Quebec is home to the biggest, most luxurious casinos in Canada. The Casino Montreal and Casino du Lac-Leamy offer thousands of slots, table games and poker. There is an online gambling portal in Quebec. Espacejeux opened in 2010, offering online casino and lottery games, sports betting and online poker.
All gambling activity in Quebec comes under the jurisdiction of Loto-Quebec. Subsidiaries operate the casinos and oversee other types of gambling. Gambling halls run alongside the big casinos — offering slots and electronic table games.
This guide has you covered for all the legal types of gambling in Quebec. You can see a summary of the gambling options below. This is followed by a detailed overview of the casinos, poker rooms, horse racing and sports betting options.
You can play at the Espacejeux online gambling portal in Quebec. This was set up in 2010 and offers a full range of casino games, poker, sports betting and lottery games.
Live casinos in Quebec are operated by the Societe des casinos du Quebec — a subsidiary of the crown corporation Loto-Quebec. To say these are large casinos would be an understatement. Quebec not only has the biggest casinos in Canada, these venues compete with the best casino resorts anywhere in the world.
Here are the major Quebec live casinos in size order:
The largest casino in Canada, Casino Montreal covers three buildings, up to six floors and has more than 48,000 square meters for gambling. You will find more than 3,000 slots, 115 table games, “The Zone” electronic table gambling with special effects, electronic poker and multiple restaurants/bars at this venue. This casino uses buildings originally designed for the 1967 Montreal Expo.
This casino is located opposite Ottawa, attracting visitors from Ontario as well as locals. It is a large casino with 1,800+ slots and electronic games and 60 gambling tables. There is a Hilton hotel attached to this casino, along with multiple bars, restaurants and entertainment options. The casino has a separate 16-table poker room.
Based in the popular tourist area of Pointe-au-Pic, this casino opened in 1994. It is a mid-sized venue. You will find more than 725 slots, video poker terminals and electronic gambling options. There are 18 table games available and a separate poker room with five tables. This casino has two bars and a restaurant that offer casual dining menus.
The stone architecture of the Mont Tremblant makes for a picturesque setting for this casino. Games are spread over three floors. They include 500 slots, 16 table games and a three-table poker room. There is a single bar, which offers music and entertainment, plus a restaurant.
Smaller “gambling halls” have slots and electronic games. They are operated by a different subsidiary of Loto-Quebec, the Societe des establishments de jeux du Quebec. There are no table games at these casinos. Instead blackjack, roulette and casino poker variants can be played on electronic gambling consoles.
There are seven poker rooms in Quebec. Five of them are at the big casinos operated by the provincial government. You will also find poker rooms on First Nation lands — notably the Kahnawake nation close to Montreal).
Here are the poker rooms:
Loto-Quebec is the government body that oversees gambling in this province. It was formed when lotteries were first made legal in 1969 — with the first draw taking place in 1970. Today, there is a thriving lottery, which includes national draws, province-wide draws, scratch cards, instant games and keno options.
Here are the current draws with giant jackpots:
The Quebec lottery includes hybrid games that combine elements of scratch cards and televised draws. A recent example is “la poule aux oeufa d’or.” You buy a $2 ticket, then watch the live shot for prizes of up to $150,000.
There are scratch cards and novelty games available via retail outlets. You can also buy tickets and enjoy online cards and novelty games via the Espacejeux website.
Betting on sports follows the same format as in all Canadian provinces. In Quebec, it has a different name. Mise-o-jeu is administered by Loto-Quebec, it allows betting on two or more games — no single-game wagers are allowed. This works in the same way as Pro-Line betting elsewhere in Canada.
Win bets are possible on two-plus games, as are spread bets, totals and player props bets. You can also take part in picks-type contests, which are paid based on how your selections compare to others who took part.
The list of sports you can bet on is restricted. Wagers are allowed on soccer, hockey, football, baseball, basketball, tennis, MMA/boxing, golf and auto racing.
Horse racing took a break in Quebec in recent years — with no live races taking place until the recent reopening of the provinces-only racetrack. There is now a single racetrack, which offers harness racing during the May to November season. This is at the Hippodrome 3R (Three Rivers) which is based in Trois-Rivieres.
There are now limited off-track betting offices, where you can bet remotely on races from Canada, the US and around the world.
Charitable gambling requires a license from Loto-Quebec. The types of gambling that are licensed to registered charities include bingo games, raffles, kinzo and breakout cards.
Bingo halls have been established around Quebec to raise funds for charities and religious organisations. They run a mix of games, some of which are linked between the halls, providing opportunities for larger jackpots.
Quebec is home to some of the world’s most luxurious casinos. It enjoys horse racing, sports betting and poker games. The opportunities to gamble include an online portal; Espacejeux offers casino games, slots, poker and lottery games.
Espacejeux is a full online gambling portal. This is owned and operated by the province, with all profits staying in QC. You can play slots, table games and live dealer casino games online. There is also a player vs. player poker room, lottery games (and ticket purchases) and video poker. Sports betting is allowed — though under national laws you need to bet on at least two games at a time.
This seems unlikely given the stance of Quebec on offshore gambling sites. It passed Act 72 in 2016, which banned offshore sites, only to see it stuck down by the Canadian Supreme Court. The establishment of Espacejeux is designed to channel all Quebec online gambling activity into the state-run portal.
This province allows anyone 18 or older to legally gamble.
No. You do not have to pay tax on gambling winnings, even for huge jackpot prizes. You are not even required to declare gambling winnings to the provincial or national tax authorities. There is a caveat — if gambling is your main form of income, then it is taxed as any other business. This could apply to poker players or sports bettors.