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theScore Bet Ontario Review 2023

'theScore Bet' app is live in the legal Ontario iGaming market. It gained its license from the AGCO on February 4, 2022. Once a purely Canadian company, in 2021, theScore was acquired by Penn National Gaming, which has its headquarters in Pennsylvania, so technically, it is now part of an American company.  


Who can play using theScore Bet app in Canada?

Know that theScore Bet app is only available to players that are physically located in Ontario. So if you are in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, the Atlantic provinces or the Territories, theScore Bet is not available to you for actual play.  For the best betting site and app options for players outside Ontario, read our Canadian sportsbook reviews. If you are actually interested in casino play, you might wish to read about our thoughts on the best online casinos for Canada.  Each of the brands listed on both of these pages are owned by top-tier international gaming companies that have gained their Ontario licenses, but still serve those in Canada outside Ontario from their "offshore" gaming jurisdictions.  They also support CAD accounts & banking methods including Interac & Instadebit among others. Don't risk playing at shady Russian, Eastern European & Central American brands that may never payout properly or might require USD accounts.


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About theScore Bet in Ontario: app only

'theScore Bet' only operates as an Ontario mobile betting app, not as a betting site as accessed from an Internet browser.  This could be seen as disappointing for the cohort of players that normally prefer to do game research, crunch the numbers, compare odds, then place their bets all within their laptop or desktop Internet browser.  This just can never be the case with "theScore bet."  If this has you disappointed, see our list of the best legal Ontario betting sites, so that you can play from your preferred, larger devices.


Why is theScore Bet only available via mobile apps?

We understand why they've taken this path. They have a huge Ontario user base for their main sports app 'theScore', and they want to be able to leverage their users' data to offer each player a bespoke sports betting experience.  To do this, the two platforms need to know a lot about each other, and only this kind of data monitoring and sharing would be possible if their betting platform was a mobile app.  They just would not get the same level of data through a betting site. 

Given this, there will probably be no mobile betting experience in Ontario that will be more personalized to the user than "theScore Bet". For example, based on a user's particular sport and team preferences as found on the main 'theScore' app, we could see the company personalize the betting experience for bettors within 'theScore Bet' app", which could be very compelling for the user.

The possibilities in this regard are seemingly limitless given the data 'theScore' has about each of its users.

From where we sit, this is both good and bad. 

The good is the above, a highly customized user experience.  However, the reality is that mobile apps have been shown to have data privacy issues.  While "theScore Bet" will have a huge amount of user data that it can leverage for a personalized experience on its app, there is no alternative to play through the more private solution of a betting site as accessed via an Internet browser, from any device. Beyond this, all app publishers may have access to other user data that has little to do with the enhancing the player's experience on the betting app itself. User data is valuable, and app terms often give the publishers free rein to monetize this data.



theScore Bet Ontario bottom line

We at SNBET do not tend to recommend operators that only offer betting apps for mobile play, so we won't be able to recommend 'theScore Bet', unless they make the addition of a betting site, which is something that we do not anticipate.  'theScore Bet' is not alone in only offering an app for their mobile sportsbook, as DraftKings Ontario, FanDuel Ontario and PointsBet Canada all do the same for their mobile players.  Given this, we won't be able to recommend these Ontario sportsbook operators either. We want users that have data privacy concerns to be able to choose to play more securely, via an Internet browser if they wish.

Options. We like operators that provide options.

However, we understand that our desire to see consumer options in this regard is not a desire that is shared by all. We know that many potential players in Ontario simply don't think that they need to be concerned about their mobile data being harvested and/or sold, especially if it might lead to a heavily personalized or convenient experience.  If this is not a concern for you, we have not yet found another particular reason to shy away from "theScore Bet", except to say that in our opinion, there are better, tried and tested platforms that we prefer.

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