The Sports Betting Canadian

Toronto is without a doubt the sports hotbed of Canada.  With almost 3 million people living in the actual city and 6 million in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s no surprise that Toronto is home to a sports team in almost every major sports league in North America.  If you are an NBA or MLB fan in Canada there’s a good chance that you root for a team from the city because Toronto is home to the only Canadian team in both leagues.

The local sports teams are finding success of late with the Toronto Argonauts winning the Grey Cup in 2022, the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA Championship in 2019, and the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays having competitive teams with a chance of a deep run each season.

The massive surplus of sports teams and fans in the Toronto area has resulted in sports betting becoming a major part of Toronto culture. Ontario legalizing and regulating sports betting in the province has allowed main stream media to include betting lines in their sports coverage, which has removed any negative stigma sports betting has been associated with in the past.

Best Sports Betting Sites for Torontonians

  • 1 See Website For Details
    • Licensed and regulated in Canada
    • Easy deposits & withdrawals including Interac
    • Competitive betting lines
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  • 2 #Ad
    • Most popular betting site worldwide
    • State of the art live betting platform including streaming of several events
    • Fixed odds for horse racing
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  • 3 See Website For Details
    • Licensed in Ontario and Malta (accepts bettors from across Canada)
    • Competitive betting lines
    • Easy deposit/withdrawal options, including Interac
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All three of our recommended betting sites are licensed by iGaming Ontario to operate in the regulated Ontario sports betting market.

Offline Sports Betting in Toronto

Offline sports betting in Toronto is available, but it’s run by the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation).  You have your Proline and Pools options, but they both have their draw backs and compared with online betting sites they are by far the weaker option.

The Sports Betting Canadian

I should stress how poor a sports betting option Proline is for Toronto residents.  The odds are dramatically worse for players than the odds offered at regulated Ontario online betting sites, with a court actually ruling that the Proline odds are too poor for anyone to win money over time.  I strongly advise Toronto residents who bet with Proline to make the switch online.

Land Based Casino Sportsbooks Near Toronto

Toronto has several land based casinos located within a couple hours of the city. Unfortunately for Toronto residents, none of these casinos accept sports bets in any form. I do expect this to change in the future with land-based casinos adding regulated retail sportsbooks to their properties.

The closest brick and mortar casino to Toronto that offers casino sports betting is that of Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, which is about an hour and a half drive via the QEW.

Woodbine Racetrack

If you only enjoy betting the horses then you are in luck as a Toronto resident.  Woodbine Racetrack is located at 555 Rexdale Blvd, in Toronto near the Pearson International Airport.  Woodbine Racetrack allows you to wager on all of their races directly at the track.  They also offer a wide variety of slot games that you can try your luck at.

***I should note that Woodbine Racetrack only accepts wagers on horse races.  You will not be able to place sports wagers at Woodbine.

Major Sports Teams in Toronto

  • Toronto Argonauts – CFL
  • Toronto Blue Jays – MLB
  • Toronto FC – MLS
  • Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL
  • Toronto Raptors – NBA
  • Toronto Rock – NLL
  • York United FC – CPL