The regulated Ontario online casino market is finally live!
Looking forward, here are many of the operators that launched and the ones that are likely to launch online casinos in Ontario during the following weeks and months.
Follow along as PlayCanada digs into what the Ontario online casino landscape begins to look like. We’ll keep updating this list as time ticks on.
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Ontario online casino apps already launched
Ontario went live on April 4 with an expanded market of real-money gaming operators. A flurry of activity is underway as new casino brands started to enter the new market. Operators near and far were (and still are) pursuing deals with iGaming Ontario to be ready to launch online casinos in the province. These are the ones that went live:
theScore Bet Casino
Canadian sports media darlings Score Media and Gaming is all but expected to carve out a nice chunk of Ontario’s new online market. It won’t be long until theScore is all moved into a swanky new office at Waterfront Innovation Centre in downtown Toronto.
theScore Bet was ready on day one and successfully launched its casino app.
theScore was among the first to receive registration from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and to sign a commercial agreement with iGaming Ontario.
PointsBet Canada Online Casino
Eager to enter the Canadian online gaming market, the brand from Australia has positioned itself to be a significant player in Ontario. And on Feb. 3, they were the first operator to announce completing AGCO’s registration process.
Otherwise, PointsBet Canada has signed numerous deals, including those with the NHL Alumni Association, Canadian icons the Trailer Park Boys, and Alpine Canada, in a quest to cement the company as “authentically Canadian.” And they doubled down on that authenticity, stacking its executive team with Canadian industry veterans.
PointsBet’s casino product is new for the company. The new venture may not have all the extras yet, but there are all the staples you need: online slots, video poker, live dealer and table games.
The company has announced its received registration from AGCO on Feb 3. And, thanks to their agreement with the iGO, PointsBet entered Ontario on April 4.
Caesars Entertainment is the largest casino-entertainment company in the US and one of the most diversified providers.
In Ontario, Caesars has physically been around since the 1990s. The company owns the Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, which offers valuable name recognition ahead of the online launch.
Though the company is heavily marketing its sports betting efforts, the Caesars online casino app comes with a full suite of mobile and online gaming and sports betting experiences. The offer includes different variants of slots, tables like blackjack and roulette, as well as video poker.
FanDuel Canada Online Casino
FanDuel is an American-based gambling company serving up its online casino and sportsbook in addition to online horse betting. It’s also one of Canada’s top providers of daily fantasy sports.
Eager to deliver a quality sports betting and casino experience to Canadian players, FanDuel hired Canadian Dale Hooper as general manager in October.
With the FanDuel Canada Casino app, players can access popular online slots like Divine Fortune and Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin. As for the table games, the offer includes blackjack, American roulette and video poker.
FanDuel has received its AGCO registration and entered into a commercial agreement with iGO. They are now ready to roll.
BetRivers Casino is one of the first of the US-based operators to hit Canadian television, as advertisements are already hitting Ontario TVs.
The brand first entered the Canadian market last October with the launch of its free-to-play casino and social sportsbook, CASINO4FUN.
With Ontario’s legal market live, the Rush Street Interactive brand transitioned those players to its real-money platform. BetRivers players can now enjoy online slots, progressive slots, table games, live dealer options and lots more.
BetRivers has had more success with casino market share than sports betting and will look to keep the momentum going in Canada.
As announced on March 10, BetRivers received iGaming Operator Registration from AGCO and was ready to launch on day one.
When Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky signed a multi-year deal with BetMGM last summer, the company signalled an intent to enter the Canadian market.
Currently, the BetMGM Casino app (a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Entain) accepts bets in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and West Virginia.
BetMGM Online Casino features an exciting selection of slots and table games from top-notch providers. And the interface is fast and easy to navigate. With the Ontario launch live, the app is already available to Canadian players.
BetMGM Casino is already licensed by the AGCO and was right at the start line with the others.
