The Sports Betting CanadianSport Select is the group of sports betting games offered by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation to residents of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.  Similar games such as Proline, Point Spread, Pro Pools and Pro Props are also offered under different names in different parts of the country.  For example in Ontario the games are simply known as Proline, while in BC they are known as Sports Action.

How It Works

To bet on any of the Sport Select games you have to first visit a WCLC lottery retailer.  Most convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores will all have a WCLC booth where you can fill out your Sport Select sheets and purchase your ticket.  With Sport Select you have Proline, Point Spread, Pro Pools and Pro Props to choose from to make your bets.  These are very similar games to the ones offered by the OLG, so check out that page for a bit more detailed information on each option.

If your ticket ends up being a winner then you can redeem it for cash at any WCLC lottery outlet.

Sport Select version of Proline differs from both the OLG’s and the ALC’s version.  In Sport Select’s version the ties may not be the same as the other versions across the country.  For example, in hockey shootout results are not included when determining the winner of the game.  If the game goes to a shootout the game is considered a tie (T) and the H and V bets do not win.  I strongly suggest checking out the Sport Select training camp page at the WCLC website before placing bets through Sport Select in order to fully understand the rules and what it is you are betting on.

Odds – Sport Select vs Online Betting Sites

The problem with Sport Select is that the odds are simply horrible when compared to online betting site odds.  It’s a little bit harder to tell with Sport Select than some of the other provincial sports lotteries because their Tie scenarios are hard to replicate online.  With hockey the game is considered over after the overtime period, while in basketball a Tie is considered any game decided by 5 points are less.  These criteria are very strange and near impossible to replicate at online betting sites.

For this reason I’m using soccer games in this example because Sport Select offers normal 3-way betting lines for soccer games.

Here is a look at the exact same parlay bet at Bet365 compared to Sport Select for three Premier League soccer matches.  I chose a favourite, an underdog and a tie to make the example as normal as possible.

Sport Select Betting Odds

The payout at Bet365 is $181.65 and only $106.90 through Sport Select.  That’s a difference of $74.75!  You would win almost double betting online compared to betting through Sport Select in this example.

The Sports Betting CanadianIn my view Sport Select is an added tax on Western Canada residents who enjoy betting on sports.  To be treated fairly you will have to open an online betting account.

Sport Select Odds Video

Other Disadvantages of Sport Select

On top of the horrible odds that are offered by Sport Select there are several other reasons why betting with Sport Select is far inferior to placing your bets online.

No Bonus Dollars

You will never see Sport Select give you free tickets or a bonus for being a loyal Sport Select player.  In contrast the online sports betting industry is so competitive that sportsbooks will usually offer a sign up bonus of some sort to bring in new players.  The sportsbooks I promote are great because they are actively trying to recruit new Canadian players so some of them are offering better bonuses or exclusive promotions to Canadian residents.

Not Enough Betting Options

With Sport Select you can generally only bet on basketball, hockey, soccer, football and baseball.  Even then the leagues you are offered are generally only the biggest leagues in North America or possibly Europe in the case of soccer.  Online sportsbooks allow you to bet on pretty much any sport under the sun.  They also offer far more betting options for each of these sports.  You can bet on different things within the games, more prop betting opportunities, futures wagers, etc.

The main restriction that bugs me is the fact that you cannot bet on single games through Sport Select.  Instead you are forced to bet parlays with at least 3 selections.  This is horrible because often times you will want to only bet on one game that night, but Sport Select will force you to choose another couple games that you might not care about at all.

Takes Too Much Time

To bet on Sport Select you have to make your way to a lottery outlet, fill out the selection sheet and buy your ticket.  Then if you win you have to make another trip back to the lottery retailer to collect your winnings.

With an online betting account you can place your bets from your computer or even your mobile phone.  When a bet is settled your winnings are automatically added to your account and available for use or withdrawal.  You don’t have to move at all!