Single event sports betting is now legal in Canada, following Bill C-218’s passage into law last month.
British Columbians is now able to make single-event sports bets and place a wager on races and fights through PlayNow.com platform as sports betting on single events became legal in Canada on Aug. 27, with Bill C-218 coming into effect.
British Columbians will no longer have to rely on websites based outside of Canada, like bet365, to place single-event wagers. With this approval, they will be able to place a single wager on the outcome of a football game instead of having to parlay it with another bet. Before, sports betting in Canada was currently limited to parlay (multiple events on the same ticket) offerings only.
Through the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, the British Colombia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has announced it will begin offering single-event sports bets as well as bets on racing and fighting via its PlayNow.com platform. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will also offer single-event bets.
Lynda Cavanaugh, BCLC’s Interim President and CEO, commented:
“This is a landmark moment for BCLC and our players. We’re excited to enhance our offerings on PlayNow.com, the only gambling website operating in BC where revenue goes back to British Columbians by supporting provincial initiatives like healthcare, education, and community programs.”
PlayNow.com is the only gambling website in North America, the platform has to meet certain criteria related to player protection, including age verification and responsible gambling, on top of federal requirements related to money laundering.
BCLC has stated that it will prioritize player health through its responsible gaming safeguards on the PlayNow.com website, including player health experts who are available to support players with healthy gaming habits as well as refer them to treatment and support services when needed.
The British Colombia Lottery Corporation also plans to explore and implement single-event sports betting on land-based casinos, including casinos in British Columbia.