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AGCO announces first operator fines - May 4, 2022

BetMGM and PointsBet have been fined by the AGCO for allegedly failing to comply with AGCO standards. 


AGCO opens the iGaming market in Ontario - April 4, 2022

With the opening of the market on April 4, 2022, Canada's most populous province now has official iGaming Ontario betting sites and online casinos. People located in the province can now know they are playing at fully licensed & legal providers that pay fees & taxes to the government, while submitting to Responsible Gaming and fairness standards. A milestone in Canada.


AGCO releases iGaming marketing rules - March 17, 2022

The AGCO iGaming marketing rules are strict in some ways, but leave consumers without the ability to gather good information. They also set rules that make us wonder about one particular offering from PointsBet.


BetRivers, 888 secure Ontario licenses - March 10, 2022

BetRivers, 888sport, 888casino & 888poker will be available to players in Ontario through its legal iGaming market from April 4 onward, as the parent companies Rush Street Interactive and 888 have secured their Ontario iGaming licenses from the AGCO. SNBET already has a BetRivers Canada preview


Torstar's iGaming company chooses its tech providers - February 1, 2022

Torstar's iGaming venture, 'NorthStar Gaming' has chosen Playtech and Kambi to be their iCasino and sportsbook technology partners as they look to enter the legal Ontario iGaming market, which opens on April 4, 2022.


Ontario iGaming market to open on April 4, 2022.

iGO announced the date for market launch on January 28, 2022.  SNBET talks about the news, which sports betting companies will be under pressure to be ready, as well as the regulators that will face a difference kind of pressure as iGO revenue starts to be reported from May 2022 onward.


AGCO sets key compliance guidelines that will shape the sports betting market - update November 17, 2021.

Key compliance points have been issued by the AGCO around marketing and the exiting of non-compliant ('grey market') Ontario gaming operations. These guidelines are important ones that will affect both how the market itself is shaped and how the actual operators must proceed with their own properties in order to fully comply as they enter the legal Ontario sports betting scene.  The latter of these two points will be fairly simple for some operators, and not so simple for others. 


iGaming Ontario will not act as 'the police' for other provincial jurisdictions - update September 29, 2021

iGaming Ontario has announced that they will not mandate that their license applicants and holders stop serving other provinces across Canada from the 'grey market'.  SNBET gives you its analysis on this key decision for online sports betting in Ontario and what it means for online betting regulation in Canada going forward.  Expect many Ontario licensed betting sites to be live and ready to legally accept players in the province in early 2022.  Some gaming companies that enter the market however may only opt to introduce mobile sports betting apps rather than websites, even in the face of increasing consumer concerns over mobile app data privacy. 


Single-event sports betting news update June 30, 2021

Bill C-218, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act received Royal Assent to become law in Canada on June 30, 2021.  The provincial gaming regulators will now be tasked with rolling out strategies and regulatory frameworks with regard to how single-event betting will be offered to their respective populations.  Follow SNBET.ca on Twitter for the latest news on these rollouts across Canada, or read our take on the current state of things: After Bill C-218: What's next in Canadian sports betting?  In it, we outline why the 'grey' online sports betting market will continue to thrive.  This means millions of Canadians that want to bet online will need to continue to watch out for the scams and bad operators as they look to play at reputable 'grey market' betting sites.


Single-event sports betting news update Nov 26, 2020

For many reasons, the Canadian Federal Government will be tabling legislation to make single-event sports betting legal.  This means that your options for sports betting within each province may be about to change for the better with far more choice from local and legal providers.

Take the example of Score Media & Gaming, which is a Canadian public company located in Toronto and is traded on the TSX under the symbol SCR.  TheScore divested its traditional media channels but kept a focus on mobile with an eye toward a future in sports betting through its industry-leading sports news and information app.

TheScore is already a licensed sportsbook provider in New Jersey, Indiana and Colorado with their “theScore |  Bet” mobile app.  As illustrated by their CEO on Twitter, theScore will likely look to serve the Canadian provinces as the new regulatory frameworks for sports betting providers take shape in 2021.


History of single-event sports betting legalization attempts in Canada

Several attempts have been made within Canada to change the legal situation with regard to single-event sports betting.  The last attempt of this was in 2015 when bill C-290 failed to pass through the Senate with an election looming.  Through 2020, this failure to allow for legal single-event betting has ensured a huge leakage of money toward the black market and off-shore betting options for Canadians.  

However, in 2018 there was a sea-change afoot.  The source of this change came when the US Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively banned sports betting.  The figurative door was opened for individual US states to legalize, regulate and tax sports betting for its citizens.  To date, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Michigan, Iowa and Tennessee all have legal online sports betting options available.

As these states have legalized online and mobile sports betting providers and other states look to do the same, North American sports leagues like the National Football League that was once vehemently against sports betting, is now onside.  The leagues were made partners in the betting and gaming industry through league and team marketing partnerships.  

As Canada’s largest trading partner and most important ally, the US with these two important changes has shown Canada a way forward to make changes to how it regulates sports betting and gaming.  Conservative Senators and Members of Parliament that were once against the legalization of this vice, can now be shown the example of their nearest and dearest neighbour to the south.  

No longer can conservative viewpoints found in 2015 be thought of as reasonable, such as that of Senator Vern White.  In 2015, as the Senate failed to pass Bill C-290 the Conservative Senator White, was quoted by the CBC about his opposition to the Bill: "If we followed the line of thinking of (MP) Brian Masse (thinking that sports betting is a windfall for organized crime), we would legalize cocaine and heroin, too.  Organized crime is doing it, so why don't we do it too?"

These days are likely over, even for Canadian conservatives, thanks to the changes in the US. Canada now has no excuse for lagging behind every other developed nation that has regulated and taxed sports betting and gaming in order to create a vast stream of income for the public good, while simultaneously working to increase the safety of available gaming platforms so that people with problem gambling issues can be both helped and protected.  

As such, we expect many developments over the coming months and SNBET expects to bring you the most significant developments on this our page for single-event sports betting news.

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