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SNBET: Canada's best online sports betting

SNBET lists the best & most reputable online sportsbooks for Canada.  We also clarify the often confusing online sports betting landcape so that Canadians may avoid the scams & bad information found across the Internet.   

Why is it confusing? The USA is opening up online betting on a state-by-state basis.  With this, many US brands are now visible through advertising during NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA telecasts.  In most cases, these US-facing brands are not available to Canadian players.

UK & European betting brands are advertised on uniforms & pitchside LED boards for top soccer clubs.  Some of these brands are open to Canadians, but some are not.  Of those that are open to Canadians, oftentimes CAD accounts are not available, so you would need to pay hidden exchange fees to play in another currency.  

Lastly, online sportsbook review resources often espouse self-serving information which runs counter to genuinely sound consumer analysis and recommendations for prospective Canadian bettors.  We expose how some sportsbook review publishers try to deceive and refer new Canadian players for their own enrichment and show you how to avoid sports betting scams & bad information.

Altogether, this can be a confusing situation.  We aim to clarify things & provide a highly-refined list of the best betting sites for Canada, so that Canadians may safely bet on single-events & get better odds than the provincial sports lottery games.  Our list includes one fully Canadian operator.  How is that possible if people keep talking about how single-event sports betting continues to be illegal in Canada?  We explain below.  

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Is online sports betting illegal in Canada?  

We don't pretend to be a law firm.  With that said, the answer is that as of 2020, no operator may accept single-event bets within Canada as outlined in section 207 (4)(b) of the Canadian Criminal Code.  This is why all government-run sports lottery games like Pro-Line and SportSelect all mandate parlay bets, where a win requires several correct event results to win a bet.  While there have been attempts to revoke or amend this law, at this point the acceptance of single-event bets is still illegal.

This is how the so-called ‘offshore’ sportsbooks are able to serve the Canadian marketplace.  These regulated betting sites accept single-event bets and offer higher odds than the provincial sports lottery games, all from outside of Canada.  So although the bettor might reside in Canada, the acceptance of the online bet happens outside Canadian jurisdiction.  Since the legal authorities in Canada have no jurisdiction over these ‘offshore’ providers and they cannot be prosecuted, their customers - the Canadian bettors are also safe from any legal consequences.  If the operator cannot be prosecuted, neither may the customer.  

OK - so unfettered online sports betting might not be legal within Canada from an operator perspective, but this strange grey zone means that players may take part if they wish through unofficial channels.  The Canadian Gaming Association estimates that $4 billion per year leaves Canada through online offshore providers, and another $10 billion through black market bookies.  That’s $14 billion gone from Canada - nothing taxed, nothing licensed for the greater good of Canadian society.  Most of this shift to the off-shore & black market options can be attributed to the lack of competitive odds & single-event betting options within the ‘legal’ Canadian gaming industry.  The good news is that change might be coming in this regard and SNBET covers all the latest Canadian sports betting news here and on our Twitter account.

Despite the laws, there's a Canadian online sports betting operator?

Yes, there is one online sports betting operator that is essentially within Canada, but is fully allowed to operate outside of Canadian laws - it’s called Sports Interaction (or SIA).

How is this possible?  Sports Interaction was established in 1997 and operates from the sovereign Mohawk lands of Kahnawake which is just southwest of Montreal.  This means that SIA is allowed to accept customers in Canada, to process CAD deposits & withdrawals and most important - to accept single-event wagers.  All of this is regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which oversees many international gaming brands.

To keep the long story short, SIA is the online sportsbook that essentially allows your entire sports betting experience to occur within Canada.  So if you want to bet on single-events & get better odds than the provincial lottery sports games, but are worried about risking money on brands you do not quite trust, Sports Interaction is the ideal all-Canadian option.  

Furthermore, all profits are returned to a First Nations company and jurisdiction for community investment and betterment, rather than to an offshore sportsbook company regulated in Europe or the Caribbean.  When we evaluate all of the above points, you can understand why SNBET has ranked Sports Interaction as its number one recommended betting site for players in Canada.

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Are there any drawbacks in playing at SIA as a Canadian bettor?

SIA is an excellent option, but there are some areas where our listed alternative sites may be superior.  Betsafe, Betway, 10Bet & ComeOn! all tend to offer odds that are a little higher than SIA on average across sports and betting markets.  This is especially true on futures betting markets, like the 'outright winner' of a given league or tournament. 

Why is this the case?  SIA only serves Canada.  Given this, heavy betting action on popular Canadian teams can drive SIA odds prices down for bets on these teams.  Our listed alternative sites serve a wider set of national markets, so betting action is more evenly distributed, so odds on popular bets in Canada can stay higher.

Also, certain betting features at our recommended alternatives tend to be more advanced or available more often compared to the similar features at SIA.  An example of this would be the ‘early cash out’ features that may let you secure a partial win before your event has concluded.  Betsafe, 10Bet, Betway & ComeOn! also have larger new customer bonus offers.  

You simply need to weigh up these aspects of their offerings against the fact that Sports Interaction is fully Canadian and your money gets to stay at home in Canada with them.  The choice is yours - all listed companies offer CAD accounts and banking methods.  Compare all their offerings in our SNBET Review.

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