Land-based and online bookies in Alberta
The picturesque province of Alberta is Canadas 4th most populous province, and is also one of 3 prairie provinces in the country. Besides Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, which are popular tourist destinations, there are also plenty of ski resorts to visit in winter, including Lake Louise, Nakiska and Sunshine Village. A few other tourist hotspots include Banff, Canmore, Drumheller, Jasper and Sylvan.
But, what if you find yourself in Alberta and would like to do some sports betting – will that be an option? In this article, we will explore the different options of online sports betting and land-based bookies in Canada. Read on and you’ll be surprised at the choices you have available when it comes to online sports betting.
Gaming Laws in Alberta
All sports betting activities in Alberta must be conducted in accordance with the Gaming and Liquor Act. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Gaming Commission was formed in 1995 to oversee land-based casinos, bingo halls and charitable gaming, among others, although it has to be mentioned that all land-based casinos in Alberta are privately owned and operated.
Land-based Bookies in Canada
Besides the Video Lottery terminals located in bars across Alberta, there are also plenty of land-based bookies available, with the biggest (where you can bet on casino games and sports), being the River Cree Resort and Casino, where there are more than 50 tables and 1000 gaming machines available. Other popular venues include Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino (with off-track betting available), Casino Dene and Century Down Casino and Racetrack (where you also place bets on horse racing). The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission operates sports betting games under the following names at the moment: PRO-LINE, Pro-Picks Pools, Point-Spread and Pro-Picks Props.
We have to point out that, due to betting on single-team sports being illegal, there are no single-team games available to bet on at land-based bookies, however, there is a solution…
Online Sports Betting
Should you find yourself far away from any of the land-based bookies in Canada, there is another option – online sports betting. This is still fairly new, but has already seen huge growth in the last year, especially in Canada. And since it was mentioned that betting on single-team sports is illegal, the odds at online sports betting sites are a lot higher, as the online sportsbooks operate offshore. And, because you don’t have to drive anywhere and can do all your betting online, there are plenty of options available for you to choose from. Some of the best online sports betting sites in Canada include Bodog, Bet365 and 5Dimes, as these establishments already have a growing number of bettors in Alberta. Plus, there are a few online sports betting sites, such as Bodog, that also offer a complete experience that includes casino games and online poker rooms.
The question is: if you’re in Alberta, Canada, and want to do some sports betting or even play casino games, what would your best option be? The answer: there are plenty of choices. You can either drive to the nearest Resort & Casino to play some table games or slots, or you can visit the land-based bookies to place your bets on sports. Your other option? Online sports betting. It has been hugely popular in Alberta recently, especially since you can place bets on single-team sports, something you can’t do at land-based bookies. And almost all of the online establishments offer casino games and poker rooms, so you can do all your betting in one place – from the comfort of your own home.