Calgary is a town with a rich history in sports. The Stampeders in the CFL are easily the best team in the past 5 years, with another winning season in the books, while the Flames have a talented young core, which could lead to big things in the future. The Flames still have a ways to go to bring the city their second Stanley Cup, but with players like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan signed long term there could be a window opening up for the Flames to find success in the not so distant future.
Calgary residents interested in betting on sports should look to open an account at one of our recommended betting sites for Canadians. They’re safe, legal, easy to join and offer far more bettor friendly odds than the Sport Select betting lottery currently run by the WCLC.
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Offline Sports Betting in Calgary
Offline sports betting is available in Calgary through the WCLC’s sports lottery game Sport Select. I call it a sports lottery, rather than actual sports betting because the odds are so poor it’s not possible to win long term. Sport Select also only allows players to wager via parlays featuring between 3 and 6 outcomes, which is another reason I don’t really consider it truly sports betting. I suggest you check out our dedicated Sport Select page where I have included an odds comparison between Sport Select and one of our top rated sportsbooks.
I don’t mean to sound so harsh, but the odds that you see through Sport Select are simply appalling. I strongly advise anyone who bets more than a handful of times a year via Sport Select to make the switch online.
Land Based Sportsbooks
There are several casinos in the Calgary area, but unfortunately none of them are able to take sports wagers. These casinos are great if you’re interested in playing some table games, slots or poker, but if you want to bet on sports you will have to look online to one of our recommended sportsbooks for Canadians.
Century Downs Racetrack
If you like to bet the ponies live, then you’re in luck in Calgary. Century Downs Racetrack and Casino is located just outside of Calgary at 260 Century Downs Drive in Rocky View County. The racebook at Century Downs allows you to wager on live races, as well as horse races from across North America.
***I should note that Century Downs only accepts wagers on horse races. You will not be able to place sports wagers at the track.
Major Sports Teams in Calgary
- Calgary Flames – NHL
- Calgary Roughnecks – NLL
- Calgary Stampeders – CFL