which lasts from May to September.

Exhibition Park is located in Saint John, NB. In addition to harness racing and simulcast betting, it offers bingo games. There are multiple shows and events each year, including dog shows, lumberjack shows and remote-control racing.

New Brunswick lottery games

You can buy tickets for national draws and those for the Atlantic provinces on the Atlantic Lottery website. You can play instant games, access casino games and buy tickets for all the main draws for weeks in advance via the website. There are second-chance drawings for losing tickets and the ability to see winning numbers for all the major draws.

The Atlantic Lottery website also provides information on the causes that revenues from the lottery help fund. Every penny stays within the provinces that share this lottery. In addition to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador shared almost $400 million in the last accounting year. This goes to community projects and sponsorships.

Popular draws include:

  • Lotto Max: This national draw has a jackpot that can grow as big as $70 million. Tickets cost $5, with the draws taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • 6/49: Another draw that is shared among all the provinces, the jackpot starts at $5 million, with at least a $1 million prize on every draw. The draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Daily Grand: This lottery draw awards the winners $1,000 every day for life. The draws take place on Monday and Thursday.
  • Atlantic 49: This draw is for the four Atlantic provinces only. It has a top prize of $1 million, with draws taking place every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Hit or Miss: This game combines an instant win of up to $25,000 at the lottery terminal, with a nightly draw that has a top prize of $250,000. Tickets cost $2.

You can also play instant games such as bingo at retail outlets, along with scratch cards.

Bingo halls and charitable gambling in New Brunswick

New Brunswick allows charities and religious organizations to apply for licenses to run specific forms of gambling. Licensing comes under the jurisdiction of the NBLGC. All the money raised by charitable gambling activity needs to go to relieve poverty, benefit communities, advance religion or provide education.

The forms of charitable gambling allowed are:

  • Bingo
  • Breakopen ticket sales
  • Raffles
  • Monte Carlo events
  • Texas Hold’em poker tournaments

Bingo can also be played at casinos/bingo halls located on First Nation lands. These are not charity fund-raising events.

Online gambling in New Brunswick

There are multiple opportunities to gamble online via the Atlantic Lottery Corp. website. You can buy lottery tickets and play instant lottery games via this portal — or choose casino games or video poker, as well as betting on sports via Pro-Line.

IGT provides many of the slots. They include classics such as Cleopatra along with new games like Ghostbusters– and Anchorman-themed slots. Progressive jackpots are available online. You can play table games like blackjack, roulette and baccarat, or enjoy iBingo games.

Sports betting on the ALC portal uses Pro-Line. This allows multi-team bets and fantasy sports-style picks contests.

Wrapping Up: Gambling in New Brunswick

New Brunswick has a huge choice when it comes to types of gambling. While the number of live casinos is small compared to the larger provinces, there are multiple alternatives. You can head online to the ALC portal. This offers casino games, bingo and slots, as well as lottery games. Sports betting is available via Pro-Line. Wagers on single games are not allowed, though there are plenty of ways to bet on two-plus games or enter picks-style contests.

Poker rooms, high stakes First Nation bingo halls, horse racing bets and charitable gambling can be added to this list. Best of all, unless you are a professional gambler, anything you win will be tax-free.

New Brunswick Gambling FAQ

Is online gambling legal in New Brunswick?

Yes. The Atlantic Lottery Corp. runs an online gambling portal covering the Atlantic provinces. It offers casino games, slots, iBingo, instant lottery-style games and online purchases for lottery tickets. There are also second-chance games linked to retail lottery tickets.

Will New Brunswick ever regulate online gambling?

No bills have been introduced in NB that would regulate online gambling in this province alone. There have been national discussions concerning the regulation of sports betting, though no bills are active at the time of writing.

How old do you have to be to gamble in New Brunswick?

The legal gambling age in New Brunswick is 19 and older. This includes the purchase of lottery tickets, online gambling and playing at any of the live casinos.

Do I have to pay taxes on gambling winnings in New Brunswick?

Only people who gamble professionally need to pay taxes on their winnings anywhere in Canada, including New Brunswick. Unless gambling is your only source of income, wins are tax-exempt. This includes big lottery jackpots and other windfalls.

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