On top of being one of Europe’s most popular casino brands, Unibet Casino previously operated in Canada’s grey zone.
Kindred Group revealed on March 10 that it received its registration from AGCO. The company’s Canadian country manager, Amanda Brewer, announced the news during The Parleh’s Twitter spaces broadcast. Soon after, they completed an agreement with iGO.
Kindred launched its Unibet brand in the Ontario market on April 4 and online casino players in the province can expect to get the full European experience.
bet365 Casino is another European online gambling giant that entered Ontario.
Famous for its sports betting options, the Bet365 Online Casino app in Ontario features a vast selection of online slots, table games, video poker and more. Fans of Microgaming, IGT and Playtech will have plenty of favourite games to choose from.
When it comes to Ontario it is definitely a smart move for Bet365 to make the switch to the legal side of things.
With more than 25 million customers worldwide, 888 Casino already has a name here, previously serving the grey market.
888 was the first grey market operator to announce AGCO approval and has its app ready.
LeoVegas received its approval from the AGCO, according to the company’s announcement made on March 15.
A commercial agreement with iGO was their next step. With that, the operator was ready on day one to offer its products and services in Ontario under its LeoVegas and Royal Panda brands.
Royal Panda Casino
As noted above, along with LeoVegas, Royal Panda entered Ontario and is ready to offer its games.
The Estonian-based Coolbet originally targeting European markets has registered with the AGCO and entered into an agreement with iGO. Therefore, Ontarians can now fully enjoy its casino offer.
Mostly known for its sports betting offer, Bwin Casino features an extensive online casino portfolio.
Since 2001, the online casino has offered its services and products in the grey zone, but it is coming to the legal side now that the Ontarian market opened. With a great live casino and poker room, Bwin would allow Ontario players to access hundreds of games powered by top-notch providers.
As part of the Avid Gaming purchase by Entain, Party Casino suddenly has significant backing from a global player.
How Entain manages its brands is always a story to watch in Ontario. The company’s sites on.partypoker.ca, on.partycasino.ca, and on.partysports.ca all entered Ontario’s legal market on April 12.
NorthStar Gaming registered with AGCO on April 13 and signed a commercial agreement with iGO on May 9.
The company entered the province’s newly-regulated market through its platform: northstarbets.ca.
NorthStar Gaming revealed the brand’s name on Feb 25. Back in July 2021, Torstar Corporation announced an intention to launch an online casino and sportsbook brand for the Ontarian market. NorthStar Bets fulfills that intent.
A few months later, the newest kid on the block has partnered both with Playtech and Kambi, two heavy hitters in the online gaming space.
DraftKings opened its sportsbook and casino to Ontario bettors on May 18. The company has an advantage in the quest for market share as one of Canada’s top daily fantasy sports providers.
DraftKings provides sports and gaming entertainment options for 50+ operators in 17 countries today. The company’s online casino offers numerous slots and table games, like blackjack and roulette, and has always been ready at launch in the US for additions such as live dealer games.
In the US, DraftKings also has an exclusive casino game called DraftKings Rocket, in addition to being one of the only sites with craps.
Okay, this one definitely isn’t new but we didn’t want to overlook the OG. The Ontario, Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s online casino option has been serving Ontario players since 2015.
Players at OLG.ca can enjoy favourite games like roulette, baccarat and blackjack, a bevy of online slots and live dealer games.
Online casino brands likely to come to Ontario sooner or later
WynnBet appears to be focusing on casinos going forward after an underwhelming foray into online sports betting.
That fits the brand well, as the Las Vegas Strip mainstay is more known for casinos anyways.
Betway Casino serves Canada through the grey market, which means they are licenced in jurisdictions outside of the country. We’ll see what the platform, originating in Malta, does next.
Though mostly a sports brand, Betway has expanded to casinos since launching here more than 15 years ago.
