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.
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 Lotteries and Gaming Corp. This agency was established following deregulation of gambling in the provinces in 2008. As well as licensing and oversight, the NBLGC owns and operates casinos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three poker rooms in New Brunswick. All of them are tiny compared to the giant rooms in Quebec, 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.
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.
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.
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:
You can also play instant games such as bingo at retail outlets, along with scratch cards.
New Brunswick allows charities and religious organisations 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 can also be played at casinos/bingo halls located on First Nation lands. These are not charity fund-raising events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.