Probably one of the most well-known provinces in Canada, the predominantly French-speaking region of Quebec boasts a thriving tourist industry, thanks to historical buildings and landmarks, gorgeous landscapes and bustling cities. Fans of gambling, whether online or offline, have plenty of options to choose from, thanks to Quebec having a fair number of land-based casinos and lotteries, as well as access to hundreds of offshore online casino sites.
When it comes to online sports betting in Canada, though, there are a few things to bear in mind. As is the case across most of Canada and the US, different regions have different laws and regulations regarding gambling in general. In this article, we will take a look at what options are available when it comes to online sports betting, as well as land-based bookies in Canada.
All sports betting options in Quebec are currently operated by Loto-Quebec, under such brand names as Mise-o-jeu and Predictions. In accordance with the laws of Canada, no single-game wagers are allowed – the only means by which one can bet is to make a parlay with a minimum of 2 selections, and no more than 8. Plus, before you’re even allowed to bet on sports at all, you need to provide proof of residency in Quebec, and be of legal age.
A perk of Mise-o-jeu is that bettors can make their payments online, but a major deterrent is the fact that (as with so many government-run sports betting options) the odds are particularly poor. This seems to be the case with most land-based bookies in Canada when compared to offshore online sports betting destinations – the difference weighing in as much as 21 cents per dollar wagered, or worse! For this reason, many gambling fans residing in Quebec choose to either wager online or get their game on at one of the major land-based casinos, like Casino de Mont-Tremblant or Casino du Lac-Leamy, or go the online sports betting route.
Two very popular online sports betting sites in Canada, namely Bodog and 5Dimes, have a massive customer base in Quebec. With a huge range of betting options with incredibly competitive odds, it’s no wonder these online sports betting options offer a lot of competition for their land-based bookies counterparts. What’s more, these online destinations offer the single-game betting options that are not available to those playing with Mise-o-jeu, along with betting lines that change in real time.
Sadly, the government has announced its plans to block online access to offshore online gambling and online sports betting sites that service residents in Quebec. This has been the cause of much outcry amongst gaming enthusiasts, who are likely to challenge the proposal in court. Until that happens, though, online sports betting in Canada remains a popular choice for bettors, who enjoy the convenience of playing and betting on mobile and PC, from the comfort of home. While land-based bookies offer a strong social aspect and sense of camaraderie, the strict rules and restrictions apparently deflect players more than entice them.