Ontario’s Online Casino And Sportsbook Market Is Open For Business

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on April 3, 2022 - Last Updated on July 1, 2022
Starting blocks

Just a stroke past midnight on Monday, April 4, the Ontario online casino and sports betting markets underwent a seismic shift.

At that moment, the province allowed a long list of private sector operators of online casinos and Ontario sportsbooks to serve the Ontario market.

Until now, Crown corporation Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s OLG.ca and Proline sportsbook were the only legal game in town. No more.

13 operators cleared for Day 1 launch by iGO; who will?

So far, 27 operators have registered with the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario. At the last report, 13 of those had entered into commercial agreements with its subsidiary iGaming Ontario. More are expected very soon.

It’s no wonder. Ontario’s nearly 15 million people make it the fifth-largest gaming jurisdiction in North America. The province could generate around $800 million in gross revenue this year alone.

For the first time, Ontarian players have near unlimited gaming choices. Today, all players 19 and older can play on any authorized gaming site and are no longer beholden to OLG. That means Ontario’s gamblers will be able to choose from big players like BetMGM and those newer to the game like PointsBet Canada, theScore Bet and BetRivers.

Which operators entered Ontario?

To get a better picture of just how much choice Ontario now has, check out this list of the operators approved so far:

  1. Caesars
  3. BetMGM Canada
  4. Coolbet
  5. bwin
  6. Party
  7. FanDuel
  8. Fitzdares
  9. Bet365
  10. LeoVegas
  11. WSOP
  12. OLG
  13. PointsBet
  14. Rivalry
  15. Royal Panda
  16. BetRivers
  17. theScore Bet
  18. Casigo
  19. Casimba
  20. Dream Vegas
  21. FireVegas
  22. Gate 777
  23. Hello Casino
  24. Jackpot Village
  25. Playzee
  26. Unibet
  27. 888

And we can expect more operators to make their appearance over the following days and weeks.

Further, 28 gaming suppliers have registered with the AGCO and iGO and are ready to provide their games and services. The list includes big names like Play’n GO, Pragmatic, Entain, Relax Gaming and Nolimit City.

Passing the RG check

Apart from the agreement with iGO, all operators received accreditation by RG Check, administered by the Responsible Gambling Council.

The accreditation program is embedded in the sustainability and responsible gambling requirements.

Numerous attempts lead to Ontario’s market launch

Initially, we expected Ontario to launch its online casino and sports betting market last December, but the opening stalled into 2022. On Jan. 28, the government announced that the new market would launch on April 4.

Several legal changes led to the opening.

Bill C-218 coming into law on Aug. 27, 2021, paved the way for provinces to introduce single-event sports betting to existing lottery options.

After nearly a decade and multiple attempts, Canadians gained the right to place bets on a single game or event.  Now, Ontario’s leading the way with its open market. It will be interesting to see if the other provinces follow.

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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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