Home to 39% of Canadians, 5 major North American sports teams and 3 CFL franchises, Ontario is definitely a hotbed for sports betting in Canada.
Ontario does offer sports betting regulated by the OLG in the form of Proline, Point Spreads and Pro Picks. These are good options for people trying out sports betting for the first time, but those of you who want a more player friendly experience with better odds and less restrictions should look to open a sports betting account online.
Being from Ottawa I made the transition from betting on Proline at my local convenience store to placing my bets online when I was a teenager (over ten years ago) and I have not looked back since.
Best Sports Betting Sites for Ontario Residents
The OLG sports betting lotteries of Proline and the like are not very player friendly due to their unfair odds and restrictions so Ontario residents who are in the know, myself included, generally choose to take their betting online. Here are the 3 best betting sites for Ontario residents:
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Offline Sports Betting in Ontario
All legal offline sports betting in Ontario runs through the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation). The blanket term for the sports betting options offered by the OLG is Proline, with the brand being well recognized by Ontario residents.
The Proline lottery games, as they are called by the OLG include Proline, Point Spread and Pro Picks. These games are offered to all Ontario residents who are 18 years of age or older and can be found at any OLG outlet (corner stores and gas stations).
Proline is by far the most popular offline betting options offered by the OLG. Players choose 3-6 outcomes for the nights games by filling out a grid like playing card. You have the option to choose V+, V, T, H or H+ for each game, as well as over or under. The options mean different things for different sports so check out our detailed Proline page for all of the breakdowns.
In order to win your Proline bet, all of your picks on the card must be correct. The amount of your bet is multiplied by each of the odds associated with the outcomes you chose to find your potential payout.
I have to chime in that Proline is only good for beginners who aren’t yet ready for an online betting account. The odds are horrible compared to online betting sites – Proline profit margin is 40% on total bets received, while online it’s only 4.5% – and there are a ton of restrictions you have to abide by such as not being allowed to make single bets, far fewer betting options and only being allowed to bet up to $100 a day to name a few. Look at my detailed Proline betting page for all of the facts.
Point Spread is also a very popular option for football and basketball games. The player picks 2 to 12 outcomes against the spread by selecting either V or H on the Point Spread playing sheet. You must get every pick correct for your ticket to pay out. The payout is a multiple of your wager amount. The more picks you selected, the higher the potential payout multiplier. Check out my dedicated Point Spread page for the full payout multiplier list and a more detailed breakdown of the Point Spread lottery.
Pro Picks is generally a pool based game, also known simply as Pools, but the OLG will also sometimes offer prop sheets that are still simply called Pro Picks.
Pools and Pro Picks are the easy way to bet on sports because there are no odds or spreads associated with each game. Instead you simply choose who you think will win each of the games on the card. If you get the most correct selections out of everyone in Ontario who entered the Pool you will win the big cash prize. The amount of the prize varies depending on the number of entries each Pro Picks card receives.
Being an Ontario resident who has made the transition from betting through the OLG to betting online I know that the grass is much greener betting online. If you bet more than a few times a year I strongly encourage you to make the jump!
Major Sports Teams in Ontario
- Hamilton Tiger Cats – CFL
- Ottawa Red Blacks – CFL
- Ottawa Senators – NHL
- Toronto Argonauts – CFL
- Toronto Blue Jays – MLB
- Toronto FC – MLS
- Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL
- Toronto Raptors – NBA
Horse Racing in Ontario
- Grand River Raceway in Elora. 1/2 mile flat harness racing horse track.
- Flamboro Downs in Hamilton. 1/2 mile harness racing horse track.
- Fort Erie Race Track in Fort Erie.
- Kawarth Downs in Fraserville. 5/8 mile harness racing horse track.
- Mohawk Raceway, Campbellford. 7/8 mile falt thoroughbred/harness racing horse track.
- Rideau Carleton Raceway, Ottawa.
- Sudbury Downs, Sudbury.
- Western Fair Raceway, London.
- Windsor Raceway, Windsor.
- Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto. 5/8 mile harness racing horse track.
- Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The third race in the Canadian Triple Crown.
- Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
- Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Race Track. The second race in the Canadian Triple Crown.
- Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. The first race in the Canadian Triple Crown.