Sports Interaction Casino
Sports Interaction casino, which has been active in Canada since 1997 calls itself “Canada’s Sportsbook and Casino.” However, after the announcement of Entain purchasing SI’s parent company, it appears the SI brand will not enter Ontario’s regulated market.
The context of the platform is complicated. Considered broadly, SI is a grey market site under the purview of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke. The site is licensed and regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and operates from Mohawk First Nations land just outside of Montreal. However, the KGC takes its authority to license and regulate gaming from sovereign Indigenous rights. To date, no government has challenged MCK or KGC in court.
As far as Sports Interaction’s casino offering goes, players have a massive array of slots, table games, video poker and live dealer casino games to choose from. Expect to see favourite titles from suppliers like Playtech and iSoftBet in the mix.
Rushlane Casino is the brand alongside Rivalry, a sportsbook that operates in Canada’s grey market catering to esports enthusiasts.
And, Rivalry was among the first to announce its received registration from the AGCO.
PokerStars Casino is owned by The Stars Group. The Stars Group, in turn, is owned by Flutter Entertainment, which also owns FanDuel. So, launching in Ontario will likely be a family affair.
However, Canadians have had access to games on PokerStars for years now. The company is one of many currently active in the grey zone, though PokerStars has confirmed to PlayCanada that it will join the regulated market.
Most who play on these offshore apps aren’t aware they’re skirting the law. And with Canada known for being lax on enforcement, many operators are happy to let that stand. But if PokerStars Casino wants to keep accepting Ontario bets it would be best to take the legal route going forward.
Bally’s is one of America’s biggest gambling brands. Ontario would be a great spot for Bally’s Casino, which has been late to the North America online gambling market, to make a big splash.
Canadians are already familiar with the Bet99 as the brand’s ads air during significant sporting events featuring former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. The company logo also appears on the Ottawa Senators helmets. Most notably, they recently signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews. That makes Bet99 the first sports betting brand partnered with an active NHL player.
In that light, it only stands to reason, Bet99 will transition to Ontario’s white market. When it does, you can be sure its full gaming catalogue will follow.
JackpotCity Casino goes old school by giving you all the selection you might expect at traditional Vegas casinos.
We’ll see if the brand moves over to the regulated market.
32Red Casino is a big-time name over in the United Kingdom, and Kindred Group could be bringing it to Canada.
Golden Nugget Casino
Golden Nugget Casino officials have said publicly the iconic Las Vegas brand will enter the Ontario market, including in an announcement that GN will partner with player account platform Strive Gaming for the province.
A New Jersey leader, Golden Nugget hasn’t seemed to find the secret sauce since taking over the Garden State. Still, with an abundance of game offerings and the great margins that come with a solid casino market share, the DraftKings subsidiary is doing well in the US.
Hard Rock Casino
Hard Rock Casino is another name Ontario’s players should watch for.
Powered by Gaming Innovation Group, the Hard Rock Casino app offers exciting bonuses and attractive promotions. Table game enthusiasts can enjoy variants of blackjack, poker, and craps. The app also offers hundreds of online slots and progressives.
To Canadians, however, the Hard Rock is known as a famous hotel and a land-based casino destination. There are even locations in Ontario and BC.
An online lottery company, LottoGo claims to have the world’s biggest jackpots. The operator has scratch-offs (don’t scratch your phone screen) and instant-win games, among other features.
The operator received its registration with AGCO on May 4 and is now waiting for its iGO approval.
The UK company calls itself the “World’s Finest Bookmaker.” In Ontario, Fitzdares has a chance to try out that theory.
Fallsview Casino’s mobile sportsbook registered with AGCO on May 13 and will soon be available to players in the province’s newly-regulated market.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE Digital Canada) is the company operating the brand. Fallsview is now working closely with iGaming Ontario to sign an agreement and launch in the province.
As things keep moving, PlayCanada will be updating this post as we confirm deets around who will be ready in the newly-open market. We’ll note, too, those who might not be here right away but who will show up eventually.
Prepare your bets!