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Sports betting in Ontario could be allowed soon

Sports betting in Ontario could be allowed soon The Canadian province of Ontario may soon allow sports betting at the local casinos, Canadian media reported today. The Ontario government is asking federal lawmakers to amend rules that would allow the province to offer Las Vegas-style sports betting in the casinos, although the sportsbooks could be extended to include the racetracks, as well. The casinos in Niagara Falls, Windsor and Barrie could soon offer real sports betting, instead of the Pro-Line they have right now. Pro-Line is a form of parley betting, in which bettors choose the outcomes of numerous matches at once, with a minimum of three, but the proposed new system would allow for betting on individual games, as well.

 North American major sports leagues have stood in long-standing opposition to legal sports betting in cities that have professional league teams. Neither Niagara Falls nor Windsor have major league outfits and if sports betting is legalized in the province, it's sure to attract plenty of gamblers from the neighboring U.S. states. The shift to Las Vegas sports betting was being pushed by former infrastructure minister David Caplan before his recent move the health portfolio, according to a report in The Toronto Star.

 Published on 07/03/2008

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